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From the Print Edition: Gathering Momentum

He didn't have enough of it in his first stateside start, and lost all of it at the beginning of the Native Diver Handicap (gr. III), but Momentum gathered his namesake over the Native Diver's nine furlongs and proved a convincing winner of the $100,000 race at Hollywood Park Dec. 9.

Schwartz: Video Gaming Not a Panacea

The video lottery terminals proposed for New York racetrack appear to be less of a good deal than was expected when a law that permits them was rushed through two months ago, the head of the New York Racing Association said.

Schwartz: Video Gaming Not a Panacea

The video lottery terminals proposed for New York racetrack appear to be less of a good deal than when a law that permits them was rushed through two months ago, the head of the New York Racing Association said.

Nakatani Hires Stevens' Former Agent

The saga of musical jockey agents in Southern California continued Saturday as top journeyman Corey Nakatani revealed he would retain veteran agent Tony Matos effective for the upcoming Santa Anita season. Earlier in the week, Hall of Famer Gary Stevens announced he would be ending his professional relationship with Matos at the conclusion of the current Hollywood Park season and that he had retained the services of Brian Beach.

NTRA Releases Spring TV Schedule

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association unveiled its spring 2002 television schedule for Thoroughbred racing and outlined the full complement of programming planned for next year.

Steeplechase Season Closes Sunday

Florida's Calder Race Course will again close the National Steeplechase Association season, with two races carded as part of Sunday's racing program. The jumpers will compete in a $25,000 allowance hurdle and the $50,000 Tropical Park Steeplechase Stakes (NSA-III).

John Deere Cuts Breeders' Cup Turf Deal

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited have announced that John Deere will have entitlement rights to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf, its was announced Friday. The Turf is one of eight races that comprise the $13 million Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. John Deere, the NTRA's official supplier of farm equipment, was the presenting sponsor of the 2001 edition of the Breeders' Cup Turf.

TVG's Wilson Responds to Comments by Magna's McAlpine

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Mark Wilson, president and CEO of TVG, has issued a lengthy statement in response to widely-reported comments made by Jim McAlpine, President and CEO of Magna Entertainment Corporation, at the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program's "Symposium on Racing."

TRA Adds Board Members

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The Thoroughbred Racing Association's (TRA) board of directors elected several new directors Thursday at its regular board meeting in Tucson.

Hallowed Dreams Heads La. Champions Day

Louisiana's favorite daughter, Hallowed Dreams, faces a field of 10 boys and one other filly in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Saturday. Winner of the A.B. Leggio Memorial Handicap just one week ago, Hallowed Dreams will carry 120 pounds, including regular rider Sylvester Carmouche.

Roll Again to McCutchen Training Center

Seven-year-old Roll Again, a full brother to grade II winner and promising young sire Lord Carson, will begin his stallion career at R.B. and Debby McCutchen's McCutchen Training Center near Kingstree, S.C.

NTRA Budget Approved; Houston to Host 'Challenge'

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors approved a $60-million operating budget for 2002, and officially chose Sam Houston Race Park in Texas to serve as host site of the first Great State Challenge late next year.

Flying Spur Gelding Tops Australian Sale

Centurian, a 4-year-old gelding by Flying Spur, brought the top price of $40,000 (Australian) at William Inglis & Son's December mixed sale in Melbourne, Australia on Friday. Magic Millions Adelaide purchased Centurian from a dispersal of horses owned by Group One Racing Club. Produced from the Noalcoholic mare Eccentricity, Centurian has won two of his 18 career races.

Baze Notches 400th Win -- For the 9th Time

Jockey Russell Baze captured his 400th victory of the year Thursday, marking the ninth time he has reached that milestone. To put the achievement in perspective, no other rider has won 400 races more than three times in a career. Baze received a Special Eclipse Award after the fourth time he reached 400, in 1995.

Xtra Heat Back Facing the Girls

After a pair of impressive runs against the boys, the hickory tough Xtra Heat should be happy enough to face only members of her own sex Saturday in the $75,000 Garland of Roses Handicap at Aqueduct. The six-furlong sprint is the first stakes race of the New York track's inner track winter season.

