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Niigon Tops Prince of Wales Field

A field of seven, including Queen's Plate champion Niigon, is set to compete Sunday afternoon in the Prince of Wales Stakes, second jewel of Canada's Triple Crown, at Fort Erie.

Future Bet Shelved; Jockey Wager in the Works

The Breeders' Cup Future Bet won't be offered this year, but an official said he hopes it eventually returns under a format whereby wagering would be offered on more than 24 interests. Meanwhile, talks are under way about a new wager tied to jockey performance in the eight-race series.

Minus Roman Ruler, Chandtrue Stands Out

Unbeaten Chandtrue, whose three wins by a combined 15 1/2 lengths include a pair of stakes victories, figures as a heavy favorite against four challengers Saturday in the 65th running of the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

Conflict Over Charles Town Project Resurfaces

Just weeks before work is to begin on banking the turns of the racing surface at Charles Town Races & Slots, a new organization called "The Thoroughbred Club" claims a survey reveals support for expansion of the six-furlong track to seven furlongs.

REAP to Provide Assistance to Racing Employees

Members of the Acadiana racing community, along with Officials at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, have joined forces to ensure that people in need, employed in all sectors of the racing industry, will receive assistance in maintaining a good quality of life.

<i>The Blood-Horse Electronic Edition</i> Launched

<i>The Blood-Horse Electronic Edition</i> Launched

Blood-Horse Publications, a multimedia publishing company that traces its roots to 1916, has officially launched The Blood-Horse Electronic Edition, a complete new digital edition of The Blood-Horse, the Thoroughbred industry's leading weekly news and information magazine.

Jockey Meche Returns To Saddle

Jockey Donnie Meche will return to the saddle Friday at Louisiana Downs for the first time since the Delta Downs stewards suspended him in January 2003. Meche is scheduled to ride Unbridled Tick (6-1) in the eighth race for trainer Steve Asmussen.

TVG Plans Special to Mark Fifth Anniversary

The TV Games Network will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a one-hour special that will air July 21 at 9 p.m. EDT. The show will be rebroadcast several times beginning at 12:30 a.m. July 22.

Daily Racing Form Names New President

Brent Diamond, a veteran sports-publishing executive, has been named president of Daily Racing Form by The Wicks Group, which purchased the 110-year-old newspaper company in May. Diamond succeeds Charles Hayward, who is leaving the company after six years to pursue other publishing projects.

PGA TOUR Head Keynote Speaker at Round Table

PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem will discuss the significance of centralized structure in professional sports and the steps that golfers took to develop successful television programming, corporate sponsorships, and marketing programs when he delivers the keynote address at The Jockey Club Round Table Aug. 15 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Ethics For Sale

Ethics For Sale

By Ray Paulick -- Kentucky's two Thoroughbred auction companies, Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland, were not happy when the subject of ethics in the bloodstock market was broached here in an April 3, 2004, editorial.

Fairly Spectacular

By Morton Cathro -- Horse racing's venerable merry-go-round, better known as the Northern California Fair Circuit, once again is on its dizzying summertime whirl through the county fairs of the Golden State.

Dan Hendricks' Stable Carries On

The crew for trainer Dan Hendricks, who was paralyzed from the waist down due to a spinal injury suffered in a motorcycle accident a week ago, will saddle Runaway Dancer in Hollywood Park's closing-day feature Sunday, the Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT).

Statue Unveiling Highlight of 'Secretariat Celebration'

Statue Unveiling Highlight of 'Secretariat Celebration'

A statue immortalizing Triple Crown winner Secretariat will be unveiled at the Kentucky Horse Park July 17 as part of a two-day celebration designed to pay tribute to the legacy of the horse known as "Big Red."

California Board Postpones PVal Hearing

California Board Postpones PVal Hearing

The California attorney general's office has postponed indefinitely Thursday's scheduled formal hearing by Hollywood Park stewards concerning the summary suspension of jockey Pat Valenzuela, which went into effect July 2.

Report Indicates Shift in New York Wagering

More money was wagered in New York on out-of-state races than in-state races in 2003, the first time such a shift has occurred, according to a new report by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Arkansas Owner Fred Selz Dead

Arkansas owner Fred Selz, who raced horses for more than 40 years, died July 12 in a Little Rock, Ark., hospital.

Wilson Recovering at Home

Jockey Rick Wilson has returned to his Sykesville home where he'll continue to recover from injuries suffered during the Pimlico spring meet.

Vet, Cardiologist Look at Foal's Heart

Vet, Cardiologist Look at Foal's Heart

A human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky. have successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem called a –ventricular septal defect” in a foal. The procedure was performed July 9.

Successful Appeal Off to Quick Start; May Relocate to Kentucky

Successful Appeal Off to Quick Start; May Relocate to Kentucky

Successful Appeal, who proved successful as a racehorse, is also living up to his name as a stallion. He not only heads the freshman sire list by progeny earnings, but the overall 2-year-old list, and is the only stallion with three juvenile stakes winners. His success has proved so appealing and substantial that he might make the move from Hartley/De Renzo, Walmac South near Ocala, Fla., to John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International near Lexington for the 2005 breeding season.

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