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More Fallout From Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Fallout from the foot-and-mouth disease that has gripped the United Kingdom continued, with the announcement that Ireland's Department of Defense ruled that all animals must be removed from The Curragh racecourse "for the foreseeable future," according to The Racing Post. Meanwhile, published reports say that Singapore has banned the import of horses from the UK in reaction to the disease.

Hialeah, Horsemen Settle Purse Dispute

A settlement has been reached between Hialeah Park and the Florida Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association in the dispute regarding underpayment of purses. The FHBPA had filed suit against Hialeah, claiming that the track shortchanged horsemen by about $500,000 in 2000 purses. Hialeah management asserted that, if anything, purses were overpaid from the agreement reached in March 2000 with the horsemen.

Smith: Still Much Work to be Done at NTRA

National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith, who took the position in April 1998, said there's still a lot of work to be done. And he plans to stick around to do it. Though his first three years are up this April, Smith's contract automatically provides for a one-year extension with a year's advance notice. Because no action was taken last year, Smith's contract is now good through 2002. If the same thing happens this April, it will be good through 2003.

Field of 11 Turf Specialists in Kilroe Mile

A field of 11 older turf runners have entered for Saturday's 42nd running of the Frank E. Kilroe Mile on the Camino Real turf course. Formerly run as the Arcadia Handicap, the race was renamed in 2001 to honor longtime Southern California racing secretary 'Jimmy' Kilroe.

Last Vacancy on California Regulatory Board Filled

For the first time in more than two years, the California Horse Racing Board has a full commission. Thursday, Gov. Gray Davis appointed retired Silicon Valley executive William A. Bianco to the CHRB, only six days after naming Los Angeles attorney Roger Licht to the board.

Tiznow Heads Large Field in Big 'Cap

Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Tiznow drew post position No. 5 Thursday for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap this weekend. The 4-year-old colt is the 8-5 morning line favorite, followed by the Bob Baffert-trained Wooden Phone, who upset Tiznow in the Strub Stakes, at 5-1. Wooden Phone drew the No. 2 hole. Thirteen horses have been entered in the prestigious race, including turf champion Bienamado and grade II winner Guided Tour.

Once Again, Regulators' Organization in Turmoil

On the eve of its annual convention, the Association of Racing Commissioners International is again faced with a mass exodus that could threaten its viability. As of Thursday, up to 10 jurisdictions had informed the Lexington-based organization they had defected or would withhold dues pending changes at RCI. At issue is president Tony Chamblin's handling of the organization and its finances, in particular a $50,000 check he is said to have written himself last year. In December, Chamblin's salary and benefits package for the remaining two years of his contract was reduced.

Florida Derby Update: Songandaprayer Works; New Jock for City Zip

Fountain of Youth Stakes winner Songandaprayer was on the track for a serious seven-furlong trial on Thursday. With jockey Edgar Prado in the saddle, Songandaprayer was clocked in 1:23 4/5 handily and is on schedule for his appearance in the $1 million Florida Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles here on March 10. Songandaprayer went in fractions of :36 1/5 for three furlongs, :47 4/5 for the half-mile, :59 4/5 for five furlongs, 1:23 4/5 for seven furlongs and galloped out a mile in 1:38 3/5.

Keeneland, Turfway Offer $1M Bonus on Derby Trail

In an effort to promote the road to the Kentucky Derby in the Derby's back yard, Keeneland and sister track Turfway Park have announced a $1-million bonus for a horse that wins three of four prep races, track officials announced Thursday. The races involved are the Turfway Spiral Stakes, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, and the Kentucky Derby.

Pimlico to Race Through June 9, But Then What?

With Colonial Downs in Virginia planning to hold its Thoroughbred meet from June 10-July 14, the Maryland Racing Commission hasn't yet awarded the customary summer dates to Laurel Park. Commission officials said the issue will be resolved at a March meeting after track officials and horsemen agree on a schedule.

Can You Breed for Speed or Stamina?

For centuries, horsemen have tried to breed for speed and endurance and found that the greatest genetic potential can yield disappointment as easily as reward. Consider the indomitable Secretariat, who sired a string of mostly unremarkable racers, or the supremely talented John Henry, who sprang from an unheralded sire and dam. These are not isolated i...

Trainer John Tammaro Missing

Police in South Florida are investigating the disappearance of well-known trainer John Tammaro Jr., who was reported missing by his daughter on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tammaro was last seen leaving Gulfstream Park about 10 a.m. that day by track security officers who later told police detectives Tammaro "didn't look well."

Family Matters: Startac's Pedigree Profile

They keep asking questions of Startac, and so far he's come up with all the right answers. Being a son of champion Theatrical, who won multiple grade I stakes, including the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr.IT), at 12 furlongs, Startac figured to have no problem with distance limitations. Just to prove the point, he broke his maiden at first asking in August at Del Mar going one mile on the turf. In five lifetime starts, he has never raced at less than that distance.

