Articles posted October 24, 2003

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Jockey Nelson Faces Ankle Surgery After Fall

Jockeys Diane Nelson and Javier Castellano both spent Friday recovering from a Thursday spill at Belmont Park that sent them both to North Shore Hospital. Nelson is to undergo surgery to repair two bone fractures in her left ankle and expects to be sidelined for at least three months. Castellano may ride Saturday.

Aqueduct to Open Amid Flurry of Changes

Fans at Aqueduct for opening day Wednesday of the Big A's 44-day fall meeting will notice that New York City's track is undergoing changes. But while these changes are being made, the racing will continue, capped by HolidayFest (Nov. 27-30) and the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 29.

VanMeter Has Favorable Count in Juvenile Fillies

Tom VanMeter II hopes he has the bases covered in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). A principal in Eaton Sales along with Reiley McDonald, VanMeter has sold many "home run" runners, but he has two of his own on deck for the $1-million race for 2-year-old fillies: Be Gentle and Victory U.S.A.

CHRB Gets Stable Surveillance System Report

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A company specializing in surveillance systems reported Thursday to the California Horse Racing Board on the success of an experimental program that included two digital cameras monitoring activities in the stable area at Del Mar last summer.

Farm Manager Mark Rhodus Dead

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Mark Rhodus, former farm manager of Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky., died Sept. 26 in Lexington.

Distorted Humor's Fee Goes to $50,000

Distorted Humor, sire of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide, will stand in 2004 for $50,000 at Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

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