Articles posted July 26, 2006

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Spot the Diplomat Wins Del Mar's Graduation

Harris Farms' Spot the Diplomat, the 8-5 favorite under Del Mar's defending riding champion Victor Espinoza, held on resolutely through the stretch to win Wednesday's $133,400 Graduation Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds.

Magna Exercises AmTote Purchase Options

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Magna Entertainment Corp. announced July 26 that it has exercised its first purchase option to acquire an additional 30% equity interest in AmTote International, Inc. and has sent written notice of its intention to exercise its second purchase option to acquire the remaining 40% equity interest in the wagering technology company.

Cotton Blossom Gets Pletcher Started at Spa

Things haven't changed much at Saratoga Race Course, where the 138th season opened Wednesday. Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez were back in the winner's circle after Cotton Blossom won the $111,300 Schuylerville (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies before a crowd of 27,346.

Cotton Blossom Gets Pletcher Started at Spa

Things haven't changed much at Saratoga Race Course, where the 138th season opened Wednesday. Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez were back in the winner's circle after Cotton Blossom won the $111,300 Schuylerville (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies before a crowd of 27,346.

Lake George a Good Spot for Quite a Bride

Quite a Bride, winner of all four of her starts on the grass for trainer Bill Mott, is the likely favorite for Friday's $100,000 Lake George (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course.

Vonage to Sponsor Haskell Invitational

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Monmouth Park racetrack announced Vonage America, a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading provider of broadband telephone services, signed a 3-year deal to become the presenting sponsor of the Haskell Invitational. The 39th running of the Haskell will be held Aug. 6.

South American Simulcast Program Gets Under Way

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Charlson Broadcast Technologies and affiliated groups have announced the opening South American off-track betting parlors and agencies that will commingle wagers in the United States and return percentages of revenue to the racing industry.

Barbaro Continues in Stable Condition

Classic winner Barbaro underwent another bandage change on his left hind foot Tuesday and Dr. Dean Richardson reports that the colt remains in stable condition at the intensive care unit of the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital.

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