Headlines for Tuesday, April 19, 2005

  • NTRA commissioner D. G. Van Clief Jr.

    Van Clief Named NTRA Commissioner

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which went outside the industry for its first commissioner, has decided to stay within the industry in keeping its second. D.G. Van Clief Jr., who was named commissioner following the resignation of Tim Smith last July, will remain in the position.

  • NTRA Dues to Drop 25%; Commitments Sought

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's strategic plan for 2006-10 calls for a 25% reduction in membership dues, said NTRA officials who hope to have the renewal process completed this summer.

  • Gary Stevens, named to ride Noble Causeway in Kentucky Derby.

    Stevens Named to Ride Noble Causeway in Derby

    Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Nick Zito now has jockeys set for all five of his contenders for the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on Saturday, May 7.

  • KTOB Asks for State Investigation of Strangles Outbreak

    The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders sent a letter to Gov. Ernie Fletcher April 8 requesting a state investigation regarding the equine bacterial disease strangles and its recent spread from Kentucky to Florida and then back.

  • Afleet Alex and Jeremy Rose remain a team for run at roses.

    Jeremy Rose Keeps Mount on Afleet Alex for Ky. Derby

    Trainer Tim Ritchey announced Tuesday that Jeremy Rose will ride Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 7. Rose has ridden Afleet Alex in every race but one, winning six of his eight starts aboard the colt.

  • Model Rules Making Progress Across Country

    Scot Waterman, executive director of the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, said the group has made significant progress the last year in getting racing jurisdictions to adopt its chapter on medication and model rules, a uniform set of medication and drug-testing policies.

  • Jockey Lonnie Meche Suspended

    Lone Star Park stewards suspended jockey Lonnie Meche 45 days and fined him $2,500 April 15 after he tested positive for an amphetamine. According to the Texas Racing Commission, in addition to testing positive, Meche attempted to provide stewards with a substitute urine sample.

  • French Champion Jolypha Dead

    Jolypha, a French champion who ran third in the 1992 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in her first dirt start, died March 26 after foaling an Empire Maker colt.

  • Unwanted Horse Summit Only the Beginning

    The first Unwanted Horse Summit was called a success, though participants acknowledged devising ways to deal with tens of thousands of horses a year would take cooperation and compromise from all segments of the equine industry.

  • Lane's End stallion Kingmambo, back in the breeding shed.

    Recovered Kingmambo Back to Breeding

    Kingmambo, whose arthritic condition in his lower neck caused him to miss a key portion of the breeding season, is back covering mares at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.