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Owner Dwight Sutherland Dead

Dwight Sutherland, who was a part owner of such grade I winners as Favorite Trick, Gentlemen, Sister Act, and Puerto Madero, died on his 81st birthday, Oct. 25, of a heart condition at a Kansas City, Mo., hospital.

New Vocations Auction a Success at Thistledown

The 4th Annual Silent Auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program was held at Thistledown on Breeders' Cup Day. Over 60 individuals donated art, memorabilia, tickets to sporting events, tack, gift items, and services. The merchandise portion generated $4,079 while additional monetary contributions amounted to $3,975 for a fundraiser total of $8,054.

Early Returns: Fletcher Win Positive for Kentucky Industry

Early Returns: Fletcher Win Positive for Kentucky Industry

Racing industry officials in Kentucky are taking a wait-and-see approach in the wake of the election of Republican Congressman Ernie Fletcher as governor, but a few said Fletcher's representation of the horse industry in Washington, D.C. bodes well for Kentucky.

Colonial Gets OK for OTB Parlor Near Roanoke

Colonial Downs in Virginia is looking at four sites for an off-track betting parlor in Vinton, where voters on Nov. 4 approved a referendum by only 20 votes, the Roanoke Times reported.

Paper Agrees Santos, Reporter Had Misunderstanding

Paper Agrees Santos, Reporter Had Misunderstanding

The Miami Herald, in a short notice that appeared in its Nov. 1, edition, said a misunderstanding occurred between a writer and jockey Jose Santos in connection with a story that questioned whether Santos carried an electrical device in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Massachusetts Set to Consider Slots at Tracks

Within the week the Massachusetts legislature is expected to address an economic stimulus package which includes as many as 6,000 slot machines at racetracks. The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that the amendment was filed by Senator Brian Lees.

MJC Unveils 2004 Preakness Logo

MJC Unveils 2004 Preakness Logo

The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2004 Preakness logo. The 129th running of the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the Visa Triple Crown, is set for May 15, 2004 at Pimlico Race Course.

Secretariat Blanket Brings $21,600 Through Auction

The blanket worn by Secretariat after his victorious career finale in the 1973 Canadian International Championship sold for $21,600 after being offered online through E-bay and Secretariat.com, the official Web site for the champion racehorse.

Ward: Thoroughbred Industry Has Serious Work to Do

Ward: Thoroughbred Industry Has Serious Work to Do

The Thoroughbred industry will have to face the music and change its tune in the next few years if it is to flourish, trainer John Ward suggested during a lively discussion the evening of Nov. 4 at the monthly Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club meeting.

Ohio HBPA Says Thoroughbred Racing at Disadvantage

The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has told regulators state laws favor the Standardbred industry to the point where Thoroughbred racing is unfairly paying millions of dollars at a time when it badly needs the money.

Dogwood Doings

Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell has announced 2004 plans for seven of the stable's current stakes winners, including millionaire Smok'n Frolic.

Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center Given $30,000 in Grants

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America and a $5,000 grant from the Maryland Horse Industries Board to help construct and equip new laboratory facilities designed to support its growing equine research program.

Johar Leads U.S. Contingent to Japan Cup Races

Johar Leads U.S. Contingent to Japan Cup Races

The Thoroughbred Corporation's Johar, dead-heat winner of the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), heads a contingent of five U.S. horses for which invitations have been accepted for the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) and Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) Tokyo Racecourse.

Signaling Trouble

Signaling Trouble

By Ray Paulick -- In an age of telephone and Internet betting and rebates the price of the signal must be re-examined.

Czeched in the Stretch

By Paul Deblinger -- When the Breeders' Cup announced a few years ago that it would become the World Thoroughbred Championships I thought, why would a successful brand change to an unwieldy new brand? Would there really be an effort to make it a true world championship?

Boosted by Thoroughbred Corporation Horses, Keeneland Numbers Soar

Boosted by Thoroughbred Corporation Horses, Keeneland Numbers Soar

When Johar finished in a dead-heat with High Chaparral for first in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) on Oct. 25, it was one of the closest and most exciting races in the 20-year history of the Breeders' Cup and left racing fans buzzing for days. The excitement from that race extended into the sales ring during Tuesday's second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock in Lexington, Ky. as Windsharp, Johar's dam, brought a top bid of $6.1 million.

La Reina Reigns in Tempted

Regally-bred La Reina was momentarily collared at the top of the stretch but battled back gamely under jockey John Velazquez to post an impressive three-length victory in the $110,700 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct on Tuesday.

Team Valor Hires Nicks as Private Trainer

Ralph Nicks, a former assistant to Bill Mott, has been hired by Team Valor and will become the stable's private trainer, Team Valor president Barry Irwin said Tuesday.

Choctaw Nation Buys Blue Ribbon Downs

Backstretch LLC, a private company wholly-owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, closed a deal Monday to purchase Blue Ribbon Downs, one day before the Sallisaw, Okla. track was to be auctioned.

Delaware Testing for Blood-Doping Antibodies

The racing commissions that govern Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing in Delaware have been testing for erythropoietin antibodies since June 1, and in the future may implement rules to penalize horses that test positive.

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