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Eclipse Award Ceremony Set for South Florida

The 33rd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, honoring divisional champions for the 2003, will be held Monday, January 26, 2004 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Fla.

ReRun Maryland to Hold Educational Programs

ReRun Maryland at Greener Pastures, located at the former Wear family estate in Cecilton, Maryland, will launch a series of educational programs August 23 with "Evaluating the Ex-Racehorse for a Second Career."

Delta Downs Set for $50-Million Expansion Project

Boyd Gaming announced plans July 30 for a $50-million expansion at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. In a conference call on Boyd's second-quarter earnings, the company said Delta Downs, which has slot machines, has become of its "best performers."

Here and There

Equine Advocates to hold fundraiser in Saratoga Springs...Arlington honors Aspire Award winners and groom of the month.

Pennsylvania Slots Legislation Delayed Once Again

The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate returned to a brief session July 28 but didn't consider racetrack slots legislation. It previously had buried a bill passed by the House, and it had predicted it would be after Labor Day before it considers the topic again.

Jerkens Could Play Favorite Role in Honorable Miss

H. Allen Jerkens has been involved the racing industry over five decades. During that time, one of the titles Jerkens has earned is "The Giant Killer" for being able to upset some of the greatest horses in Thoroughbred history, some of them occurring at Saratoga Race Course. But on Friday he is starting one of the favorites in the Honorable Miss Stakes.

Ferdinand Followup: Owners Promise to Tighten Contracts and Supervision

If there is to be a silver lining in the cloud of Ferdinand's death in Japan, it comes in the manner in which future business transactions will be written, and the heightened awareness that owners' responsibility no longer ceases when a horse is sold. Ignorance is no longer an option, and no one understands that better than the people who have done business selling horses to overseas interests.

Racing Services Files Complaint Against Consultant

Racing Services Inc., North Dakota-based wagering company, has filed a complaint against Stevenson & Associates for alleged restraint of trade and monopolization in connection with off-track betting parlors in Mexico and Venezuela.

TOC Looking at Racetrack Slots in California

Thoroughbred Owners of California president John Van de Kamp admitted California could lose its position as a major racing state in the future without additional revenue streams, including expanding gaming at California's racetracks.

Outta Here Works; West Virginia Derby Next

Stakes winner Outta Here, who dead-heated for third in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 under jockey Kent Desormeaux on Tuesday at Del Mar and was confirmed as heading to Mountaineer Park for the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) by trainer Bill Currin, who is also the colt's co-owner.

Saratoga Notebook: Albarado on Sky Mesa; Favorites Rule; No Decision on Congrats; Sackatoga Stable Grows

Saratoga Notebook: Albarado on Sky Mesa; Favorites Rule; No Decision on Congrats; Sackatoga Stable Grows

Jockey Robby Albarado has picked up the mount on Sky Mesa for the Haskell Invitational and trainer Shug McGaughey is undecided on whether to run Congrats in the Haskell or the Jiim Dandy. Also, favorites are having a good Spa meet, Kissin Saint may make his next start on grass, Sackatoga Stable has expanded, and the Dogwood Dominion Award goes to a backstretch "community leader."

Discussions Underway to Send Kona Gold to Kentucky Horse Park

Discussions Underway to Send Kona Gold to Kentucky Horse Park

Discussions are underway to send champion Kona Gold to the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions. The 9-year-old gelding was retired following a fifth-place finish in the July 26 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.

Summer Tubing

Summer Tubing

By Ray Paulick -- It's almost August and the racing season is in full swing as major horses prep for this fall's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Thanks to TVG, you can see it all from your living room.

Hine Sight

By Victor E. Zast -- Sonny and Carolyn Hine knew a lot about life and how to live it; yet horses, and each other, were all that they ever had

Madeleine's Monday: From Cigar to Seabiscuit

Madeleine Paulson, widow of multiple Eclipse Award-winning breeder and owner Allen Paulson, helped rekindle images of her late husband's greatest champion at Del Mar on Monday when Life's Pleasures, a 3-year-old half sister to two-time Horse of the Year Cigar, closed with a rush to break her maiden going one mile.

Here and There...

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds offers scheduled tours of Funny Cide's birthplace...Course record set at Del Mar for five furlongs on turf.

Capitol Racing Has Two-Year Pact With Fair Board

Capitol Racing and the California Exposition and State Fair reached a two-year agreement July 28, but it's possible the contract for the Standardbred meet at Cal Expo will be put out for bid in the future.

'Buffy's Back, in Del Mar's San Clemente

One of last season's top 2-year-old fillies on the grounds is back for a crack at the top 3-year-old filly stakes this season. Buffythecenterfold, owned by Allen Brian and Stronach Stables and trained by Mel Stute, leads the pack of prospects for Saturday's 35th edition of the grade II, $150,000 San Clemente Handicap.

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