Despite some inconveniences in the facility, horsemen at Philadelphia Park welcome the anticipated benefits as slots became a reality Tuesday.
Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm has announced an agreement to purchase multiple stakes winner Da Stoops and will stand the 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor at Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions near Ocala, Fla.
Although there are no confirmed cases of the contagious disease equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) at either Florida track, Calder Race Course and Tampa Bay Downs have instituted precautionary measures, including moratoriums on any new horses shipping into their stable areas.
- By Ryan Conley
ESPN's "Wire To Wire" digest show will be eliminated in 2007, but the amount of live coverage hours of horse racing on the network will increase slightly, part of a retooling of the lineups for the sports cable company and affiliated broadcast network ABC.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Roy and Gretchen Jackson's beloved colt demonstrated other-worldly intelligence, matched only in size and scope by his courage and heart. Barbaro could play the role of the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man -- after they'd been to see the Wizard of Oz. Wouldn't it be nice if some of those attributes gravitated toward Thoroughbred industry leaders?
By Dr. Joan C. Hendricks - We have a unique chance now to build on the current positive public perception. Let's use this opening to encourage more investment, attendance, bigger gates, wider viewership and sponsorship, and perhaps even a broader base for philanthropy.
Fasig-Tipton's sale pavilion in Lexington, Ky., could get a major facelift in 2007.
Tampa Bay Downs ruled off seven jockeys effective Dec. 19 because of what management called an "ongoing investigation" being conducted by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau.
Barbaro is scheduled to have his left hind foot examined Dec. 19 by Dr. Scott Morrison, an equine hoof specialist from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.
When its meet begins Dec. 26, Santa Anita will show live workouts through a link on the California track's Web site.
Portland Meadows has expanded its Dec. 19 program and will offer two guaranteed pick four wagers each worth $15,000.
Hard Spun ran his career record to a three-for-three with an easy victory Dec. 18 in the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes at Philadelphia Park and had onlookers comparing him with Smarty Jones, who won the same race in 2003.
The first meet at Hollywood Park with the artificial Cushion surface on the main track resulted in larger field sizes, larger purses, and increased handle, according to the track.
The source of an outbreak of neurologic illness in Wellington, Fla., has been traced to a shipment of 15 show horses imported from Europe the last week of November.
Philadelphia Park will become Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack Dec. 19 when it officially begins slot-machine operations in Bensalem Township, Pa.
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