Headlines for Tuesday, March 13, 2001

  • Marketing Chief: Plug in to Internet, E-Mail

    The vice president of marketing for SportsLine.com has some advice for the Thoroughbred industry: The Internet and other electronic communications reach your target audience, so use them to your advantage.

  • Keeneland to Buy Interest in Equine Spectrum

    Keeneland has signed a letter of intent to purchase a 25 percent interest in the online auction company Equine Spectrum. An additional 25 percent interest in the company is scheduled to be available to other investors in the Thoroughbred industry. Keeneland's board of directors will vote on the move at its April meeting.

  • Hollywood Futurity winner Point Given heads the field for Saturday's San Vicente Stakes, the final two-trun prep in Southern California for the Santa Anita Derby.

    Jamaican Rum Works Toward San Felipe

    Hill Rise Handicap winner Jamaican Rum worked three furlongs in :36 4/5 Tuesday at Santa Anita in preparation for Saturday's San Felipe Stakes, the final two-turn prep for the Santa Anita Derby on April 7. A late nominee to the San Felipe, Jamaican Rum finished fourth in the Feb.3 San Vicente Stakes.

  • Ohio Lawmakers Look to Put VLTs at Tracks to Help Schools

    Facing a state Supreme Court deadline of June 15 to deal with public school funding problems, Republican members of the Ohio House of Representatives apparently are behind a plan to install video lottery machines at racetracks to raise between $230 million to $930 million in revenue over the next two years.

  • Cheltenham Dates May Be Announced Wednesday

    Officials at Cheltenham Racecourse hope to announce on Wednesday the new dates for its festival cancelled because of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in England. The well-known three day Cheltenham Festival was originally to be held March 13-15.

  • National Licensing Efforts Gain Momentum

    The drive toward national licensing for the horse industry picked up momentum recently when legislatures in Kentucky and Nebraska voted to join the National Racing Compact, an interstate government entity formed last year and comprised primarily of pari-mutuel regulators.

  • Australian Dollar at All-Time Low; Could Affect Shuttle Business

    The outbreak in Europe of foot and mouth disease and subsequent ban until further notice by Australian authorities of all imported horses from the United Kingdom isn't the only potential setback for the shuttle stallion business. On Tuesday, the value of the Australian dollar slipped to an all-time low versus American currency when it hit $.5028.

  • NTRA's $1-Million Mystery Mutuel Promotion to Expand

    The $1-million Mystery Mutuel Voucher, one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's most successful promotions of 2000, will be offered twice this year, it was announced on Tuesday during the NTRA's Marketing Summit in Las Vegas, Nev. The first promotion will be July 28, with the second giveaway scheduled in late fall on a date to be announced.

  • First Cheltenham; Now Grand National

    First the Cheltenham meeting was cancelled in England, now the foot and mouth outbreak will cause Irish horses not to travel to the Grand National meeting on April 5. This is because the Irish government continues to ask the industry in the country not to ship horses or travel to the country until 30 days after the last confirmed outbreak of the highly contagious disease.

  • Maria's Mon, who stands at Pin Oak Stud, zoomed to second on the 2001 general sire list after Monarchos' victory in the Florida Derby.

    Cee's Tizzy Still Tops; Big Moves For Maria's Mon, Quiet American

    Leading sire Cee's Tizzy has company in the millionaire club by 2001 progeny earnings. Maria's Mon, whose son Monarchos earned $600,000 in winning the March 10 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, increased his yearly earnings to $1,060,461 and in the process zoomed from 39th to second on the sire's list. Champion 2-year-old male in 1995, Maria's Mon (Wavering Monarch -- Carlotta Maria, by Caro) stands at Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.

  • Dealing with Twins

    Twins occur a little more commonly in the Thoroughbred than in other breeds. Approximately 20% of ovulations in Thoroughbred mares are double ovulations.

  • Australian Trainer Dies in Plane Crash

    One of Australia's leading trainers, Peter Hayes, was killed when the plane in which he was a passenger crashed in Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday. An unidentified 67-year-old pilot also died in the crash.

  • Bleeding

    Scientists at the University of California-Davis have uncovered new information that might explain why horses bleed internally when they exercise.

  • Australia Bans Horses from European Union

    Not that it wasn't already very serious, but the implications foot and mouth disease could have on the Thoroughbred industry became scary business Wednesday when the Australian government placed an indefinite ban on the importation of horses to that country from the European Union.

  • The Customer is Always Wrong

    <i>By Larry Levin</i> -- Horseplayers are the plankton of Thoroughbred racing, and get about as much respect. Plankton are the tiny organisms at the bottom of the oceanic food chain. If they were suddenly to disappear, life in the sea would plummet, probably to the point of extinction.

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

    Brothers in Arms

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- A recent legal challenge by a group of Quarter Horse breeders could weaken the AQHA's ability to enforce its rules and regulations, and it's conceivable an adverse court ruling eventually may impact The Jockey Club and other breed registries.