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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Three For the Road

- The Teamsters and the Jockey Guild had their meeting to see how they could work together.

"Over the last year, year-and-a-half, we’ve both had issues at the tracks where we may have been able to help each other," Teamsters International Vice President Chuck Mack said. "There’s a legislative relationship, work relationship, and equine relationship that’s important to both our organizations. [Thoroughbred Times]
Mr. Mack declined to disclose details of any relationships he himself had had with equines. I think these guys are going to get along famously.

- Churchill Downs’ earnings declined, and talk about putting a good face on things! CEO Tom Meeker said of the rejection of slots at Calder:
"We gained statewide approval to pursue alternative gaming in Florida, and despite a setback at the local level, remain hopeful that we can win an enabling vote in 2007." [Bloodhorse]
Meeker also ominously spoke about "options to maximize our Hollywood Park asset."

- With the Derby prep schedule juggled this year, the popular Pick 3 on the Wood, Arkansas Derby, and Blue Grass is no more. But Left at the Gate has learned that there will be a pick 3 offered on the Wood, the Carter Handicap from Aqueduct, a Grade 1 at 7 furlongs that could attract Forest Danger, there’s your single; and the Illinois Derby.