The 94-day 2005 Arlington Park race meet concluded with a 0.8% increase in total handle and a 0.5% rise in average daily attendance over the track's 96-day meet in 2004. On track average daily handle decreased by 0.8% while total attendance slipped by 1.6% with two less days compared to a year ago.
With only five days to go, the Keeneland yearling sale is showing no signs of winding down. Wednesday's session nine saw double-digit gains in all categories compared to the same session last year.
Prominent New York owner and breeder Michael Watral, whose Dixie Brass won the 1992 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) as a 3-year-old, died Sept. 17 at 87.
Arlington Park will run from May 5 to Sept. 14 next year, a total of 95 racing dates under the schedule announced by the Illinois Racing Board.
Purge, a multiple New York graded stakes winner, will enter stud at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington in 2006.
U.S. Congress issued two subpoenas Tuesday for Jockeys' Guild president Wayne Gertmenian as part of an ongoing investigation into the organization headed up by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield.
- By Tom Precious
A secretive group trying to obtain the New York Racing Association franchise is raising concerns about NYRA's attempt to sell 80 acres of land near Aqueduct racetrack--land the group says may not be owned by NYRA.
Sam Houston Race Park will shut down Sept. 22-24 because of Hurricane Rita, which is approaching the United States coast.
The Family Foundation of Leonard and Bernice Lavin, owners of Glen Hill Farm in Ocala, Fla., have donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to aid New Orleans evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, and $1 million to help rebuild Tulane University and the Tulane Medical Center, which suffered significant storm damage.
Grade II winner Worldly Manner has been purchased by the Smalley family's C & S Stables for stallion duty at the Chelsea, Okla., farm.
Laffit Pincay Jr., the world's winningest jockey who retired with 9,530 victories in a career that spanned nearly four decades, will be honored by the Oak Tree Racing Association Oct. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
- By Tom Precious
Two senior New York Racing Association officials, including a onetime top jockey, were indicted Sept. 21 in state court on fraud and other charges as part of a scheme in which jockey weights were fabricated at NYRA tracks.
Midway Road, a graded stakes-winning Keeneland track-record setter and runner-up in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will enter stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
The U.S. Senate Sept. 20 voted 68-29 in favor of an amendment to bar federal funds from being used to facilitate horse slaughter.
Burning Roma, a millionaire and grade I winner, has been relocated to Peter Rosbeck's Hidden Point Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Jay Em Ess Stable's undefeated champion Declan's Moon will miss his scheduled start in the Oct. 14 Perryville Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland after coming up slightly body sore following a pair of workouts late last month, trainer Ron Ellis said.
The California Horse Racing Board is seeking to enact a rule that would allow for increased surveillance and security at any facility under its jurisdiction. The rule would go into effect by the middle of the upcoming Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park meet.
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