Articles posted February 20, 2004

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

California Won't Order RGS Curb on Lewiston Hub

California regulators decided Feb. 20 that they will hold off on considering a cutoff of wagering at post time from betting through the Lewiston, Maine simulcast hub, which processes wagers for rebating giant Racing and Gaming Services.

Balto Star Heads Gulfstream BC Handicap

Anstu Stables' Balto Star, tough to beat when he runs his best, and Richard Violette Jr.'s Man From Wicklow, who knows how to win going long on the local grass, top a field of eight in Sunday's $250,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at a mile and three-eighths on the turf.

MEC Team to Study Racetrack Operations

Magna Entertainment Corp. has established a "continuous improvement" team under the supervision of chief operating officer Don Amos that will conduct an orderly study of the company's racetrack operations.

Illinois Slaughter Ban Tackled by House Committee

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Legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in Illinois is making its way through the House of Representatives. The bill also would make it illegal to transport horses into or out of the state for slaughter.

2003 New Jersey Champions Named

Gators N Bears has been named New Jersey-bred horse of the year for 2003. A winner of five races from 13 starts on the year, Gators N Bears won three stakes while also being named the state's champion sprinter and champion 3-year-old male.

Battle Cat to Ziprick in Manitoba

Battle Cat, a 6-year-old winning son of Storm Cat, has been bought by Ziprick Thoroughbreds and will stand at that farm, located near Russell, Manitoba, Canada.

Bill Would Increase Subsidy to Indiana Racetracks

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Indiana's horse racing industry may have another opportunity to secure more financial stability. An amendment introduced and passed in the Senate Finance Committee Feb. 19 would increase the annual subsidy to the industry from $27 million to $44 million. It goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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