Headlines for Friday, September 10, 2004

  • Jack Cooper, 'Mr. Steeplechase,' Dies at 93

    Longtime National Steeplechase Association executive secretary John E. "Jack" Cooper died Sept. 9 at Rosehaven Nursing Home near his home in Litchfield, Conn. Mr. Cooper, who was recovering from pneumonia, was 93.

  • Keeneland Installs Polytrack Training Surface

    Keeneland has completed the installation of a Polytrack surface on its five-eighths of a mile training track located adjacent to its main track. It is the first of its type at a public racing or training facility in North America.

  • Torrestrella Makes U.S. Debut in Garden City

    Trainer Christophe Clement takes aim at New York's top prize for 3-year-old turf fillies when he sends out Torrestrella and Spotlight in the $300,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup (gr. IT).

  • Stay Forever Finds Good Spot in Miami Mile

    The $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT), rescheduled from Labor Day because of Hurricane Frances, drew a full field for Saturday on the turf at Calder Race Course.

  • Levine Wins Three as Belmont Fall Meet Opens

    Trainer Bruce Levine saddled three winners Friday, including Clever Eletrician in the $105,100 General Douglas MacArthur Handicap for New York-breds, to open the Belmont Park fall meeting.

  • Medication Consortium Recommends Owners Fee

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is recommending owners pay a $5 fee to fund research to develop threshold levels and withdrawal times for therapeutic medications.

  • TOBA Honors Breeders at Luncheon

    Breeders from around the country were recognized Friday afternoon at a luncheon at Keeneland hosted by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • Dual classic winner commands smart fee in first year at stud.

    Smarty Jones' Fee Set at $100,000

    Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert N. Clay announced Thursday the initial stud fee for dual classic winner Smarty Jones will be $100,000.

  • Jockey Club executive vice president and executive director Dan Fick was elected chairman of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

    Fick Elected Chairman of Medication Consortium

    Dan Fick, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, was elected chairman of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium at its quarterly meeting Sept. 9. The consortium also approved a per-start fee for horse owners to help fund initiatives.

  • Impeachment's First Winner

    Dual classic-placed Impeachment was represented by his first winner Sept. 9 when his daughter Deepinnegotiations won at seven furlongs in 1:28.51 at Calder Race Course.

  • CHRB executive director Roy Wood and chairman John Harris at recent press conference concerning questionable penalties in California drugging cases.

    'Let's Make a Deal'

    Deep disappointment with [CHRB executive director Roy] Wood's handling of drug issues prompted numerous horsemen, owners, and association officials to press for more surveillance of so-called "super trainers," as well as other private initiatives aimed at curtailing cheating, that are more stringent than the CHRB has been.