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Contessa New Exceller Fund President

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Contessa New Exceller Fund President

New York-based trainer Gary Contessa has been named president of the Exceller Fund, a non-profit organization that transitions former racehorses into new careers.

Go For Wand: Ginger Punch Heavy Favorite

Go For Wand: Ginger Punch Heavy Favorite

Last year, Stronach Stables' Ginger Punch romped to a six-length victory in the Go For Wand (gr. I) en route to her Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) win and being named champion older female. The scary part for her competition is that trainer Bobby Frankel says the daughter of Awesome Again is vastly improved as a 5-year-old.

Contessa Accepts 15-Day Suspension in N.Y.

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Trainer Gary Contessa, the leading trainer at the current Belmont fall meet, was suspended 15 days and fined $2,000 for a medication positive by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Oct. 20.

Track Injuries Spur Meeting Between NYRA, Horsemen

New York Racing Association racing secretary P.J. Campo says NYRA officials will meet with horsemen in the next "couple days" to discuss maintenance of track surfaces at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga after a series of catastrophic injuries.

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