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  • McMahon of Saratoga to Receive Honor

    Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in has been named the New York Agricultural Society's recipient as 2004 Business of the Year.

  • KEEP OKs Marketing Plan, Hires Lobbying Firm

    The Kentucky Equine Education Project officially approved plans for a marketing and education blitz for the Bluegrass state this year, and also hired a high-powered lobbying firm to help it achieve its legislative goals.

  • Elusive Quality, leading sire and leading third-crop sire of 2004.

    Leading North American Sire in 2004: Elusive Quality

    Elusive Quality has become a poster boy for what a stallion with a modest fee can accomplish. The 2004 leading sire by progeny earnings had his stud fee go from $10,000 to $30,000, to $50,000, and now to its present $100,000. It's a success story reflecting quality through and through.

  • Storm Cat, leading juvenile sire of 2004.

    Leading Juvenile Sire 2004: Storm Cat

    In September 2004, Storm Cat set a record when he passed Northern Dancer as the all-time leading sire of seven-figure yearlings. As the year came to a close, the Overbrook Farm stallion added another impressive statistic to his résumé.

  • Leading freshman sire Successful Appeal.

    Leading Freshman Sire 2004: Successful Appeal

    For the second time in four years, a son of Valid Appeal and a representative of the In Reality male line is the leading first-crop sire in North America. In 2001, Valid Expectations earned the freshman sire title, and in 2004, Successful Appeal joined him in stamping Valid Appeal as a modern sire of sires.

  • Tropical Storm to NewLife Stud in Kentucky

    Tropical Storm, a 5-year-old son of Storm Cat out of grade I winner Pearl City, will enter stud at NewLife Farm near Lexington for a fee of $5,000 live foal.

  • VISA Triple Crown Nominations Go Out to Horsemen

    The road to the 2005 VISA Triple Crown is officially open as nomination forms have been mailed to horsemen. Representatives of Triple Crown Productions will begin gathering nomination forms at racetracks across the country beginning the week of Jan. 10.

  • Calder Closes Out 2004/05 Tropical Meet

    Calder Race Course closed out its Tropical at Calder meet Jan. 2, with an increase in total wagering, including all sources and all days.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Edito-in-Chief

    Exit Visa

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Racing will be saying farewell this year to a man who has had an enormous influence on the sport over the last decade, as Carl Pascarella retires as chief executive officer of Visa USA.

  • Numbers Don't Lie

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- Numbers. This business is about numbers. Big numbers... dramatic numbers...incredible numbers. The wildest number of 2004, and in fact perhaps the wildest number ever in the history of this game, is the number of stakes winners sired by Danehill. With only 19 stallions having sired 100 or more stakes winners in their entire careers, Danehill, by Danzig, was represented by 51 in 2004.

  • Jones Tells Farm Managers Common Sense Will Work

    Former Kentucky governor and Airdrie Stud owner Brereton Jones told the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club Jan. 4 that a common sense approach and a united front would get things accomplished in Frankfort, including the creation of breeders' rewards program.

  • MJC Announces Final 2004 Handle Figures

    With eleven fewer racing days than in 2003, the Maryland Jockey Club announced its total handle declined 4% in 2004. All sources handle totaled $868.1 million as compared to $905.7 million from the same period in 2003. The daily average handle from all sources decreased 2% from $3.48 million to $3.41million. For the fourth consecutive year, the daily average handle on the export signal increased, this time by 4%.

  • Retired jockey and current Magna executive Chris McCarron.

    McCarron: Plenty of Lost Sleep Over Guild

    Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron said he has "lost a tremendous amount of sleep" over the ongoing Jockeys' Guild conflict but is hopeful it will be resolved to the benefit of riders and the racing industry at large.

  • Premier Radio Wins Eclipse Award for Belmont Coverage

    Premier Radio Networks won the Media Eclipse Award in the audio and multi-media Internet category for its live coverage of the 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4.

  • WAVE TV Wins Eclipse Award for Derby Coverage

    WAVE 3 in Louisville, Ky., won the Media Eclipse Award for local television for its pre-and post-race coverage surrounding last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4.

  • ESPN Wins Eclipse Award for 'Smarty' Documentary

    ESPN has won the Eclipse Award for National Television – Features for its documentary "Smarty Jones: America's Horse," which aired on Oct. 31, 2004, on ESPN and ESPN HD, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4.

  • NBC Sports Wins Eclipse Award for Belmont Show

    NBC Sports won the Eclipse Award for National Television – Live Racing for its production of the 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4.

  • Clock Stopper Added to Colonel Power Cast

    The Dallas Stewart-trained Clock Stopper will make his next start in Sunday's $60,000 Colonel Power Handicap at Fair Grounds, and has been issued highweight of 122-pounds in the six furlong event.

  • Trainer Nick Zito, has been selecting horses for owner Robert LaPenta.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Life in the LaPenta Lane

    The journey to the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) may only be in its very early stages, but the continued adventures of Robert LaPenta -- "the Accidental Owner" -- are already unfolding. The master of Russian roulette has several guns loaded, and it will be interesting to see in what direction they'll be fired this spring.

  • Breeders to be Honored at Breeders' Cup/Thoroughbred Club Dinner

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd., in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Club of America, will honor the breeders of the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships race winners Jan. 8 at its 11th annual dinner at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington .

  • Gulfstream Park to Test for 'Milkshakes'

    Following in the footsteps of sister track Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park announced that it expects to implement testing horses for "milkshaking," the force feeding of an alkalizing solution that typically contains bicarbonate, some time during its 2005 meet.

  • Areyoutalkintome draws off to win the El Conejo.

    Areyoutalkintome Too Tough in El Conejo

    Areyoutalkintome was under pressure all the way in the $110,500 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) on a soupy Santa Anita Park main track, but he refused to give way and pulled off under Tyler Baze in the closing stage to win handily Sunday.

  • Ariel Smith Hospitalized After Four-Horse Spill

    Jockey Ariel Smith, racing on the lead in Sunday's second race at Aqueduct, was injured in a four-horse spill that began when the maiden filly he was riding, Patriotic Princess, broke down at the five-sixteenths pole.

  • Rock Hard Ten Breezes, May Skip 'Fernando

    Malibu Stakes (gr. I) winner Rock Hard Ten, who breezed three furlongs Sunday in :36 4/5, may not be ready for the second leg of the Strub series for 4-year-olds, the $200,000 San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 15.