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Former Claimer Pulls Off Eatontown Upset

Cousin Gigi, the highest price in the field at odds of 25-1, reeled in pacesetter Crystal Sea, then held Quidnaskra at bay in deep stretch to win Sunday's $100,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/2 lengths at Monmouth Park. Cousin Gigi returned $52, $17.80, and $6.60 and led a $305 exacta.

Congaree Out for the Year With Knee Injury

Congaree, who finished third as the odds-on favorite behind Scorpion and Free of Love in Saturday's Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, came out of the race with an injury to his right front knee and will be out at least 90 days, trainer Bob Baffert said on Sunday. "It's the same knee he had surgery on last September," Baffert said, "but it shouldn't require surgery this time. He just needs some time off."

Just a Cat's First Winner

Grade II winner Just a Cat was represented by his first winner Aug. 3 when his son Just a Rowdy Cat won at 4 1/2 furlongs at Charles Town while racing as a homebred for Hazel and Dykes Thoroughbreds.

Scorpion Stings Jim Dandy Field

D. Wayne Lukas-trained Scorpion ran down Free of Love in the shadow of the wire to win the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. I) by a half-length on Saturday at Saratoga. Favored Congaree dueled with 30-1 longshot Free of Love on the second turn before tiring to finish third.

Lanni Joins Del Mar Board

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Gaming executive and Thoroughbred owner J. Terrence Lanni ais joining the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Board of Directors. Lanni, 58, is chairman and chief executive officer of MGM Mirage, an entertainment, hotel and gaming company headquartered in Las Vegas.

Keeneland Not Immune From Simulcast Decline

Simulcast handle at most Kentucky racetracks has fallen or remained static in each of the past several years. An exception has been Keeneland, which experienced nine consecutive years of growth through 2000, when the amount wagered on simulcasts topped a record $104 million.

Lawsuit Filed Over So. Florida Claim

Sylvia Heft filed a lawsuit accusing Gulfstream Park of negligence involving a horse she claimed for $50,000 last year. It was determined that Brass Badge did not have on file a Coggins certificate verifying a negative test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) within the prior twelve months, as required by state law.

Danehill Tops Australian Sire Lists

Coolmore shuttle stallion Danehill, who is gearing up for another Southern Hemisphere breeding season in Australia, topped both the general and 2-year-olds list by Australian progeny earnings.

Thoroughbred Classics Returns With Haskell Invitational Retrospective

"Thoroughbred Classics," a series that spotlights some of horse racing's greatest races, has returned following a two-month hiatus. Last spring, the series focused on horse racing's Triple Crown. This summer and fall, the 13-episode series, that airs on ESPN Classic, will serve as a lead up to the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Sean Clancy's Saratoga Journal

In an exclusive arrangement with bloodhorse.com, Sean Clancy's daily "Here and There at Saratoga" and "A Cup of Coffee" will be republished here on the same day they are circulated in Saratoga.

A Cup of Coffee--August 2, 2001

I'll be the first to admit, this is the 10th try at this column today. It's Wednesday, nearing 11:00 at night and I got one big long blank screen in front of me. I tried a gate column but it never got its card. I mean wouldn't stand, back out, much less break and run down the track. Dwelt would be the word.

It's Official! Magna Is Winning Bidder For NYCOTB

Setting the stage for a nasty battle between two racing giants, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani Thursday afternoon tapped a group led by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment over the New York Racing Association as the winning buyer of the lucrative New York City Off Track Betting Corp.

Magna Posts Second Quarter Gains

Magna Entertainment reported an 11% increase in revenue and a 21% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization for the second quarter ending June 30. The recent quarter was the first to include all the company's operations.

Bessemer Trust Donates Television Time

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Bessemer Trust Company in conjunction with its sponsorship of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will donate 30 spots of national television time to three equine-related charities. The spots represent portion of Bessemer's recently announced sponsorship of Thoroughbred racing's richest day.

Attendance, Handle Soar at Saratoga

With attendance up 12 percent and overall handle showing a 17 percent increase during the first six days of the Saratoga meet, New York Racing Association officials are extolling the virtues of the new takeout law that went into effect in mid-July.

Former Venezuela Horse of Year Unsuccessful in U.S. Debut

My Own Business, Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt in his native Venezuela last year, finished sixth in his U.S. debut Wednesday at Saratoga. Carrying top weight of 120 pounds and facing six domestic competitors, My Own Business was ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Carlos Morales in the 1 1/8-mile, $57,000 allowance test.

Seven Face Georgia's Storm in Sorrento

A field of eight 2-year-old fillies, led by two-time stakes winner Georgia's Storm, is set to go postward Saturday for Del Mar's 33rd edition of the grade II, $150,000 Sorrento Stakes. The youngsters will go 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track.

John's Call Tops New York Workout Tab

Trillium Stable's John's Call breezed four furlongs on the main track in :49 3/5 this morning, as the 10-year-old gelding seeks back-to-back victories in the Sword Dancer Invitational. John's Call became of the top turf horses in the country last year when he drew off to win by 9< lengths in the Sword Dancer.

Bapten Discontinued By PR Pharmaceuticals

The equine tendon medication Bapten has been discontinued by its manufacturer, PR Pharmaceuticals, because of a lack of demand for the product. The expense and length of treatment involved with Bapten therapy kept the drug from becoming popular with horse owners, according to Keri Nightingale, the company's marketing manager for Bapten.

First West Nile Virus Vaccine For Horses Released

The equine industry called out for a way to protect its horses from the deadly neurological disease West Nile virus (WNV), and researchers and federal authorities responded. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Fort Dodge Animal Health announced Wednesday, Aug. 1, the approval and release of the very first WNV vaccine for horses

Noverre Lands First Group I Win

Noverre, Godolphin Racing's talented homebred son of Rahy, rallied under Frankie Dettori to catch leader No Excuse Needed and post his first group I victory in the Champagne Lanson Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood, England on Wednesday.

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