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Writer Deford Takes TV Documentary to Pimlico

Frank Deford, one of the most honored sportswriters in the country, was at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday, shooting part of an ESPN documentary about the Baltimore native's life and work.

Blackdoun, Special Ring Slotted for Return

Blackdoun and Special Ring failed to handle a yielding turf course in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, finishing seventh and thirteenth, respectively, but the race took so little out of them they could both return later this month at Hollywood Park.

Kentucky Breed Development Program Sought

Kentucky Breed Development Program Sought

As the Kentucky breeding industry continues to suggest it's under siege from competition in other states, legislation that would shift millions of dollars in existing tax revenue into a Thoroughbred breed development program looms a good possibility for 2005.

TVG Third-Quarter Handle an All-Time Record

The TV Games Network generated its highest quarterly handle in history from July 1-Sept. 30, when $90,684,755 was bet through the account wagering system. The figure is up 41% from the third quarter of 2003.

Legislators: Insurance Law Would Take Time

Two Kentucky legislators with ties to the horse racing industry indicated Nov. 10 that any effort get workers' compensation insurance for jockeys through the state General Assembly would take plenty of homework and perhaps a lot of time.

Bumpy Ride

Bumpy Ride

By Ray Paulick - The Nov. 7 dispute between a group of riders and the management of Churchill Downs was not the first and surely will not be the last time jockeys have taken action to express displeasure with their plight.

Crowning Champions

By William Keith - Each year, the Thoroughbred industry has a great championship day--the Breeders' Cup. At the end of the big day, we have winners, but NO champions. Instead, that determination is put on hold. The fans are asked to wait. Three months later, in the middle of winter, last year's champions are finally announced. By then, it's stale news.

Oregon Jockeys Benefit From Incentive Program

Several jockeys earned bonsuses this summer under the Oregon Racing Commission's jockey incentive program, which is designed to encourage riders to participate at fair meets in the state.

Jackson, Narvick Shopping Hard at Keeneland

With a deal to purchase a major Central Kentucky farm nearing completion, Kendall-Jackson winery founder Jess Jackson is getting involved in the breeding business in a very big way. According to California trainer Bruce Headley, the bulk of the purchases being made by Emmanuel de Seroux of Narvick International at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale are for Jackson.

City Zip Relocates to Lane's End

City Zip, a half-brother to Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Doge (gr. I) winner Ghostzapper, is being moved for the 2005 breeding season to Will Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

High Yield's Full Brother to Russia

Turbo Storm, an unraced 3-year-old full brother to three-time grade I winner High Yield, has been sold privately to stand stud duty in Russia. Owned by horsemen Bob Walton and Jim Elliott, Turbo Storm will take up duty at Donskoi Stud near Rustov Ma Donn, Russia.

Guild Targets Churchill, Kentucky in Insurance Conflict

The Jockeys' Guild, in the wake of the ejection of 15 riders by Churchill Downs, has targeted the racetrack and the state of Kentucky in a rapidly developing conflict over what the Guild believes is inadequate medical insurance in many racing states.

Plans for Racetrack Near Austin Progress

Pending final approval from the Texas Racing Commission, the Austin Jockey Club is almost ready to build a new racetrack in Pflugerville, a fast-growing suburb north of Austin. The commission could review the plan at its Nov. 22 meeting.

Once Again, Ohio Racetrack VLT Push Looms

A supporter of video lottery terminals at Ohio's seven racetracks said Nov. 8 there is an "excellent chance" the proposal would go before Ohio voters in a November 2005 referendum.

Smarty Jones' Dam Brings $5 Million

Smarty Jones' Dam Brings $5 Million

It was an exciting night Nov. 7 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks as I'll Get Along, the dam of dual classic winner and Horse of the Year candidate Smarty Jones, brought a top price of $5 million during the November select sale. Multiple grade I winner Toccet, selling as a stallion prospect, also topped the seven-figure mark, at $3.35 million.

A Sound Plan: <i>Focus on equine joint health</i>

New joint product development is being driven by an increased awareness of the need to treat joints without hurting the stomach--that is, without causing gastric ulcers. In June 2004, a product that delivers the strength of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in a topical cream formulation was approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating joint pain and inflammation in horses. Its name is Surpass Topical Anti-Inflammatory Cream. This new product and others for treating equine joints will be covered here.

Inner Peace: <i>Treating and preventing gastric ulcers</i>

A new product for preventing gastric ulcers in horses is due for release by the end of this year, when Ulcergard joins GastroGard as the second product approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for ulcer management in the horse. On the more distant horizon, new developments in musculoskeletal pain management that are gentle on the stomach might one day arrive on the equine market, and that too could help prevent ulcers in racehorses.

315-Day Ban for Top Penn National Trainer

Harry F. Thompson, Jr., the leading trainer at Penn National eight of the past 10 years, has been suspended 315 days and fined $5,250 for positive tests of clenbuterol in 2002.

Aggadan Gets Rolling, Captures Challedon

Aggadan appeared to be going nowhere in Saturday's $75,000 Challedon Stakes at Pimlico, but when jockey Eibar Coa set him down to business around the far turn, the chestnut picked it up, caught his rivals and went on to an impressive victory.

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