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McCarron to Meet with Santa Anita Patrons

Starting this Sunday and continuing every Sunday throughout Santa Anita's winter/spring meeting, fans are invited to join the track's vice president and general manager, Chris McCarron, and other members of track management, in the East Paddock Gardens for a "Fans' Feedback Forum."

Gal O Gal Hopes to Overcome Honey Fox Post

Max Hugel's Gal O Gal didn't draw well for Saturday's $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, according to Vinnie Blengs. But the trainer is keeping a positive outlook for his 4-year-old filly as she begins a campaign that might include the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf on Jan. 24.

Bailey Does It Again Aboard Kitten's Joy

For the second year in a row, jockey Jerry Bailey rode a Kentucky homebred owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey to victory in the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) on New Year's Day at Calder Race Course, guiding Kitten's Joy to an easy victory.

Online Poll Allows Fans to Select Year's Best

"Wire To Wire," ESPN's weekly news and features program devoted to horseracing, has announced a new, online poll called "ESPN.com Fans' Champions Awards" that will enable racing fans to voice who they think should be crowned Champion in the sport's various equine and human divisions.

Septic Arthritis and Racing Potential

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and veterinarians with Rossdale and Partners in England. The scientists evaluated the medical records of 69 foals treated for septic arthritis and compared each foal's ...

Ema Bovary Wins 6th in a Row on DQ

Ema Bovary extended her win streak to six straight races after the stewards disqualified Royally Chosen for causing interference approaching the wire Wednesday in the $84,850 Kalookan Queen Handicap for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.

Dominguez Takes 2003 Maryland Honors

National riding leader Ramon Dominguez, who split time between Maryland and Delaware, had more trips to the winners' circle in Maryland than any other rider in the colony, winning 185 races at Pimlico and Laurel Park in 2003. Trainer Dale Capuano and owner Michael Gill again topped their divisions this year.

Kentucky Plan: Public Vote for Racetrack Casinos

Kentucky Plan: Public Vote for Racetrack Casinos

Though the prospects for expanding gambling in Kentucky remain clouded, the racing and breeding industry has settled on a plan for a constitutional amendment to authorize full-scale casino gambling at the state's eight racetracks.

Texas Increases Number of Post-Race Drug Tests

The Texas Racing Commission has authorized the Texas Medical Diagnostic Laboratory to increase the amount of ELISA tests it conducts and decrease the number of screens it evaluates from urine samples collected for post-race analysis.

Something Ventured Set for Honey Fox 'Cap

Irvin Wiemer and John McLane's Something Ventured will look to stay perfect at Gulfstream Park when she races as the co-highweight in the $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the turf at 1 1/16 miles.

Stormy Roman Pointing to Sunshine Millions

Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap winner Stormy Roman will likely skip Sunday's $150,000 Appleton Handicap (gr. III), according to trainer Tim Hills, but is still very much pointing toward Sunshine Millions Day and a date in the $500,000 Franks Farms Turf January 24.

Capital Idea

Capital Idea

By Ray Paulick -- An organized visit to Frankfort on Feb. 3 is strongly urged to let the horse industry's voice be heard...

Looking Forward

By Tim Smith -- We'll remember 2003 for its highlights, but right now it's time to hazard some predictions for 2004...

MEC Move Creates Account-Wagering Dilemma

Magna Entertainment Corp. initiated restrictions upon or pulled its live racing signals from most account-wagering services effective Dec. 26, and at least one operator isn't happy about the developments.

Sunday Silence Tops Again

Sunday Silence, who defied belief when he topped the $50 million mark in year-end progeny earnings in Japan in 1999, did it again in 2003. This time with an unheard figure of $77,852,691

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