Articles posted April 19, 2005

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Van Clief Named NTRA Commissioner

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which went outside the industry for its first commissioner, has decided to stay within the industry in keeping its second. D.G. Van Clief Jr., who was named commissioner following the resignation of Tim Smith last July, will remain in the position.

KTOB Asks for State Investigation of Strangles Outbreak

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The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders sent a letter to Gov. Ernie Fletcher April 8 requesting a state investigation regarding the equine bacterial disease strangles and its recent spread from Kentucky to Florida and then back.

Model Rules Making Progress Across Country

Scot Waterman, executive director of the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, said the group has made significant progress the last year in getting racing jurisdictions to adopt its chapter on medication and model rules, a uniform set of medication and drug-testing policies.

Jockey Lonnie Meche Suspended

Lone Star Park stewards suspended jockey Lonnie Meche 45 days and fined him $2,500 April 15 after he tested positive for an amphetamine. According to the Texas Racing Commission, in addition to testing positive, Meche attempted to provide stewards with a substitute urine sample.

French Champion Jolypha Dead

Jolypha, a French champion who ran third in the 1992 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in her first dirt start, died March 26 after foaling an Empire Maker colt.

Unwanted Horse Summit Only the Beginning

The first Unwanted Horse Summit was called a success, though participants acknowledged devising ways to deal with tens of thousands of horses a year would take cooperation and compromise from all segments of the equine industry.

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