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NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund Disburses $2.25 Million

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At a luncheon honoring New York and Nassau County law enforcement personnel, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Breeder Cup Limited and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) distributed $2.5 million from the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund to 11 local organizations aiding families affected by the World Trade Center attack. Th ceremony marks the second distribution of Heroes Fund monies to Sept. 11-related charities and brings the fund's total disbursements to $3.5 million.

Uncle Abbie to Key Ranch in Texas

Four-year-old Uncle Abbie, who is closely related to champion Lemon Drop Kid, will stand the 2002 breeding season at Joe and Sharon Kerby's Key Ranch near Salado, Texas.

Environmentalists Intend to Sue Portland Meadows

Environmentalists notified Portland Meadows on Nov. 27 that they intend to sue the racetrack for illegally discharging manure into the Columbia Slough. An official with Magna Entertainment, which owns the Oregon racetrack's operating rights, called the lawsuit unfair and said the company has been working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency since assuming control in May.

Men's Exclusive Seeks Underwood Repeat

Men's Exclusive has lost his last four starts since winning the Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita in January, but conditioner Wesley Ward is confident the 8-year-old gelding will run big in defense of his crown in the $100,000 Vernon Underwood Stakes (gr. III) at six furlongs Sunday.

Blazing Fury Among Ship-Ins For Hollywood Turf Cup

Blazing Fury, who arrived from New York late Wednesday afternoon for Saturday's $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, jogged on the training track during a rainy Thursday morning. Assistant Danny Dubuc is overseeing final preparations for the 3-year-old gelding until trainer Jim Toner arrives Friday night.

Committee Approves Net Gain of Eight Graded Races For 2002

After a two-day meeting in Lexington, Ky., the American Graded Stakes Committee on Thursday released the list of stakes races that will have graded status in 2002. As a result of the committee's review, which uses a five-year formula to assess races and assign graded status, there is a net gain of eight graded races in 2002, bringing to 486 the number of races assigned graded status from the 751 eligible races.

Killoran Defaults on Six Yearling Purchases in France

An Irish bloodstock agent and his British client continue racking up defaults at major sale companies around the globe. British businessman Bobby Killoran has defaulted on six yearlings bought for $1.12 million through Agence Francaise in August. Killoran has failed to pay for more than $4.6 million worth of horses bought at Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, and Tattersalls since July. All the horses were bought by agent and former jockey Paul Collins.

From the Print Edition: Bank Heist in New York

New York has seen one of the mildest autumns on record, with temperatures often swelling into the 60s and even 70s. How mild was it on Nov. 24? It was so mild that the strongest wind was provided by Michael Tabor's Left Bank, who blew away his opponents to win the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) in a spectacular 1:33.35. On a day when horses basically were plodding home in slow times, Left Bank flew home as if caught up in some sudden squall.

Remington Park's Meet Slumps

Remington Park reported across-the-board declines in attendance and handle for its 59-day meet that ended Nov. 24. The Oklahoma City racetrack reported a 4.3% decline in average daily attendance to 2,337 and an 11.5% drop in average daily on-track handle to $120,551.

From the Print Edition: Upsets Abound at Churchill

Forest Secrets, with Craig Perret aboard, put away pacesetter Miss Linda at the top of the stretch and charged home for a 1 ¼-length upset victory over Printemps in Thursday's featured $273,500 grade III Falls City for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.

Indiana Dates: Hoosier Schedule Revised

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission granted 2002 racing dates to Hoosier Park and Indianapolis Downs Tuesday, but not without some changes. Hoosier Park will conduct a 90-day Standardbred meet and 70-day Thoroughbred meet, while Indianapolis Downs will offer 19 days of Standardbred racing next December.

