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Magna, Churchill Partner With British Firm in TV Deal

Magna Entertainment Corp., Churchill Downs Incorporated, and Racing UK, announced that the three organizations have entered into a memorandum of understanding for media rights and to develop a subscription television channel to broadcast races from MEC and CDI racetracks, as well as other North American and international racetracks, into the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Steeplechase, Eventing Publications Merged

ST Publishing announced Monday the formation of The Times, a new publication that will focus on the equestrian sports of steeplechase racing and eventing. The move combines ST's two publications Steeplechase and Eventing Times, and will take effect at the start of the 2006 publishing season in March.

Special Eclipse Award to Afleet Alex's Owners

Special Eclipse Award to Afleet Alex's Owners

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Monday that Cash is King Racing Stable -- owner of dual classic winner Afleet Alex -- has been honored with the Special Eclipse Award. The Special Eclipse is presented to "honor outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of Thoroughbred racing."

Nine Older Horses Contest Hal's Hope

Phipps Stable's 5-year-old homebred Philanthropist, who arrives from New York with a three-race win streak, and Robert LaPenta's 6-year-old gelding Seek Gold, runner-up in the Fred Hooper Handicap (gr. III) at Calder last out, will face off in a field of nine older horses entered for the 1 1/8-mile Hal's Hope at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

Human, Equine Eclipse Finalists Announced

Human, Equine Eclipse Finalists Announced

With the exception of Horse of the Year, three finalists in each category for Eclipse Awards were announced Thursday by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association, and Daily Racing Form, the three organizations that vote for year-end honors.

Help Wanted: Churchill Begins Search for Meeker's Successor

Help Wanted: Churchill Begins Search for Meeker's Successor

Churchill Downs Inc. announced Thursday that the company had initiated a formal succession-planning process for the position of president and chief executive officer, which is currently held by Thomas H. Meeker. Meeker's current employment contract with CDI will expire in March 2007. Meeker plans to retire from the company and step down from its board of directors upon the expiration of his employment contract.

NBC Sports Honored With Two Eclipse Awards

NBC Sports Honored With Two Eclipse Awards

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that NBC Sports has won the Eclipse Award for National Television – Live Racing for its production of the 2005 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and has also won the Eclipse Award for National Television – Features for its segment on the people behind Afleet Alex during its 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) telecast.

Hall of Fame Voting Procedures Amended

Under the direction of its executive committee, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame recently conducted a review of voting procedures for election to the Hall of Fame. The only change adopted was the reduction of the number of candidates in each category from five finalists to three.

Early Nomination Period for Triple Crown Begins

Early nominations -- at $600 per horse -- for this year's Triple Crown series, which starts with the 132nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6, are being accepted until Saturday, Jan. 21. The other two legs of the Triple Crown are the May 20 Preakness (gr. I) at Pimlico and the June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

More Moneighs Being Auctioned on eBay

Based on the success of its holiday auction, ReRun Inc. announced Tuesday that it has listed another group of the distinctive Moneigh paintings created by racehorses on the eBay auction Web site.

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