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Pollard's Vision Breezes at Keeneland

Edgewood Farm's Pollard's Vision, impressive winner of the Illinois Derby (gr. II), breezed after the track renovation Sunday morning at Keeneland, with trainer Todd Pletcher supervising from the grandstand.

Robert Vanaman Dead

Robert Lawrence Vanaman, 57, died April 11 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center

Megahertz Zaps Her Santa Barbara Foes

Megahertz Zaps Her Santa Barbara Foes

Defending champion Megahertz rallied from last to first in the stretch, scoring a one-length victory over Noches De Rosa in the $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.

Janeian Upsets Bedanken in Irving Distaff

Janeian returned from a five-month layoff to win Saturday's $75,000 Irving Distaff at Lone Star Park by four lengths over Cat's Cat in stakes-record time. Bedanken, the odds-on 2-5 favorite, finished another half-length back in third.

Smoke Glacken Colt Blazes in OBS Spring Sale Drill

Smokum Sam, a colt by Smoke Glacken consigned by Costanzo Sales, drilled a quarter-mile in :20 3/5 to post the fastest work at the distance at the final session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2004 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.

Calif. Slot Backers Submit Million Signatures

Calif. Slot Backers Submit Million Signatures

Backers of a California initiative that could bring slot machines to several racetracks and card clubs submitted more than a million signatures Friday to county election officials around the state to qualify the measure for voter consideration Nov. 2.

Valenzuela Gets Stay of Suspension; To Resume Riding April 25

Valenzuela Gets Stay of Suspension; To Resume Riding April 25

Having been persuaded by information and testimony that the most recent troubles of jockey Patrick Valenzuela were due to clinical depression, not substance abuse, and that Valenzuela's depression is being successfully treated, the chairman of the California Horse Racing Board Friday issued a temporary stay of Valenzuela's suspension until an appeal of the decision by Santa Anita Park stewards to suspend him through December 31 is completed.

Rosecroft Simulcasting Cut; Costs Cited

Rosecroft Raceway will not be permitted to offer simulcast wagering of Thoroughbred races effective April 19, according to a statement released Friday evening jointly by the Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Assoc. and the Maryland Horse Breeders' Assoc.

Indiana Downs Opens Friday Amid Strong Interest from Horsemen

Indiana Downs opens its 48-day Thoroughbred meeting Friday evening. The Shelbyville, Ind. track has received strong interest for this year's meet as it has received stall applications for nearly 1,300 horses. The oval offers only 400 stalls.

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