Articles posted October 10, 2007

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Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

A consortium of major horse industry companies vying for the Thoroughbred franchise in New York began falling apart Oct. 10, as Magna Entertainment Corp., Churchill Downs Inc., and Delaware North announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

Biancone Granted Stay of Kentucky Suspension

Biancone Granted Stay of Kentucky Suspension

Trainer Patrick Biancone, suspended for one year for possessing on the grounds of Keeneland three sealed vials of alpha-cobratoxin (cobra venom), a Class A substance under the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Uniform Drug and Medication Classification Schedule, was granted a stay Oct. 10.

Oak Tree Derby: Augment Adapts to Grass for Gallagher

Oak Tree Derby: Augment Adapts to Grass for Gallagher

Improvement has come quickly for Augment, especially since trainer Paddy Gallagher switched him to the turf this summer, including a surprising second-place finish in the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) last time out. The Aptitude gelding is sure to attract more attention in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita lawn Oct. 13.

Les Grands Trois Tackles Perryville Field

Les Grands Trois Tackles Perryville Field

Live Oak Plantation's Les Grands Trois has been the victor in all but one of his four career starts despite an on-again off-again training regimen due to physical issues. The son of Officer looks for his first graded stakes win in the $200,000 Perryville (gr. III) at Keeneland Oct. 13.

Lawyer Defends Fallon as 'Driven by Desire to Win'

Lawyer Defends Fallon as 'Driven by Desire to Win'

A lawyer for six-time British champion jockey Kieren Fallon told a London court Oct. 10 the suggestion Fallon deliberately tried to lose races was absurd. On the third day of trial, John Kelsey-Fry described his client as "a man driven by the desire to win." Prosecutors allege the jockey won five of the 17 races he was supposed to lose and cost the betting syndicate £338,000.

Hawthorne Derby: Summer Doldrums Hopes Experience Provides Edge

Hawthorne Derby: Summer Doldrums Hopes Experience Provides Edge

Success may not follow Summer Doldrums all the time, but the son of Street Cry has been competitive in nearly all his 12 career starts, many of them in graded stakes competition. That back class will make him one of the horses to beat, as a field of 11 3-year-olds will try the $250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) Oct. 13, a 1 1/8-mile test on the turf.

BC Focus: Wicked Style

BC Focus: Wicked Style

Look at Wicked Style's sales history, and the 2-year-old son of Macho Uno could almost be defined as the horse no one wanted.

New Nonprofit to Aid Retired Thoroughbreds

New Nonprofit to Aid Retired Thoroughbreds

A newly formed non-profit organization, After the Finish Line, has been formed to provide funding assistance to Thoroughbred rescue organizations across the United States, the San Diego-based 501 (C) (3) announced Oct. 10.

Funkhouser Still Has Chance to Race Horses in 'Classics'

Funkhouser Still Has Chance to Race Horses in 'Classics'

At an Oct. 9 hearing in Kanawha County, W.V., Circuit Court, Judge Charles King ruled that Randy Funkhouser, president of the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, would be allowed to enter his horses in the Oct. 20 West Virginia Breeders' Cup Classic pending the results of an independent arbiter's hearing.

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