Overbrook Farm's Surfside worked six furlongs from the gate at Churchill Downs on Thursday in company with WHAS-11 Stakes winner Unbridled Time. Surfside's 3/4-sister Sanibel Island also worked at Churchill on Thursday.
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On Thursday, for the second time in less than a week, the California Horse Racing Board issued a complaint against a trainer after morphine was found in a post-race test of a horse. The CHRB charged trainer Jesus Mendoza after Truesdail Laboratories reported a positive test for morphine in a urine sample taken from Golden General after the colt finished second in the sixth race at Hollywood Park on June 23.
The last time trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner in the Super Derby (gr. I) was 1996, when Editor's Note completed a sweep of both events by winning the Louisiana Downs feature by 1 1/2 lengths over the Barking Shark. In Saturday's Super Derby, Belmont winner Commendable, a Lukas trainee, has been installed as the morning-line third wagering choice in the six-horse for the 1 1/4-mile race.
Three Texas racetracks are negotiating to change a rule which, as of the first of the year, would turn over 10% of their out-of-state simulcasting fees to the state's breed organizations.
Keeneland's Internet auction sells 13 yearlings for a total $500,200, or an average price of $38,477.
Jim McIngvale's plan to have only women jockeys in the Texan Juvenile Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park didn't fly, and neither will the $550,000 purse that had been proposed for the event.
Arlington International puts the accent on international Sunday, when the Chicago-area track serves as the North American wagering hub for the simulcast of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I). Post time for the Arc is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. (EDT).
After Friday morning's final declaration stage, 10 horses are entered for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) Sunday at Longchamp. In the 1 1/2-mile race, Montjeu will seek to defend his 1999 Arc victory while facing 3-year-old Sinndar. The two Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) winners head the field for the French classic.
Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Minardi moved to the lead with an about an eighth of a mile remaining for a 1 1/2-length triumph over Endless Summer in the Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket, England.
Federal investigators have joined the probe into the money practices by personnel at the three tracks operated by the New York Racing Association.
It looks as if the much-anticipated showdown between Riboletta and Beautiful Pleasure will become a reality in the Beldame Stakes on Oct. 14.
The Jockey Club has added a link from its Live Foal Report to the Breeders' Cup's foal nomination form on its Website.
Residents of Western Maryland jammed a ballroom Wednesday at their local Holiday Inn to speak their piece about a horse track proposed in rural Allegany County.
Coolmore Stud's John Magnier outbid Sheikh Mohammed to acquire a Sadler's Wells colt for 2,000,000 guineas (about $3,045,000) to top Wednesday's session of the Tattersalls Houghton Sale in Newmarket, England.
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