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Maryland Horsemen Seek To Block MJC Simulcasts

Maryland Horsemen Seek To Block MJC Simulcasts

In the continuing dispute over the Maryland Jockey Club's closing of the Pimlico stables for the winter, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has voted to try to stop the MJC from simulcasting out-of-state races.

Honeymoon Winner Quero Quero Nears Return

Quero Quero, a 3-year-old filly who surprised with an upset victory in the Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park in June before going to the sidelines, is scheduled to return in the $70,000-added Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes Nov. 23, trainer Paulo Lobo said Thursday.

Maddy Winner Belleski Confirmed for Matriarch

Belleski, winner of the Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in her last start Oct. 11, will return in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 30, trainer John Sadler confirmed Thursday.

Owner Seymour Cohn Dead at 92

Seymour Cohn, who was involved in racing for more than 50 years, died today in New York. He was 92.

CDSN Pulls All Signals from Southern Racing Co-Op

CDSN Pulls All Signals from Southern Racing Co-Op

In apparent reaction to an impasse in negotiations between the Southern Racing Cooperative and Churchill Downs Simulcast Network over the Hollywood Park signal, CDSN has ceased sending any of its simulcasting signals to the racing cooperative's member tracks.

McDynamo Heads Steeplechase Field

Heavy favorite for the steeplechase Eclipse Award, Michael Moran's McDynamo will try to extend his winning streak to five in Sunday's season-ending Colonial Cup (Gr. I) at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.

Irgun to Three Way Farm in Illinois

Irgun, a 12-year-old son of Sunny's Halo, will stand the 2004 breeding season at Three Way Farm near Nashville, Ill. The grade I winner previous stood at John T.L. Jones' Walmac International near Lexington. His 2004 stud fee will be $1,250 live foal.

Pennsy Governor Says Tracks Must Be Protected

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell isn't against having slot machines at locations other than racetracks, but he said if that's the case, it's imperative the tracks and the horse racing industry be protected.

Hawthorne Cancels Last Two Races Wednesday

Extreme high winds in the Chicago area forced Hawthorne Race course to cancel the final two races on its card on Wednesday due to unsafe conditions.

Hollywood Signal Declined by Some Southern Tracks

Member tracks of the Southern Racing Cooperative, which includes Oaklawn Park and Fair Grounds among others, have thus far declined to import the Hollywood Park simulcast signal because of an impasse in negotiations.

Ky. Legislators: Sales Tax Must Go and Purses Need to be Increased

A bloodstock agent, a trainer, and an auction company representative told Kentucky legislators during a Nov.12 subcommittee hearing at the state capitol that the 6% sales tax charged to Kentucky residents on horse purchases should be repealed and that purses distributed at Kentucky racetracks needs to grow along with other states if Kentucky expects to remain the central point of the Thoroughbred industry.

Sellers On the Mend

Doctors who have examined jockey Shane Sellers since he cracked his tailbone last week in a freak paddock mishap have advised him to rest from four to six weeks, but the 37-year-old rider has a more aggressive timetable in mind.

Maryland Commission's Decision on Stable Closing Unpopular

Maryland Commission's Decision on Stable Closing Unpopular

The Maryland Racing Commission voted Tuesday not to intervene in the Maryland Jockey Club's decision to close the Pimlico stables for the winter. The 6-2 vote set off a flurry of angry responses from horsemen aimed primarily at Tom McDonough, commission chairman.

Opinions Vary on Prospects for Racino Legislation

The signs point to progress in Kentucky in terms of a bid for racetrack gaming in 2004, while in Pennsylvania, the horse industry is slowing the prospects for passage of legislation, officials said Nov. 11 during a panel discussion at Racino 2003 at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort.

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