Articles posted January 16, 2003

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Sunshine Millions Draw 145 Pre-Entries

Sunshine Millions Draw 145 Pre-Entries

Seventy-nine stakes winners, including 56 horses who have won graded events, are among the 145 runners pre-entered Thursday in the inaugural $3.6 million Sunshine Millions at Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.

Wayne Catalano Fighting His Way to Top

Growing up in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Wayne Catalano learned early to fight for what he wanted. It was the kind of neighborhood where you didn't back down. "Life started out hard for me," Catalano said. "My mother raised five kids by herself. We weren't exactly what you call rich."

Russell Baze Wins Eighth Isaac Murphy Award

Jockey Russell Baze has won his eighth consecutive Isaac Murphy Award, which goes to the rider earning the highest winning percentage with at least 500 mounts.

Virginia: Contract Signed, Turf Festival Planned

The Virginia Racing Commission Jan. 15 approved a five-year deal between the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Colonial Downs, and also heard of plans for a $2-million turf festival in the state.

OBSC Changes Dates of Fall Mixed Sale

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company announced today that the 2003 Fall Mixed Sale has been rescheduled for Oct. 13-17. The sale had originally been scheduled form October 7-11. The closing date for sales entries remains July 7th, 2003.

Midland Named Churchill VP of Marketing

Churchill Downs Inc. has promoted Mark Midland to vice president of marketing. The announcement was made today by Andrew G. Skehan, the Company's senior vice president of sales and marketing, to whom Midland will continue to report.

Arazi to Switzerland

Arazi, an international champion and sire of current millionaire Congaree, will stand the 2003 breeding season at Gestut Sohrenhof in Switzerland

FedEx Joins NTRA Group Purchasing Program

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that FedEx has joined the NTRA group purchasing program. The portfolio of FedEx services includes overnight shipping, express and ground package delivery, charter and critical shipments, freight shipping, e-commerce and supply chain management.

Pick 6, Sponsors Remain Intact Despite Fallout

Pick 6, Sponsors Remain Intact Despite Fallout

The investigation into the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 fraud has triggered an industry-wide review of pari-mutuel systems and tote security, but the negative publicity hasn't doomed the pick six or chased away sponsors.

Researchers Seeking Best Way to Eliminate Caterpillars

A University of Kentucky entomologist is hoping to soon discover the safest and most effective way to destroy the eastern tent caterpillars believed responsible for the outbreaks of mare reproductive loss syndrome experienced in Kentucky and neighboring states over the last two years.

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