The California Horse Racing Board will begin enforcing a regulation prohibiting the use of front toe grabs exceeding four millimeters in length after commissioners voted Feb. 22 to reverse their decision last month to ignore the rule.
Is It True, the oldest Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner at stud in the U.S., died Feb. 22 at Walmac Farm near Lexington.
A Super Derby day worth $1.3 million, a new Super Derby prelude day, Louisiana Downs champions day, and the richest prep race in the nation for the new Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, highlight a stakes schedule worth more than $3.4 million at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in 2007. The racing season begins Friday, May 4 and continues through Oct. 20.
Midnight Cry Stable's 5-year-old Brazilian-bred Einstein, the defending champion in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), is on target and ready to go for Saturday's renewal of the 1 3/8 miles fixture.
Legislation that would allow Colonial Downs to offer Instant Racing has been attached to a bill dealing with account wagering issues and is headed to the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates. Virginia's General Assembly's session ends Feb. 24.
Mea Domina, a three-time graded stakes winner for breeder/owner Janis Whitham, has been retired from racing and is booked to Bernardini.
Following reports that Santa Anita might request more time before installing a synthetic main-track surface, Santa Anita President Ron Charles announced Feb. 21 that Magna Entertainment Corp. is committed to installing such a surface this year.
The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) passed a model rule on anabolic steroids that will be forwarded to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for approval during the RCI Annual Convention April 23-27. After the RMTC receives input from the RCI, the model rule language will be released to the industry.
Blood-Horse Publications has announced that The Blood-Horse Charitable Foundation will donate a minimum of $10,000 to the NTRA Charities Barbaro Memorial Fund, established earlier this month to raise awareness and money for equine health and safety research.
A bill introduced Feb. 22 in the Illinois state legislature would prohibit the transportation of horses into the state for the sole purpose of slaughter for human consumption. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Bob Molaro. A Belgian company, Cavel International, runs a horse slaughter plant near DeKalb, Ill.
Champion Intercontinental produced her first foal, an Empire Maker filly, Feb. 13 at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.
George Patrick "Jeep" Ryan, a popular jockey on the Ohio and Kentucky circuit, died Feb. 19 from complications from a stroke.
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