Articles posted February 26, 2004

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Oklahoma House Narrowly OKs Gaming Bill

The Oklahoma House narrowly approved a measure Feb. 26 that gives racetracks such as Remington Park the right to operate the same type of electronic games that Indian casinos do, and sent the bill to Gov. Brad Henry for his signature.

Pepsi, Churchill Downs Team for Derby Promotion

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Churchill Downs, home of the famed Kentucky Derby, and Pepsi, the official soft drink of Churchill Downs, have joined forces in a promotion that will place millions of Pepsi cans that bear the 2004 Kentucky Derby Logo on the shelves of retailers in three states.

Champion Storm Flag Flying Victorious in Return

Champion Storm Flag Flying returned to the winner's circle Thursday at Gulfstream Park by notching a 3 3/4-length win in an optional allowance claiming contest. Redoubled Miss was second, with Keiai Sakura 1 1/4 lengths back for third. Storm Flag Flying completed the mile and 70-yard distance in 1:42.78.

Woodbine to Sell Hastings Park

Hastings Park is for sale. The Vancouver racetrack that was purchased by Woodbine Entertainment Group in 2002 apparently isn't performing as well as its parent company had hoped, even though attendance and wagering have increased since it changed hands.

NTRA Hires Security Chief, Extends Some Contracts

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has hired a director for its National Office of Wagering Security, and also approved multi-year contract extensions for commissioner Tim Smith and vice chairman D.G. Van Clief Jr., who serves as Breeders' Cup president.

Rich Stakes Action Planned at Del Mar

The richest stakes schedule in Del Mar's history - 27 major races worth $6,325,000 - will serve as the centerpiece for the seaside track's 65th summer racing season starting July 21. The traditional 43-day meeting will run through Sept. 8.

Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale Posts Record Average, Gross; Fusaichi Pegasus Colt Sets World Record

Prices soared to world record heights Tuesday during Fasig-Tipton Florida's sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. A handsome colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus set a new standard for a juvenile sold at public auction by commanding $4.5 million. In addition, a colt from the first crop of Stephen Got Even also blew past the previous mark of $2.7 million, bringing $3.1 million earlier in the auction.

Former NYRA Executive Could End Up at NTRA

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association might be poised to hire former New York Racing Association president Terry Meyocks, industry sources said. It isn't known in what capacity Meyocks would serve if he's hired.

Turf Writer Don Lee Dead

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Turf writer Don Lee, a fixture on the Nebraska racing circuit for decades, died earlier this month in Omaha at age 82.

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