Articles posted January 8, 2002

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Woodbine Entertainment Posts Record Handle for 2001

Expanded distribution of Woodbine Entertainment Group's Thoroughbred and harness races and larger fields generated by higher purses helped increase the company's total handle for the year by 11.1%. The all sources handle for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing was a record $1.36 billion.

Mr. Prospector Tops Broodmare Sire List For Fifth Year in Row

Mr. Prospector continued his stranglehold on the leading broodmare sire list, racking up his fifth title in a row. And despite the stallion's death in 1999 at the age of 29, he figures to keep a hammerlock on the competition for years to come. At his current pace, there is little reason to believe he can't top the list for another five years.

Thunder Gulch Rises to Top of 2001 Sire List

The rise of Thunder Gulch from champion 3-year-old male to leading sire has been meteoric to say the least. Just six years removed from a championship season as North America's top sophomore, and with just three crops of racing age, the son of Gulch has made it to the apex of the sire charts.

Calder Race Report: Grand Finale

The Calder meet that began in May--back when Sept. 11 was just another day on the calendar--came to a rousing conclusion during its extended closing weekend with five graded stakes, or exactly the same amount contested during the meet's first 166 days. Four of the stakes were on its Dec. 29 Grand Slam II card, the 32nd consecutive Saturday of racing at the Miami oval.

British Breeders Could Lose Seat on Horseracing Board

Nigel Elwes announced Tuesday, January 8, that he would "consider his position" as chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association if the breeders' trade body does not retain its seat on the British Horseracing Board after a review of the structure of racing's governing body is complete.

NTRA to Acquire EquiSource

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is expected this week to fully acquire EquiSource, a corporation that managed group purchasing for the association. Once the deal is closed, a new organization called NTRA Purchasing will be formed.

ESPN Snares Eclipse Award for Shoemaker Feature

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 8 that ESPN Classic has won the Eclipse Award for National Television -- Features category with its "SportsCentury: Top 50 and Beyond" profile of Hall of Fame jockey Willie Shoemaker.

Fever Pitch

By Steve Haskin -- There are 2,904 hours until the Kentucky Derby. By the time I finish writing this, there will be 2,903. I figure approximately 650 of those hours will be spent sleeping, leaving 2,253 hours to think about the Derby.

Industry Pitch

By Ray Paulick -- Good things happened to the horse industry in Washington the same year it spent more on lobbying.

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