Headlines for Monday, July 14, 2003

  • Lone Star Park Attendance, Wagering Decline

    In what officials say is a reflection of the stagnant U.S. economy, attendance fell 4.4% and wagering declined during the 70-day Thoroughbred meet at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Breeders' Cup Board Supports 'Tour,' OKs Drug Tests

    The Breeders' Cup board of directors on Monday officially endorsed the proposed Thoroughbred Championship Tour, and also said it would use a new drug-testing protocol being designed by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association for all graded stakes.

  • Instant Racing Gets OK for Use at Wyoming Facilities

    Instant Racing, launched in Arkansas three years ago, was approved for use at pari-mutuel facilities by the Wyoming Racing Commission July 11. The devices, which resemble video lottery terminals but are linked to pari-mutuel pools, will first be installed at an off-track betting parlor operated by Wyoming Downs.

  • Horsemen to Consider Operating Offshore Betting Hub

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in an effort to thwart what it believes is a growing problem with the piracy of signals and subsequent loss of revenue, plans to discuss the possibility of operating its own offshore wagering hub.

  • Roark Re-elected as National HBPA President

    John Roark, president of the Texas Horsemen's Partnership and a board member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, fought back a challenge to win a second two-year term as president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

  • Minor Leg Injury Derails Ipi Tombe's Diana Plans

    South African champion Ipi Tombe, winner of the Locust Grove Handicap (grade III) at Churchill Downs in her U.S. racing debut, has suffered a minor leg injury that will cause her to miss a planned start in the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga on July 26.

  • Trifonica to Challenge Males in Sunset Handicap

    Tifonica, a 5-year-old Argentine-bred mare, will run against males in the $150,000 Sunset Handicap, closing-day feature at Hollywood Park next Sunday, trainer and co-owner Bill Currin confirmed.