Articles posted January 17, 2006

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Churchill to Offer Purse Money to All Stakes Entrants

In an effort to boost participation in its stakes races, Churchill Downs announced Jan. 17 it would pay purse money to each participating horse in those contests--excluding the $2-million Kentucky Derby (gr. I)--beginning at the track's April 29-July 16 spring meet.

National HBPA to Address Drug Trace Levels

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association medication committee hopes to establish what it calls "proper regulatory thresholds" for trace levels of the urinary metabolites of cocaine and morphine.

Pat Day to Receive 'Big Sport of Turfdom' Award

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The Turf Publicists of America confirmed that reservations are still being accepted for the 40th annual "Big Sport of Turfdom" luncheon, when retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be honored with the award.

Kentucky Derby Trail: Stevie Defeat No Big Deal

Before we get to this week's races, any trainers out there happen to catch the Colts' surprising loss to the Steelers? Did the Colts look rusty, out of sync, a bit soft, not battle tough? Remember how they basically phoned it in the last few games, resting their stars? Well, it's possible that's what can happen when horses are rested too long before the Kentucky Derby.

New Breeders' Cup Board Ready to Tackle Major Issues

The new and streamlined board of directors of Breeders' Cup believes it's prepared to tackle several major issues, including the organization's joint operating agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, a budget, and a possible increase in purses for the World Thoroughbred Championships.

The Jockey Club Inspects for Early Foals

As a follow up to a rule revision last August that added provisions for field inspections, The Jockey Club sent two teams of representatives to farms in six states in December to examine broodmares with early 2005 breeding or 2006 foaling dates.

Breeding Better Voters

By Ray Paulick - The selection process for the Eclipse Awards has remained relatively unchanged since 1971, when the awards program and annual dinner were inaugurated by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations to singularly honor horse racing's champions.

A New Era

By Bill Casner - The recent Breeders' Cup board meeting that resulted in the adoption of a new set of governance by-laws is the beginning of a new era that will allow for more inclusivity, transparency, and accountability.

Stakes Producer Dana Nicole Dead

Dana Nicole, dam of millionaire and grade II winner Bien Nicole, was euthanized at age 22 in November at the Richter family's farm near Perkins, Okla., because of cancer.

Stakes Producer Dana Nicole Dead

Dana Nicole, dam of millionaire and grade II winner Bien Nicole, was euthanized at age 22 in November at the Richter family's farm near Perkins, Okla., because of cancer.

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