11/14/2002 12:00AM



Backstretch, a Louisville-based magazine published since 1962 by the United Thoroughbred Trainers of America, is folding "unless something unforeseen happens," according to Sam Ramer, the magazine's managing editor. The final edition of the bimonthly Backstretch was the Nov.-Dec. edition. . . . Canterbury Park's third quarter net income dropped 38 percent from last year to $234,679. Much of the decline was the result of a 14-percent drop in out-of-state simulcast handle, which management attributed to not hosting this year's Claiming Crown, and to increased expenses related to legislative efforts for additional forms of gaming at Canterbury, which for the first nine months of 2002 had net income of $1.7 million, up 44 percent from 2001. . . . Larry "Roundball" Grunder, who had been an owner, trainer, groom, and jockey's agent on the Kentucky and Chicago racing circuits, died in his sleep Wednesday night at his home in Dodge City, Kan., at age 55. He is survived by his brother, Richard, the track announcer at Tampa Bay Downs and also a jockey agent. . . . Comedian Kathleen Madigan will replace Elayne Boosler as a performer at the University of Arizona's Symposium on Racing on Dec. 12 in Tucson, Ariz. Boosler canceled last week, saying she was strongly opposed to the presence of greyhound racing operators at the symposium. . . . Intidab, who stood in 2002 at Wycombe House Stud in Florida, will move to Gallagher's Stud in Ghent, N.Y., in 2003. Intidab, a Grade 2-winning son of Phone Trick, will stand for $5,000. . . . Augustin Stable's 5-year-old homebred stakes winner Syncline has retired from racing and will enter stud at Crestwood Farm in Lexington, Ky., in 2003. Syncline (by Danzig) will stand for $2,500.