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Moon Solitaire Upsets Quiet Resolve

Gainsborough Farm's Moon Solitaire trumped his seven rivals in the King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap (Can-II) Sunday at Woodbine, cruising to a two length win with jockey Robert Landry aboard.

Drysdale Suspended, Flying Dash DQ'd from Hawthorne Derby

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Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale was suspended by Illinois stewards and Flying Dash disqualified from his win in the May 11 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) after a sample from Flying Dash tested positive for clenbuterol and promazine sulfoxide.

Hollywood Park Race Report: A Star Brewing

If there was anyone who doubted Milwaukee Brew, they'd better think again. Proving his four-length romp in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in March wasn't a fluke but instead a sign, the brawny bay changed his tactics and still came up big on June 15, running down Bosque Redondo late to win the $500,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) at nine furlongs.

Adoration Wins Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks

Adoration and favored Saint Bernadette dueled for the lead around the second turn before Adoration gained a short lead in the stretch and held on to win Saturday's $266,800 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) by a length at Hollywood Park.

Credit Card Company: Online Wagers to be Blocked

Citibank, the nation's largest credit card company, is beginning a new system to block customers from using their plastic to make online wagers, New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer said June 14. The impact on companies that offer pari-mutuel wagering remains to be seen.

Belmont Park Race Report: One of the Boys

So, there is a king among the Amazon queens after all. In the past two years, trainer Mark Hennig and owner Edward P. Evans have been racking up one stakes victory after another with their bevy of femme fatales. But in the June 15 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), Evans' familiar yellow and black silks were carried to victory by a 4-year-old hunk name Seeking Daylight.

Came Home Set for Affirmed After Sharp Work

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) sixth-place finisher Came Home will return to the races June 23 at Hollywood Park in the Affirmed Stakes (gr. III), the final local prep for the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) on July 14.

Calder Increases Purses 10 Percent

Calder Race Course near Miami, Fla., announced a purse increase that took effect with the Friday, June 14 race card. The increase affects all overnight purses.

VLT Operating Hours Still Hot Issue in New York

Racetracks in New York have launched a last-ditch effort to extend the operating hours of the state's new video lottery program. The tracks insist they need to let gamblers stay at their facilities longer if they are to turn a profit.

NTRA Funding Bill on the Table in California

The California Senate is considering legislation that would extend by four years provisions that allow for payment of purse funds to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The law, which sunsets Jan. 1, 2004, generates about $1.8 million for the NTRA each year through horsemen's contributions.

CHRB Sets Meeting to Decide Fairplex Dates Issue

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A decision on the Los Angeles County Fair's plan to move its September race meet from Fairplex Park to Santa Anita Park is expected when the California Horse Racing Board meets June 26 at 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Startac, Sarafan Highlight Whittingham Field

The Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) will be renewed Saturday at Hollywood Park, with two of the trainers with horses entered in the race having ties to the man for whom the race is named. Laura de Seroux, who was an exercise rider for the trainer from 1973-89, will saddle Startac, while Neil Drysdale, a Whittingham assistant for four years, sends out Sarafan.

E Dubai Makes Return in Brooklyn

Godolphin Racing's E Dubai makes his first start since finishing second in last September's Super Derby (gr. I) at Louisiana Downs when he faces eight other horses in Saturday's $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

NTRA Offers National Pick Three Wager Saturday

The first of three national pick three wagers sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association will be offered Saturday, linking the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap, the $250,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II), and the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

Big 'Cap Winner Returns in Californian

Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Milwaukee Brew returns to the races Saturday to face eight horses in the $500,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park. The track offers three graded stakes for Saturday's card, which features a $1 million guaranteed pick six and a bobblehead doll giveaway.

Quality Runs Deep in Fleur de Lis, Foster Undercard

Not to be outdone by the boys in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on June 15, a quality-laden field including four grade I-winning fillies and mares take a shot at $300,000 in the 1 1/8-mile Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) earlier on the card. Also on tap is the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the turf and the $100,000 Northern Dancer Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile.

Colonial Downs Expects Plenty of Horses for Meet

With a little more than a week remaining until the start of the 2002 Thoroughbred meet, and stall assignments nearly completed, the Colonial Downs racing office is expecting more than 90 trainers to stable horses at the New Kent County, Va., racetrack.

Grade I Winner Fortunate Moment Dead

Fortunate Moment, winner of the 1987 American Derby (gr. I) at Arlington Park and that year's Illinois Horse of the Year, was euthanized June 7 at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine near Stillwater because of laminitis.

Office Queen Superiority at Stake in Fla.

Bitterroot Racing Stable's Cellars Shiraz and Kinsman Stable's Four Pennies appear to be the leaders in the 3-year-old filly division here this summer and will meet for the first time Saturday in the $100,000 Office Queen Stakes at Calder Race Course.

Congaree, Street Cry Face off in Foster

A mid-year clash of top-level handicap runners is in store Saturday at Churchill Downs as Congaree, third-place finisher in last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) faces off against Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Street Cry in the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

Weekend Madness Dead

Graded stakes winner Weekend Madness died June 8 while delivering a Swain colt for Frank Stronach's Adena Springs.

Report: Brockton Fair Scraps 2002 Live Meet

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Having failed to reach an agreement with Suffolk Downs and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association on legislated revenue payments, Brockton Fair has scrapped its nine-day live meet this year.

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