Articles posted March 21, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Local Dropouts Leave Rebel Ripe for Shippers

With a host of local horses not entered in Saturday's $100,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. III), two horses shipping in from out of town -- Jeremiah Jack and Ocean Sound -- will likely vie for favoritism in the Oaklawn Park feature race.

Severe Winds in Texas Kill Five Horses

A storm that whipped through Medina County, Texas, the evening of March 19 killed five horses and destroyed three barns at Gene and Judy Palmieri's Silver Spur Ranch located about a half-hour southwest of San Antonio.

Daughter of Hollywood Park President Killed in Car Accident

Jillian Baedeker, the 19-year-old daughter of Hollywood Park president Rick Baedeker, died along with two friends following a car accident during the early morning hours of March 20, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.

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Keeneland Alters Takeout Rates for Spring Meet

Keeneland, which last fall experimented with a reduced 16 percent pari-mutuel takeout, has made adjustments for its spring meet, which begins April 5. The takeout for win, place, and show wagers will remain 16 percent, but for exotic bets, it will go back up to 19 percent. Exec to Join Magna

Ron Luniewski, the co-chief executive officer of, is resigning from the online horse racing wagering company to run Magna Entertainment's new XpressBet interactive wagering business.

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