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Breakdown Causes 3-Horse Spill at Del Mar

Three-year-old Naskra Nick was euthanized after sustaining an injury to his left front leg during the running of the 10th race, a maiden $25,000 claimer at Del Mar Saturday, starting a three-horse spill during the running of the 6 1/2-furlong heat.

Singletary Hits Hard in La Jolla

Little Red Feather Racing's Singletary, who flopped when heavily favored in each of his three starts, put it all together Saturday in winning the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Del Mar turf course.

Arlington Racing Fest Handle Tops $15 Million

The total handle during Arlington Park's 12-race card on Saturday's International Festival of Racing was $15,257,859, the second highest on a non-Breeders' Cup day in Illinois history.

Jockey Club Issues 2004 Foal Projection

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2004 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 37,200, a marginal increase over 2003 and an indication that the foal crop size has stabilized following the decline in 2002 due to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS).

Top Florida Trainer Melvin Calvert Dies at 93

Veteran horseman Melvin (Sunshine) Calvert died Wednesday at age 93. Until just a few years ago when his health began to fail, Calvert visited Calder on occasion, particularly around Florida Stallion Stakes time to present trophies.

Rene Douglas' Time to Shine

Rene Douglas, who rides Owsley (10-1) in the $700,000 Beverly D., Kaieteur (20-1) in the Arlington Million and Lismore Knight (6-1), also from the rail, in the $400,000 Secretariat, hopes to break down some doors at Arlington Park Saturday.

Lead Not Necessary for The Tin Man

If there were betting on who will have the early lead in Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT), the Richard Mandella-trained The Tin Man, owned by Ralph E. & Aury Todd, would be a prohibitive 1-5 favorite. However, the Hall of Fame conditioner says that his charge is comfortable coming from just off the lead should such a scenario develop.

Hard to Handle Paolini Partial to Arlington Turf

Mrs. Carde Ostermann-Richter's Paolini, beaten less than a length in last year's Arlington Million (gr. IT) despite being denied racing room in the stretch run, will get a chance to make amends for that unlucky trip in 21st running of the Chicago centerpiece Saturday.

Storming Home Can Do More, Says Drysdale

Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum's Storming Home is undefeated in his two U.S. races, including a victory last time out in the Charles Whittingham Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale thinks his horse can do better in Saturday's Arlington Million than what he showed in that three-quarter-length win at 1-5 odds.

Sulamani Makes Appearance at Arlington

Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani, the Arlington Million (gr. IT) morning line favorite who was suffering from a slight stone bruise Thursday, was back on the Arlington Park track just before dawn Friday morning to a canter once around the oval.

Turf Writer Vic Thornton, 80, Dies

Turf writer Vic Thornton died Aug 14 at his home in Boise, Idaho, the result of an apparent heart attack. He had celebrated his 80th birthday just a month ago, July 11.

Perfect Moon Could Shine in Best Pal

Featuring the return of Hollywood Juvenile Championship winner Perfect Moon and four impressive maiden winners at the seaside, a field of 11 classy 2-year-olds is set for Sunday's $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at 6 1/2 furlongs on the Del Mar main track.

NYRA Criticized Over Loan

An internal audit of a little known state fund found the New York Legislature has given the embattled New York Racing Association loose reins over $60 million it owes the state.

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