Headlines for Friday, November 17, 2000

  • Online Sales Company Plans Mock Auction

    Equine Spectrum plans to conduct a "mock auction" on Dec. 1 to give buyers, sellers, and agents an opportunity to test the online system in a simulated environment, according to Tom Biederman, Equine Spectrum executive director.

  • War Chant (far left, red cap), in just his second start on the turf, blows by the field to win the Breeders' Cup Mile.

    It's Official: War Chant Being Retired to Stud

    Irving and Marjorie Cowan announced Friday that Breeders' Cup Mile winner War Chant will be retired to enter stud at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm for the 2001 breeding season. He will stand for a live foal fee of $75,000. Cowan said it has not been decided whether War Chant will run in the Hollywood Derby (gr. I) on Nov. 26 or if he has made his last start.

  • Team Valor's The Deputy, left, dueled with War Chant in the stretch before winning this year's Santa Anita Derby, which had a purse of $1-million.

    Santa Anita Derby Purse Cut By 25%; Reverts Back to $750,000

    The Santa Anita Derby, the richest Kentucky Derby prep race this year when it was worth $1-million, will revert to its former purse level of $750,000 when it is renewed April7, 2001. The 25% purse cut for the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds was among the changes in the Santa Anita stakes schedule released Friday.

  • HBPA spokesman Bill Walmsley, who said organization will relocate and hire an executive director.

    HBPA Plans to Relocate Office, Hire Executive Director

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association expects to move its office from south Florida to Kentucky and have a full-time executive director on board within the next year. Scott Savin, recently named general manager at Gulfstream Park, will remain part-time executive director of the organization through the end of this year.

  • Churchill Declares Dividend, Sets Up Charitable Foundation

    The board of directors for Churchill Downs Inc. Thursday declared an annual dividend of 50 cents per share on the Company's common stock, payable Jan. 19, 2001, to stockholders of record on Dec. 31, 2000. Also during the quarterly meeting, the board approved the establishment of a non-profit private charitable foundation to provide contributions to qualifying charitable, civic and community causes in locations where CDI and its subsidiaries do business.