Honey Ryder, the best long-winded female turf horse on the East Coast, is bypassing the New York Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park for a potential start in Monmouth Park's United Nations Handicap (gr. IT). None of the fillies and mares running in the New York race June 24 will miss her.
- By Tom Precious
A long-simmering dispute between top Republicans in New York over the composition of the state racing and wagering board has been settled with the nomination by Gov. George Pataki of two new members to the racing industry's regulatory panel.
Of the 13 horses entered for Sunday's Queen's Plate at Woodbine, 11 have previously run at the Ontario track. But one of the two that hasn't started at Woodbine was made the morning line favorite, and for good reason.
Irish stayer Yeats, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Kieren Fallon, won the Gold Cup (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot Thursday.
Danzig's Beauty, dam of major sire Distorted Humor, was euthanized June 17 because of complications from three bouts of colic since delivering an Empire Maker filly April 27.
Mutuel clerks at Woodbine went on strike Wednesday evening after their 600-member union, the independent Canadian Racetrack Workers Union, voted against the latest contract proposal offered by Woodbine Entertainment Group.
Keeneland will inaugurate its new Polytrack surface this fall by offering 19 stakes worth $5.1 million. It will host at least one stakes race on 13 days of its 17-day fall meet.
Flower Alley headlines Saturday's $150,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III), the first graded stakes of Monmouth Park's 2006 season. It is the seasonal debut for the 4-year-old colt who won the 2005 Travers Stakes (gr. I) and finished second to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Trainer Bob Baffert has been fined $500 by the Churchill Downs stewards for two separate altercations with security personnel on Kentucky Derby Day.
Tiger Ridge, a half-brother to major sires A.P. Indy and Summer Squall, has been sold to Mary Slack for stallion duty at her Wilgerbosdrift Stud in South Africa.
Graded stakes winner Texas Glitter came up with his first winner when his daughter, Society Heat, won June 19 at El Comandante in Puerto Rico.
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