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Jockey Gomez Arrested on Drug Charges

Jockey Garrett Gomez, who was arrested in Riverside County, Calif., on July 3 for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as for a failure to appear violation from a previous arrest in Los Angeles County, was released from custody early Friday morning after posting $20,000 bail.

Coolmore Purchases Sprint Star Choisir

Coolmore Purchases Sprint Star Choisir

Australian sprint sensation Choisir has been purchased by Coolmore Stud - subject to a veterinary inspection - following his excellent effort in yesterday's Darley July Cup. The son of rising star Danehill Dancer will go into quarantine in Ireland before shuttling to Coolmore Australia for the upcoming stud season.

Churchill Downs Renovation Off and Running

Churchill Downs Renovation Off and Running

The second phase of Churchill Downs' $121 million renovation project took another step forward on July 11 as the demolition of a large section of the historic track's clubhouse began.

Louisiana Slots Revenue to Fund LSU Equine Program

The Equine Health Studies Program (EHSP) at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) will receive funds from tax revenue generated from slot machines placed in racetracks throughout the state, part of a bill recently passed in the Louisiana Legislature.

Saratoga to Offer Portable Luxury Suites

Saratoga Race Course will introduce five portable luxury suites for the 2003 summer meet for corporate and private outings, officials with The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday.

Drug Consortium Works on Plan to Fund Initiatives

Drug Consortium Works on Plan to Fund Initiatives

With a goal to raise $2 million to $3 million a year to support its initiatives, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is looking at a mechanism that would raise money from horsemen and racetracks based on the top four finishers in each race.

Panelists: Medication Not Sole Reason for Fewer Starts

Participants in a July 10 medication workshop reached the consensus that "over-medication" may contribute to fewer starts by racehorses, but other factors -- racetrack surfaces, an emphasis on speed, too much pressure on 2-year-olds, and a thirst for quick profit -- probably are just as responsible.

National HBPA Has Contested Races for Top Officers

With its election of officers looming July 13, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has races for both president and vice president. In addition, the question of whether the position of chairman of the board would continue to have voting rights figures to come up for discussion.

RCI to Consider Broader 'Prohibited Practices' Policy

The board of directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International will consider adoption of a policy that would make treatments such as hypoxic therapy prohibited practices until their impact on horses is scientifically demonstrated.

Report Spurs Response From NYRA's Schwartz

Report Spurs Response From NYRA's Schwartz

Controversy has once again hit the New York Racing Association following an article published in Thursday's edition of the Albany Times-Union that shows former chief executive Kenneth Noe has received $7,000 a month, plus expenses, since his retirement in a deal that will continue even beyond his death.

Champion Wayward Lass Dead at Age 25

Champion Wayward Lass Dead at Age 25

Wayward Lass, champion 3-year-old filly of 1981, died the end of June at Gus Schoenborn Jr.'s Contemporary Stallions near Coxsackie, N.Y. "We found her dead in her stall," Schoenborn said about the 25-year-old mare. "She had a heart attack."

Ten Most Wanted Ready for Swaps

Ten Most Wanted Ready for Swaps

Ten Most Wanted, the probable favorite for the $400,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at nine furlongs for 3-year-olds on Sunday, completed his preparation by working four furlongs in :48 3/5 here Wednesday under exercise rider Bruno Delgadillo.

Lake Duo Tough to Beat in Smile Sprint

Trainer Scott Lake, leading the nation in wins this year with 250 victories but seldom seen in Florida, holds the strongest hand for the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Calder Race Course. He starts the team of Robert L. Cole Jr.'s Shake You Down and Richard Englander's My Cousin Matt in the Summit of Speed stakes for horses 3 and up.

Lone Star Breeders' Cup Dates Approved

Lone Star Breeders' Cup Dates Approved

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's formal request to host a second Thoroughbred meeting in 2004 – in order to accommodate the 21st running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships – was unanimously approved July 9 by the Texas Racing Commission at its annual date hearing in Austin, Texas.

Stewards Delay Any Action in Sciacca Case

No action will be taken against the three individuals arrested last week for allegedly administering a milkshake at Belmont Park until their criminal cases are completed, track stewards told the New York Racing and Wagering Board Tuesday.

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