Articles posted November 4, 2005

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Pedroza Wins Five at Oak Tree

Jockey Martin Pedroza notched his fifth win of the afternoon as he guided 14-1 outsider General Fox to a one-length victory in Friday's $47,400 allowance feature at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

Bending Strings Favored to Snap Losing String

John Gunther's Bending Strings has failed to win in seven races in 2005, but the company the 4-year-old filly has kept has made her a solid 9-5 favorite in Sunday's $150,000-added Chilukki (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Indian Vale Out to Make Amends in 'Alarm 'Cap

Melnyk Racing Stable's Indian Vale, who disappointed as the 2-5 favorite in last month's Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park, will try to atone for that effort Saturday in the $100,000-added Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

Latice Makes Quick Return in Long Island

Augustin Stable's Latice has traveled all over in her 10-race career. The Irish bred's world tour takes a stop at Aqueduct on Saturday for the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIT).

Rocky Gulch Highlights New Mexico Cup Day

New Mexico-bred hero Rocky Gulch will highlight Sunday's first-ever $1.4 million New Mexico Cup day at Zia Park. The state-bred festival will offer seven stakes races for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses.

Big Fields Set for Pocahontas, Iroquois

Stevestan Stable's French Park and Right Place N Time, dazzling winners in their career debuts at Keeneland, are lukewarm respective favorites in the Pocahontas (gr. III) and Iroquois (gr. III), Saturday's pair of Churchill Downs stakes races for 2-year-olds.

Novice Hurdlers Tackle Grade I at Callaway

Novice hurdlers get their last chance at grade I glory this year in the AFLAC U.S. Championship Novice hurdle stakes (NSA-I) Saturday at the Callaway Gardens Steeplechase in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Las Palmas Lures Grade I Winner Mea Domina

Trainer Ron McAnally says the classy Mea Domina is up to the task despite being sidelined for six months when she faces nine fillies and mares in Saturday's $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile on the Santa Anita turf.

Katrina Evacuees Moved to 'Magnaville'

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Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach provided shelter at the Palm Meadows Training Center for 212 Gulf Coast evacuees on Sept. 4, six days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. Friday he made good on his promise to provide shelter a lot closer to their homes.

Lawmakers to Agencies: Consider Jockeys' Rights

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are calling on the National Labor Relations Board and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to take action to protect jockeys, exercise riders, and others who work with racehorses.

NYRA Ripped for Bypassing State Oversight Panel

The New York Racing Association, which hopes to get the state's attention on its current fiscal plight, did itself no favors by the way it hired a bankruptcy law firm to represent it in the event of insolvency if the reaction of the head of a new oversight panel is any indication.

TVG Sets Quarterly Handle Record of $119.8M

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TV Games Network set a new quarterly handle record when it processed $119.8 million in wagers in the third quarter of this year. The figure is up 32.1% from the third quarter of 2004.

Total Handle on Breeders' Cup Card Up 2.5%

All-sources handle on the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park was a record $124,009,593, up 2.5% from the $120,897,141 wagered last year when the event was held at Lone Star Park.

Grade I Winner Mass Media to Stand at Hill 'n' Dale

Mass Media, who counts the grade I Forego Handicap at seven furlongs among his six career victories, will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington in 2006 for $7,500 live foal.

Michigan Jockey Gets Fine, Seven-Year Suspension

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Jockey Roberto Perez, who allegedly bet an Oct. 4 race at Great Lakes Downs and left the horse he rode off the tickets, was suspended for seven years and fined $7,000 by stewards in Michigan.

Hollywood, TOC Hammer Out New Purse Agreement

Hollywood Park, in an agreement hammered out with horse owners, will restructure its overnight purses for the upcoming Autumn meeting and will also cut back the total number of racing days after losing its turf course, the California Horse Racing Board was told Nov. 3. The track has cut 11 stakes races worth $2.3 million as a result of the turf problem.

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