Articles posted December 3, 2008

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Veterinarian Stewart States His Case

Suspended equine veterinarian Rodney Stewart testified Dec. 3 that he was unaware that a soft-sided cooler he left in a refrigerator in a barn at Keeneland contained the prohibited substance cobra toxin.

BH Advertising Rates Reduced

The Blood-Horse, the nation's oldest continually-published weekly news magazine for Thoroughbred racing and breeding, will reduce its print advertising rates by 5% effective January 2009.

And They're Off: Dec 3 (Video)

And They're Off: Dec 3 (Video)

Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week, Shulman and Haskin review Thanksgiving week racing (who was the most impressive), continue the Eclipse Awards discussions, evaluate the grading of stakes races and more! Plus, Stable Boy is back from vacation.

Total Handle, Purses Decline in November

Total Handle, Purses Decline in November

Wagering on Thoroughbred races fell almost 10% in November compared with November 2007, Equibase reported Dec. 3 in its monthly "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators." Purses dropped more than 2%, but race days increased more than 5%.

Winners Federation Plans 2009 Conference

The Winners Federation, which advocates for healthy lifestyle choices by racetrack workers, plans to re-establish a professional development and informational conference in 2009.

Judge Rules in Favor of Buckram Oak

Judge Rules in Favor of Buckram Oak

A Circuit Court judge in Lexington has dismissed claims filed by Jess Jackson and his Stonestreet Farm against Buckram Oak Holdings in connection with Jackson's $17.5 million purchase of the horse farm in February 2005.

Hong Kong, Australia at Odds Over Jockey

Relations between international racing organizations are in a rare state of strain after Racing NSW in Australia chose to set aside the decision of Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards to disqualify jockey Chris Munce until September 2009. Munce, who was recently released after serving 20 months in jail, is now expected to return to race riding in Sydney the week of Dec. 7.

And They're Off: Dec. 3

And They're Off: Dec. 3

Shulman and Haskin review Thanksgiving week racing (who was the most impressive), continue the Eclipse Awards discussions, evaluate the grading of stakes races and more! Plus, Stable Boy is back from vacation.

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