Headlines for Monday, November 21, 2005

  • AAEP Contributes $50,000 to Katrina Relief

    The AAEP Foundation, Inc. has donated $50,000 to aid Gulf Coast horses affected by Hurricane Katrina. Donations of $25,000 each have been made to the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association and the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association.

  • Kentucky State Sen. Damon Thayer, sponsored legislation to create breeder incentive fund.

    Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Approves Breeders' Incentives Plan

    After much debate and discussion, the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority approved the structure of a five-tier Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund Nov. 21. The program will reward breeders of Kentucky-breds that win in maiden special weight, allowance, and stakes company, both in-state and nationally.

  • Grade II Stakes-Placed Strive to Pepper Oaks

    Strive, a grade II stakes-placed son of Deputy Minister, has been bought by Patricia Youngman for stallion duty at her Pepper Oaks Farm near Santa Ynez, Calif.

  • Jockey Birzer Sues Guild, Former Officers

    Injured jockey Gary Birzer has filed a $10-million lawsuit against the Jockeys' Guild and two former officers stemming from his accident at Mountaineer Race Track in 2004, according to the Los Angeles <i>Times</i>.

  • Finger Lakes Employee Dies After Starting Gate Accident

    Leon Reed, an assistant starter at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, died Saturday evening due to injuries suffered as the result of an accident that occurred while he loaded a horse into the starting gate for the fifth race earlier that day.

  • John Velazquez, surpassed Jerry Bailey&#39;s season earnings mark.

    Velazquez Sets Jockey Season Earnings Mark

    Jockey John Velazquez attained the highest mark in yearly purses ever won by a North American-based jockey with his third-place finish aboard India in the $105,200 Valley Stream Stakes Sunday at Aqueduct. Through Nov. 20, last year's Eclipse Award-winning jockey has $23,355,830 in purse earnings.