Articles posted May 11, 2003

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Cooksey Among Nominees for Venezia Award

Jockey Patricia Cooksey, the all-time leading female rider at Churchill Downs, has been named as a finalist for the New York Racing Association's (NYRA) 2003 Mike Venezia Award, which goes to riders who "exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship."

Mineshaft Drills in Mud for Pimlico Special

William S. Farish's Mineshaft, winner of the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at the Fair Grounds and the Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland, tuned up for a run in Friday's $600,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) with a sharp six-furlong breeze on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

Husbands Gets Poignant Mother's Day Win

Jockey Patrick Husbands won Sunday's $182,950 George C. Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine aboard El Prado Essence, a horse that carries special significance for him on Mother's Day.

Fog-Cutting Shine Again Takes Genuine Risk

Bohemia Stable's Shine Again and jockey Jean-Luc Samyn bolted past heavy favorite Carson Hollow near the eighth pole and drew off to win Sunday's $145,000 Geniune Risk Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at fog-shrouded Belmont Park.

Wagering, Attendance Decline at Aqueduct

A hard winter contributed to a significant decline in Aqueduct's on-track handle and attendance at the recently-concluded 83-day winter-spring meeting, while total handle dipped slightly, the New York Racing Association reported.

New York Riders Speak Out for Santos

The New York jockey colony released a statement Sunday defending the integrity of fellow rider Jose Santos, who has been under investigation by the Churchill Downs stewards based on a photo and article that appeared in the Saturday Miami Herald.

Toccet Confirmed As Going to Lane's End

Daniel Borislow, whose grade I winner Toccet was taken off the Triple Crown trail because of an injury, has accepted the offer to stand the son of Awesome Again at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm.

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