Denis Blake has been named the new editor of The Texas Thoroughbred. Blake is currently the field editor of The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal. He replaces current editor Lisa Marie Wood ...The National Museum of Racing is planning an exhibit in honor of the 50th anniversary of Pierre Bellocq's work as racing's leading cartoonist. The museum is seeking original artwork for the exhibition, which is slated to open in July 2004. If you have such artwork that you are willing to loan, call 1-800-JOCKEY4, ext. 204...The New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival debuts Sept. 20 at Monmouth Park. Included in the events is a seminar sponsored by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association. For information visit In addition to pony rides and clowns, the track will offer a parade of breeds on the main track in the afternoon, and a jockey's autograph session...ABC2 will debut Maryland Horse Breeders' Thoroughbred Weekly on Sept. 21 at 11:30 a.m. The 13-week show will celebrate the Thoroughbred industry in Maryland, and will help commemorate the Maryland Horse Breeders Association's 75th anniversary. Keith Mills will host the half-hour show. For more information call the MHBA at (410) 372-2375...TVG account holders can win a "Date With Dergan" to the 2003 Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held October 25 at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., as part of a sweepstakes sponsored by the network. Included with the chance to accompany Fox Sports Net reporter Lisa Dergan to horse racing's championship event is an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles, three days, two nights in an area hotel, transportation to the event and a $200 voucher to be used that day at the track. TVG account holders can enter the sweepstakes, which concludes September 28, with the winner announced on TVG the following day between 3:00-4:00 P.M. PT, either via the Internet by going to or by sending their name, complete address, phone number and date of birth to: Date With Dergan Sweepstakes, c/o TVG, 19545 N.W. Von Neumann Drive, Suite 210, Beaverton, OR 97006. The sweepstakes is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are at least 21 years old and live in a state where TVG account services are available. Anyone opening a TVG account is automatically entered in the sweepstakes. No purchases are necessary to enter...The countdown has begun to the Festival of the Sun Calder's signature event on Saturday, Oct. 11. The 2003 Festival of the Sun will present eight stakes races with purses totaling $1,550,000, including the two finals of the rich Florida Stallion Stakes series and the Calder Derby (gr. III). In addition, Calder will host Horse Fair 2003 featuring the Horse Discovery Village and blacksmith demonstrations, will give families the chance to see dozens of breeds of horses up close. The event is annually the only place in South Florida where such a variety of horses is assembled all at once and is a tremendous educational opportunity for children of all ages.

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