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Fact or fiction: The typical Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farm owner has a palatial spread, hundreds of horses, and money to burn? According to the results of a demographic survey commissioned by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, it's fiction. The general population, though, may believe it to be true.
The horse genome project and the pros and cons of genetic tinkering within breeding will be the focus of a "Science Times" segment that will air Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9:00 (EST).
Unable to strike a deal on a simulcasting fee, the racetracks that fall under the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative will not offer the Keeneland signal at their facilities effective Friday, opening day of the Lexington track's fall meet.
With Sheikh Mohammed leading the way, Keeneland Thursday announced a sizeable amount in its fund for the victims of last week's terrorist attacks.
With Keeneland's decision to postpone the second day of the September yearling sale due to the apparent terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., many buyers and sellers were left in limbo. One thing was certain: horses and the sales were secondary.
- By Ron Mitchell
Due to the plane attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and reports of possible terrorist acts in Washington, D.C., the Keeneland Association postponed the Tuesday session of its September yearling sale until Wednesday. Given the international nature of the sale, Keeneland heightened security as a result of Tuesday morning's events.
Quotes from consignors, buyers, and sales company officials at the 2001 Keeneland July Selected Yearling sale
For more than three hours Monday night, the Keeneland July yearling sale was beamed into the homes of people who can access the TV Games Network either on cable television or by satellite dish. It was somewhat of a breakthrough for the auction end of the business, which generally gets little exposure away from sale pavilions.
As expected, Keeneland announced several key personnel moves Friday. Rogers Beasley, longtime director of the largest equine sale company in the world, will become director of racing, a newly created position. The position will help ease the work load of racing secretary Howard Battle, who has been battling health problems. Battle will still oversee the racing office.
Interim executive director Tom Biederman is stepping down from the helm of Equine Spectrum to resume his real estate and Thoroughbred brokerage business, along with contract auction work for Fasig-Tipton Co.
Keeneland has signed a letter of intent to purchase a 25 percent interest in the online auction company Equine Spectrum. An additional 25 percent interest in the company is scheduled to be available to other investors in the Thoroughbred industry. Keeneland's board of directors will vote on the move at its April meeting.
In voting concluded Friday, Craig R. Fravel, executive vice president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; Bryan Krantz, president and general manager of Fair Grounds; and Nick Nicholson, president and chief executive officer of Keeneland, were elected to fill three new, independent racetrack seats on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors, representing the West, South and Midwest regions, respectively.
Keeneland's new Internet auction process has drawn interest from buyers since registration began Sept. 1.
First, it was an investment that amounts to more than $100 million by media giant TV Guide Inc. Now, it's a partnership with IBM Global Services, dubbed the world's leading provider of information technology solutions.
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