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Aptly Named Harlan's Holiday Wins Cradle

Racing in River Downs' feature on the Labor Day card, the aptly named Harlan's Holiday held off Request for Parole to post a neck victory in the Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes.

Cal-Bred Rallies to Win Del Mar Derby

Romanceishope, a California-bred son of In Excess, rallied in midstretch to take the lead and held on gamely for a 1 1/2-length triumph in Monday's Del Mar Derby (gr. II).

Intern Posts Neck Victory in Sea O'Erin Mile

Intern, owned and trained by Louie Roussel III, overtook Illinois-bred Minor Wisdom in deep stretch en route to a neck victory in the $121,300 Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile on the Labor Day card at Arlington Park.

National Pick Four Pays $1,955

From coast to coast, Thoroughbred racing on Labor Day was punctuated by upsets. As a result, the "America's Day at the Races National Pick Four," consisting of one wager in which the bettor attempted to select the winners of four stakes at four different tracks, paid $1,955.90.

Diana Upset Caps Record Day For Velazquez

Although John Velazquez lost the Saratoga jockeys' race to Jerry Bailey, the jockey rode into the record books Monday when he rode six winners, highlighted by an upset victory aboard Starine in the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. I).

Blazing Fury, Balto Star Post Turf Wins at Saratoga

Blazing Fury's impressive late run gave him a decisive 4 3/4-length victory over Fast City on Sunday in the $112,500 Saranac Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga. Earlier on the card, Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and Turfway Spiral Stakes (gr. II) winner Balto Star returned from a three-month layoff to win his turf racing debut.

Came Home Ships In and Wins Hopeful

Trainer Juan "Paco" Gonzalez shipped Came Home to Saratoga to avoid running against Officer and the gambit proved successful Saturday when Came Home drew off to a two-length victory in the $200,000 Hopeful Stakes. The winning time of 1:21.94 marks the fastest running of the Hopeful at its present distance of seven furlongs.

Researchers, Vets, Others Discuss West Nile Virus

Researchers, government officials, and private practitioners who are members of the Emerging Diseases Committee met at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center for nearly two hours Friday to discuss how to handle information dissemination to veterinarians and horse owners on West Nile Virus (WNV) in Kentucky.

NYRA Hopeful for Quarantine Exemption

Hoof and mouth quarantine restrictions on imported European horses is keeping some horses out of major Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships prep races at Belmont Park. NYRA hopes to secure an exemption to the quarantine rules next week and have a quarantine facility at Aqueduct set up in time for races on Sept. 29.

Point Given Retired After Injury; Stud Plans Undecided

Leading Horse of the Year candidate Point Given has been retired because of a strain to the suspensory tendon of his left foreleg, trainer Bob Baffert announced on Friday. The strain was detected on Thursday morning, when Point Given had been expected to return to the track for the first time after his victory in last Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. "I've had to retire a lot of good horses, but I never felt like this," Baffert said. "We were just beginning to tap into his greatness."

Portland Meadows Opening Delayed

Portland Meadows will not open Sept. 1 as planned because the Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a plan to keep contaminated storm water from leaving the racetrack property. Magna Entertainment was notified Tuesday that the plan was rejected. The environmental problems could accelerate the company's plans to build a new racetrack in the area.

Policy, Finances Reduce 'America's Day' Numbers

Policy issues and financial considerations have reduced the number of tracks participating in America's Day at the Races, which will be held Labor Day. The event, first held in 1997, could be retooled in the future, a National Thoroughbred Racing Association official said.

Millionaires Top Palomar Field

Millionaires Tranquility Lake and Tout Charmant head a field of seven fillies and mares in Saturday's grade II, $150,000 Palomar Handicap at 1 1/16 miles over Del Mar's Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Tiznow Works Toward Return to Competition

Tiznow, last year's Horse of the Year and Breeders' Cup Classic winner, worked seven furlongs on the fast main track at Del Mar this morning in 1:25 4/5. Trainer Jay Robbins plans to ship the horse tomorrow to Belmont Park, where he will run in the grade I, $500,000 Woodward at nine furlongs on "Super Saturday," September 8.

Virginia Plan Irks Maryland Commissioner

At the Aug. 30 Maryland Racing Commission meeting at Ocean Downs, commissioner Terry Saxon erupted in anger over a letter from Colonial Downs president Ian Stewart in regard to the Virginia track's plan to apply for another summer meet next year.

Broken Vow to Stand at Pin Oak

Broken Vow, who won the Aug. 26 Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. II) at Monmouth Park for his third consecutive stakes win and his fourth in his last five starts, will enter stud in 2002 at Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.

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