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Hidden Prize Colt Wins South America's Biggest Race

Second Reality, the pride of La Plata, stamped himself as Argentina's national racing hero by outclassing 15 rivals in the 113th edition of the $172,000 Gran Premio Internacional Carlos Pellegrini (Arg-I, 2400 meters), South America's most prestigious race Saturday at Hipodromo San Isidro racecourse, near Buenos Aires.

Habibti Edges You for Starlet Honors

The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Habibti edged 4-5 favorite You in the $358,000 Hollywood Starlet Stakes to earn her second career grade I victory in Hollywood Park's Sunday feature race.

Hong Kong Report: Japanese Successes

In the week leading up to the Hong Kong International Races, the buzz during morning track works at the Sha Tin Racecourse was that Japan would have a very good day on Sunday. No kidding. Four races were run. Three times, the Japanese national anthem followed the winning ceremony, capped by the victory of Agnes Digital in the HK$18 million Hong Kong Cup.

Equine Insurer Ed McGrath Dead

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Edward McGrath, who insured horses and other items through his E. J. McGrath Insurance Company, died Dec. 15 in Louisville.

Starrer, Verruma Notch Graded Victories at Hollywood Park

Starrer made up for tough luck earlier in the year, coming from off the pace under Jerry Bailey to win the grade II, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap by one length over game California-bred filly Queenie Belle at Hollywood Parkon Saturday. In the day's third graded stakes, Garrett Gomez guided Brazilian-bred Verruma to a half-length victory over Vencera in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap.

Gravesend Win Secures Hat Trick For Dutrow

Jan, Mace and Samantha Siegel's Here's Zealous collared front-running Run Kush Run in mid stretch and glided on to a four-length victory in Saturday's grade III, $107,900 Gravesend Handicap for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs.

Horsemen Pay Last Respects to Camac

Trainer Bob Camac and his wife Maryann, who were slain Dec. 6 at their farm in Oldmans Township, N. J., were laid to rest in New Castle, De. after a memorial service at Trinity United Methodist Church in Pennsville, N. J. Friday. The couple, who had been married 31 years, were paid their last respects by a gathering of more than 500 people, including trainers, jockeys, owners, jockey agents and racetrack management.

You Faces Two Other Grade I Winners in Starlet

You, whose disappointing effort as the odds-on favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies serves as one of the few minuses on trainer Bobby Frankel's resume this year, will be out to rebound against two other grade I winners Sunday in Hollywood Park's grade I, $365,000 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies.

PVal Rides Again

The on-again, off-again career of jockey Patrick Valenzuela is on again. Valenzuela, 39, received a conditional license to resume riding from the California Horse Racing Board on Friday and will begin working horses Saturday, according to his attorney, Don Calabria.

Win City is Canada's Horse of the Year

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Win City, a Slew City Slew colt who upset trainer Mark Frostad's Canadian Triple Crown bid by defeating Dancethruthedawn in the Prince of Wales Stakes, was named Horse of the Year in Canada.

Iowa State Recommended for Kentucky Testing

A Kentucky Equine Drug Council committee has recommended that Iowa State University handle equine drug testing in Kentucky beginning Jan. 1, 2002. The Kentucky Racing Commission will vote on the recommendation at a meeting Dec. 19 in Lexington.

Danehill Colt Brings Sale Record Price In Hong Kong

A 2-year-old bay colt by Danehill brought a record price of $576.923 (HK$4.5 million) at the Piaget Hong Kong International Sale on Friday evening at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. He was purchased by the partnership of Jacky Chan Cheung Ming and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Chan Cheong Yuk. Produced from the 15-year-old Darshaan mare Caraniya, the Australian-bred colt is a half-brother to Irish group III winner Cajarian (by Shahrastani). He will be trained by Francis Liu, who is the second-leading trainer in Hong Kong.

'Super-Test' Results, Round Two, Due in January

The second round of "super-test" results from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force should be released early in January, said Jim Gallagher, executive director of the task force.

Littleexpectations to Stand at Weston-Ward in Texas

With leading freshman sire Valid Expectations standing in Texas, now his full brother will join him in the Lone Star state.
Four-year-old Littleexpectations will enter stud in 2002 at Charles Weston and Dr. Jim Ward's Weston-Ward Thoroughbreds at Straus Medina near San Antonio. The syndicated stallion will stand for $2,500.

