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Xchanger Handles Bump to Win Sapling

Circle Z Stables' Xchanger, bumped solidly mid-stretch by Actin Good, recovered to edge away from his rival close to home to win the $150,000 Sapling (gr. III) for 2-year-olds by three-quarters of a length at Monmouth Park on Monday.

No Fine, Suspension in New York Positives

Two horses who ran at Saratoga last summer were disqualified from their finishing positions because of positive drug tests, but Mark Shuman, who trained both horses for owner Michael Gill, will not be disciplined in the incident.

Gill Questions New York Positives for Tranquilizer

Michael Gill, the leading Thoroughbred owner in the country in races and money won, said reported positives for a tranquilizer in two of his horses during the Saratoga meet would result in nothing more than damage to his reputation.

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.

Last Intention Nails Toccet at Wire

The $50,000 Hail Emperor Stakes came down to a bob of noses with Michael Gill's Last Intention beating 4-5 favorite Toccet by a whisker.

Monmouth Crowns Meet-End Champions

Five days of racing remain on the 2003 Monmouth Park meet calendar, but the races for leading honors have already been decided. The track's top performers will be honored in a Sept. 28 winner's circle ceremony.

Rain Helps City Fire to Easy Hilltop Victory

After nine fillies scratched out of the Hilltop Stakes when the race was switched from the soggy turf to the good main track, the lead was left to Michael Gill's City Fire. She promptly dashed to the front and never looked back, winning by three lengths in 1:44.30 for the 1-1/16 mile distance.

Speed Duel Expected in Richter Scale Sprint

Eight older horses are expected to duel in Saturday's $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. The Michael Gill-owned, Mark Shuman-trained entry of Native Heir and Highway Prospector will likely go off as the favorite in the seven-furlong sprint. The entry is 9/5 on the morning line.

Vet Who Amputed Horse's Leg Denied Access to Gulfstream Property

Philip Aleong, the veterinarian responsible for the post-mortem amputation of the leg of Casual Conflict on Feb. 3, was notified by Gulfstream Park on Sunday that he would no longer be allowed on the grounds of either the racetrack or Gulfstream's training center Palm Meadows.

Officials Wait on Test Results; No Searches Planned

Representatives from Gulfstream Park and the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau performed a search Feb. 10 of the vehicles of veterinarians Phil Aleong and Leonard Patrick, but no further searches are planned, officials said.

Good Start for Palm Meadows Training Center

With one winner Friday and four on Saturday, the new Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach is off to a fast start at producing winners at Gulfstream Park.

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