Headlines for Tuesday, August 2, 2005

  • Wild Desert Turns in Sharp Work for Travers

    Queen's Plate winner Wild Desert, who was upset in the recent Prince of Wales Stakes, worked five furlongs in a sharp :59 3/5 over the main track at Saratoga Tuesday in preparation for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27.

  • Neil Getnick, federal monitor assigned to NYRA.

    Monitor's Comments Indicate NYRA May Be Cleared

    The New York Racing Association has made significant strides to improve its operations and to bolster the integrity of the racing industry, according to the federal monitor assigned to oversee NYRA during its deferred prosecution period.

  • Officials Knock Heads Over Racing Franchise

    The battle over the franchise to run three New York racetracks got off to an unofficial start Aug. 2 when officials with the New York Racing Association and Magna Entertainment Corp. sparred during an Albany Law School symposium.

  • Stephen Foster winner Saint Liam, likely favorite for Saturday's Whitney.

    Dutrow Says Saint Liam Will Run 'Huge' in Whitney

    Trainer Rick Dutrow told a national teleconference Tuesday he is expecting a "huge" performance from Saint Liam in Saturday's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Not that anyone needs Dutrow to tell them that, as the Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner likely will be an overwhelming favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Losing the Handle

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - By year's end, betting on pari-mutuel races run in the United States could fall to its lowest point in five years. Compounding that sobering possibility is this: The percentage of revenue to purses from every dollar wagered is also heading in the wrong direction.

  • A Level Field Within

    <i>By Fred A. Pope</i> - The Holy Grail in competition is a level playing field. It is natural for people to try to gain an advantage. A jockey "race riding" to advantage is acceptable. Giving a horse a performance-altering drug is not.

  • Jockey Rafael Bejarano, sidelined at least six weeks.

    Injured Bejarano Sidelined for at Least Six Weeks

    Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who ranks among the top riders by earnings this year, will miss at least six weeks of competition as a result of a fractured ankle suffered in a gate accident prior to Monday's fifth race at Saratoga.

  • Survey, Questionnaire Reveal Opinions on New York

    A survey authorized by Friends of New York Racing showed many New Yorkers aren't aware of the New York Racing Association's ongoing legal and financial problems, and that they aren't sure how the NYRA franchise should be structured.

  • NFL Stars to Visit Saratoga for Charity

    Nearly two-dozen former NFL stars will visit Saratoga Race Course Aug. 7 to raise money for a local child-service organization during the 12th annual NFL Legends Day.

  • Bejarano Injured in Gate Accident at Saratoga

    Leading Kentucky rider Rafael Bejarano was injured in a starting gate accident at Saratoga prior to Monday's fifth race. While x-rays showed no breakage in his right foot, doctors stated that ligament damage is possible.