Broad Appeal, an 8-year-old Broad Brush mare, posted her 13th win in 35 careeer starts when she took the Garnet Stakes (Jpn-III) at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday. U. S.-bred horses swept the top five finish positions, with South Vigorous (by End Sweep) second and Washington Color (Black Tie Affair) third. Owned by Makoro Kaneko, Broad Appeal was bred by Diane Kem. With 10 placings in addition to her wins, Broad Appeal has career earnings of ¥504,450,000 (about $3,792,867)... There were three winning Pick Six tickets worth $233,105.60 each Sunday at Santa Anita Park. With the Pick Six pool boosted by a large carryover, there were 117 consolation tickets with five correct winners that paid $1,952.20 each... After review, the American Graded Stakes Committee has restored the grade III status of the Tropical Park Derby, contested at Calder Race Course on Jan. 1. Originally scheduled for turf, the race was moved to the main track, resulting in an automatic downgrading by one level until the field of the race could be reviewed by the committee that is part of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association... Armando F. Martinez, who rode the winners of more than 5,000 races during a career which spread over five countries including his native Cuba, died Jan. 2 at the Dauphin Manor in Harrisburg, Pa. He was 88 and the father of Jose Martinez, the leading trainer in 2001 at Penn National Race Course. Armando Martinez, who went on to become a trainer, returned to the saddle for the last time in 1986, when at age 73, he finished second in the Old New England Favorites Classic at Rockingham Park... Max Nicholls, the longtime racetrack veterinarian at Longacres racetrack in Washington state, died of congestive heart failure on Dec. 30. He was 81. Nicholls, who made his rounds with an oxygen tank strapped to his back before he retired last month. As one of the few livestock veterinarians in the area at the time, Nicholls traveled as far as the Canadian border for jobs ranging from pulling horses out of wells to neutering pigs. He attended Washington State University on a football scholarship and later was a boxer. Nicholls completed his studies after serving on a Navy minesweeper in World War II and set up shop at the Redmond Animal Clinic in 1949. He opened the Blue Spruce Clinic in 1957.

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