Articles posted July 24, 2002

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Record Opening-Day Crowd of 37,439 at Del Mar

Rock Opera, ridden by 55-year-old Laffit Pincay, Jr., and True Phenomenon, under Thoroughbred racing's comeback jockey of the year, Patrick Valenzuela, won divisions of the featured Oceanside Stakes today before the largest opening-day crowd in Del Mar history, 37,439.

Drysdale Granted Stay of Suspension by Illinois Court

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The Illinois State District Court on July 23 granted trainer Neil Drysdale a stay of his 45-day suspension and $2,500 fine stemming from positive drug samples taken from Hawthorne Derby (gr. II) winner Flying Dash May 11.

Pendulum Swing

By Ray Paulick -- In a reversal of form, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky had the greatest momentum and Keeneland sustained a downturn during the 2002 summer yearling sales.

Rethinking July

By Dan Liebman -- The Keeneland summer sale needs to be adjusted. It needs to be tweaked. Revamped. Changed. It absolutely does not need to be abandoned, as some have suggested.

English Owner Lord Weinstock Dead

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Lord Arnold Weinstock, who won the 200th Epsom Derby (Eng-I) with Troy and raced such other tops stars as Sun Princess and Pilsudski, died July 23 at his home following a lengthy illness

NYRA Chairman Criticizes Magna Investment in Maryland

Early in a program about the Saratoga season at the National Museum of Racing Monday night, New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz criticized the recent purchase of a majority interest in the Maryland Jockey Club by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment.

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