New York trainer H. James Bond earned his 1,000th career victory when Messorio scored by five lengths in the fourth race at Finger Lakes Sept. 28.
Trainer Jimmy Picou, who arrived on the racetrack an aspiring jockey in the late 1940s, called it a career Sunday.
On the basis of what he called "bad faith games playing with the court," Broward County, Fla., Circuit Court Judge Charles Greene ruled to strike the pleadings of defendant Steve Weiner in the Val's Prince lawsuit.
In an April 25 order, Broward County (Fla.) circuit court judge Patti Englander Henning has granted the defense's motion in the case regarding the ownership of Val's Prince and has ordered a new trial.
Months after ruling on behalf of the plaintiff in Robin Martin's lawsuit against former fiancée Steve Weiner seeking to grant her full ownership of gelding Val's Prince, Broward County (Fla.) judge Patricia Englander Henning heard arguments Friday to vacate her order based upon an outdated foal certificate being placed in evidence.
Johnny Murtagh rode work on the grass on Michael Stoute's pair Daliapour and Greek Dance at Sha Tin Friday morning in perparation for the Hong Kong Vase. James Picou, trainer of U.S.-based Vase contender Val's Prince, expressed satisfaction with the horse's post position.
Although it appeared as if resolution was near in the lawsuit regarding the ownership of Val's Prince, a new round of legal maneuvering threatens to prolong the matter. Blissfully ignorant of the litigation, Val's Prince continues to perform on the racetrack, and is likely to make his next start in the Hong Kong Vase Invitational on Dec. 17.
Michael Dickinson-trained Cetewayo earned his first victory since the 1999 Riggs Handicap, winning the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap over an Aqueduct turf course labeled good.
Michael Dickinson-trained Cetewayo returns to the races Saturday in the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT), the last graded stakes this year on turf in New York.
Charge d'Affaires, coming off a nine-month layoff, won the $100,000 Knickerbocker Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct for the second straight year on Saturday.
A groom for Val's Prince says he was entitled to a bonus from trainer James Picou after the gelding won the Hong Kong International in 1997.
Godolphin Racing's Man o' War (gr. IT) winner Fantastic Light heads a field of 12 entered in Saturday's $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.
In a conference call with attorneys Monday, Broward County (Fla.) Circuit Court Judge Patti Englander Henning ruled that multiple stakes winning gelding Val's Prince has been the property of Robin Martin since February 1997.
Sent off at 22-1, Forbidden Apple rallied from just off the pace to win the $210,000 Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday at Belmont Park. The win was the second in a row in the race for trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Jose Santos, who teamed to win last year's renewal with With the Flow.
Final testimony and closing arguments were heard in Broward County, Fla., court Monday in the lawsuit brought by Robin Martin against former fiancée Steve Weiner concerning ownership of the 8-year-old gelding Val’s Prince.
A field of 14 is entered for the $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT), Friday's Saratoga feature, which is highlighted by the return to the races of Val's Prince.
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