Leading California Thoroughbred owner Robert Lewis said he and Trudy McCaffery will be forced to resign from the Thoroughbred Owners of California board of directors after the California Horse Racing Board refused to waive a rule prohibiting horsemen's organization representatives from also serving on racing association boards.
Moon Ballad's scheduled flight to New York for the Sep. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) that was supposed to arrive at JFK at 2 a.m. Friday morning has been canceled, said Godolphin trainer Tom Albertrani, who had no idea when the flight would be rescheduled.
The $100,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at one mile Saturday drew a field of 12, with one entered for the main track only.
State regulators have taken the formal step of stripping the racing licenses of seven illegal immigrants who were arrested while working as grooms and exercise riders at Saratoga in July.
Apprentice jockey Emanuel Cosme rode in and won the first race of his career Thursday at Calder Race Course.
Multiple grade I-winner Raging Fever has been retired to owner-breeder Edward Evans' Spring Hill Farm in Virginia.
The imminent arrival of Hurricane Isabel has forced Pimlico Race Course to cancel live racing for Thursday and Friday. Monmouth Park cancelled its card Thursday after three races.
Prominent Ohio owner/breeder George Smith, barred from Beulah Park when he categorized it as the worst of Ohio earlier this year, said he isn't sure whether he'll be on hand at the Grove City track Oct. 4 for the Best of Ohio championship series. Owner Charlie Ruma banned him this spring.
Six horses are entered for Saturday's $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II), but it could end up being a two-horse race. The 4-5 favorite, Ten Most Wanted, and the 8-5 second choice, Soto, are the only two graded stakes winners in the field.
South African trainer Mike De Kock will stable a string of horses in Dubai this winter to take advantage of the lucrative purses being offered during the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
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