English Stallion Polar Falcon Dead

Fourteen-year-old Polar Falcon, French champion sprinter and sire of several group I winners, was euthanized Dec. 5 at a Newmarket clinic following a recent illness thought to be caused by a lung tumor.

Police Probe Possible Double Homicide at Jersey Horse Farm

A man and a woman were found dead at Camac Thoroughbred Horse Farm, owned by trainer Robert Camac, in rural Salem County, N. J. early Thursday, and while State Police haven't positively identified the bodies, a spokesman for the Salem County prosecutor's office said that both victims lived there, and were found on the rear porch of the farmhouse.  Camac, 61, didn't show up at Barn 13 at Philadelphia Park Thursday, leading to strong speculation that the two victims were indeed he and his wife, Maryann.

Purses, Handle Soar at Canada's Woodbine

The 165-day Thoroughbred meet at Woodbine Racecourse that ended Sunday showed significant increases in purses and wagering. Boosted by revenues from slot machines, Woodbine purses rose 7% to total more than $80-million, for a daily average distribution of $485,000. With higher purses and larger field sizes, handle at Woodbine increased 14% to average $2,085,756 per day from all sources.

McAlpine Challenges Industry, TVG to Embrace Free Enterprise

Magna Entertainment president Jim McAlpine told racing industry leaders Thursday that their best chance to compete against Las Vegas and Disney, which he says are horse racing's true competitors, is by making industrywide deregulation and the adoption of free enterprise a top priority. And as Magna prepares to launch its own online and telephone account wagering service in California, McAlpine urged TVG to abandon its exclusive contracts with racetracks and merge its content with Magna's tracks and others.

McAlpine Challenges Industry, TVG to Embrace Free Enterprise

Magna Entertainment president Jim McAlpine told racing industry leaders Thursday that their best chance to compete against Las Vegas and Disney, which he says are horse racing's true competitors, is by making industrywide deregulation and the adoption of free enterprise a top priority.

Two New Stakes Highlight 2002 Calendar at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs stakes schedule for 2002 includes the 128th renewals of the $1 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby and the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks - plus a record five grade I events and record total stakes purses of more than $8 million. The schedule also includes a pair of new stakes, including one named in honor of legendary track president Col. Matt Winn that will be run during the centennial anniversary of his arrival at the Louisville track.

Tattersalls Shatters December Sales Records

Tattersalls' December mares sale ended on Thursday with a record average and its second-highest gross revenue ever. The 767 horses sold grossed 36,065,500 guineas ($53,625,972) and averaged 47,022 guineas ($69,917). Compared to last year's figures, the number sold was down by 2.7%, but the gross, average, and median rose by 4.0%, 6.8%, and 10.9%, respectively.

Youbet Eager to Begin Taking Wagers in California

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With the California Horse Racing Board giving final approval last Friday to regulations for advance deposit wagering, Youbet.com is gearing up to begin taking wagers in the state once it is legal in January 2002.

An Open Dozen in My Charmer

Helen Groves' Batique and Jeanne Vance's Chaste will lead a full field of 12 fillies and mares postward in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Calder Race Course.

Calder's Grand Slam I Notebook

The fields are set for the four $100,000 stakes races to be run on Saturday's Grand Slam I program at Calder Race Course -- the biggest afternoon of racing on the national calendar that day.

Summit Comes Down to Time and Money

In the aftermath of Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit, it was all about time and money. Participants said they wouldn't have much more to say until the official minutes of the meeting are released, and that the success of any proposal hinges on a funding mechanism.

Uniformity a Priority, But How Far Will It Go?

The racing industry's quest for uniformity in medication and drug testing continued Wednesday with a lively panel discussion on the issue at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing in Tucson. Meanwhile, the jury is out as to whether there will be considerable change in Kentucky, a major racing state where officials appear split on the issue.

Doug Atkins Dies at 76

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Doug Atkins, racetrack executive, Thoroughbred owner, trainer, and breeder, died at his home in Solana Beach, Calif. home after a lengthy battlle with cancer on Nov. 29. He was 76.

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