Headlines for Friday, August 31, 2001

  • Researchers, Vets, Others Discuss West Nile Virus

    Researchers, government officials, and private practitioners who are members of the Emerging Diseases Committee met at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center for nearly two hours Friday to discuss how to handle information dissemination to veterinarians and horse owners on West Nile Virus (WNV) in Kentucky.

  • NYRA Hopeful for Quarantine Exemption

    Hoof and mouth quarantine restrictions on imported European horses is keeping some horses out of major Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships prep races at Belmont Park. NYRA hopes to secure an exemption to the quarantine rules next week and have a quarantine facility at Aqueduct set up in time for races on Sept. 29.

  • John's Call to Wait for Man o'War

    John's Call, the 10-year-old gelding based in Maryland, will bypass the Sussex Handicap Saturday at Delaware Park and run instead in the Man o' War Stakes Sept. 8 at Belmont Park, trainer Tom Voss said Friday.

  • Leading Horse of the Year candidate Point Given, now retired.

    Point Given Retired After Injury; Stud Plans Undecided

    Leading Horse of the Year candidate Point Given has been retired because of a strain to the suspensory tendon of his left foreleg, trainer Bob Baffert announced on Friday. The strain was detected on Thursday morning, when Point Given had been expected to return to the track for the first time after his victory in last Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. "I've had to retire a lot of good horses, but I never felt like this," Baffert said. "We were just beginning to tap into his greatness."

  • Paseana Returning to Argentina

    Hall of Fame member Paseana, who has experienced problems conceiving, will be returned to her native Argentina in an attempt to get her in foal.

  • Portland Meadows Opening Delayed

    Portland Meadows will not open Sept. 1 as planned because the Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a plan to keep contaminated storm water from leaving the racetrack property. Magna Entertainment was notified Tuesday that the plan was rejected. The environmental problems could accelerate the company's plans to build a new racetrack in the area.

  • Policy, Finances Reduce 'America's Day' Numbers

    Policy issues and financial considerations have reduced the number of tracks participating in America's Day at the Races, which will be held Labor Day. The event, first held in 1997, could be retooled in the future, a National Thoroughbred Racing Association official said.

  • Millionaires Top Palomar Field

    Millionaires Tranquility Lake and Tout Charmant head a field of seven fillies and mares in Saturday's grade II, $150,000 Palomar Handicap at 1 1/16 miles over Del Mar's Jimmy Durante Turf Course.