That's an Outrage is expected to make an impact in the $200,000 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) for his Washington state connections, bankruptcy attorneys Tim Dore and Denise Moewes.
Officials of Bedford Downs, a proposed racetrack in Western Pennsylvania, have recieved 5,000 letters from local residents in support of their efforts.
Blood-Horse Publications announces the acquisition of a new 46,000 square-foot building, located at 3101 Beaumont Centre Circle on land that was originally part of the historic 4,000-acre Beaumont Farm.
Cool Victor, sire of Canadian champion and classic winner Victor Cooley, was euthanized Dec. 12 because of the infirmities of old age.
At the request of friends of the Michelle Fuerniss family, the Kentucky Equine Management Internship Program (KEMI) has established a "Michelle Fuerniss Scholarship Fund" in memory of Michelle Fuerniss, a 17-year-old groom who died from chest trauma at the University of Kentucky Hospital on Monday.
The board of directors of The Race For Education voted Friday to allocate just under $300,000 for scholarships for the 2004 school year. Another $40,000 has been slotted for educational programs such as English as Second Language and literacy classes.
Stakes-placed Seeking Greatness, who ran the fastest 5 1/2 furlongs at Aqueduct in 2001, will enter stud at Dave Ferguson's Diamond F Ranch Thoroughbreds near Grass Valley, Calif.
Grade II winner Keats will enter stud at Jerry Meaux' Acadiana Ranch near Lafayette, La.
Ewell Rice, one of the last of the Calumet employees during the farm's glory days of the 1940s and '50s for the Wright family, died unexpectedly Dec. 15 in Lexington.
With the New Year just weeks away, horsemen across North America, Europe and Asia are ready to turn their attention to the 2004 Visa Triple Crown as the early nomination period begins Jan. 1.
Fraser Downs, a British Columbia Standardbred track located not far from Hastings Park, received approval Dec. 16 to install slot machines. The Surrey City Council will schedule a fourth reading on the measure and approve final documents in a few weeks, the track said in a press release.
Gulfstream Park will present a realigned racing schedule during its 2004 meeting from Jan. 3 through April 25.
Ballado Chieftan, a 3-year-old stakes-placed son of Saint Ballado, will enter stud at Bruce Kline and partners' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
Carnivalay, one of Maryland's top stallions since entering the stallion ranks at the Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., and one of the last of the Northern Dancers at stud, has been pensioned because of decreased fertility.
Marylou Whitney's homebred Eclipse Award contender Bird Town (by Cape Town) is booked to another champion contender, Empire Maker (by Unbridled).
Graded stakes winner Griffinite will enter stud at Center Brook Farm near Climax, N.Y., for a fee of $4,000 live foal.
Mid-State Raceway key investor Shawn Scott and board chairman Hoolae Paoa, president and chief executive officer of the company's Vernon Downs, Miracle Isle Gaming Resort, and Miracle Isle video gaming facility subsidiaries, have appealed a decision by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to deny their requests for permanent licenses.
The Union of Horse-Breeding Development of Georgia and Cedar Meadow Inc. announced that 6-year-old Chairman (Deputy Minister--Dance Colony, by Pleasant Colony) will stand at Kulari Stud in the Republic of Georgia.
The 24th Mistletoe Ball - the annual holiday fundraiser and major social event put on by the Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie - raised more than $59,000 for Grand Prairie charities when it was staged Dec. 6 at The Ruthe Jackson Center in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Pennsylvania legislature may be close to passing both a budget and slot machine legislation, perhaps by the end of the week of Dec. 15.
Jeanne Vance, who campaigned 1999 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Lemon Drop Kid with her late husband, Fasig-Tipton auctioneer Milton "Laddie" Dance, died Dec. 14 at her Manalapan, Fla., home.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Let's hope other track operators have learned something from the NYRA investigation. Meanwhile, a review of other top events of '03 shows optimism for the New Year within racing, breeding, and auction sectors of the industry.
By Barbara Bayer -- Over six months have passed since I reported the tragic tale of Ferdinand. When I set about getting the story, I had little idea of what it would lead to, what far-reaching repercussions the story would have as it set off a conflagration of emotion across the U.S. that spread quickly to Japan and back to me.
