Articles posted December 18, 2006

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Grande Melody Rallies for Dahlia Victory

Grande Melody made a dramatic late charge under jockey Julien Leparoux to snare victory from favorite and fellow Irish-bred Naissance Royale at the wire in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) as Hollywood Park's 36-day autumn meet came to a close Monday, Dec. 18.

Retired Trainer/Jockey Robert Dotter Dead

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Robert Dotter, who rode at the inaugural Keeneland meeting and who saddled winners of the Metropolitan and Widener Handicaps in the 1950s, died Nov. 26 at an Augusta, Ga., hospital.

Action Taken to Erase Deficit in KTDF Balance

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority has approved an agreement that erases a deficit in the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund and establishes tighter accounting procedures to preclude a similar deficit buildup in the future.

French Classic Winner Latice Retired

Latice, a French classic-winning filly before becoming a U.S. stakes winner for George Strawbridge's Augustin Stable, has been retired from racing and is booked to Kingmambo.

Horsemen: Legislation Hurt Relations With Jockeys

Representatives of horsemen's groups criticized for not supporting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund questioned jockeys' support for the fund and said pursuit of legislation that would amend the Interstate Horseracing Act has damaged relations between horsemen and jockeys.

Anti-Slaughter Bill Still Awaits Vote in House

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Horse slaughter opponents will have to start from scratch next Congressional session despite last-minute efforts asking for a Senate vote on the issue. The 109th Congressional session adjourned for the holidays Dec. 8 without taking action on the bill.

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