Articles posted February 8, 2006

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Eight-Show Derby Prep Package On ABC, ESPN

"Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," an eight-show series on ABC and the ESPN networks that provides comprehensive coverage of the key Triple Crown prep races, returns on March 18, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Feb. 8.

O'Neill Barn Regroups After Wonderboy's Injury

Spirits were improving Wednesday at trainer Doug O'Neill's Hollywood Park stable after the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old Stevie Wonderboy underwent surgery to repair a condylar fracture of his right ankle sustained in a workout at Hollywood Park.

Laurel Park Cancels Sunday Card

For the third consecutive Sunday, there will be no live racing at Laurel Park Feb. 12. The Maryland Jockey Club canceled the card due to a shortage of available horses because of the equine herpes outbreak in the state.

Quarantine Lifted at Pimlico; Stakes Rescheduled at Laurel

The Maryland Jockey Club lifted its self-imposed quarantine on Pimlico Race Course Feb.8, allowing horses from the Baltimore track to compete at Laurel Park for the first time since Jan. 21. Twelve Pimlico-based horses ran on Wednesday's card (after two were morning scratches). Five of the nine races featured Pimlico horses.

Panelists: Racing Better as Part of Entertainment Package

Representatives of operations that have or will have gaming at racetracks left little doubt which half of the equation drives the financial engine, and they indicated marketing horse racing as an entertainment option rather than a gambling enterprise may be the way to go.

Journalists Offer Thoughts on Coverage of Racing

The Internet, big-event days, and human-interest stories that appeal to the general public could help horse racing maintain and perhaps grow its fan base, journalists said during a Feb. 8 panel discussion at the Racing Congress in Las Vegas.

Horse Slaughter in U.S. to Continue

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Despite congressional efforts to stop the practice of slaughtering horses in the United States for human consumption, the Agriculture Department announced Tuesday it would continue, the Associated Press reported.

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