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No Gift Exchange

No Gift Exchange

By Ray Paulick - The execution of Magna's vision has been difficult given its isolationist philosophy.

Brush Strokes

By Steve Haskin -- When it came to sheer toughness, Broad Brush was in a class by himself.

Michigan Racing Commissioner to Leave Post

Michigan Racing Commissioner Robert Geake said he would leave his post when his term expires at the end of December, and that he hopes to make the long-awaited decision on granting a suburban Detroit racetrack license before he goes.

Tomahawk to Park Stud in Ontario

Tomahawk, a $2.5 million Keeneland July yearling and an Irish champion 2-year-old, will enter stud at Michael Byrne's Park Stud near Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, for a fee of $8,500 (Canadian funds).

MEC Wants to Be Friend of New York Racing

The president of Magna Entertainment Corp. said Dec. 10 the company would like to be part of a new organization -- Friends of New York Racing -- which hopes to reconstruct the economic model for racing in the state and perhaps seek the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

Kabel Has 'Enough' to Tie Woodbine Mark

Jockey Todd Kabel equaled a 38-year-old record with his 36th stakes victory of the season by guiding 2-year-old Enough Is Enough home first in the $134,875 Kingarvie Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday, the final card of the 167-day long meet.

Black Bart Euthanized

Black Bart, vanned off the Hollywood Park track with a hock injury after taking a bad step in the stretch run of Saturday's Native Diver Handicap (gr. III), was euthanized.

Dreadnaught Headed for McKnight Handicap

Veteran Maryland horseman Tom Voss confirmed Saturday that Trillium Stable's 4-year-old gelding Dreadnaught, winner of Aqueduct's Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) last out, will be on a van this week bound for Calder Race Course and Saturday's $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT).

Phoenix Reach Worth the Wait in Hong Kong Vase

After a delayed start due to broken equipment, Phoenix Reach proved he was worth the wait by taking the (HK)$14 Million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) by a half-length over Sights on Gold, with Valle Enchantee two lengths back in third. Phoenix Reach completed the 2,400-meter distance (1 _-mile) in 2:29.80.

Phoenix Reach Worth the Wait in Hong Kong Vase

After a delayed start due to broken equipment, Phoenix Reach proved he was worth the wait by taking the (HK)$14 Million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) by a half-length over Sights on Gold, with Valle Enchantee two lengths back in third. Phoenix Reach completed the 2,400-meter distance (1 _-mile) in 2:29.80.

Travelator Captures Garland of Roses

A muddy track and a blistering pace helped Our Sugar Bear Stable's Travelator to a head victory over Sensibly Chic in the $80,900 Garland of Roses Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs Saturday at Aqueduct.

Wire Bound Hits Line First in Pete Axthelm

Silver Diamond Thoroughbreds' Wire Bound won the $100,000 Pete Axthelm Stakes for 3-year-olds at Calder Race Course on Saturday, defeating favored Caballero Negro by half a length. In a very close finish, More Bourb was a neck back in third.

Gertmenian: Tracks, Not Guild, Would Fuel 'War'

Gertmenian: Tracks, Not Guild, Would Fuel 'War'

The chief executive officer of the Jockeys' Guild has reiterated his calls for cooperation from the racing industry, and indicated the tracks, not the Guild, would be responsible should there be what he called a "war" between the two industry factions.

Trainer de Kock Primed for Dubai Success

Trainer de Kock Primed for Dubai Success

South Africa trainer Mike de Kock is assembling a very powerful team for the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival as he bids to repeat his success of last year. At that inaugural Carnival, de Kock's horses won nine times and about £1.9 million in the process, as well as a $50,000 bonus for the trainer as leading Carnival handler.

McAlpine: Industry Needs Change, Vision

McAlpine: Industry Needs Change, Vision

Magna Entertainment Corp. president Jim McAlpine said the company is ready for change and part of that change includes forming more partnerships with other industry players to propel horseracing into the winner's circle.

NTRA Moves Forward with Action Plan

D. G. Van Clief Jr., commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Association, said the NTRA will move forward with three goals: to make racing a Top 10 sport in America, grow handle to specific target levels, and to act as a convening authority.

Gallow Named Facility Manager at Churchill

Churchill Downs announced that Robert Gallow, director of operations for the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars Hockey Club and its Dr Pepper StarCenters, is facility manager of the Louisville, Ky. racetrack.

TRA Wants Jockeys' Guild to Account for Funds

TRA Wants Jockeys' Guild to Account for Funds

The Thoroughbred Racing Associations will ask the Jockeys' Guild to explain how it spends the $2.2 million a year it gives the Guild in exchange for their claim to media rights, TRA president Joe Harper said Dec. 9 after the organization met in Tucson, Ariz.

Powell to Leave RCI for Post at Youbet.com

Lonny Powell, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, will leave the post Feb. 1, 2005, to take a job with Youbet.com as vice president of public affairs. He also will oversee the online wagering company's activities in the central region of the United States.

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