Headlines for Tuesday, December 4, 2001

  • Trainer John Ward: "I really didn't have a lot to say, because the train was running on a straight track."

    Medication Summit: Consensus, But Very Few Details

    Participants at Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit in Tucson, Ariz., reached a consensus on medication, drug-testing, security, and enforcement, but said much of any future policy depends on scientific determinations. The group of about 30 industry officials did agree on the need for a uniform medication policy and decision levels for therapeutic medications, but specifics weren't discussed.

  • Upswing Continues At Tattersalls' Mares Sale

    The Tattersalls December mares sale continued its strong run during its second session on Tuesday, recording increases in gross revenue, average price, and median price. The 202 horses sold grossed 13,308,500 guineas and averaged 65,883 guineas. The median was 30,000 guineas. The gross and average were up by 15.8% and 16.3%, respectively from the comparable session in 2000. The median was up by 20.0%. Last year during the second session, 203 horses were sold for a gross of 11,497,500 guineas, an average of 56,637 guineas, and a median of 25,000 guineas.

  • From the Print Edition: Dark Horses Win in Japan

    On Dec. 2 at Hanshin Racecourse, a one-two upset by dark horses paired with foreign riders Olivier Peslier and Kieren Fallon translated into big winnings at the betting windows.

  • Industry Hopes For Starting Point on Drugs

    Racing industry participants expressed hope Tuesday morning that a five-hour facilitated session on medication would at least serve as a starting point toward uniformity. No one expected radical changes in current policies that vary by jurisdiction in the United States.

  • Spendthrift stallion Kerosene Dead

    Kerosene, who continued to stand as the property of Ted Taylor at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington even after Taylor sold the farm to Bruce Kline and partners, was euthanized Nov. 23 at age 15 after a debilitating disease.

  • Small Farm, Big Horse

    <i>By Louise Bono</i> -- We are not the horsy set or the bluebloods, the old money, the icons of racing. We are not Town and Country. We are the worker ants. We are small breeders, the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Imagine

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- A single act of doing what's right for racing could start a new spirit of cooperation within the industry.

  • Average, Median Increase At Fasig-Tipton Midlantic

    The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale ended on an upbeat note in Maryland on Tuesday, with modest increases in its average and median prices. However, a significant decrease in the number of horses sold produced a decline in gross revenue.