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Friday is Day of Attrition for Big A Jocks

Friday was a day of attrition in the Aqueduct jocks' room as Aaron Gryder was injured at the starting gate and apprentice Victor Carrero took off after the double complaining of reoccurring ankle pain.

New Jersey Horsemen Reach Agreement

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An agreement was reached Friday in New Jersey between Thoroughbred and harness horsemen over racing dates, simulcasting revenue splits, and purses.

Prairie Meadows Back to Drawing Board

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Negotiations with horse racing interests at Prairie Meadows will be reopened. Polk County supervisors on April 16 said they fear a proposed lease agreement won't protect taxpayers if profits at the racetrack and casino fail to meet expectations.

Magna: More Tracks, Profit-Sharing Plan for Racing

Look for more of the same from Magna Entertainment, which has built itself into the largest operator of Thoroughbred racetracks in the country, in the next two years. In addition, company chairman Frank Stronach has proposed a plan to split profits from racing.

Fever All the Rage for Bed o' Roses

Edward P. Evans' Raging Fever heads a field of seven fillies and mares in Saturday's Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Aqueduct. The fleet-footed filly from the barn of trainer Mark Hennig comes into the mile event off of a powerful, front-running score in the Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs over the Aqueduct strip.

War Emblem Works in :59 3/5

Kentucky Derby contender War Emblem, purchased by The Thoroughbred Corp. after his win in the Illinois Derby (gr. II), sparkled at Churchill Downs Thursday in his first work for new trainer Bob Baffert.

Fever All the Rage for Bed o' Roses

Four-year-old filly Raging Fever and jockey John Velazquez will team up for the fourth time this year in Saturday's $150,000 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for fillies and mares at a mile. The duo has already gotten together for two victories and one narrow defeat.

Hollywood Park, Cal Fed Bank in Three-Year-Deal

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Hollywood Park has landed Cal Fed Bank, based in San Francisco, as sponsor of the April 28 California Gold Rush Day. The three-year deal makes Cal Fed Bank the official bank of the racetrack.

Chicago Six to Defend Title in NJC Handicap

Eight horses passed the entry box Tuesday for Saturday's $200,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) for 4-year-olds and up a 1 1/8 miles at Sportsman's Park. Defending champion Chicago Six looks to regain his stature as the best among the locals while Ubiquity is the most prominent of the invaders.

Former Delta Owner Seeks Tracks in Two States

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Former Delta Downs owner Shawn Scott wants to build a $25-million racetrack in New Mexico and take over a financially troubled Standardbred track in New York. Both facilities would be in line for slot machines and video lottery terminals.

Virginia Derby Purse Hike Approved By Panel

The Virginia Racing Commission has approved a request that would allow Colonial Downs to become a guarantor of the debt of its parent company, Gameco. The proposal is part of a long-range plan that increases the purse of the Virginia Derby to $500,000 for at least three years.

Indian Charlie's First Winner

Grade I winner Indian Charlie was represented by his first winner April 17 when Forthelifeofme won at two furlongs at Santa Anita in her first start.

Officer Still Possible for Kentucky Derby

A slight chance remains that the Thoroughbred Corp.'s Officer will run in the Kentucky Derby, but trainer Bob Baffert first needs to see an impressive performance in Saturday's Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

Medication Group's Next Meeting in Kentucky

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Representatives of 15 Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and Standardbred organizations will meet May 1 at a by-invitation-only meeting to implementation of recommendations on drug-testing, medication, security, and enforcement.

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