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NTRA Executive Testifies Before House Committee

Greg Avioli, deputy commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, is scheduled to testify before the House Finance Committee Thursday afternoon during an oversight hearing on Internet gambling. It is expected Avioli will offer his comments at about 3 p.m. EDT.

Who's Running The Guild?

Jerry Bailey, Jockeys' Guild president emeritus, is resigning Friday from his positions on the Guild's executive committee and board of directors. He is resigning because he believes a five-member majority of the executive committee acted too hastily in hiring Matrix Capital Associates to manage the Guild.

Lewises Change Plans, Scratch Serena's Song's Yearling From Keeneland July Sale

Robert and Beverly Lewis have shifted the focus of their breeding program from selling to racing this year. As a result, they recently scratched both of their entries to the Keeneland July select yearling sale: a Deputy Minister--Serena's Song colt and a Gone West--Storm Beauty filly. The Lewises also will retain most of the yearlings that they planned to offer at the Keeneland September sale.

Dream Supreme and City Zip Assault "Summit"

Dream Supreme and City Zip are prominent among 21 sprint stars from major racing centers nationwide assembling to face 26 local stars in the five stakes races worth more than $1 million to be run on Saturday's 'Summit of Speed' program at Calder Race Course.

Speed Will Abound at Calder's 'Summit'

More than 40 top sprinters from around the country are set to square off Saturday in the "Summit of Speed" program at Calder Race Course. The five-stakes program is highlighted by the Princess Rooney Handicap and Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes, both grade III events.

Thunder Blitz Headlines Long Branch

Sunday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes is Monmouth Park's major prep for the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 5, and this year's rendition should again springboard a few runners toward this year's race. The Long Branch, run at 1 1/16 miles, is for 3-year-olds.

Magna May Have NYC-OTB Inside Track

New York's top Democrat in the state Legislature said New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has told him the city government is inclined to sell its massive off track betting operation to a consortium of racing interests headed by Magna Entertainment.

Mario "Super" So Far at Colonial

Jockey Mario Pino hit double figures for wins in the last two days of racing at Colonial Downs by following his six-win performance on Monday with four wins Tuesday. For the first five days of the meet that opened July 3, Pino has 15 wins, and by the way, he spent one of those days at Monmonth Park.

Half-Sister To Aly's Alley Tops Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

Capricha, a half-sister to grade III winner Aly's Alley, brought the top price of $240,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training and older horses of racing age on Tuesday in Timonium, Md. Produced from the unraced Alydar mare Aly Capri, the Pleasant Colony filly was purchased by Eaglestone Farm from Bill Reightler, agent.

Author/Artist Kathleen Costello Beer Dead

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Author/artist Kathleen Costello Beer, 74, died July 3 from complications from cancer. A native of Baltimore, Beer founded the Beresford Gallery and published two books, Bumble and Me and What Happens in Spring.

Sheikh Mohammed Makes More Headlines With Sunday Silence

Sheikh Mohammed's homebred Silent Honor captured Tuesday's Cherry Hinton Stakes (Eng-II) by a short head over Lady High Havens. The win came a day after John Ferguson purchased five sons and daughters of Sunday Silence on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed at the Japan Racing Horse Association's select foal sale.

Grade I Winner Plenty of Light Retired

Aaron and Marie Jones' Plenty of Light has been retired from racing with a record of five wins from seven races and earnings of $510,420. The 4-year-old daughter of Colony Light arrived at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., about 10 days ago.

Always a Classic's First Winner

Grade I winner Always a Classic was represented by his first winner when Marion G. Montanari's homebred colt All That Magic won July 9 at 4 1/2 furlongs at Calder Race Course in his second start.

Anchor Gaming To Merge

Anchor Gaming, the parent company of United Tote, has agreed to a merger with joint venture partner International Game Technology. If the deal is approved it would create a gaming equipment company with combined annual revenue of $2 billion and control of 60% of the United States market.

Breed For Speed

By Edwin Anthony -- After years of research, I've come to the conclusion that speed is the single most important factor in determining a horse's chances to succeed as a sire of sires.

Sales Cycle

By Ray Paulick -- The 2000 Keeneland July yearling sale is going to be a tough act to follow, but that could easily have been said about any of the last five installments of the world's premier auction of young racing prospects.

Sunday Silence Maintains Sire Lead in Japan

Sunday Silence, who has dominated the Japanese sire lists since his arrival on that island nation from North America in the early 1990s, holds a sizable lead on the 2001 leading sires list by progeny earnings over runner-up Tony Bin.

Wheat Wins Dogwood Dominion Award

Julian "Buck" Wheat has been named the winner of the 2001 Dogwood Dominion Award. The unofficial mayor of the Churchill Downs backstretch, Wheat is director of horseman's relations at the Louisville track.

Youbet.com Gets Reprieve From Nasdaq

The Nasdaq National Market has informed Youbet.com, Inc. that the company is now in compliance with listing qualifications and will not be dropped from its listings.

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