Articles posted February 14, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Top 3-Year-Olds Clash in Fountain of Youth, Allowance Races

Top 3-Year-Olds Clash in Fountain of Youth, Allowance Races

The blurry Kentucky Derby picture should begin clearing up Saturday, as a number of Triple Crown hopefuls meet to determine who makes that all-important leap forward. The grade I Fountain of Youth Stakes, which drew a field of eight, is split right down the middle, with four stakes winners facing off against four up-and-coming stars. And in supporting allowance races, two promising colts lock horns in a prep for the Florida Derby, and a former Coolmore colt makes his U.S. debut.

Patriots Coach To Present Eclipse Award

Patriots Coach To Present Eclipse Award

Bill Belichick, head coach of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, will present the Eclipse Award for Champion Older Male at the Eclipse Awards ceremony Feb. 18 in Miami Beach.

A Day at the Races is a Family Bargain

A day at the races for a family of four is a better bargain then the four major league team sports, according to a University of Arizona study. The study compated the fan cost index produced by Team Marketing Report for major league sporting events with a similar cost index for Harness Tracks of America (HTA) and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA).

Here and There

Bits and pieces from around the industry

Sex Sells, But Ad Campaign Was a Quickie

A British Columbia Standardbred track piqued the community's interest with radio advertisements that parodied phone sex, but the campaign won't be back next season. That's not to say the campaign wasn't successful, though.

Officials: Big Changes in Store for Jersey Authority

New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey tabbed financier George Zoffinger to head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and criticized previous NJSEA leadership for the way it handled the operation.

Keeneland To Catalogue 249 Juveniles For April Auction

Keeneland will catalog a near-record 249 horses for its 10th annual sale of 2-year-olds in training that is scheduled for April 16 in Lexington. The total is 50 more than the number cataloged a year ago and four less than the record 253 horses cataloged for the 1994 sale.

Packed House Greets Slots at Delta Downs

Hundreds of eager gamblers lined up Wednesday outside Delta Downs in Vinton, La., to gamble in its new 1,500-machine slots parlor. Boyd Gaming, the track's owner, officially opened the large casino after months of legal snags and delays and an investment of more than $165 million.

Stock Offering to Raise $79.1 million for Penn National

Penn National Gaming's public offering of 4 million shares will sell for $30.50 per share, the company announced today. The net proceeds of about $79.1 million from the offering will be used to repay debt.

Saratoga Officials Approve VLTs For Harness Track

Video lottery terminals will be coming to Saratoga Springs following approval Wednesday evening by local officials of a resolution permitting the devices at a Standardbred track located just down the road from the New York Racing Association's premier flat track.

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