Articles posted February 11, 2003

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Churchill Indicates Desire to Sell Ellis Park

Churchill Indicates Desire to Sell Ellis Park

Churchill Downs Inc. reported a gain in earnings for 2002 but indicated it's looking to sell Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack it purchased in 1998 as part of a $22 million package. The company's financial statement for 2002 was released Feb. 11.

Washington Champions Announced

Sabertooth, winner of the 67th running of Longacres Mile
(gr. III), was named 2002 Washington-bred horse of the year


Chestnut colt, foaled January 27, 2000
Storm Cat-Hopespringsforever, by Mr. Prospector

Time to Tune In

Time to Tune In

By Ray Paulick -- While for some the trail to the Triple Crown begins the minute a healthy foal hits the ground, a more realistic starting point is when the first major prep races are shown on live television.

Not Again

By Billy Reed -- Aw rats, not again. That was my reaction. Vindication, the unbeaten 2-year-old champion male and favorite for the 129th Kentucky Derby, will miss the world's most coveted race because of a strained ligament in his right foreleg.

Texas Commission to Step Up Licensing Practices

Because of increased concerns over homeland security, the Texas Racing Commission will soon require personnel to show proof of identity prior to receiving a license to work at a Texas racetrack.

French Trainer Louis Bellocq Dead

Louis Bellocq, former jockey and trainer and the younger brother of longtime Daily Racing Form cartoonist Pierre "PEB" Bellocq, died Jan. 29

Report: Offer Could Be Made For Ellis Park

The owners of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park in Illinois are interested in purchasing Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack owned by Churchill Downs Inc., according to published reports.

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