Articles posted June 26, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Rank-And-File Have Say; Meet Stays at Fairplex

Bowing to pressure from a torrent of racing industry insiders, the California Horse Racing Board turned thumbs down June 26 on the Los Angeles County Fair's plan to move its 17-day 2002 meet to Santa Anita Park.

Louisiana Downs Opens With Record Purses

Record purses and a new distance for the Super Derby (gr. II) highlight the 28th season of racing at Louisiana Downs, which opens Friday, June 28. The 2002 season will offer 80 days of racing on a Thursday-Sunday schedule with the exception of a special Monday racing program on Labor Day.

Guilty NYRA Clerks Fired

The New York Racing Association has announced it has terminated the 16 pari-mutuel employees who pleaded guilty this week to charges relating to federal tax fraud.

Exchange Rate's Fee Reduced

Grade II winner Exchange Rate, who is standing his first season at Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables near Summerfield, Fla., will stand the remainder of this season and next season for $7,500.

War Emblem Has First Breeze Since Belmont

War Emblem breezed an easy three furlongs in :35 4/5 under exercise rider Dana Barnes at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday morning, the first recorded work for The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Our Emblem colt since his June 8 defeat in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

MJC Attorney: No Deal Made for Sale of Racetracks

A Maryland Jockey Club attorney told Maryland legislators June 25 that no deal has been made to sell Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course to Magna Entertainment, and that any deal would have to clear major regulatory hurdles.

Bill Diverts Funds for Workers' Comp Insurance

California horsemen and racetracks could create a workers' compensation insurance fund with purse money diverted from marketing programs as well as their vanning and stabling program under legislation headed for the state Senate.

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