Articles posted August 10, 2006

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Jubilant Jose Velez Jr. Wins 3,000th Race

Jockey Jose Velez Jr. recorded his 3,000th career win at Monmouth Park Thursday when he guided Careless Glances to a 2 ½-length win in the eighth race for trainer John Tammaro and John Bower's Roseland Farm Stables.

Arson Squad, A.P. Warrior Try Turf in La Jolla

Swaps Stakes (gr. II) victor Arson Squad and San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) winner A.P. Warrior both try the grass for the first time in Saturday's $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds at Del Mar.

Yard-Arm OK After Being Pulled Up at Saratoga

Zabeel Racing International's Yard-Arm, South Africa's Horse of the Year in 2004, is fine after being pulled up in apparent distress following the third race at Saratoga on Wednesday, an allowance optional claimer on the grass.

Alfred G. Vanderbilt: Migliore Confident in Afrashad

Afrashad, unbeaten but untested against stakes company, faces a stern test Saturday at Saratoga in the six-furlong Alfred G. Vanderbilt Breeders' Cup (gr. II). Five battle-tested foes await in the $200,000 race, but jockey Richard Migliore is confident in Godolphin Racing's 4-year-old colt.

Without English Channel, Eight Enter Sword Dancer

With English Channel heading out of Saratoga for a trip to Chicago for the Arlington Million (gr. IT), eight older turf horses have been entered for Saturday's Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT). The 12-furlong Sword Dancer goes as the ninth race and is one of two graded stakes on the Saratoga program.

Owner-Breeder Ostrager Named NYRA Trustee

Barry R. Ostrager, a senior litigation partner and head of the litigation department of Simpson Thacher, has been elected to the New York Racing Association's Board of Trustees. His appointment will be official, pending approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

MAF to Raise $2.5 Million for Consortium to Study Equine Diseases

Morris Animal Foundation has selected the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine to receive funding for the first ever Equine Consortium for Genetic Research grant. The goal of the $2.5 million grant is to bring together the world's best researchers in a focused, collaborative effort to improve equine health.

Equibase Offering Spanish Race Programs, Downloadable Result Charts

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Equibase, the Thoroughbred industry's official database for racing information, has expanded the menu of racing and handicapping information available on its website to include Spanish-language race programs and downloadable race result charts for all North American racetracks.

Pennsy Lab Develops Definitive Blood-Doping Test

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A Pennsylvania laboratory is the first to employ a definitive test for erythropoietin--the blood-doping agent commonly known as EPO--and the test resulted in the suspension and fining of a trainer of Standardbreds in Ontario, Canada.

Saratoga Diary: Bats in the Attic; Horses for Sale

Life in Saratoga changes when the yearlings are in town. The horses drive the bats out of the barns that have been their homes for nearly 11 months, and sales of tennis rackets soar, since they are the most effective weapons for shoo-ing the night-flying pests from the attic.

MEC to Proceed With Gulfstream Park Slots Parlor

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Magna Entertainment Corp. said it intends to proceed with the development of a slot-machine facility at Gulfstream Park despite a decision by the Florida District Court of Appeal First District.

Many Obstacles in Million for English Channel

James Scatuorchio's English Channel and Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Cacique, never more than a half-length apart in three previous meetings, renew their rivalry in Saturday's 24th Arlington Million (gr. IT).

Just Six Showing Up for Secretariat

Lael Stables' Showing Up, winner of the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup in his last start on June 24, has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park.

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