Articles posted November 27, 2001

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Kentucky HBPA Targets Drug Council's Conduct

The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has taken issue with the conduct of the state's Equine Drug Council and has asked the Kentucky Racing Commission to make sure the council complies with regulations.

Kentucky Directive: No Tubing on Raceday

Kentucky has taken its ban on "milkshakes" in Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing one step further with a specific directive that naso-gastric tubes cannot be used at all on raceday, even for therapeutic purposes. The commission said the directive was issued "to inform current and newly licensed veterinary practitioners of current policy."

Mystery Storm, Two Others to Texas

Graded stakes winners Mystery Storm, El Amante, and Cat's Career will stand next breeding season at Weston-Ward Thoroughbreds at Straus Medina Ranch near San Antonio, Texas

Always Fair to Rockin' River in Iowa

Always Fair, who has sired a dozen stakes winners, has been purchased by Jeff Greseth in partnership with Fred and Wade Feuring's Rockin' River Ranch for stallion duty at the Winterset, Iowa, farm.

THA Issues Testing, Medication Recommendations

The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association on Nov. 27 issued a list of recommendations that call for a restructuring of medication use and drug testing procedures in horse racing. Among them are formation of a non-profit consortium that would be funded via a per-start fee for every Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter Horse.

Mutafaweq to Wood Farm Stud in England

European champion Mutafaweq, who won the 2000 Canadian International Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine, has been retired from racing and will take up stallion duty at Bill Bromley's Wood Farm Stud in Shropshire, England, for £2,500.

Maryland Factions Still Can't Agree on Plan

At the risk of losing even more credibility with state lawmakers and despite a deadline imposed by the Maryland Racing Commission, the state's racing industry acknowledged Monday it has not made peace among the ranks. If anything, the disparate factions demonstrated that resolving their disputes is a longshot.

Approaching the Gate

By Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith -- The industry wants horse racing to increase in popularity and achieve the status of a major league sport. The time is right for us all to come together and reach consensus on medication issues.

Top of the Game

By Ray Paulick -- Just two of the 45 yearlings bought in North America for seven figures in 1999 have won a grade/group I stakes to date.

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