Southern California trainer Vladimir Cerin was handed a $7,500 fine and a 15-day suspension by stewards at Hollywood Park after two horses in his care tested positive in post-race urine samples for substances that are considered Class 3 medication violations.
Hector Ventura Jr., a former jockey at Emerald Downs racetrack, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, according to a spokesman from the Auburn Police Department.
Keeneland?s Entertainment Center was the epicenter of Thoroughbred activity on Nov. 30, for the 18th Annual Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Stallion Season and Art Auction. The evening brought together many leaders of the industry as well as dozens of central Kentucky?s key farms.
Canadian grade I winners Cloudy's Knight and Sealy Hill are among the finalists announced for the 2007 Sovereign Awards on Dec. 6.
- By Tom LaMarra
Eight horsemen?s groups from around the United States have joined together to form a coalition designed to improve racing economics, specifically in the area of generating more purse revenue from interstate simulcasts.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter. Given the generally stout character of his female line, which includes Calumet Farm-bred Real Delight, Check It Twice should appreciate the longer distances ahead and may be one to watch on the Triple Crown trail if he improves with increasing maturity.
A horse owner who contends in a lawsuit that he was forced to run a filly against his wishes at Del Mar in 2005 says he will appeal a judge's ruling that found that California Horse Racing Board steward George Slender could not be held responsible.
Marital Asset is a newcomer to the stakes scene, but the A.P. Indy colt is coming off a pair of handy allowance wins and that could make him a player in the $100,000 Queens County Handicap (gr.III) at Aqueduct Dec. 8.
Lucky North, a 26-year-old son of Northern Dancer who was pensioned from stallion duty in the summer, died of natural causes at Cam and Sherisse Ziprick's Ziprick Thoroughbreds near Russell, Manitoba, Canada.
Jockey and trainer differ on gate seven for Vengeance of Rain in Sunday's Hong Kong Cup (HK-I).
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