Articles posted January 26, 2001

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Two Arraigned in Alleged Extortion Attempt on Stevens

Two brothers accused of attempting to extort money from jockey Gary Stevens pleaded not guilty to criminal charges Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mark Frankel, 25, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and his 29-year-old brother, Adam Frankel of Encino have been charged with extortion and conspiracy. They are free on $35,000 bail. Their next scheduled court hearing is Feb. 26.

Hutcheson Draws Eleven 3-Year-Olds

A field of 11, led by City Zip and Yonaguska, has been entered for Saturday's Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. The seven-furlong, $150,000 race is the third leg in the series of races leading up to the Florida Derby. City Zip, a multiple grade II winner, is the 122-pound topweight in the Hutcheson. Yonaguska, who finished in dead heat with City Zip for first in the Hopeful Stakes, will tote 119.

Bill Allowing 'Pull-Tabs' at Hoosier Park Advances

Legislation that would permit Indiana's riverboat casinos to remain dockside and allow Hoosier Park to install "pull-tabs"-a type of video lottery terminal-passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, but the bill figures to hit roadblocks on the Senate side.

Hollywood Park Ready to Battle Energy Crisis

The three major tracks in Southern California have acknowledged a need for backup generators in light of the possibility of power blackouts, but Hollywood Park is prepared to invest $4 million in equipment to ensure the facility doesn't go dark. Rolling blackouts brought on the by the state's energy crisis forced Los Alamitos to switch to afternoon racing for a couple of programs last week.

Surfside Heads 10-Horse Field in Santa Monica

Surfside Heads 10-Horse Field in Santa Monica

A field of 10 was entered Thursday morning for Saturday's 44th running of the $200,000 Santa Monica Handicap, a seven-furlong grade I main track event for older fillies and mares. Probable favorite, Breeders' Cup Distaff runnerup Surfside drew post No. 6 and will carry highweight of 121 pounds. "She's all set and in the box," said trainer D. Wayne Lukas Thursday morning.

As Expected, Keemoon Wins Reloy Handicap

Odds-on favorite Keemoon took control with five furlongs to run, then shook off a late bid from Juvenia to win the $75,725 Reloy Handicap for older fillies and mares Thursday at Santa Anita Park. Keemoon, under Gary Stevens at 121 pounds, completed the about 1 1/2 miles in 2:29 1/5 on a "yielding" turf course and returned $3.40, $2.60 and $2.10.

California Board Increases Jockeys' Mount Fees

The California Horse Racing Board approved a regulatory amendment Thursday increasing by $5 the minimum fee paid to jockeys on mounts that finish worse than third in a race, as requested by the Jockeys' Guild and supported by the horse-racing industry. The amendment also changes the timetable for when the fee is considered earned. Previously the fee was earned when the mount set foot on the racetrack to begin the parade to post. That meant that if a horse was injured in the saddling paddock and had to be scratched from the race, the rider did not earn a fee. Now jockeys will be entitled to the fee when they weigh out for the race with the clerk of scales before they go to the saddling paddock.

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