Siphonic Likely Futurity Favorite; Officer Challenges

Trainer Bob Baffert's Officer, the 2-year-old colt who won his first five races so effortlessly he was promoted as racing's latest wunderkind, will seek redemption from two dramatic setbacks in Saturday's $460,750 Hollywood Futurity at Hollywood Park. Siphonic, who overcame obstacles that compromised odds-on favorite Officer and finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is expected to be a slight favorite in the grade I event at 1 1/16 miles

Nayef On Track For World Cup

Dubai Champion Stakes (Eng-I) winner Nayef cantered under lights and before the crowd Thursday night at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai as the colt's connections wanted to familiarize him with the conditions on March 23, 2002, when the Dubai World Cup will be renewed at the track.

Delta Owner Says Employees to Stay on Payroll

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Boyd Gaming will keep all 700 new Delta Downs employees on its payroll even though it doesn't know when it will open its slot-machine casino at the Vinton, La., facility it purchased for $125 million.

Court Upholds Warrantless Searches at Tracks, Except in Dorms

A federal appeals court has upheld the ability of regulators in New York to conduct unannounced searches of racetracks without warrants to investigate illegal equine drug use and other activities that may affect the integrity of racing in the state. But the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the investigators from the state Racing and Wagering Board went too far in 1997 when they also searched dormitories used by grooms at Yonkers Raceway

California: Longest Dark Period in 20 Years

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For the first time in 20 years, California racing will get a real holiday. Racing takes a Christmas break after the Monday, Dec. 17 programs at Golden Gate Fields and Hollywood Park, and the action doesn't return until Dec. 26, when Golden Gate resumes and Santa Anita Park opens its traditional winter
meet.

Renaissance Woman, Feverish Work Toward Weekend Stakes

Renaissance Woman worked four furlongs in :49.40 Wednesday at Hollywood Park to earn a probable start in the $345,000 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday. Also working at Hollywood Park on Wednesday, was Feverish, the defending champion in the Bayakoa Handicap who breezed four furlongs in :50.20.

Silvano Draws Outside Post in Hong Kong Cup

Arlington Million winner Silvano was installed the 9-2 third choice when he drew the outside post position 14 for Sunday's Hong Kong Cup that highlights and international card of four graded races at Sha Tin Racecourse. Jim and Tonic will break from post five as the 3-1 favorite in the 1 1/4-mile race.

Suspect in Camac Case moved to Psychiatric Facility

Wade M. Russell, who is accused in the slaying of his stepfather, trainer Bob Camac, and his mother, Maryann Camac, at their farm in Oldmans Township, N. J. last Thursday, was moved from the Salem County Correctional Facility to a the Ann Kline Forensic Psychiatric Facility in West Trenton Wednesday.

Fairplex: Racing Plans Still Up in the Air

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Fairplex Park has had discussions about moving its 17-day Los Angeles County Fair meet to another track in metropolitan Southern California. But Wendy Talarico, communications manager for the fair, said there are no plans to do anything commercially with the racetrack grounds. And, contrary to a published report that the Pomona, Calif., track has an agreement in principle with Hollywood Park, Talarico said no deal has been done.

Baffert to Send Pair in Hollywood Futurity

Ending weeks of speculation, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Wednesday that he would enter Officer and Mountain Rage in the $360,000-estimated Hollywood Futurity Saturday. "They're the two that are doing the best," said Baffert Wednesday from his Santa Anita stable office. Baffert also had Popular and Hawk's Top Gun under consideration for the Grade I test at 1 1/16 miles.

Seabiscuit Author Wins Big Sport of Turfdom Award

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Laura Hillenbrand, who authored the widely acclaimed best-seller "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," has been named the 2001 winner of the Big Sport of Turfdom award, it was announced Wednesday by Bob Curran Jr., the president of the Turf Publicists of America.

Officer Could be the Overlay of the Year in Futurity

He was 75 cents to the dollar in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and could be as high as 3-1 in the Hollywood Futurity. A victory by Officer on Saturday would no doubt make him a major candidate for Overlay of the Year. Although it will be no easy task knocking off Siphonic, Officer still looks to be one of the most appetizing propositions we've seen in a while.

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