Articles posted January 29, 2004

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Over Cough, Halfbridled Works for Mandella

Undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies champion Halfbridled worked six furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Thursday morning in 1:14 2/5 under jockey Alex Solis as she prepared for her 2004 debut in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at one mile on Feb. 15.

Weatherman Holds Key in Gulfstream Turf Stakes

Weather could be a key factor in the outcome of Saturday's two graded turf stakes at Gulfstream Park. The $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) drew a field of nine – including three entered for the main-track-only – while the $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) attracted 12 fillies and mares.

Dozen Line Up for Suwannee River

A dozen fillies and mares are set to start in Saturday's $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) at GulfstreamPark with Skymarc Farm's Madeira Mist the expected favorite.

Millennium Dragon Heads Nine in Canadian Turf

Millennium Dragon leads a field of nine in Saturday's $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. Three of the nine entered are listed as main track only runners.

Millennium Dragon Heads Nine in Canadian Turf

Millennium Dragon leads a field of nine in Saturday's $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. Three of the nine entered are listed as main track only runners.

Gill Outlines Accomplishments, Disappointment in Not Getting Eclipse Award

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Michael Gill, who ended 2003 as the leading owner in both categories of money earned ($9.2 million) and races won (425), and in doing so became only the ninth owner in 100 years to claim both titles, issued a statement Thursday following the announcement earlier this week that Juddmonte Farms was voted the Eclipse Award for "Outstanding Owner."

Donn Handicap Kicks Off Race for Leading Older Horse

The race for 2004's leading older horse gets underway with the Feb. 7 $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. The Donn Handicap is expected to lure a field of six or seven of the top handicap horses in the nation, led by Sackatoga Stable's classic winning champion Funny Cide.

HRTV Host White to Receive Media Award

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Jon White, host of daily live Thoroughbred racing coverage for HorseRacing TV, will receive the Mark Kaufman Media Award at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders' Association awards banquet Feb. 15 "for his excellence in promoting the Washington Thoroughbred industry and Emerald Downs for 2003."

Racing Services Trial Delayed

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The trial of embattled North Dakota wagering company Racing Services Inc. has been delayed from Feb. 23 to late August.

Santa Anita Cuts Purses Across the Board

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Santa Anita has announced an across-the-board decrease in purse levels beginning Jan. 31 as a result of declines in off-track and out-of-state handle during the one month-old meeting.

Ohio HBPA Seeks Mediator in Lingering Breed Dispute

The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has asked the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association to agree to mediation in an effort to resolve "program and policy differences" between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries in the state.

MGM MIRAGE Expands Involvement in Racing Business

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MGM MIRAGE, the gaming and entertainment company that has a deal with the New York Racing Association to construct a video lottery terminal parlor at Aqueduct, is buying the company that owns Lincoln Park greyhound track in Rhode Island, and Arapahoe Park and three dog tracks in Colorado.

Track Sues Announcer Over Patent Rights to Wager

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Prairie Meadows is suing track announcer Ken Miller over the patent rights to a "Pick 5" wager Miller conceived and the track plans to offer. The tug-of-war has created such a strain that the Iowa racetrack and casino has suspended Miller, who has called races there since 1989.

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