Larry Collmus will become the seventh track announcer at Churchill Downs when the spring meet opens this year at the Louisville track, replacing Mark Johnson.
Mark Johnson, longtime manager of national sales for John Deere's agricultural division and an important figure to the Thoroughbred industry, died Oct. 3 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
Churchill Downs Inc. and HorseplayerPRO.com have joined forces to provide interactive online discussions between horse racing fans and a panel of experts each race day throughout Churchill Downs' 21-day fall meet Nov. 1-28.
Mark Johnson, one of the most popular and acclaimed horse racing commentators in Britain, will bring his talents to America in 2009 as the new track announcer for Churchill Downs. The announcement was formally made by track officials during at news conference at the historic Louisville, Ky. racetrack Jan. 15.
Pearl of Love captured Sunday's Gran Criterium (Ity-I) for 2-year-olds, holding off previously unbeaten Spirit of Desert in a gritty half-length victory at Milan's San Siro.
The European invasion of the 2002 Canadian International (gr. IT) is almost underway as Zindabad, who finished third, but was disqualified for interference and placed sixth in the 2001 International, arrives at Woodbine from England on the evening of Sept. 20.
Twelve 3-year-old colts were entered Thursday morning for the 223rd Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) which will be run June 8. The only defection from the five-day confirmations is Dubai Destination, owned by Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the team which is still represented by two runners: Naheef and Moon Ballad.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited have announced that John Deere will have entitlement rights to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf, its was announced Friday. The Turf is one of eight races that comprise the $13 million Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. John Deere, the NTRA's official supplier of farm equipment, was the presenting sponsor of the 2001 edition of the Breeders' Cup Turf.
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