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Poll Says Fan Interest in Racing Up 5.1%

The number of people in the United States who said they are interested in Thoroughbred racing increased for a fifth consecutive year, according to national consumer research data released March 21 by ESPN Sports Poll, a division of TNS Sport.

Hall of Fame Releases 2005 Nominees; New Procedures Used

Ten horses, five jockeys, and five trainers have been nominated for the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame, museum president John von Stade announced Monday. The slate of nominees is the first presented under the revised procedures of Thoroughbred racing's official national Hall of Fame.

Southern Image Named Florida-Bred Horse of Year

It was a big night for the connections of Southern Image at the March 20 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association annual awards dinner. Southern Image was named Florida-bred horse of the year and champion older horse, while his sire, Halo's Image, who stands at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm, was named sire of the year.

Sun King Shows Grit in Tampa Bay Derby

Tracy Farmer's Sun King, sent off as the 1-20 wagering favorite in the $250,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) Saturday, showed some true grit while fending off a couple of challenges from the quarter pole to mid-stretch before pulling away to a 3 1/4-length victory.

Landsburg New TOC Chair

Citing other pending business commitments, Jack Owens stepped down Tuesday as chair of Thoroughbred Owners of California, but will remain a member of its board of directors.

Injustice Doesn't Stop in Azeri BC 'Cap

Injustice Doesn't Stop in Azeri BC 'Cap

Injustice, bought privately last month for a reported $165,000 by Darrell and Evelyn Yates and turned over to Chicago-based trainer Wayne Catalano, paid an immediate dividend by winning the $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup (gr. III) gate to wire before a sun-baked crowd of 22,087 Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

Trainer Howard Fined for Procaine Positive

Trainer Neil Howard was fined $1,000 and his Alumni Hall was disqualified from a third-place finish in the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) after the horse tested positive for the prohibited drug procaine, Fair Grounds stewards ruled March 10.

New York Regulator Takes Top RCI Post

Edward Martin, currently executive director of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, will take over as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Racing Commissioners International in April.

TVG to Sponsor Breeders' Cup Sprint

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Breeders' Cup Limited, and Television Games Network announced Monday that TVG, the interactive sports television horse racing network and account wagering provider, will sponsor the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Fahey Opens Public Stable

John Fahey III has left his position as private trainer for Donald Dizney's Double Diamond Farm and plans to open a public stable to race primarily on the Kentucky circuit and at Gulfstream Park or Fair Grounds in the winter.

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