Articles posted March 10, 2004

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Equine Abortions on Decline in Central Kentucky

Equine abortion numbers continued to decline in Central Kentucky when compared to last year, the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease and Diagnostic Center in Lexington reports.

'Greatest Game' Plans Events for New Owners

The Greatest Game, Inc. , the horseracing industry program that seeks to expand Thoroughbred ownership by attracting new investors in the sport, will host a series of receptions in Maryland, Florida and Georgia beginning March 17, Gay Fisher, the organization's president announced.

Becerra Taking Things Slowly with St Averil

Even though Rafael Becerra feels St Averil could be the best 3-year-old he's ever trained, the 49-year-old native of Mexico prefers not to look past Sunday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles.

Legislators: Industry Greed Killed Kentucky Bill

Kentucky legislators have left open the possibility expanded gambling could be revisited in the future, but they claim greed and resistance by the horse racing and breeding industry put a casino bill on the shelf for the 2004 session. Industry officials disagree with that perspective.

'Battery' Jockey Banished from Philly Park

A Commonwealth Court judge has affirmed an order by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission that upholds the ejection of jockey Orlando Bocachica from the grounds of Philadelphia Park after he admitted to using a battery on numerous occasions during morning training hours, but not during an actual race.

MEC's Losses Hinder Parent Company MI Developments

MI Developments, a publicly traded real-estate company that owns 59% of the equity in Magna Entertainment Corp., reported big losses during the fourth quarter of 2003 largely as a result of MEC's poor financial performance.

Roussel Offers $30 Million for Fair Grounds

Louie Roussel III, who owned a controlling interest in Fair Grounds until 1990, is the latest to make an offer for the New Orleans track. A week after Churchill Downs Inc. bid $28.5 million for Fair Grounds, Roussel upped the offer to $30 million, according to published reports.

Despite Rough Winter, Turfway Numbers Up

Despite numerous cancellations because of weather or track conditions, Turfway Park has registered business gains during the winter/spring meet that extends through April 1. And with live racing set to resume March 10, it appears the racing surface finally has dried out after a washed-out weekend.

Belinda Stronach Wins Nomination for Canadian Race

Belinda Stronach, daughter of Magna International owner Frank Stronach, won the Conservative Party nomination in Canada March 9 over Lois Brown, a long-time Canadian Alliance worker.

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