Headlines for Tuesday, December 2, 2003

  • Ramruma, brought a record price at Tattersalls December sale Tuesday.

    Diesis Mare Brings Record Price at Tattersalls December Sale

    Ramruma, winner of the Epsom Oaks (Eng-I), Irish Oaks (Ire-I) and Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) in 1999, became the most-expensive broodmare sold in a European auction ring Tuesday when bought for 2.1 million guineas (about US$3,813,327) by Coolmore supremo John Magnier at the Tattersalls December sale in Newmarket, England.

  • AQHA Responds to Allegations From Horse Charity

    The American Quarter Horse Association, which has hundreds of thousands of members, has reiterated its position on euthanasia and horse slaughter in the wake of an accusatory Blue Horse Charities letter that was disseminated to the racing industry in early November.

  • Uruguay's Maronas Gets Black Type Approval

    Maroñas racetrack in Uruguay has been granted approval for entry into part two of the International Cataloguing Standards and International Statistics beginning in 2004.

  • Hunting Hard to McMaster in Michigan

    Eleven-year-old Hunting Hard, a full brother to champion Heavenly Prize, will stand the 2004 season at Rolland and Marilyn McMaster's McMaster Farm near Fenton, Mich.

  • Count the Time to Le Mesa in Louisiana

    Count the Time, sire of graded stakes winner Fiesty Countess and three 2003 stakes winners, has been relocated to Le Mesa Stallions near Carencro, La.

  • Lottery Games with Breeders' Cup Theme on Horizon

    Lotteries throughout North America now have a unique opportunity to offer their players themed lottery games and promotions tied to horse racing's biggest event – the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Illegal Internet Gambling Focus of National Legislative Council

    Issues related to the loss of tax dollars from Internet wagering will come into focus when state legislators from across the country meet in Las Vegas to focus on public policy questions related to Internet, casino, and other forms of gaming. The occasion will be the 2004 Winter Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) at Harrah's Las Vegas on the January 9-11 weekend.

  • Scott Challenges New Mexico License Decision

    Nevada businessman Shawn Scott, an applicant for a license to open a racetrack and casino in Hobbs, New Mexico, has filed a challenge to the state Racing Commission's selection of Ruidoso Downs owner R.D. Hubbard.

  • Racetrack Gaming Push Hits Another Wall in Ohio

    Legislation to put the issue of racetrack video lottery terminals on the ballot in March 2004 has been killed in the Ohio General Assembly, a lobbyist said Dec. 2, the deadline to get the measure passed.

  • Paul Meyocks Dead at 81

    Paul Blair Meyocks, longtime jockey agent and father of former New York Racing Association president Terry Meyocks, died Sunday at Manor Care Nursing Home in Plantation, Fla. after a lengthy illness. He was 81.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Join the Club

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- Considering the shortage of horse owners in the U.S., maybe it's time to emulate the successful racing clubs that are popular in Japanese racing.

  • NTRA Stables

    <i>By Victor E. Zast </i> -- The NTRA should purchase a stable of horses that will be worthy of public attention, that will be the "stuff" of what effective advertising is made, that will race in the races it puts on TV, that will campaign for as long as their legs have some run in them--a dynasty of horses that will become as accomplished over time as the New York Yankees or as familiar to the man in the street as Funny Cide was this spring.

  • Portland Meadows Handle Highest in About 15 Years

    Changes in first post time and fuller fields have produced pari-mutuel gains this season for Portland Meadows, which on Dec. 1 cleared the half-million-dollar mark in total handle for a program for the first time in 15 years.

  • Congaree, here winning his second consecutive Cigar Mile, will remain in training in 2004.

    Congaree Will Remain in Training in 2004

    Millionaire Congaree, the 5 ¼-length winner of Saturday's Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct, will be back in 2004 as a 6-year-old, trainer Bob Baffert said, with the Dubai World Cup (gr. I) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Lone Star Park being the chestnut's major goals.