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Jockey Challenge Set For Friday

The NTRA All-Star Jockey Challenge is set for Friday as 12 of the nation's best Thoroughbred race rider's return to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the popular four-race competition.

OBS June Sale Ends On High Note

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June 2-year-olds in training sale concluded Wednesday with increases in overall gross and average price.

Deal Struck to Bring Casinos to Western New York

New York Gov. George Pataki and the Seneca Indian Nation have struck a deal to bring three Las Vegas-style casinos to western New York in a bid to directly compete with a casino and racetrack with slot machines in nearby Canada. Though the casinos would pose a competitive threat to the region's Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks, racing insiders were beaming, because the casino deal with the Indians would make their task of selling a racetrack video lottery terminal proposal much easier.

Still No Loan, But Colonial Meet Remains on Track

Only weeks before the scheduled opening of its Thoroughbred meet, Colonial Downs still hasn't secured a loan to fund purses for its summer meet. It appears, though, that track owner Jeffrey Jacobs and some horsemen are prepared to provide the funds in the interim.

Bill Would Expand Gaming Venues in Delaware

Legislation introduced in the Delaware House of Representatives this month would allow "qualified entertainment venues" to have video lottery terminals, revenue from which would be used for community redevelopment. Currently, only the state's three racetracks are permitted to have VLTs and slot machines.

NTRA Revenues: From Red to Black in 2000

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association in 2000 had $4.81 million in operating revenue over operating expenses, compared with a $1.82 million deficit in operating revenue in 1999. That's a swing of $6.6 million to the positive side of the fiscal ledger.

Grayson Foundation's Triple Crown

Although there was no Triple Crown winner on the track this year, each of the Triple Crown races represented a boost for equine research. The owners of both winning colts, Monarchos and Point Given, had each pledged 1% of the purses to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

Grayson Foundation's Triple Crown

Although there was no Triple Crown winner on the track this year, each of the Triple Crown races represented a boost for equine research. The owners of both winning colts, Monarchos and Point Given, had each pledged 1% of the purses to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

Task Force Finds Emerald Downs Deaths Unrelated

After seven horses died in a 19-day period this spring at Emerald Downs, the racetrack opted to create a task force to evaluate the deaths, and to see if similar injuries could be prevented in the future. Detailed soil and track assessments, as well as input from industry members and groups, indicated the track itself is in good shape, and the injuries were unrelated.

Queen's Plate Notebook

Millennium Allstar, a top contender for the 142nd Queen's Plate, owned by Joseph and Leslie Meehan, worked Tuesday morning over Woodbine's main track in preparation for Sunday's $1-million race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Queen's Plate Notebook

Millennium Allstar, a top contender for the 142nd Queen's Plate, owned by Joseph and Leslie Meehan, worked Tuesday morning over Woodbine's main track in preparation for Sunday's $1-million race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Montbrook Gelding Tops OBS Session

Boreen, a gelding by Montbrook consigned by Ocala Stud Farms, brought $105,000 to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale Tuesday, the sale company reported. Choctaw Racing bought Boreen, a half-brother to stakes winner Backatem and graded stakes placed Throwthebookatem. His quarter mile in :21 2/5 was the fastest work of Saturday's under tack show. He is out of the Deputy Minister mare Deputy's Mistress.

New York Reinstates Residency Requirement for Mares

The Board of Directors of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund has reinstated the 90 day residency rule for returning mares. The Board had previously waived the rule in response to growing concerns about foal losses throughout Kentucky earlier this spring and uncertainty regarding the possible contagiousness of the problem.

Deford Keynote Speaker at Hall of Fame Ceremonies

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Frank Deford, himself a member of the National Association of Sporstcasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker at this years National Musuem of Racing and Hall of Fame inductiion ceremony. The new members of the Hall of Fame will be enshrined at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Fasig-Tipton sale pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Racing-Related Issues Surface in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania legislator said he plans to call this fall for county referendums on the issue of slot machines at the state's four racetracks. Meanwhile, a resolution that seeks an economic impact study to develop ways the state "can help maintain fiscal soundness" of the horse racing and breeding industry has been introduced.

Storm Cat Colt Rallies to Victory at Royal Ascot

The St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) on the opening day of the Royal Ascot meet in England lived up to its billing as two classic were 1-2 in an exciting finish. The winner was Black Minnaloushe, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Storm Cat who was driven to the wire by jockey Johnny Murtaugh for a neck victory over Noverre.

Shuttered Track's Revival May Be Tied to VLTs

Remember Tioga Park in New York's southern tier? If you don't, you're not alone. But the former Quarter Horse track is being shopped around as a potential investment in light of the fact the concept of video lottery terminals at racetracks is generating much discussion in the state legislature. Meanwhile, Gov. George Pataki said the VLT proposal would be considered.

Champion Steinlen Dies After Fracturing Leg

Eclipse Award winner Steinlen died June 9 at John C. Harris' Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., after fracturing a rear leg in a paddock accident. Campaigned as a homebred by Daniel Wildenstein, Steinlen was voted champion grass male in 1989 following triumphs in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), Arlington Million (gr. IT), and Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IT).

Valid Expectations Tops 2-Year-Old List

First-crop stallion Valid Expectations moved up from third to first on the sires of 2-year-old list when his son Expected Hour won the June 16 Victoria Stakes at Woodbine in his career debut.

Which 25 Years?

By Dan Liebman -- Let's face facts. Fact One: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame. Fact Two: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame on the first ballot. The only unanswered question is what year it will be when Baffert accepts his plaque in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Test Pattern

By Ray Paulick -- The 60-day suspension handed down by the three California Horse Racing Board stewards against Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bob Baffert comes as no surprise, given the CHRB track record.

Eltish's First Winner

Florida stallion Eltish was represented by his first winner when his daughter Eltisha won June 18 at 5 1/2 furlongs at Calder Race Course at first asking.

OBSC Sale Begins Tuesday

A colt by Our Emblem posted the fastest quarter mile breeze, stopping the timer in :21 1/5 on Sunday, during this past weekend's Under Tack Shows in preparation for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2001 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age sale.

Golden Ballet Arrives in Kentucky

Golden Ballet, leader of the 3-year-old filly division this year on the basis of her two grade I stakes victories before being retired after suffering a bowed tendon, arrived at Craig Banderoff's Denali Stud on Monday, June 18.

Golden Ballet Arrives in Kentucky

Golden Ballet, leader of the 3-year-old filly division this year on the basis of her two grade I stakes victories before being retired after suffering a bowed tendon, arrived at Craig Banderoff's Denali Stud on Monday, June 18.

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