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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Notes - Jan 8

- The California Horse Racing Board approved the transfer, if necessary, of racing to Hollywood Park from Santa Anita; and Del Mar has been placed on alert to make their stable area and Poly Track available for training.

However, SA president (and new Magna COO) Ron Charles said that the switch may not be necessary, rain or shine.

"We're going to come forward with a contingency plan that will allow us to race safely, even in the rain," he said. "We plan an announcement in the next 48 hours." Charles said the solution would allow horses to train over the main track as well. [Bloodhorse]
There's speculation that the track has applied for a temporary waiver to the synthetic track mandate which would allow them to replace the Cushion Track with a substance called dirt.

- Jockeys in New York have come forward with some sensible suggestions for the franchise negotiators; issues, such as consolidating the OTB's, that should have been a focus of these discussions from Day One. One wonders what the riders were waiting for. At this point, it seems like they're going to the whip after the finish line.

- NY Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno's wife Barbara passed away at the age of 77 after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease


Anonymous said...

I didn't see this posted otherwise in your blog entries, but good news last week Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne denied the tribal application of the Mohawks for a facility at Monticello Raceway.

Thankfully no casinos in the forseeable future in the Catskills! Horse racing will luckily have a little less pressure on the gaming dollars ...

Anonymous said...

Really unbelievable article about how most of the great tail-male lines are dying out: