The damage of Hurricane Katrina on south Louisiana Thoroughbred farms wasn't as bad as originally feared, but it will take time to repair and replace fencing and barns, as well as remove debris and tree limbs.
Hurricane Katrina and the lack of expanded gaming legislation in Texas contributed to declines in the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling sale held Aug. 29-30 at Lone Star Park. Final figures for the two-day sale showed declines in gross, average, and median from a catalogue that was 33% larger than last year.
- By Ron Mitchell
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Wednesday it has activated a toll-free information hotline for its Louisiana employees displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The number, which will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is (877) 244-5536.
- By Dan Johnson
Prairie Meadows plans to run 90 days of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in 2006 under a plan unanimously approved Aug. 29 by the track's board of directors.
Graded stakes winner Indian Ocean, who was retired this summer because of a tendon injury, will enter stud at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.
New Jersey's Thoroughbred Horsemen Association has elected Dennis A. Drazin, one of the state's leading Thoroughbred owners and breeders, as president. In addition, the association has elected a new board of directors.
Friends of New York Racing, the horseracing planning and advocacy group, announced Tuesday additions to its Business Advisory Council.
Musical act Buckwheat Zydeco will headline the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards Dinner set for Sept. 9 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.
With the majority of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races beginning to sort themselves out, it looks as if this year's events for the most part are going to be wide-open races, with no standout. And that means Horse of the Year also is still very much up for grabs.
AmericaTab Inc. has contributed $100,000 to the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) to help endow a proposed faculty position to conduct industry business research and to head the group's masters degree program according to RTIP director, Doug Reed.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Unbeaten Lost in the Fog, America's most popular racehorse, is now its best, according to the Aug. 29 poll of racing journalists conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
By Larry Levin - Racing has developed a murky way of doing business. Concealing troubling information does not protect the sport--it allows the problem to grow. Nor is keeping the process hidden going to silence the growing number of people who have had enough. As New Orleans musician Dr. John put it, "If ignorance is bliss, why ain't more people happy?"
As Hurricane Katrina moved through New Orleans Monday, the Fair Grounds racetrack sustained some structural damage and the track was being used as a staging area from which rescue vehicles and personnel could work.
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