Headlines for Monday, December 7, 2009

  • Jockeys Urged to Promote, Lobby for Action

    The Jockeys' Guild, as part of its annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz., was advised of ways it can work within the racing industry to promote riders and push for their causes in the regulatory arena.

  • Can Public, Fans Understand Drug Testing?

    The sensitivity of equine drug testing is a big plus for the racing industry, but it also has created confusion. How are the public and media supposed to understand when some industry participants can't make sense of it?

  • NTRA president and chief executive officer Alex Waldrop.

    NTRA Projecting 25% Reduction in Budget

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association expects to approve a 2010 budget that's about 25% smaller than this year's spending plan, president and chief executive officer Alex Waldrop said.

  • Holy Bull Mare Tops Midlantic Sale

    Crystal Bull, an 11-year-old daughter of Holy Bull in foal to Pollard's Vision, was purchased by Federico Barberino, agent, for $95,000 to top the Dec. 7 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale.

  • Mountaineer OK'd for Two-Month Shutdown

    The West Virginia Racing Commission Dec. 7 approved a 2010 racing schedule for Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort that allows the track to close for live racing in January and February.

  • Eric Alwan, publicity director of Sunland Park

    Five Questions: Eric Alwan

    The Sunland Derby on March 28 will be graded for the first time in 2010. We caught up with Sunland Park publicity director Eric Alwan this week as he was preparing for the track's opening and asked him five questions.

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    Millionaire Cowboy Cal to Stand at Pin Oak

    Cowboy Cal, a millionaire and grade II winner for Robert and Janice McNair, has been retired and will enter stud in 2010 at Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.

  • Laminitis Research Group at RVC Receives Grant to Study Exercise Effects

    The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in collaboration with the Laminitis Consortium, the UK's leading laminitis research body, has been awarded a grant of £134,425 (roughly $220,730) by the Laminitis Trust, to investigate the effects of exercise on horses and ponies that are predisposed to pasture-associated laminitis. The WALTHAM–initi...

  • AAEP to Induct Dr. Jay Addison to the Board of Directors

    The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will install longtime Louisiana practitioner Jay Addison, DVM, as a new member of the board of directors during the Dec. 8 President's Luncheon at the 55th Annual Convention, which is under way in Las Vegas, Nev.