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Vergennes Uncertain for Hollywood Turf Cup Start

The connections of Vergennes, who set the Remington Park turf course record for 1 3/8 miles when winning the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap in September, are uncertain the 5-year-old Dynaformer gelding will be able to participate in Saturday's $400,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) due to a bruised right front foot.

Youbet.com Stock Hemorrhage Slows

Trading continued to be heavy on Youbet.com Thursday, but the stock price closed a more modest 4.4% lower than the day before. The day provided some relief to the two previous days of double digit declines.

Green Dancer Pensioned

Prominent Central Kentucky stallion Green Dancer has been pensioned because of the infirmities of old age and will live out his retirement at Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.

Brave Act to Ireland

Brave Act, who earned $1,498,784 of his career total of $1,546,269 for Sidney Craig, has been sold and will stand the 2001 breeding season at A. F. O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland.

Val's Prince Redux: More Legal Maneuvering

Although it appeared as if resolution was near in the lawsuit regarding the ownership of Val's Prince, a new round of legal maneuvering threatens to prolong the matter. Blissfully ignorant of the litigation, Val's Prince continues to perform on the racetrack, and is likely to make his next start in the Hong Kong Vase Invitational on Dec. 17.

Former Leading Sire Halo Dies at Age 31

Halo, the leading North American sire in 1983 and 1989, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The horse, pensioned since 1997, was 31 years old. Among the 62 stakes winners sired by Halo were 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence and 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

Former Leading Sire Halo Dies at Age 31

Halo, the leading North American sire in 1983 and 1989, died Tuesday morning at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The horse, pensioned since 1997, was 31 years old. Among the 62 stakes winners sired by Halo were 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence and 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

Former Leading Sire Halo Dies at Age 31

Halo, the leading North American sire in 1983 and 1989, died Tuesday morning at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The horse, pensioned since 1997, was 31 years old. Among the 62 stakes winners sired by Halo were 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence and 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

Former Leading Sire Halo Dies at Age 31

Halo, the leading North American sire in 1983 and 1989, died Tuesday morning at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The horse, pensioned since 1997, was 31 years old. Among the 62 stakes winners sired by Halo were 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence and 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

Wire Act

By Lenny Shulman -- The racing industry is a lot like Europe in the Dark Ages -- come up with a new idea and be prepared to burn at the stake.

Future Options

By Ray Paulick -- The Japan Racing Association, whose business and marketing acumen has been a role model for the rest of the racing world, is sputtering after more than a decade and a half of sensational growth.

Fair Grounds Meet Off to Solid Start

Despite intermitent rain and an important NFL football game featuring the local New Orleans Saints, opening week of racing at Fair Grounds produced increased attendance and handle from the previous year. Fair Grounds opened its 129th season of racing Thursday, with a crowd of 7,158, the third-largest crowd at Fair Grounds since the facility reopned in 1997 after it was destroyed by fire.

Marshall Jenney, Breeder of Danzig, Dead at 60

Pennsylvania horseman Marshall Jenney, who bred leading sire Danzig in partnership, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore after a brief illness. Jenney, who also bred English and Irish champion Mrs. Penny and millionaire Yankee Affair, was 60.

Stronach Pushing For Forum to Discuss NTRA's Future

Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach, in an open letter to the Thoroughbred industry, has made recommendations for a revised National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors, and also has called for a public forum for all members of the industry to discuss the NTRA's future.

Danehill Colt Tops First Session of Tattersalls Sale

Trade was strong on the opening day of the Tattersalls December, which featured the last yearlings to be sold at auction this year. The session saw a total of 2,120,300 guineas spent at an average of 14,724 guineas, an increase of 7%. The drop in the gross value can be attributed to Tattersalls new policy encouraging Vendors to declare their buy-backs.

TVG Gains Access to Another Cable Market

After years of waiting, the TV Games Network finally will become available on a cable television system other than the one in Louisville, Ky. On Dec. 28, Insight Communications, as part of an increase in the number of channels offered to customers, is scheduled to add TVG as part of its basic package.

Baffert to Vets: 'We Need Medication'

Race-day medication is a necessity, but there should be limits on the use of therapeutic drugs to treat horses that are competing, Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bob Baffert told the American Association of Equine Practitioners on Sunday. Baffert was the keynote speaker for the organization's annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Simulcasting Boosts Churchill Wagering to Record Level

Churchill Downs established a record for total wagering during its 2000 fall meet, which ended its 24-day run Saturday. Total Churchill Downs wagering from all sources (excluding Breeders' Cup day, Nov. 4) during the meet was $160,512,766, a record for a 24-day fall meet. That is an increase of 7.2 percent from the $149,719,697 wagered by all sources in the 1999 fall meet, the previous record for a 24-day fall session.

Dollar Bill Earns First Stakes Win

Gary and Mary West's Dollar Bill rebounded from a 10th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) to win the $218,800 Brown and Williamson Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. Racing on an off track for the first time, the 2-year-old son of Peaks and Valleys completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.18.

Miss Pickums Upsets Golden Rod

Jan, Mace, and Samantha Siegel's Miss Pickums moved past 2-1 second wagering choice Nasty Storm inside the final sixteenth-mile to win the $223,200 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Saturday over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. Under substitute rider Justin Vitek, the 2-year-old filly completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.84.

Two Item Limit Remains Perfect in Blinkers

Trainer Stephen L. DiMauro ran Two Item Limit in blinkers for the first time in the Tempted Stakes (gr. III) earlier this month at Aqueduct, and the 2-year-old filly responded with a 2 3/4-length victory in the one-mile test. Keeping the blinkers on in Saturday's $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, 122-pound highweight Two Item Limit remained unbeaten with blinkers, drawing off though the stretch for a seven-length victory.

Wing Arrow Takes Japan Cup Dirt; Lord Sterling Third

Former American claimer Lord Sterling gave his connections a thrill as he battled for the lead on the turn for home in the first running of the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Race Course on Saturday, but Ron and Susie Anson's gutty Black Tie Affair gelding was overtaken in midstretch by a pair of Japanese runners, winding up third behind Wing Arrow and Sanford City in the 1 5/16-mile event.

A Top Flight Victory for Mandella-Trained Reciclada

Diamond A Racing Corporation's Reciclada stalked the pace set by Go to the Ink before digging in gamely to win the Delta Air Lines Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct on Friday. The 5-year-old Chilean-bred mare trained by Richard Mandella won by 1 1/4 lengths over Country Hideaway, with Critical Eye third.

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