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Daydreaming Heads Sabin Field

The Ogden Mills Phipps-homebred filly Daydreaming will be making her first start of the year when she leads a field of six fillies and mares, including the top three finishers in Banshee Breeze Handicap, in Saturday's $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) going 1 1/8 miles over the main track at Gulfstream Park.

Bailey Selects GolfPodium for Exclusive Speaker Representation

Equisponse, Inc., the sports marketing firm that represents Hall of Fame jockey and avid golfer Jerry Bailey has formed an alliance with GolfPodium for exclusive representation of Bailey's speaking engagements, corporate events, and personal appearance opportunities.

Bailey Selects GolfPodium for Exclusive Speaker Representation

Equisponse, Inc., the sports marketing firm that represents Hall of Fame jockey and avid golfer Jerry Bailey has formed an alliance with GolfPodium for exclusive representation of Bailey's speaking engagements, corporate events, and personal appearance opportunities.

MEC Files Countersuit in Oregon

Attorneys for Magna Entertainment Corp. filed countersuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon Feb. 18 to formally answer a $1-million breach-of-contract action brought against the company by the Oregon Greyhound Association.

Purses at Louisiana Downs Increased for 2005 Season

Harrah's Louisiana Downs announced today that they have increased purse offerings for the 2005 racing season, which opens April 29 and runs through Oct. 9, to average $210,000 per day. In addition, the purse for the Super Derby XXVI (gr. II) was increased from $500,000 to $750,000 and the distance returned to 1 1/4 miles.

Oak Tree Donates $100,000 to University of Arizona RTIP

The Oak Tree Racing Association has contributed $100,000 to the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program to help endow a proposed faculty chair to conduct business industry research and head the RTIP's masters degree program.

Adelaide Sale Ends Quietly in Australia

Day three of Adelaide's thus far record-breaking Magic Millions yearling sale came and went before a small gathering of local buyers. It was not the way Magic Millions would have liked it to wind down following two record-breaking days of sales.

Total TVG Handle Up 42% in 2004

Total wagering on the TV Games Network increased 42% in 2004, and grew 29% in the fourth-quarter of 2004, the network said in a Feb. 24 release. The increase in business was punctuated by record single-day total wagering of $5,148,375 on May 1, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day.

Purses Increased at Oaklawn Park

Following a successful opening month at Oaklawn Park, including record growth in the Instant Racing pari-mutuel wagering system, the track announced an across-the-board purse increase, beginning with the races of Feb. 24.

Maryland Racing Commission Approves Pimlico Stakes Schedule

The Maryland Racing Commission approved the Pimlico spring stakes schedule at its monthly meeting Feb. 22 at Laurel Park. The headline event of the eight-week meeting beginning April 20 is the 130th running of the May 21 $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the Visa Triple Crown.

Grape Consequences

Grape Consequences

By Ray Paulick - Jess Jackson, the California vintner who is making headlines for his increasing involvement as a Thoroughbred owner and breeder, undoubtedly was more than a mildly interested spectator when the Supreme Court returned to work in Washington, D.C., the week of Feb. 21. So are many others in the racing industry.

Kentucky Authority OKs Stricter Medication Policy

Kentucky Authority OKs Stricter Medication Policy

Despite a final plea by a group of local horsemen, the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority unanimously moved Feb. 22 to adopt the model race-day medication rules proposed by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

Instant Racing Has First One-Day $1M Handle

Instant Racing--pari-mutuel wagering machines that closely resemble video lottery terminals--had its first $1-million day in handle Feb. 21 at Oaklawn Park. Instant Racing, a product of RaceTech, first began operating at the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack in 2000.

Wine Tycoon Jackson Takes Bluegrass by Storm

Wine Tycoon Jackson Takes Bluegrass by Storm

In an Associated Press article published last year, one of Jess Jackson's employees called the California wine tycoon a whirlwind. But based on what's been happening in Central Kentucky lately, that description was an understatement. Jackson, 75, is roaring through the Bluegrass with the strength of a Category 5 hurricane.

Canterbury Park Minnesota Fund Debuts, Charity Grants Approved

Canterbury Park Holding Corporation announced the initial approval of more than $100,000 in charitable grants through its Canterbury Park Minnesota Fund. Thirteen grants, ranging from $2,000 to $15,000, have been awarded to Minnesota organizations serving the equine industry and groups working to promote responsible gaming.

New York Regulatory Board Responds in Dickinson Case

A spokeswoman for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board said Tuesday that a blood sample taken from a horse trained by Michael Dickinson was not lost but that there was an insufficient amount of the sample to be sent for independent testing.

Deanna's Dream: 'Derby' Stable and $250,000

Deanna's Dream: 'Derby' Stable and $250,000

Deanna Manfredi, a 36-year-old marketing consultant from Toughkenamon, PA, took home $250,000 and a stable of eight Thoroughbreds when Avenueofknowledge won the "American Dream Derby" for her on Presidents' Day at Santa Anita Monday.

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