Articles posted March 8, 2004

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Drug, Alcohol Rehab Focus of Canadian Groups

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Canadian racing officials have formed a committee to develop a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol abuse as part of the Ontario Racing Commission's regulatory structure.

$50M Delta Downs Expansion Project Under Way

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A $50-million expansion of the Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino is well under way with completion expected by the end of 2004. The project includes a hotel and a bigger parlor for slot machines.

Fallon Given 21 Days for Controversial Ride

Kieren Fallon, Britain's champion jockey last year, was banned for 21 days Monday by the British Jockey Club following his short-head defeat on maiden Ballinger Ridge at Lingfield Park in Surrey March 2. An investigation into unusual betting on the race wil continue.

Grandera to Shuttle to Australia

Grandera, an English and Irish champion son of Grand Lodge, will shuttle in his first year at stud, commuting from the Yushun Stallion Station in Japan to his southern base, Darley Stud, in Australia's Hunter Valley.

Turner South TV Program Features Keeneland Sale

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"Southern Living Presents," a television show based on the popular magazine and produced by Turner South Television, will broadcast a segment about the Keeneland sales featuring Alice Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm, her son Headley Bell of Nicoma Bloodstock, and Keeneland president Nick Nicholson.

Classic Winner Tabasco Cat Dies in Japan

Tabasco Cat, who won the 1994 Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont (gr. I) Stakes as a homebred for William T. Young and David Reynolds, died at the Japan Bloodstock Breeders' Association's Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan.

Lonhro Wins Dramatic Australian Cup

Into his final couple of races in his hometown of Sydney, Lonhro owns a strike rate of 75% and change. But the champion was mugged on the way to his 10th group I victory in his final Melbourne appearance Monday, his 22nd in a row as the betting favorite.

Account-Bet Deal Struck; National Policy Sought

The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Beulah Park have struck a deal on revenue splits for account wagering, but the chief negotiator for the horsemen's group called it a big-picture issue that needs attention and leadership on the national level.

AmericaTab Chief: 'Fragmented Industry' Must Change

The president of a growing account wagering service said handle declines at major winter meets aren't good for racing, and he suggested it's time for a "fragmented industry" to move forward in the best interests of its customers, racetracks, and horsemen.

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