Articles posted August 19, 2003

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Countdown to the Cup: European Onslaught Begins; 3-Year-Old Filly Field in Disarray

Countdown to the Cup: European Onslaught Begins; 3-Year-Old Filly Field in Disarray

The countdown to the 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships began this past weekend, and the only things we really learned are that the American turf horses are going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to hold off the Europeans in the Turf once again, and the 3-year-old fillies now look totally overmatched by the trio of "Wonder Women" -- Azeri, Sightseek, and Wild Spirit.

Offshore Drilling

Offshore Drilling

By Ray Paulick -- Horsemen are helplessly watching an increasingly larger percentage of handle go offshore.

Make the Conversion

By Dan Liebman -- The time has come for The Jockey Club to follow the USTA's lead and convert Canadian earnings to U.S. dollars.

Meche License Request Denied

The Louisiana State Racing Commission denied the request of jockey Donnie Meche's request for a racing license in the state. The commission voted 4-2 during an Aug. 18 meeting to deny the license.

Jockey Stevens Released from Hospital

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was released from Northwest Community Hospital this morning in good condition around 10:30 a.m., according to a release from Arlington Park.

California Satellite Expansion Bill Killed

A California Assembly bill designed to give the state horse racing board greatly expanded authorization to approve satellite wagering facilities has been killed by organized Indian gaming opposition.

The Greatest Game to Sponsor CNBC Program

The Greatest Game, an initiative to encourage Thoroughbred ownership, will sponsor the Friday edition CNBC's "Squawk Box" when the show is broadcast live from Saratoga Race Course leading up to the Aug. 23 Travers Stakes (gr. I). The show airs on CNBC weekdays from 7-10 a.m.

Louisiana Downs to Expand Racing Schedule

The Louisiana State Racing Commission approved a request by Louisiana Downs to run 122 dates in 2004, an increase of 42 days over the current year. The track will run 102 Thoroughbred dates from May 14 through Oct. 31 and 20 days of Quarter Horse racing from Nov. 10 through Dec. 12. The Quarter Horse meet will be the first in the track's history.

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