Articles posted March 15, 2006

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Strong Contender in Final Drill for Lane's End

John Oxley's undefeated 3-year-old Strong Contender worked five furlongs in :59 4/5 at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday morning in his final major tune-up prior to his probable start in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) March 25 at Turfway Park.

Saint Liam, Bob Lewis Win NY Turf Writer Awards

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Saint Liam, who clinched his Horse of the Year campaign with a solid victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Belmont Park, led the list of 2005 award winners announced March 15 by the New York Turf Writers' Association.

Nerve Injury Forces Jockey Steiner to Retire

Southern California-based jockey Joe Steiner has announced his retirement. The 41-year-old native of Renton, Wash., has not ridden since April of last year after suffering an injury in a spill at Santa Anita.

Attorneys Exchange Verbal Punches in Jackson Lawsuit

Attorneys for Emmanuel de Seroux and his Narvick International bloodstock agency issued a statement late Tuesday saying their client has done nothing wrong and, in fact, is owed money by Jess Jackson, the California winemaker who sued de Seroux and five others for alleged fraudulent misrepresentation in numerous bloodstock transactions from 2003-05.

Creative Miss Named Michigan Horse of the Year

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With Creative Miss at the top of the list, Michigan's leading 2005 state-bred horses were announced by state racing commissioner Christine White March 11 during the Michigan Horse Council's International Stallion Expo at the Michigan State University Agriculture Pavilion in East Lansing.

Casino Bill Clears Committee--But Racetracks Left Out

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A Kentucky House committee approved legislation March 15 to authorize a constitutional amendment on casino gambling, but the substitute measure--believed to have little or no chance of passage in the full House--makes no mention of racetracks or dedicated revenue for state programs, the lynchpins of legislation proposed by the Kentucky Equine Education Project.

Kentucky Senate Passes Dual-Agency Legislation

Legislation that would protect buyers and sellers in equine transactions unanimously passed the Kentucky Senate March 15 and now heads to the House of Representatives for concurrence. The House previously approved a different version of the bill.

Meeker: Account Wagering Needs Overhaul, Expansion

Expansion of account wagering and improvements to existing platforms are a chief objective of Churchill Downs Inc., whose chief executive officer, Tom Meeker, indicated change is needed to generate more industry revenue and maintain or expand the customer base.

Youbet.com Announces Management Changes

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In management changes announced by Youbet.com, Joe Tracy will head a new subsidiary that will develop technology-based games, products, and services, while Jeff True will serve as president of United Tote, which Youbet.com acquired earlier this year.

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