Articles posted January 31, 2007

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Hawthorne to Reduce Pick 6 Takeout to 16%

Management at Hawthorne Race Course announced that its Pick 6 takeout -- the percentage of the wagering pool that is withheld by the state -- has been reduced to 16% for the 2007 spring meet.

First Foals for Three Lane's End Stallions

The first reported foals sired by Mingun, the group III-winning son of A.P. Indy and Miesque, arrived on Jan. 26, according to William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm. The first foals of multiple grade I winner Rock Hard Ten and 2003 Canadian Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Wando were also reported.

Aqueduct Casino, More VLTs Possible in '08 Plan

New York state officials said talks are under way to permit construction to proceed on a casino at Aqueduct, and a crack has opened to possibly permit more video lottery terminals in the state. Additionally, there is a plan by the state to provide more public assistance to keep the New York Racing Association afloat through 2007.

Canterbury Park to Offer $1.5 Million in Purses

A Thoroughbred stakes schedule with more than $1.5 million in purse money is slated for the 2007 Canterbury Park race meet in Shakopee, Minn., that begins on May 5. The schedule is highlighted by the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes on July 14.

Napravnik Out 8-12 Weeks with Back Fractures

Jockey Rosie Napravnik, Maryland's top rider last year, suffered three compression fractures in the thoracic region of her back as a result of a spill at Laurel Park Jan. 26 and will be sidelined eight to 12 weeks.

Consignors Added to McIngvale Lawsuit

Racehorse owner James McIngvale has expanded his high-profile lawsuit against three horsemen to include several consignors allegedly involved in claimed fraudulent public auction transactions.

Barn Fire Claims Two Horses Near Paris, Ky.

An electrical fire at Warren Lyster's Tarleton Farm near Paris, Ky., killed two boarders--a yearling Mr. Greeley colt and a 2-year-old Meadow Monster filly. The Thoroughbreds were owned by Alan Goldberg and Derek Buntain, respectively.

Trainer Robert Durso Dead at 68

Trainer Robert J. Durso passed away at his home in Hallandale, Fla., on Wednesday morning following a short illness. The trainer of multiple graded winner Frisk Me Now was 68 years old.

TRPB Has Deal to Acquire More Betting Information

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The Caliente Group, which operates Agua Caliente in Mexico and is a major race and sports book operator, will be sharing information on betting activities with the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau.

HRRN Announces 2007 Broadcast Schedule

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The Horse Racing Radio Network, which is based in Lexington, announced Jan 31. that it will provide its listeners with live coverage of more than 180 stakes races throughout 2007. It also announced that WLXO FM 96.1 in Lexington is its new flagship station.

Unique Stallion Promotion for Ten Centuries

Breeders who sign a contract to breed to freshman sire Ten Centuries by March 1 will be eligible for a lottery in which one winner will receive essentially an all expense-paid trip to the 2007 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

Kentucky Derby Trail: Defining Moments

Many times when looking back on the career of a Kentucky Derby winner, you can find one defining race or defining moment within a race that stamps the horse as a legitimate classic contender. This is the first of several attempts this winter to find such moments.

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