Youbet.com Featured on Forbes.com List

Forbes.com, the online initiative of Forbes magazine, includes Youbet.com on a list of five fast-growing technology companies with uncertain futures. In an introduction to its "Five That Could Dive" list, Forbes.com notes: "Being one of the country's 100 fastest-growing companies is a nice place to be, even if analysts rate your chances of surviving the ramp as less than good."

Golfing Phenom Meets Sheikh, Tours Stables

Tiger Woods, the reigning champion of the golfing world, spent Wednesday afternoon touring the state of the art Al Quoz Stables in Dubai, the home of Godolphin Racing. During the tour of Al Quoz, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum told the golfer that one of Godolphin's most promising 2-year-olds was to be named Dubai Tiger. A son of Storm Cat out of the Saratoga Six mare Toga Toga Toga, Dubai Tiger was purchased for $1.8 million at the 2000 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Recovered Seattle Slew Gets First Mare in Foal

The first mare bred to Seattle Slew this breeding season was pronounced in foal Monday. The mare, Dreams of Success, a 4-year-old maiden mare by Dixieland Band, is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud and was covered by the Triple Crown winner at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

Business Declines At Fasig-Tipton Calder Auction

Excitement was high going into the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. The auction had a strong catalogue; the horses worked fast; and virtually every major buyer of juveniles showed up or sent a representative. But when the final figures were calculated Tuesday, business was down across the board from a year ago.

Palmeiro Works Toward San Rafael

Santa Catalina Stakes runner-up Palmeiro worked four furlongs in :47.60 over Santa Anita's main track Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's grade II San Rafael Stakes for 3-year-olds going one mile. Probable starters in the race, with jockeys, are: Palmeiro, Kent Desormeaux; Swordfish, David Flores; Victory Roar, Gary Stevens; Crafty C.T., Eddie Delahoussaye; Early Flyer, Chris McCarron; Media Mogul, Alex Solis and Wild And Wise, Victor Espinoza.

Beat All Makes Main Track Debut in Big 'Cap

While much ado has been made about Bienamado making his first start on the dirt in Saturday's $1-million Santa Anita Handicap, Neil Drysdale has a Kentucky-bred, Beat All, that will also be making his main track debut. "He works on the dirt over here and seems to handle it well," said Drysdale assistant John O'Donahue about Drysdale's decision to go in the Big 'Cap.

Churchill Reports Record Revenues, Earnings for 2000

Churchill Downs Incorporated reported Tuesday that it had record revenues and earnings for the year ended December 31, 2000. Net revenues for the year totaled $362.0 million, a 40 percent increase over $258.4 million in 1999. Net earnings were $19.2 million, a 28 percent increase over $15.0 million last year. Earnings per share for the year were $1.75, compared with $1.72 in 1999.

Santa Anita Report: Go Go's Got the Beat

A couple of hours after Santa Anita honored trainer Noble Threewitt on the occasion of his 90th birthday, 79-year-young Warren Stute provided the icing on the cake when he captured the Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) Feb. 24 as Go Go punched by the favored La Feminn.

Time, and Perhaps Medication Rules, Stymie Magna Series

The first of two rounds in Magna Entertainment's "Super Track Racing Series" has been canceled because of a lack of time to prepare and possibly complications tied to medication rules. The first round of the series -- six $100,000 races at Santa Anita Park March 3 -- has been scrapped, the Magna-owned California track announced Tuesday. The second round, scheduled for March 10 at Gulfstream Park, Magna's Florida track, will go as planned, officials said.

Slew Colt Brings $1-Million at Fasig-Tipton Sale

A Seattle Slew colt produced from the grade I winner Chic Shirine was purchased by Irish agent Demi O'Byrne for $1-million as the top priced offering during the early portion of Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Racecourse. O'Byrne said the colt had the best pedigree of the offerings in the sale and had a nice workout during the under tack show, getting an eighth of a mile in 10 3/5 seconds. O'Byrne said the colt will be trained by Patrick Biancone for John Magnier and Michael Tabor.

Britain, Ireland Suspend Racing Because of Disease

Officials in Great Britain have ruled that horse racing will be suspended for at least a week, effective Wednesday, because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. In Ireland, racing also has been canceled, and horses and Greyhounds can't be shipped to the island country from Great Britain.

Gilded Time Still Tops; Broad Brush Moves Up

Gilded Time, who was the sole sire last week with progeny earnings of more than $600,000, has company this week, but still holds the No. 1 ranking by 2001 progeny earnings. Broad Brush moved up from the No. 12 spot to fifth. His runners have earned $560,049 and include the filly Pompeii, who won the Feb. 19 Rare Treat Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

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