Articles posted March 19, 2009

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Lane's End Stakes Analysis

Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, looks at the Lane's End Stakes. Join Jason and professional handicapper Double Deuce from TheWinnersForum.com for a live chat at noon Eastern on March 21.

Hollywood Park to Race Through 2009

Hollywood Park to Race Through 2009

The California Horse Racing Board got a bit of good news March 19 when the president of Hollywood Park assured commissioners that it would run its 2009 fall/winter meet as planned. The board also received an update on bankruptcy developments from Magna Entertainment Corp.

Animal Planet to Renew 'Jockeys'

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Animal Planet to Renew 'Jockeys'

Animal Planet announced March 19 that the network's popular docu-drama "Jockeys" would be renewed for a second season of programs. The first season, which concluded March 13, brought Animal Planet viewers into the lives of seven jockeys who race at Santa Anita Park during its Oak Tree Meet last fall.

MEC Bankruptcy Fallout Hits Ohio Track

MEC Bankruptcy Fallout Hits Ohio Track

The Ohio State Racing Commission ruled March 19 that Thistledown's racing permit will be suspended as of March 28 if parent company Magna Entertainment Corp., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 5, fails to renew a $1-million bond.

Second Chance Horses Book Released

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Second Chance Horses Book Released

Eclipse Press, along with publishing partner Keeneland, has announced the release of the new book Second-Chance Horses: Inspiring Stories of Ex-Racehorses Succeeding in New Careers.

New Derby CPO Named, Coolers Allowed

New Derby CPO Named, Coolers Allowed

With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) just around the corner, Churchill Downs has announced that Nick Ferrara, also known as "RiNickulous," will be the new chief party officer of the 2009 Kentucky Derby infield.

MRC: ADWs Face Shutdown in Maryland

A trio of large domestic advance deposit wagering companies is facing a shut-off of operations in Maryland unless a new agreement for revenue sharing is reached, the Maryland Racing Commission said recently.

NTRA Alliance Applications Available

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NTRA Alliance Applications Available

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 19 that an application for racetrack accreditation by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance is now available for downloading at www.NTRAalliance.com. A hard copy of the application may also be obtained by writing the NTRA at 2525 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 400, Lexington, KY, 40504.

Porter on Pedigrees: Friesan Fire

Porter on Pedigrees: Friesan Fire

In the metal-working technique called "brazing," two metals with disparate properties are joined by a third that is sufficiently similar to both to create an effective union.

Lane's End: 'The' Unique Derby Prep Race

Six weeks out from the Kentucky Derby and offering $500,000 in purse money on a synthetic track in Kentucky, the Lane's End Stakes is unique in its offering the first gathering of national stables in the Bluegrass State for a run at the first Saturday in May.

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