Articles posted December 4, 2009

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Three Pennsylvania Races Lose Graded Status

Three Pennsylvania Races Lose Graded Status

The Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and two other Pennsylvania races lost their graded status for 2009 because the state racing commission didn't follow a more extensive drug testing protocol required by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Willmot to Step Down as Woodbine CEO in 2010

Woodbine Entertainment Group, which operates Woodbine Racetrack, announced that David S. Willmot plans to leave the post of CEO, effective with the board of directors next meeting June 4, 2010. Willmot announced his intentions during the WEG directors meeting Dec. 4.

Breeders' Cup Boosts November Purses, Handle

The Nov. 6-7 Breeders' Cup World Championships during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet provided a major shot in the arm for November purses, which were up 24.9% over the same month a year ago when the Breeders' Cup was held in October.

Rachel, Zenyatta Featured in Digital Magazine

Rachel, Zenyatta Featured in Digital Magazine

In celebration of the historic year by two of racing's great females, The Blood-Horse and ExclusivelyEquine.com will offer a digital edition Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta commemorative magazine titled "Queens of the Turf: Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta's Race for 2009 Horse of the Year."

U.S. House Passes Estate Tax Relief

The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 4 passed the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009 (H.R.4154) that would extend and make permanent the 45% inheritance tax and the current $3.5 million exemption, $7 million for married taxpayers, according to an advisory from the American Horse Council.

Blood-Horse to Publish Combined Issue

Blood-Horse Publications has announced The Blood-Horse will publish a Dec. 26, 2009-Jan. 2, 2010 combined issue featuring a "Year in Review", recapping the top industry stories of 2009, and include a "Auctions Digest."

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