Articles posted December 10, 2001

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

CHRB Head: Use Account Wagering Wisely

Alan Landsburg believes account wagering can do a lot of good for California, but only if is it used to introduce a new audience to horse racing. Otherwise, it "will be little more than a pinky in a crumbling dike," the California Horse Racing Board chairman said.

Tip of the Derby to Coolmore Team

Trainer Aidan O'Brien, owners Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier, and jockey Michael Kinane, who combined together to have such a great flat season for the Coolmore team, dominated the 2001 Derby Awards, organized by the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association, The winners were announced Dec. 10 before 600 people in London, England.

Company: Suit Threatens Ownership of Track

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Boyd Gaming says it would have to Delta Downs in Vinton, La., to a "third party" if it's unable to defeat a lawsuit opposing its slot-machine parlor. That's according to recent filings by the Las Vegas-based company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Auction Edge, Timeform In Exclusive Agreement on Ratings

The Blood-Horse Inc. announced Monday, Dec. 10, that an exclusive agreement has been reached with Timeform of England in which the Timeform Ratings will be included in Auction Edge, the auction catalog supplement published by Blood-Horse. Under the agreement, Timeform's ratings that use pounds as a measure of a horse's merit will be used in future Auction Edge books.

Auction Edge, Timeform In Exclusive Agreement on Ratings

The Blood-Horse Inc. announced Monday, Dec. 10, that an exclusive agreement has been reached with Timeform of England in which the Timeform Ratings will be included in Auction Edge, the auction catalog supplement published by Blood-Horse. Under the agreement, Timeform's ratings that use pounds as a measure of a horse's merit will be used in future Auction Edge books.

Hennessy's Fee Upped to $45,000

Ashford Stud recently announced a major stud fee change for prominent stallion Hennessy. Instead of $20,000 as originally announced, the 8-year-old stallion will stand for $45,000 in 2002 at the Versailles, Ky., nursery.

Tampa Bay, Horsemen Remain at Odds

Representatives from the Tampa Bay Downs Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association met with Tampa Bay president Peter Berube Dec. 4 in an effort to resolve a dispute over stalls that threatens the track's ability to receive out-of-state signals when the live meet begins Dec. 15.

Lode Filly Wins Argentina's Copa de Plata

Led by her experience, maturity and a well timed ride by jockey Juan Noriega, Haras Vacacion's Decencia scored the most valuable triumph of her career in the $56,000 Gran Premio Internacional Copa de Plata (Arg-1) Sunday at San Isidro racetrack in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He's Back: Housebuster Settles in at Virginia Farm

As soon as Housebuster crossed the state line, he became the leading sire in Virginia and, according to Robert Levy, perhaps the leading sire in the mid-Atlantic. For many who attended the open house at Blue Ridge Farm on Sunday, it was the first time for them to see and welcome Housebuster back to America from Japan.

Valid Expectations Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale

A weanling colt by North America's leading first crop sire, Valid Expectations, brought $60,000 to top the Texas Thoroughbred Association's mixed sale that was conducted by Fasig-Tipton on Sunday. Tom Durant purchased the colt from Roger Daly, agent for the complete dispersal of Kellie Creek Farm.

Valid Expectations Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale

A weanling colt by North America's leading first crop sire, Valid Expectations, brought $60,000 to top the Texas Thoroughbred Association's mixed sale that was conducted by Fasig-Tipton on Sunday. Tom Durant purchased the colt from Roger Daly, agent for the complete dispersal of Kellie Creek Farm.

Valid Expectations Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale

A weanling colt by North America's leading first crop sire, Valid Expectations, brought $60,000 to top the Texas Thoroughbred Association's mixed sale that was conducted by Fasig-Tipton on Sunday. Tom Durant purchased the colt from Roger Daly, agent for the complete dispersal of Kellie Creek Farm.

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