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Cindy's Hobby Sets New Turfway Track Record

Turfway Park saw another record fall Jan. 8 when Cindy's Hobby, a 7-year-old mare, set a new track record for five furlongs on dirt. Under jockey Rafael Bejarano, the pair, carrying 122 pounds, stopped the clock at :56.93. The previous mark had been :56.98, set Feb. 23, 2002, by Salutee, who carried 115 pounds.

Hawthorne Fall Meet Post Big Numbers

Fueled by full fields and strong simulcast support, the Hawthorne fall meet, which ended Dec. 31, closed with positive numbers as the first full year of racing under the joint venture of Hawthorne National LLC was completed. The spring National Jockey Club at Hawthorne meet posted strong numbers and the Suburban Downs Harness Meet was solid as well.

Hawthorne Fall Meet Post Big Numbers

Fueled by full fields and strong simulcast support, the Hawthorne fall meet, which ended Dec. 31, closed with positive numbers as the first full year of racing under the joint venture of Hawthorne National LLC was completed. The Spring National Jockey Club at Hawthorne posted strong numbers and the Suburban Downs Harness Meet was good as well. It was all a springboard for good things to come this fall at Hawthorne.

Duchossois Receives Eclipse Award of Merit

Duchossois Receives Eclipse Award of Merit

Richard L. "Dick" Duchossois, who brought Arlington Park back from the ashes, and then saw the track become a part of Churchill Downs Inc., has been selected to receive an Eclipse Award of Merit.

AmericaTab Handle Jumps Despite MEC Blackout

Handle through the AmericaTab family of account-wagering services was up almost 90% the first six days of January even though the services weren't permitted to offer betting on Magna Entertainment Corp. racetracks, including premier meets at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.

AmericaTab Handle Jumps Despite MEC Blackout

Handle through the AmericaTab family of account-wagering services was up almost 90% the first six days of January even though the services weren't permitted to offer betting on Magna Entertainment Corp. racetracks, including premier meets at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.

Badge of Silver Could be Back by Feb. 1

Badge of Silver, who hasn't raced since March of last year, had his first five furlong work in 1:00.60 last Wednesday. He's doing so well that his trainer, Ronny Werner, said he could make his comeback as early as Feb. 1 in the Whirlaway (gr. III) Handicap.

Broad Brush Recovery Complete

Broad Brush Recovery Complete

Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm announced a clean bill of health for prominent stallion Broad Brush. Radiographs taken last week indicate the 21-year-old former leading sire has healed completely following fusion surgery in September to repair his left front fetlock.

HRTV to Show Santa Anita, Gulfstream Replays

Horse Racing TV will air full replays of the previous day's racing action from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita throughout the current race meetings at both tracks.

Sire Power

Sire Power

By Ray Paulick -- Ashford Stud, the Kentucky division of Coolmore, the massive worldwide bloodstock operation that has a dominating presence in Australia and its home base of Ireland, has transformed the stallion business, here and throughout the world, in a major way.

Dream On

By John DeSantis -- Aspiring jockey Ashton Fitzpatrick is living a dream every day of her life. Don't we all wish we were, too?

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Cool on Racetrack Gaming

With the 2004 Kentucky General Assembly session set to get under way Jan. 6, the state's racing and breeding industry, which has devised legislation to authorize a constitutional amendment on racetrack casinos, is working to line up sponsors. Legislative leaders, however, continue to downplay the chances of passage of any bill to expand gambling.

Breeders of Cup Winners to be Honored

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited, in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Club of America, will honor the victorious breeders of the 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at the 10th annual Breeders' Cup Ltd./Thoroughbred Club of America dinner on Sunday, Jan. 11, 6:00 p.m., at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.

Trainer Dave Schmidt Dies

Canadian trainer Dave Schmidt died Jan. 5 after he was kicked in the back by a horse at a Stevensville, Ontario, farm during a routine afternoon feeding.

Wagering Declines at Turfway's Holiday Meet

Turfway Park ended its 2003 holiday meet with a tie for leading trainer that came down to the last race of the last card, total handle that was nearly as close a call, and a leading rider record that was away and gone before the meet even ended.

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