Laffit Pincay Jr. reached another milestone in his remarkable riding career Wednesday, guiding Saxony to a one-length victory in the fifth race at Santa Anita – the Hall of Fame rider's 9,500th trip to the winners' circle.
The technicality that kept Pleasantly Perfect out of the Breeders' Cup Classic is history, and trainer Richard Mandella believes his lightly raced 5-year-old is ready to deliver a smasher in Sunday's San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Trainer Bill Spawr was fined $8,500 by track stewards for two post-race urine tests that revealed Albuterol in the systems of two horses who won races while in his care last year.
Michael Tabor's grade II winner Zavata, last seen being eased in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, may return to training as soon as mid-February, Patrick Biancone's assistant, Yan Durepaire, said.
Blahut Stables, LLC's Southern Image, who is to make his stakes debut in Saturday's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, worked over Santa Anita's fast main track Wednesday morning. Dense fog that hovered over the track all morning prevented clockers from recording an official time.
Patrick LePley, chairman of Washington's Horse Racing Commission, resigned the week of Jan. 15. The commission has been under attack since late December when Gov. Gary Locke included its reorganization in his proposed budget.
- By Tom Precious
New York Governor George Pataki has proposed changes his administration says will convince racetracks to begin offering video lottery terminals.
Dark bay/brown colt, foaled March 25, 2000
Silver Deputy--Silveroo, by Silver Hawk
Dark bay/brown colt, foaled March 21, 2000
Saint Ballado--Sensational Eyes, by Roman Majesty
Lyphard, Stop the Music, and Irish River Still Enjoying Life at Gainesway
Terry Meyocks honored by New York Press Photographers...Richard Migliore to be recognized by Association for the Help of Retarded Children.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in an attempt to solidify revenue derived from pari-mutuel wagering, will soon release a comprehensive position paper that touches on everything from source-market fees to rebates.
Champion Storm Flag Flying and stakes winners Saarland, Trust N Luck, Take Charge Lady, and Repent are among the many standouts currently in training in Florida.
This weekend's Herecomesthebride Stakes, a race on the turf for 3-year-old fillies, is the only graded event at Gulfstream. Allen Jerkens plans to run two fillies in Friday's Old Hat Stakes.
The three-day premier yearling sale conducted by New Zealand Bloodstock that ended today saw a decline in both gross and average from a year ago.
- By Victor Ryan
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board on Tuesday approved a proposal made by the New York Racing Association last August that would allow stewards more flexibility in determining disqualifications of horses that veer in front of a rival during a race.
Stakes winner Run Production will enter stud at LeRoy Bormet's B & B Farm near Monee, Ill.
Magna Entertainment Corp. announced late Tuesday that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Allegheny Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc., has filed an application with the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission for a license to conduct Thoroughbred racing at a racetrack to be constructed in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, northwest of Pittsburgh.
- By Tom LaMarra
For the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the racing industry, the phrase "strength in numbers" can apply to sponsors, the wagering public, legislative clout, and even movie theaters.
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