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NYRA Taps New Senior VP and CFO

The New York Racing Association announced July 22 that Ellen McClain has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. In her position, McClain will oversee all NYRA financials, including accounting, budgeting, and forecasting. She will start with the company in mid-August.

Moss: Zenyatta's Plans Still Up in the Air

Moss: Zenyatta's Plans Still Up in the Air

Jerry Moss, owner of undefeated champion Zenyatta, said July 22 that he has not made a decision on the mare's next destination after her try in the Aug. 9 Clement Hirsch Stakes (gr. I), but he reiterated that he still wants to do "something different" with the rest of her 2009 campaign.

Jockey Club Adjusts Toe Grab Recommendations

After discussions with industry participants and a review of all scientific research available on the use of toe grabs on the front shoes of Thoroughbreds, The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommends adjusting the current RCI Model Rule on horse shoes to allow toe grabs up to four millimeters in height on front shoes on dirt racing surfaces only.

F-T July Drops, But 'Medaglia' Fillies Shine

F-T July Drops, But 'Medaglia' Fillies Shine

Fasig-Tipton's July select yearling sale ended with a bang instead of a whimper in Lexington, getting a boost from the progeny of the hot stallion Medaglia d'Oro. Even though the key business figures were down from the previous year, the final day produced the auction's highest price and results that were stronger than the opening day's statistics.

Owner to Appeal It's a Bird Decision

Owner to Appeal It's a Bird Decision

An attorney for Edmund Gann said the owner will appeal a July 21 decision by the Arkansas Racing Commission disqualifying It's a Bird from his victory in the April 4 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) after the horse tested positive for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory medication.

Charitable Jockey Luncheon Set for Aug. 7

Sponsored by the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Illinois Chapter of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, Dining With the Dynasty will give racing fans the opportunity to dine and converse with legendary jockeys from Thoroughbred racing's past.

Deadline Soon for BC Foal Nomination Discount

Deadline for the early discount of $100 off the $500 price for a Breeders' Cup foal nomination is midnight ET Aug. 1. As a part of a nominator stimulus plan announced April 7, the discount applies to all foals nominated electronically or "on-line" to the Breeders' Cup program for the 2009 foal crop if made on or before the Aug. 1 deadline.

Godolphin Purchases Atomic Rain

Godolphin Purchases Atomic Rain

The Godolphin shopping spree continued July 21 with the purchase of Long Branch Stakes winner Atomic Rain from George and Lori Hall. There are no immediate plans for the son of Smart Strike, who had been pointing for the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2.

KY Horse Owners Urged to Discard Tainted Feed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising horse owners to discard feed purchased at a Florence, Ky., feed store because it could be contaminated. The agency issued the advisory July 20 when U.S. Marshals seized $24,000 in livestock food products from the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association Inc.

Dutrow Granted Stay on 30-Day Suspension

Dutrow Granted Stay on 30-Day Suspension

A week after trainer Rick Dutrow filed an appeal over the 30-day suspension handed out by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a Clenbuterol positive in the spring of 2008, the Franklin County, Ky. Circuit Court issued him a stay.

WV Derby Field Beginning to Take Shape

WV Derby Field Beginning to Take Shape

Organized horse racing in West Virginia dates back at least 223 years, but no horse who has won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) has ever competed in the Mountaineer State before. That status is going to change on Aug. 1, when Mine That Bird goes to the post in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.

Homeister Becomes Second Leading Female Rider

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Homeister Becomes Second Leading Female Rider

Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. became Thoroughbred racing's second winningest female jockey of all time when she rode Kathleen O'Connell's Gambles List to victory in the third race the evening of July 20 at Colonial Downs.

U.S. Marshals Seize Dirty KY Horse Feed

U.S. marshals have seized horse and livestock feed stored under "filthy" conditions at the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association Inc. in Florence, Ky., according to a statement released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bi-County manufactures feed and stores commercial feeds.

Indiana Downs Has Record-Setting Meet

Indiana Downs Has Record-Setting Meet

While business nationally continues to show double-digit declines, Indiana Downs once again bucked the trends during its recently-concluded 62-day race meet. The Shelbyville track, offering a slots-enriched program, enjoyed a record-setting Thoroughbred meet, with nearly all indicators showing growth. The Indiana Downs product generated nearly $61 million in total handle, an increase of 19.5% from 2008.

Mine That Bird Posts Final Churchill Work

Mine That Bird Posts Final Churchill Work

Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Equine's Mine That Bird, winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned in a sharp four-furlong work July 20 in his final major training move at Churchill Downs prior to his scheduled run in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.

Hollywood Park Attendance Up, Handle Declines

Hollywood Park Attendance Up, Handle Declines

Hollywood Park closed its 55-day spring/summer meet July 19 with a slight gain in on-track attendance, but was unable to overcome the trend of declining wagering which has hit tracks throughout the nation in the difficult economic times.

F-T Auction Kicks Off Yearling Selling Season

F-T Auction Kicks Off Yearling Selling Season

Even though the stock market has been enjoying a recent rally, buyers and sellers of young horses aren't expecting a similar rebound in yearling prices. Heading into the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select auction, which kicks off the 2009 yearling selling season, some people were predicting further downturns of 30% or more in key business figures, mainly because the health of the overall economy, here and abroad, remains weak.

New F-T Consignors Eager for Challenge

New F-T Consignors Eager for Challenge

Launching a new business venture in the midst of a global financial crisis would be a daunting task for most people, but the connections of several new consignments at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling auction seemed eager to take on the challenge the weekend before the sale's July 20 start.

Summer Bird Drills Six Furlongs at Monmouth

Summer Bird Drills Six Furlongs at Monmouth

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird, expected to take on Preakness (gr. I) champion Rachel Alexandra in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational (gr. I), worked 1:13 4/5 for six furlongs at Monmouth Park July 19 as he continues to prepare for the $1 million event.

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