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Irish National Stud Buys Stake in Medecis

The Irish National Stud announced that it has purchased an interest in Medecis, a 3-year-old son of Machiavellian. A winner of four of six starts with a pair of seconds, Medecis' last start was a victory in the about one-mile Prix de la Jonchere (Fr-III) at Chantilly on June 17.

Here and There

TVG to air from Saratoga...Blythe Miller injured in fall...Public invited to Hall of Fame ceremony and autograph session...Ray Sibille injured...Irish Fest at Arlington.

Wiseman's Ferry Among West Virginia Derby Noms

Fink, Sacks, and Swifty Farm's Wiseman's Ferry, second by a neck to Magic Weisner in the grade II Ohio Derby at Thistledown July 20, is among the nominees for the $600,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort on Aug. 10.

Harry Quadracci Dead at 66

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Harry V. Quadracci, president and founder of Quad/Graphics and Thoroughbred owner, died from an accidental drowning July 29 at his home in Chenequa, Wisc. on Pine Lake. He was 66.

No Stakes But Lots of Action Wednesday at Saratoga

Although no stakes events are scheduled for Wednesday at Saratoga, the 10-race card will still feature top-quality racing. Headlining the Wednesday card is the eighth race, a third-level allowance at 1 1/16-miles on the Mellon (outer) Turf course. A field of six older horses is expected to contest the race.

NTRA Goes Own Way in Sponsorship Sales

Having moved its sponsorship sales initiatives in house, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association is no longer using Host Communications of Lexington as its official agency. The one-year agreement, which was sealed in late 2000, ended earlier this year and wasn't renewed.

Alberts Still Hoping For The Mig; Puck in Fast Workout

Although jockey Richard Migliore has pretty much committed to riding Iron Deputy in Sunday's $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, trainer Nancy Alberts is still hoping Migliore will somehow wind up back on Magic Weisner in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap on the same day.

Indiana Casino, Hubbard Fined by Gaming Panel

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The Indiana Gaming Commission has fined Pinnacle Entertainment more than $2 million and suspended the gaming license of Belterra Casino Resort for two days. The action by the commission came at its monthly meeting July 29 in Indianapolis.

Rebate Debate

By Ray Paulick -- Rebate shops have been on the scene several years now, and it appears there has been limited success in slowing down their ability to recruit and retain some of horse racing's biggest gamblers.

Name Protection

By Alastair Bull -- You may not realize it, but Citation is alive and in training. So, for that matter, is Allez France. We've also seen Habibti racing again, and doing very well. None of these horses are clones. All are instead examples of one of world racing's great anomalies: the ability to re-use the names of champion racehorses.

Wheelaway Retired to McMahon of Saratoga

Wheelaway, winner of the 2000 Tampa Bay Derby, has been retired from racing will stand the 2003 season at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in upstate New York. His stud fee for 2003 is set at $6,000.

Horse Stolen From Saratoga Exhibit Found

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"My Petite Fleur," a 60-pound fiberglass colt who was stolen from its display base in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on July 20 was discovered floating in Schoharie Creek over the weekend.

NYRA, New Jersey Horsemen Explore Deal With Hialeah

Representatives of the New York Racing Association and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association confirmed they have held discussions about reopening closed Hialeah Park for stabling and a winter race meet, though they differ on the plan's prospects.

Steinmann Entry Heads Graduation Stakes

A field of nine, including an entry owned by Heinz Steinmann and trained by Mike Harrington, is set to go in Wednesday's $125,000 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar. The race, at 5 1/2 furlongs, is for 2-year-old males bred in California.

Tates Creek Wins Diana by a Nose

Juddmonte Farm's Tates Creek nipped favored Voodoo Dancer by a short nose in a furious stretch battle to claim the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

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