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Newmarket Puts Plan for All-Weather Track on Hold

Newmarket, one of Great Britain's premier racecourses, has been forced to abandon plans, at least for a year, for the construction of an all-weather (dirt) track after it was offered only three fixtures for 2005 by the British Horseracing Board's Fixture Allocation Group.

Major Reforms Part of Agreement in Great Britain

Peter Savill, who will step down at the end of June after six years as chairman of the British Horseracing Board, announced an agreement June 10 that should end the Office of Fair Trading's investigation into British racing. Businessman Martin Broughton will take over from Savill.

Fusaichi Pegasus Colt Sets European Breeze-Up Record

The European record for a breeze-up sale was smashed during the opening session Wednesday of the Tattersalls breeze-up auction when Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi purchased a son of Fusaichi Pegasus, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner that he raced, for $895,500.

Fallon Given 21 Days for Controversial Ride

Kieren Fallon, Britain's champion jockey last year, was banned for 21 days Monday by the British Jockey Club following his short-head defeat on maiden Ballinger Ridge at Lingfield Park in Surrey March 2. An investigation into unusual betting on the race wil continue.

Arlington Million Winner Teleprompter Dead

Teleprompter, the English invader who won the 1985 Arlington Million (gr. IT) and was a group II winner in his native land, has been euthanized at age 23.

Trainer's Race at Newmarket Bubbles Along

Whichever trainer at Newmarket earns the most points from placings in group events wins his or her weight in Ruinart Champagne.John Dunlop currently has the lead, followed closely by John Gosden, Sir Michael Stoute, and Dermot Weld.

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