Articles posted October 27, 2006

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Vartanian Accused of Methamphetamine Violation

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The California Horse Racing Board has filed an accusation against trainer Gregory Vartanian for several rule violations after a horse in his care tested positive for the Class 1 prohibited substance methamphetamine in the post-race urine sample.

Hills Back For More With Clinet in Las Palmas

John Hills, who saddled Dark Islander off the plane to win the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) on Oct. 14 for his first victory in the United States, is back from his native England with Clinet in Sunday's Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the Santa Anita turf.

Rebel Rebel Invades Oak Tree for Morvich H.

Irish-bred Rebel Rebel, shipped to Southern California from Rick Dutrow Jr.'s Eastern stable after a neck loss to Becrux in the Woodbine Mile (Can-I) in Canada, heads a field of 11 in Sunday's Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT), closing day of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita.

Twilight Meteor Dusts Foes in Bourbon County

Twilight Meteor collared favored Marcavelly with an eighth of a mile remaining and gradually pulled away to a 2 ΒΌ-length victory in the $125,000 Woodford Reserve Bourbon County Stakes Friday at Keeneland.

Leading the Parade to Stand at Lambholm South

Leading the Parade, a stakes-placed son of A.P. Indy out of grade I winner and champion producer My Flag, has been retired and will stand in 2007 at Roy Lerman's Lambholm South near Reddick, Fla. His fee will be $3,500.

Jersey Meet to Continue; Other Tracks Ban Shippers

Despite having to limit fields to horses stabled only at Monmouth Park due to four confirmed cases of the equine herpesvirus and a subsequent decline in total handle, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials are planning to finish the meet at Meadowlands on Nov. 11 as scheduled.

Shadwell Drops Swain to $10,000

Sheikh Hamdam's Shadwell Farm has dropped the fee for 14-year-old Swain (Nashwan--Love Smitten, by Key to the Mint) from $15,000 to $10,000 for 2007.

Speightstown Stays at $40,000

WinStar Farm, which already has released 2007 fees for Distorted Humor ($225,000) and incoming stallion Bluegrass Cat ($50,000), will keep sprint champion Speightstown (Gone West--Silken Cat, by Storm Cat) at $40,000 live foal.

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