Headlines for Thursday, December 17, 2009

  • Slot Machine

    Battle Over Maryland Slots Heats Up

    The Maryland Jockey Club said Dec. 17 it has appealed to the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals over its disqualification from the bidding process for a license to operate slot machines at Laurel Park.

  • TRPB Developing 'Tote Security Initiative'

    The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau publicly acknowledged Dec. 17 its work on a "tote-enhancing initiative designed to address fan concerns with pari-mutuel wagering and improve efficiency and security in the future."

  • Remington Park

    Remington Park Ends Meet With Declines

    The 2009 Remington Park Thoroughbred season came to a close Dec. 14. With the end of live racing for the year also came the end of a long and successful streak for racing attendance.

  • THS: CashCall Futurity

    Jason, Tom, and Les Instone of twinspires/brisnet, preview the CashCall Futurity (gr. I). Download Brisnet Past Performances for the CashCall Futurity.

  • Breeders' Cup Classic winner Zenyatta will be paraded at Santa Anita on opening day.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8609368%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta Highlights Santa Anita Opening Day

    Santa Anita Park, which opened on Dec. 25, 1934, will celebrate its 75th anniversary season beginning with opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26, with a special early first post time of 11:30 a.m. PDT.

  • Wildcat Heir Sets Record for 2yo Winners

    Florida first-crop stallion Wildcat Heir set a Northern Hemisphere record of 39 2-year-old winners in a year when his daughter Future Heiress won a maiden race Dec. 17 at Calder Race Course.

  • KY Farm Tour Web Site to be Launched

    In an effort to promote the local Thoroughbred industry, a recently formed company called Horse Capital Productions will launch a Web site Jan. 15 to serve as a bridge between farms and tour companies in the Bluegrass.

  • Ahmed Zayat

    Owner Zayat Surprised by Bank's Lawsuit

    Ahmed Zayat, who operates one of North America's leading racing stables and is a major buyer at equine auctions, said he is surprised that a major bank has filed suit seeking repayment of more than $34 million in loans.

  • Buckle Down Ben

    Buckle Down Ben to Richwine

    Graded stakes winner Buckle Down Ben will stand in 2010 at Leigh Ann Richwine's Richwine Farm near Anderson, Ind.

  • NTRA Safety Alliance Accredits Fair Grounds

    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

  • McCallum View to Stand Two New Stallions

    Multiple stake winner Diligent Prospect and 4-year-old Embrace the Storm will stand in 2010 at Chad and Tracey McCallum's McCallum View Farm near Moriarty, N.M.

  • Hialeah is running its initial Quarter Horse meet of 40 race days through Feb. 2, 2010.

    Stalled Florida Law Puts Tracks on Standby

    Florida's Thoroughbred industry will enter 2010 without the expanded racing, other gaming, and tax breaks it thought it had gained during this year's session of the state legislature.

  • State Animal Cruelty Laws Graded

    Kentucky, North Dakota, Hawaii, Idaho, and Mississippi have the weakest animal protection laws in the nation, according to a report released by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) on Tuesday.

  • Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis Update

    Peruvian Paso, Arabian, American Saddlebred, and American Quarter Horse owners have been patiently waiting for an update on the diagnosis and treatment of equine systemic proteoglycan accumulation (ESPA). While no new data has been published recently, researchers have been working diligently to make progress in this field.