Articles posted December 14, 2005

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Grand Slam II Attracts Film Maker, Spotlight

Donald A. Adam's Film Maker is among the national division stars competing in Saturday's $600,000 Grand Slam II program at Calder. The 5-year-old mare is the high weight and probable favorite in the $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT).

Prairie Meadows Awards $1.8M in Grants

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Prairie Meadows announced Wednesday that it has approved funds totaling $1,800,783 to be awarded to 142 organizations through its board of directors and grants advisory committee.

Maryland Horsemen, Breeders Digest Dates Plan

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Maryland Jockey Club president Joe De Francis presented a new proposal to horsemen and breeders the week of Dec. 12 and said he believes the three sides are near a deal for 2006 racing dates. Horsemen and breeders, however, said it's not a done deal.

Wilkins Joins Stonewall as Stallion Director

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Ken Wilkins has been hired by Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm as director of stallion operations. Wilkins will oversee season sales, as well as private transactions at the recently-completed stallion complex and office in Versailles, Ky.

AAEP Calls for Steroid Ban in Sale Horses

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Task Force on Medication Issues at Public Auction has released its recommendations for medication usage in horses presented for sale at public auctions.

Taxing Times

By Ray Paulick - On Dec. 9, Jeb Bush said he reluctantly would sign legislation authorizing slot machines at four Broward County pari-mutuel operations, including Gulfstream Park in Hallandale. The gambling machines were approved by a 57-43 margin of Broward County voters in a referendum in March.

Not In Our Stars

By Larry Levin - The recent retirement of Afleet Alex has produced the usual frustration when a rising star leaves for the breeding shed. As was the case with Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex's last race was the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The Triple Crown series, which used to showcase future talent, has become more of a swan song.

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