Articles posted March 7, 2007

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Lone Star Park Foundation Awards $90,000

The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie awarded $90,000 to 16 Grand Prairie, Texas, charities March 7 during a ceremony at the track.

Baze Claims 11th Isaac Murphy Award

Racing Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, who became Thoroughbred racing's all-time leading jockey by victories in 2006, will receive his 11th overall Isaac Murphy Award from the National Turf Writers Association for finishing last season with the highest winning percentage of any North American jockey. Baze will receive his honor from the NTWA later this year.

Churchill Downs Adds Quarantine Facility

Foreign horsemen who wish to ship their Thoroughbreds to compete in the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and other races at Churchill Downs will benefit from an on-track quarantine and isolation facility now located on the grounds.

HRTV's 'Target Louisville' Returns

Racing fans will be able to get the latest information on the road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when HorseRacing TV's "Target Louisville, presented by Coolmore America" returns for its third consecutive year March 8 at 9 p.m. EST.

Group Begins Study in Wake of Bacterial Disease

A working group in Central Kentucky has begun an epidemiological study in the wake of 40 cases of equine leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that has resulted in foal loss in some mares.

Federal Court of Appeals Affirms Horse Slaughter Illegal in Texas

The entire 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed March 5 an earlier panel decision upholding a Texas state law that bans the sale of horsemeat for human consumption. However, Texas Rep. Sid Miller filed a bill the same day that would allow the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the state.

HRRN Adds New Orleans Affiliate

The Horse Racing Radio Network will make its inaugural visit to historic Fair Grounds Race Course March 10 to provide listeners throughout Kentucky and New Orleans with live coverage of all five Fair Grounds stakes races.

West Virginia Senate OKs Racetrack Table Games Bill

The West Virginia Senate March 6 voted to legalize table games at the state's horse and dog racing tracks. The bill, which already passed the House of Delegates, must return there for concurrence.

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