The Jockey Club and Equibase Company announced Tuesday purse money and other monetary race data elements from Canada will be converted to U.S. funds starting on Jan. 1, 2005.
Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms was named breeder of the year by Great Britain's Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, which revealed Tuesday winners in a number of categories for its Jan. 6 Awards dinner.
Stalwart Member, a two-time New York-bred winner of the Sports Page Handicap (gr. II) and earner of $783,807, will be retired to the Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation, where he will be the founding member of the new retirement organization.
The $1-million Delta Jackpot Dec. 5 at Delta Downs generated so much exposure and money for the racetrack that it will return next year, said general manager Jack Bernsmeier, who would like to see similar big-money races at all Louisiana tracks.
A fire last Friday that resulted in the deaths of 22 horses at the Cross International training center in Henderson, Ky. was apparently caused by sparking from a heat bulb or heat lamp.
After setting a record gross last year, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's December mixed sale rebounded in the number of horses bought back but fell drastically in gross, average, and median as the public auction market of 2003 comes to an end.
Sara Elizabeth "Betty" Headley, who owned Manchester Farm with her late husband, Duval Headley, died Dec. 13 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
Michael Gill, the nation's leading owner, has shipped in 17 horses to winter at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La. with trainer Gamaliel Vazquez. It marks the first time Gill has ever had a string of horses stabled on the grounds.
Grade I winner Birdonthewire will stand the 2004 season at Cal Fischer's Madera Thoroughbreds near Madera, Calif.
Construction on a 10,000 square foot hall, to be situated above Lone Star Park's trackside patio on the east end of the grandstand, began in early December.
- By Steve Haskin
Laura Hillenbrand's mega bestseller "Seabiscuit" and the hit movie that followed have reached far beyond the realm of Thoroughbred racing and become international treasures. But not even Hillenbrand was aware just how inspirational her book was until several recent e-mails from Iraq.
Three British awards ceremonies within a week honored people and horses from this year and the past.
Walter Haefner has retired his homebred grade I winner Dress To Thrill and will send the mare to Irish stallion Sadler's Wells.
TVG network is sponsoring a "Name That Colt Contest" in which the winner will share in the ownership of the February 2002 foal who is scheduled to begin his racing career in 2004.
Hadette, a mare in foal to Yes It's True, brought the top price of $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale Sunday at Lone Star Park.
Fourteen-year-old stallion Botanic was euthanized Dec. 12 at Bruce Kline and partners' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington because of complications from foundering.
Brazilian champion Straight Flush will stand his first season at stud at Dr. Lee Chatham's Chesterfield Farm near Queen Lake, Ariz.
Jockey David Lopez suffered a mild concussion Sunday when he was unseated by his mount, Italian Bar Road, in the stretch run of the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields.
Valentine Dancer got up in the final strides to win the seventh running of the $105,300 Cat's Cradle Handicap by a head Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Apprentice jockey Alex Bisono and agent Vic Lipton celebrated after the 19-year-old rider's first Southern California victory aboard longshot Ballistic Angel in the eighth race at Hollywood Park on Friday.
Jockey Julie Krone, injured in a spill at Hollywood Park on Friday, was scheduled to travel to her home in Carlsbad Sunday and undergo further testing Monday, agent Brian Beach reported Sunday.
Unbeaten Lion Heart, the probable favorite for Saturday's $200,000-added Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), completed drills for the 1 1/16-mile test with a five-furlong work in :59 1/5 Sunday at Santa Anita.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano won five races at Turfway Park Saturday, including a victory in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes aboard Ask the Lord.
Portland Meadows drew a season-record 3,550 for Saturday's Oregon Championship Day. The fans saw leading female rider Twyla Beckner capture three of the five stakes races in the series.
Racing at five eastern tracks was cancelled Sunday because of heavy snow flurries that pounded the region.
International star Falbrav bid an end to his race career Sunday afternoon before a cheering throng of 59,000 at Sha Tin Racecourse. The reason for the cheers was an impressive two-length victory in the HK$18 million Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at 2,000 meters (1 1/4 miles).
Lucky Owners, owned by Mr. And Mrs. Leung Kai Fai, pulled off a mild 5-1 upset in the Sunday afternoon's Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse. Bowman's Crossing was second, a half-length off the winner, and was 1 1/4-lengths ahead of race favorite Lohengrin, who finished third.
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