Articles posted January 10, 2006

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Whiffling, Dam of Champion Prairie Bayou, Dead

Whiffling, whose son Prairie Bayou won the 1993 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the year's 3-year-old male championship, was euthanized Dec. 5 at the de Kwiatkowski family's Calumet Farm near Lexington because of the infirmities of old age.

Arlington to Run 26 Stakes in 2006

The International Festival of Racing, featuring the Arlington Million (gr. IT), tops a 2006 schedule that includes 26 stakes races worth $5,425,000 during 95 days of racing at Arlington Park, beginning May 5 and running through Sept. 12.

Marino Marini's First Foal

The first foal by Marino Marini, a stakes-winning son of Storm Cat, is a filly that arrived Jan. 1 at Tom Clark's Rancho San Miguel near San Miguel, Calif.

Forward Thinking

By Ray Paulick - The Breeders' Cup is one of the greatest innovations in the history of horse racing in North America--perhaps throughout the world. It also is one of the industry's biggest shared assets, one that has enjoyed sustained growth.

I Contain Multitudes

By Phil Combest - There are men and women who, when they pass, leave a hole in the universe. Bob was one of those people. I'm certain anyone who ever spent any time with him would agree.

Veteran Van Driver Kenny Thornton Dead

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Kenny Thornton, who logged five million miles hauling horses for nearly 50 years for the Ralph G. Smith company, died Dec. 23 at his West Chester, Pa., home.

Retired Track Announcer Costy Caras Dead

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Retired track announcer Constantine L. "Costy" Caras, who learned his profession from the great New York announcer Fred "Cappy" Capossela, died Jan. 7 at a Charles Town, W.Va., health care center.

Magna, Churchill Partner With British Firm in TV Deal

Magna Entertainment Corp., Churchill Downs Incorporated, and Racing UK, announced that the three organizations have entered into a memorandum of understanding for media rights and to develop a subscription television channel to broadcast races from MEC and CDI racetracks, as well as other North American and international racetracks, into the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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