Articles posted January 31, 2002

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Zippy Chippy 30 Lengths Last at Penn National

Zippy Chippy extended his losing streak to 92 races Thursday night at Penn National when the 11-year-old Compliance gelding finished last of seven in a six-furlong maiden race. The Felix Monserrate trainee finished 20 1/2 lengths behind sixth-place finisher Dig That Jazz and nearly 33 lengths behind the winning Judge Me Ladies.

Val Royal, Fleet Renee, Out for Exercise Thursday

Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Val Royal continued working toward his return to the races Thursday at Santa Anita and Ashland (gr. I) and Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) winner Fleet Renee worked five furlongs on fast dirt at Tapeta Farm. Others working Thursday were Printemps; Bella, Bella, Bella; Crafty C. T.; Griffinite; Sarah Lane's Oates; and Silver Charm's half-sister by Deputy Minister, Elrose.

Genome Research Panel Scheduled For AQHA Convention

The benefits of equine genome research will be explored during a presentation on March 2 at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) convention in Dallas, Texas. "Genome Research 101 for the Horse Industry" will be held from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (CST) at the Hotel Inter-Continental Dallas. It will sponsored by the the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), AQHA, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and the Morris Animal Foundation.

Clenbuterol Level Approved in California

A regulatory amendment adding clenbuterol to the list of therapeutic medications for which trace levels are permitted in post-race equine urine samples received final approval Wednesday from the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).

NYRA: Gulfstream Product Not Worth the Effort

The New York Racing Association has ended dark-day simulcasting at Aqueduct, and its chairman, Barry Schwartz, targeted the product at Gulfstream Park as the main reason for the move. The president of Gulfstream disagrees with Schwartz's assessment of the product.

Royal Anthem's First Foal

The first foal for millionaire Royal Anthem is a colt that arrived Jan. 30 at Dennis Alquist's Tsa-La-Gi near Midway, Ky.

TOC Chairman: Deal is a 'Critical Benchmark'

In an open letter to the California Thoroughbred industry, Thoroughbred Owners of California chairman Jack Owens said the organization has taken its "stewardship role very seriously" in regard to account wagering, and said its agreement with Magna Entertainment is a "critical benchmark" for negotiations with other companies.

Red Bullet Turns in Final Work for Donn

Classic winner Red Bullet completed his last major workout on the Gulfstream Park oval before a scheduled appearance in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 9. Red Bullet was officially clocked in :47 3/5 breezing for a half-mile.

Azeff Showing Improvement; Condition Still Serious

Assistant trainer Yvonne Azeff, seriosuly injured after being thrown from her pony at Gulfstream last Saturday, appears from all signs to be making improvement at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, trainer John Ward said Thursday. Azeff has been unconscious since the accident. Although Ward had heard that Azeff's condition had been upgraded, hospital spokesperson Tara Bauer said Thursday afternoon her condition still was listed as serious.

Hopeful Winner Came Home Returns in San Vicente

All eyes will be on Came Home in Saturday's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. Last year's Hopeful Stakes winner will be making his first start since finishing seventh in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but trainer Paco Gonzalez has the homebred son of Gone West ready for a solid performance.

Gold Brose Colt Sells For $145,000 In New Zealand

A strapping chestnut colt by Gold Brose sold for $145,000 (approximately $61,335 in U.S. funds) Wednesday to top the opening session of the select colts portion of the New Zealand national yearling sale series. Trainer Bryce Tankard purchased the colt from Fayette Park Stud.

Pari-Mutuel Legislation Approved by Virginia Senate

Legislation that would remove impediments to horse racing in Virginia passed the state Senate Jan. 29. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kenneth Stolle, was approved by a 27-12 vote. It now goes to General Laws Subcommittee in the House of Delegates.

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