Headlines for Tuesday, September 16, 2003

  • Compromise shortens Arlington season.

    Illinois Dates Set, But Questions Loom Over Purses

    The Illinois Racing Board has approved a compromise 2004 Chicago-area Thoroughbred season that has Arlington Park giving up a week of live racing in return for "host track" revenue from early-season simulcasting. But serious questions remain about purse levels for 2004 because the state legislature during its spring session backed away from approving slot machines at racetracks.

  • Colonial Ready to Serve as Horse Evacuation Center

    With Hurricane Isabel poised to hit land late in the week of Sept. 15, Colonial Downs in Virginia has once again opened its barns to area horses that may have to seek safety from the storm.

  • Sept. Sale Reaches 2nd Highest Gross Ever

    Sales totaled more than $257 million at the conclusion of Tuesday's session, making it the second highest grossing Keeneland September Yearling Sale in history.

  • Texas Hall of Fame to Honor 2003 Inductees

    The Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame will induct jockey Cash Asmussen, trainer Willard Proctor, and graded stakes winner Two Altazano Oct. 4 during ceremonies at Retama Park near San Antonio.

  • Wick Johnston Dead at 83

    Robert Wickliffe Preston "Wick" Johnston, former associate editor of <i>The Blood-Horse</i> and managing editor of <i>The Thoroughbred Record</i>, died Sept. 14. He was 83.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Name Game

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i><br>At <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, we try to condition our writers and editors to "drink the Kool-Aid" when it comes to recognizing the companies that put money up to sponsor races we report on throughout the year.

  • King Knocker

    <i>By Neil Pessin</i><br>"ENTER THEN KNOCK." I will always remember that sign hanging on the office door of Fair Grounds racing secretary and director of racing Mervin Muniz. Quite a bit of "knocking" occurred in that little office over the many years that Mervin was racing secretary. If you were the subject of the knocking and were present at the time, it was futile to try and defend yourself. There was even a horse named after Mervin--King Knocker.

  • Some New York Tracks to Have VLTs Within Months

    As the New York Racing Association sits on the video lottery terminal sidelines, others in New York are racing ahead with efforts to get the devices up and running, possibly by the end of the year.