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Make the Conversion

By Dan Liebman -- The time has come for The Jockey Club to follow the USTA's lead and convert Canadian earnings to U.S. dollars.

Proposed Magna Spin-Off Would Include MEC

Magna International has proposed a new publicly traded company--MI Developments Inc.--that would own all of Magna's automotive real estate as well as all of Magna Entertainment Corp., the leading owner of racetracks in North America in terms of holdings.

Report: Woodbine Interested in Meadowlands

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Woodbine Entertainment Group, which operates Thoroughbred and Standardbred meets, is considering a purchase or lease of Meadowlands, another dual-breed facility, according to a published report.

Right to Vote

By Ray Paulick -- Eclipse voters may have potential conflicts of interest, but most take their jobs very seriously.

Canadians Get Superfecta Restored

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The superfecta wager will return to Canadian bettors Nov. 18, it was announced Friday following a meeting in Ottawa of representatives of the major Canadian tracks, tote companies and the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency.

Trickle Down Economics

By Ray Paulick -- At Woodbine, the model for merging slot revenues with racing, purses need to be increased for maiden and allowance races to the highest levels possible.

Shaws Creek Lukewarm Queen's Plate Favorite

Jam Jar Racing Stable's Shaws Creek, winner of the Queenston and Plate Trial Stakes in his last two starts, has been installed the 3-1 favorite for Sunday's Queen's Plate at Woodbine, despite drawing the outside post in the 14-horse field.

Moon Solitaire Upsets Quiet Resolve

Gainsborough Farm's Moon Solitaire trumped his seven rivals in the King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap (Can-II) Sunday at Woodbine, cruising to a two length win with jockey Robert Landry aboard.

Stronach, Chief Bearhart Head List of Hall of Fame Nominees

Frank Stronach, one of North America's most influential people in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and Sam-Son Farm's Chief Bearhart, winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf in 1997, head a list of six candidates for nomination into Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Report: Melnyk New Canadian Leader in Compensation

Biovail Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk has topped Magna International chairman Frank Stronach in terms of highest compensation in corporate Canada in 2001, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.

Woodbine Announces Record Stakes Schedule

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Woodbine Entertainment Group will have a record $18.7 million stakes schedule for its upcoming 2002 Thoroughbred
season. The stakes calendar includes 100 added-money events.

Canada Issues Graded Stakes Slate for 2002

The Canadian Graded Stakes Committee has released a list of 40 graded stakes scheduled at racetracks in Canada this year. There will be five grade I events, 10 grade II events, and 25 grade III events.

Woodbine Lowers Takeout

The betting public will receive larger payoffs when wagering at Woodbine. The Toronto-area track is reducing takeout by 1% for exactor and daily double wagers on foreign race betting.

Slow Growth in North American Purses

The boom from simulcasting is over and North American purses are now growing progressively slower every year like a freight train struggling up a mountain pass. The problem this time around is that the next mountain peak may still be a ways off, and the downhill side does not appear to be very steep.

Win City is Canada's Horse of the Year

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Win City, a Slew City Slew colt who upset trainer Mark Frostad's Canadian Triple Crown bid by defeating Dancethruthedawn in the Prince of Wales Stakes, was named Horse of the Year in Canada.

Purses, Handle Soar at Canada's Woodbine

The 165-day Thoroughbred meet at Woodbine Racecourse that ended Sunday showed significant increases in purses and wagering. Boosted by revenues from slot machines, Woodbine purses rose 7% to total more than $80-million, for a daily average distribution of $485,000. With higher purses and larger field sizes, handle at Woodbine increased 14% to average $2,085,756 per day from all sources.

Another Sovereign Award for Dance Smartly?

Sam-Son Farms' Dance Smartly, who won three Sovereign Awards during her racing career, could earn another of the Canadian honors as a result of her achievements in her second career as a broodmare. Dance Smartly is one of three finalists in the broodmare category on the list of finalists released Monday, Dec. 3 by the Jockey Club of Canada.

Family, Friends Mourn Deceased Jockey

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The family of jockey Isiah Sala visited Marquis Downs on Monday, a day after the 23-year-old died from injuries sustained during a racing accident at the track.

Phone Trick Colt Tops Canadian Sale

A Phone Trick colt named Embattle sold for $110,000 (all figures in Canadian funds; $71,659 U.S.) to top the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's 2-year-olds in training sale Tuesday night at Woodbine. The sale had an extremely high number of buy backs.

Loseth Wins Avelino Gomez Award

Veteran Hastings Park jockey Chris Loseth has been named the recipient of the 2001 Avelino Gomez Memorial Award. The award, sponsored by the Ontario Jockey Club, is given annually to a Canadian-born, Canadian-raised, or regular rider in the country for more than five years who has made significant contributions to the sport.

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