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Kentucky Authority Names Nicholson Interim Executive Director

The Kentucky Racing Authority has named John Nicholson its interim executive director. Nicholson currently serves as the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park and will fill the racing authority position until Gov. Ernie Fletcher appoints a permanent executive director.

Kidder and Partners Hit It Big at Saratoga With $1.85-Million Colt

It was a big day for Chuck Kidder at Saratoga. Wednesday afternoon, Solid Platinum, a homebred filly Kidder races in partnership with John Griggs, captured a maiden race by three lengths. Wednesday night, a Giant's Causeway -- Alaska Queen colt, bred by Kidder in partnership, topped the second session of the Fasig-Tipton select yearling auction, bringing a final bid of $1.85 million from Barry Irwin of Team Valor.

Hunt's Voz de Colegiala Nabs Osunitas 'Cap

Chilean-bred Voz de Colegiala, flying the famous green silks of owner Nelson Bunker Hunt, prevailed in a blanket finish under leading rider Tyler Baze to win the $80,150 Osunitas Handicap for older fillies and mares Wednesday at Del Mar.

Pleasantly Perfect Gears Up for Pacific Classic

Pleasantly Perfect had trainer Richard Mandella smiling after seeing the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner work a sharp five furlongs in one minute flat Tuesday. Pleasantly Perfect, second in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), is preparing for Del Mar's $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 22.

Leg in Cast, Luzzi Returns to Saratoga

Jockey Mike Luzzi, saying he hopes to be riding by the opening of the Belmont Park fall meeting Sept. 10, returned to the Saratoga jockeys' room Wednesday morning for the first time since he suffered a broken femur on opening day at Saratoga.

Plans for New Texas Track Slow Down

Plans to construct a new racetrack near the Texas City of Pflugerville have been put on hold while members of The Austin Jockey Club work with the city and county concerning traffic issues. The Texas Racing Commission was scheduled to hear a proposal from representatives of the track at its Aug. 12 meeting.

Thistledown Wins a Battle in Simulcast War

Thistledown, the Magna Entertainment Corp.-owned racetrack that has battled for years over simulcasts with a neighboring harness track, received approval Aug. 10 from the Ohio State Racing Commission to import races it hasn't been able to take because of state law.

Illness Keeps Rock Hard Ten at Monmouth

Rock Hard Ten, who finished sixth behind Lion Heart as the 4-5 favorite in Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), was still at Monmouth Park Wednesday morning, and will not ship home to California until he fully recovers from a slight illness that surfaced after the race.

Cowboy Up

Cowboy Up

By Dan Liebman -- About 10 years ago, Robert A. "Cowboy" Jones quit keeping track. But it's safe to say the number is more than 50,000. While others spend billions each year on diet books, diet pills, diet fads, and diet programs, Cowboy Jones lost 50,000 pounds in a sweatbox. Didn't cost him a penny.

Remembering Ray Rogers

By Alan F. Balch -- When racing lost Ray Rogers in July at the age of 87, one of our last links disappeared to a different sport we knew so well, not that long ago.

NTRA Mystery Mutuel Vouchers: They're in the Mail

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Wednesday that vouchers worth $2.69 million--including a $1-million grand prize--have been mailed to more than 540,000 racing fans as part of this week's NTRA Mystery Mutuel Voucher promotion.

Del Mar Notebook: Horses to Watch

Del Mar Notebook: Horses to Watch

Sunday's $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch H. (G2) highlighted the stakes action at Del Mar this week as a field of eight fillies and mares, three-years-old and up, went to the gate for the 1 1/16-mile affair.

Musburger to Host Arlington Million Telecast

Longtime broadcaster Brent Musburger, better known nationally known for his football and basketball reporting, will host Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. I) telecast on ABC Sports.

TRF Gala Raises $425,000

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's sixth annual fund-raising party held Monday night at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club exceeded all expectations as 450 guests attended for a chance to bid on unique experiences and stallion seasons while helping out a good cause. The event raised $425,000.

Walmac Stallion Miswaki Pensioned

Walmac Stallion Miswaki Pensioned

Miswaki, who has sired 96 stakes winners and is broodmare sire of 106 stakes winners, has been pensioned from stallion duty at John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International near Lexington because of his advanced age and declining fertility.

TRF Gala Raises Record $425,000

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's sixth annual fund-raisin party held Monday night at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club exceeded al expectations as 450 guests attended for a chance to bid on unique experiences, stallion seasons, not to mention helping a good cause while having a great time.

Class of 2004 Inducted into Hall of Fame

Class of 2004 Inducted into Hall of Fame

One year after her late husband, Hubert "Sonny" Hine, was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Racing, Carolyn Hine was again onstage during the annual induction ceremony Aug. 9 at Fasig-Tipton's Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Delta Leads Way in Louisiana Racino Purses

Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino reigned as Louisiana's top moneymaking racino in the first six months of 2004, according to figures from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Overall, the state's three racinos generated more than $19.8 million for purses in the first six months of this year.

Great Lakes Downs License Transfer Approved

Michigan Racing Commissioner Robert Geake said Aug. 9 he would authorize the transfer of the license for Great Lakes Downs near Muskegon from MI Racing Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of Magna Entertainment Corp., to Richmond Racing.

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