Headlines for Friday, September 3, 2004

  • Trainer Louis Mondello, 81, Dies

    Louis Mondello, a trainer on the New York circuit for many years, died Sept. 1 at the age of 81. A native of East Harlem, N.Y., he resided in Hicksville, Long Island.

  • Film Maker Ready to Roll in Glens Falls

    Donald Adam's Film Maker, scratched from Monday's Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga due to an outside post position and a course with plenty of give in it, didn't have to wait long for a second chance. Trainer H. Graham Motion brings the filly right back for Sunday's Glens Falls Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Intercontinental Won't Run in Palomar 'Cap

    Juddmonte Farm's Intercontinental has been declared out of Saturday's Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar by trainer Bobby Frankel.

  • Baffert Gives Roman Ruler Nod for DM Futurity

    Trainer Bob Baffert cleared up the questions surrounding three promising 2-year-old colts Friday when he announced that his flashy Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) winner Roman Ruler would run in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) in the track's traditional closing-day feature Wednesday.

  • Horsemen's Account Funded, NYRA Reports

    The New York Racing Association announced Sept. 3 that it has fully funded the account maintained for the benefit of its horsemen, who are represented by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA), using the proceeds from recently completed business transactions.

  • John Velazquez

    Velazquez Breaks Own Mark for Saratoga Wins

    John Velazquez rode three winners Friday, including two for leading trainer Todd Pletcher, to break the single-season jockey victory total at Saratoga Race Course that he set last year.

  • 'Dispute Should Flare in Del Mar BC Handicap

    Domestic Dispute, who returned from a four-month layoff with a solid second-place finish in the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) last month, heads a field of seven milers in Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).

  • Santa Anita general manager Chris McCarron

    McCarron Supports Race-Day Detention Plan

    Two race-day detention barns could be in place in time for the opening of Santa Anita's winter/spring meeting Dec. 26, track general manager Chris McCarron told an ad hoc security meeting of racing officials Sept. 2 at Del Mar.

  • Jim Dandy winner Strong Hope, inside, hopes to triumph in Forego.

    Strong Hope(s) Abound in Forego Handicap

    Eleven older horses passed the entry box for Saturday's Forego Handicap (gr. I), the last grade I event on the Saratoga calendar as the 36-day meet draws to a close at the end of the Labor Day weekend. The highweight in the seven-furlong race is Strong Hope at 118 pounds.

  • Eye-Catching Scipion Stretches Out in Cradle

    Virginia Kraft-Payson's Scipion, who impressed observers with a last-to-first victory in his career debut Aug. 14 at Saratoga, drew the rail in a field of eight for the $200,000 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds Sept. 6 at River Downs.

  • MI Developments Names 'Lead Director'

    M. Douglas Young has been appointed lead director of MI Developments' board of directors, the company announced Sept. 2. MID is a Magna company that is seeking to purchase the stock of Magna Entertainment Corp.

  • Wood Memorial winner Tapit among probables for Monday's Pennsylvania Derby.

    Big Field Expected for Pennsylvania Derby

    The $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sep. 6 may draw as many as 12 to 13 starters, in what promises to be a competitive race. Although the absence of Smarty Jones will be felt by the expected large holiday crowd, the 1 1/8-mile race is expected to draw some of the top 3-year-olds in the country.