Mountain Track Gets OK From Maryland Panel

The Maryland Racing Commission on Nov. 27 granted the first new license to operate a racetrack in the state in more than 50 years. The commission gave the go-ahead to William Rickman Jr. and his father, William Rickman Sr., to build a small track in mountainous western Maryland. The last new licenses issued were in 1949 for the Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs harness tracks.

Our Emblem, Disco Rico to Stand in Maryland

Our Emblem and Disco Rico will stand the 2002 breeding season at E. Allen and Audrey Murray Jr.'s Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md. Ten-year-old Our Emblem, who has arrived at the farm, formerly stood at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. He will stand for a syndicate managed by the Murrays. Disco Rico, who will enter stud, will arrive next week. The fee for each is $4,000 live foal.

Kentucky HBPA Targets Drug Council's Conduct

The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has taken issue with the conduct of the state's Equine Drug Council and has asked the Kentucky Racing Commission to make sure the council complies with regulations.

Kentucky Directive: No Tubing on Raceday

Kentucky has taken its ban on "milkshakes" in Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing one step further with a specific directive that naso-gastric tubes cannot be used at all on raceday, even for therapeutic purposes. The commission said the directive was issued "to inform current and newly licensed veterinary practitioners of current policy."

Mystery Storm, Two Others to Texas

Graded stakes winners Mystery Storm, El Amante, and Cat's Career will stand next breeding season at Weston-Ward Thoroughbreds at Straus Medina Ranch near San Antonio, Texas

Always Fair to Rockin' River in Iowa

Always Fair, who has sired a dozen stakes winners, has been purchased by Jeff Greseth in partnership with Fred and Wade Feuring's Rockin' River Ranch for stallion duty at the Winterset, Iowa, farm.

THA Issues Testing, Medication Recommendations

The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association on Nov. 27 issued a list of recommendations that call for a restructuring of medication use and drug testing procedures in horse racing. Among them are formation of a non-profit consortium that would be funded via a per-start fee for every Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter Horse.

Mutafaweq to Wood Farm Stud in England

European champion Mutafaweq, who won the 2000 Canadian International Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine, has been retired from racing and will take up stallion duty at Bill Bromley's Wood Farm Stud in Shropshire, England, for £2,500.

Maryland Factions Still Can't Agree on Plan

At the risk of losing even more credibility with state lawmakers and despite a deadline imposed by the Maryland Racing Commission, the state's racing industry acknowledged Monday it has not made peace among the ranks. If anything, the disparate factions demonstrated that resolving their disputes is a longshot.

Approaching the Gate

By Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith -- The industry wants horse racing to increase in popularity and achieve the status of a major league sport. The time is right for us all to come together and reach consensus on medication issues.

Top of the Game

By Ray Paulick -- Just two of the 45 yearlings bought in North America for seven figures in 1999 have won a grade/group I stakes to date.

Committee to Make the Grades for 2002

The American Graded Stakes Committee will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Lexington to review the grades assigned to 475 stakes in the United States, and in total will look at about 750 races that are unrestricted and carry a purse of at least $75,000.

Horse of the Year Tiznow at New Home

Tiznow, whose victory in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for the second consecutive year placed him solidly in the running for a another Horse of the Year title, was shown to the public Monday, Nov. 26, at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

AAEP Prepared for Medication Summit

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has spent many hours over the past year getting ready for the Dec. 4 medication summit that will be part of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Symposium on Racing. "We hope for the first time to bring together key stakeholders in the racing industry to specifically discuss racehorse medication," said Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, 2001 president of the AAEP.

Indiana Tracks Ponder Proposed Funding Cuts

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One week after Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon proposed the transfer of $10 million from the horse racing industry to the state's general fund, Hoosier Park and Indianapolis Downs officials are calling the cut critical and are looking to other forms of revenue to offset the potential loss.

Another Win For Seabiscuit; Book Receives Top Award in England

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"Seabiscuit", Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book about the rags-to-riches story of a 1930s Thoroughbred champion and the colorful people associated with him, has been honored with the prestigious "William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award."

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