Articles posted September 10, 2004

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Jack Cooper, 'Mr. Steeplechase,' Dies at 93

Longtime National Steeplechase Association executive secretary John E. "Jack" Cooper died Sept. 9 at Rosehaven Nursing Home near his home in Litchfield, Conn. Mr. Cooper, who was recovering from pneumonia, was 93.

Keeneland Installs Polytrack Training Surface

Keeneland has completed the installation of a Polytrack surface on its five-eighths of a mile training track located adjacent to its main track. It is the first of its type at a public racing or training facility in North America.

Medication Consortium Recommends Owners Fee

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is recommending owners pay a $5 fee to fund research to develop threshold levels and withdrawal times for therapeutic medications.

Fick Elected Chairman of Medication Consortium

Fick Elected Chairman of Medication Consortium

Dan Fick, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, was elected chairman of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium at its quarterly meeting Sept. 9. The consortium also approved a per-start fee for horse owners to help fund initiatives.

Impeachment's First Winner

Dual classic-placed Impeachment was represented by his first winner Sept. 9 when his daughter Deepinnegotiations won at seven furlongs in 1:28.51 at Calder Race Course.

'Let's Make a Deal'

'Let's Make a Deal'

Deep disappointment with [CHRB executive director Roy] Wood's handling of drug issues prompted numerous horsemen, owners, and association officials to press for more surveillance of so-called "super trainers," as well as other private initiatives aimed at curtailing cheating, that are more stringent than the CHRB has been.

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