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Freedom Flavor to New Jersey Festival Day

Freedom Acres Inc. kept it all in the family in the $100,000 Jersey Breeders' Turf Highweight at Monmouth Park on Sunday, with their American Freedom beating his younger brother Freedom's Honor by a half-length before the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Day crowd of 14,066.

Northern Cal Fair Racing, Replays on HRTV

Northern California Fair racing is now featured on Horse Racing TV, including coverage and a replay show, the California Authority of Racing Fairs announced.

Storm Delivers Blow to Travers Day Handle

A fast-approaching thunderstorm Saturday evening near Saratoga Springs that caused the Travers (gr. I) starting time to be moved up five minutes cost the New York Racing Association $5 million in total wagering, an official estimated.

Pegram Would Get 86% of Fair Grounds

Pegram Would Get 86% of Fair Grounds

Horse owner Mike Pegram would gain 86% of the Fair Grounds racetrack under a deal with the current track ownership, according to testimony presented at a United States Bankruptcy Court hearing Friday.

Stricken Trainer Warren Stute Planning Return

Warren Stute continued to rest at his Arcadia home Saturday morning, but the veteran Southern California's trainer of more than 60 years is already thinking about his return to Del Mar, according to his younger brother, Mel Stute.

West Nile Virus Killed Mare at Golden Gate

West Nile Virus Killed Mare at Golden Gate

The 5-year-old mare Quick Nip, who was euthanized Aug. 10 at Golden Gate Fields, was infected with West Nile Virus, the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at UC Davis confirmed.

Philly Park Prepares to Enter the Big Time

Purses for July at Philadelphia Park averaged just under $120,000 a day, but in a year, they will be almost twice that amount, with much more growth expected when revenue from slot machines begins pouring in.

Daughter of Monarchos Tops Final OBS Session

A $90,000 daughter of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos topped the third and final session of the Ocala Breeders Sales Company's August yearling sale. The filly was purchased by M.S.T.S. out of the Summerfield consignment of Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck.

Racing Responds to California Tribal Casino Plan

A proposed tribal mega-casino less than seven miles from Golden Gate Fields spurred a massive lobbying effort from California's $4.5-billion horse racing industry the week of Aug. 23.

FTBOA Wants Racetrack in Ocala, VLTs

The board of directors for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has formulated an ambitious legislative agenda that would bring live racing to Ocala and get video lottery terminals installed at the state's racetracks.

Not So Smart

By Gary McMillen -- Sometimes it takes a thorn to get rid of a splinter. Like a Maryland blue crab dropped out of a basket, I scurried to the safety of my office. There were questions I needed to ask myself. Smarty Jones did not give me what I wanted but maybe he gave me what I needed.

McGinniss Book on P.G. Johnson, Volponi a Winner

Joe McGinniss, whose previous books include Fatal Vision and The Selling of the President, 1968, is the author of a wonderful new racing book published by Simon & Schuster titled The Big Horse which tells the story of Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson and the 2003 campaign of Volponi. It is a heartwarming, inspiring story that will have you laughing out loud.

Carry Back Features 12 Sophomore Sprinters

The field for Saturday's $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds, part of the "Summit of Speed" at Calder Race Course, took on a much more wide open appearance when trainer Todd Pletcher withdrew Forest Danger.

Smarty Jones Update: 'He's Doing Super'

Smarty Jones Update: 'He's Doing Super'

Despite published reports that Smarty Jones had suffered a low-grade fever and a slightly elevated white-blood count, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner is doing fine and is scheduled to work at the end of next week as he prepares for the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

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Victory U.S.A., one of the stars in the Bob Baffert barn, put in her final work Monday morning toward Saturday's 36th edition of the San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old fillies with an eye toward the Grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on Saturday, August 21.

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