Articles posted November 30, 2006

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Naissance Royale Tops Oversubscribed My Charmer Handicap

Monceaux Stable's 4-year-old French-bred filly Naissance Royale finished a game third last out in the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine Oct. 22, and her good current form may send her out the favorite in a full field of fillies and mares entered in Saturday's $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder.

Ohio Thoroughbred Interests Agree to Dates Reduction

Ohio's Thoroughbred tracks will race 24 fewer days in 2007 in keeping with a plan to increase average daily purses and boost field size by offering fewer races. The schedule, agreed to by tracks and horsemen's groups, will be voted on Dec. 15 by the Ohio State Racing Commission.

Love of Money to Northview in Maryland

Love of Money, who won the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in his first added-money start, will enter stud alongside his sire, Not For Love, at Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, Md.

On-the-Muscle Empire Racing Unveils Plan for Spa

Empire Racing Associates, which made a bid for the franchise to operate three New York racetracks, released a plan Nov. 30 to protect the historic charm of Saratoga Race Course and strengthen racing there. The plan will form a major part of the proposal Empire Racing will take to the state legislature in January, officials said.

TVG Launches Fantasy Horseracing Game

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TVG has launched a year-round fantasy horseracing game on its website, TVG.com, and on Foxsports.com, the network announced Nov. 30. TVGfantasy.com will offer fans the opportunity to own and manage their own virtual stable consisting of horses, trainers, and jockeys. The site went live Thursday, Nov. 30, with game play beginning Dec. 26.

Millennium Farms Fundraiser Raises $65,000

The effort to bridge the digital divide for children of the Thoroughbred industry took a giant step forward with a recent fundraiser to benefit Tubby's Clubhouse. Hosted at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington, the event raised $65,000 via items sold at a live auction; proceeds from stallion seasons and a generous matching grant from the Ro Parra Family Foundation.

Equine Affaire to be Held at Fairplex Park

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Equine Affaire, a North American horse exposition, will return to Fairplex Park near Pomona, Calif. Feb. 1-4 with a line-up of clinics, demonstrations, and seminars.

Futural Retired to Old Friends

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Millionaire Futural, who won the 2001 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) and San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II) and has most recently been running at Hastings Park, is being retired to Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky.

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