Articles posted February 9, 2006

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Mark Guidry Voted 2006 Woolf Award Winner

Mark Guidry, a Louisiana native who began riding in 1974 and has won more that 4,700 races, was selected the winner of the 2006 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by his fellow jockeys.

Host Starts New Year in Appleton Handicap

Melnyk Racing Stable's grade I winner Host, beaten by a half-length when second in last year's $100,000 Appleton Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park, gets another chance in Saturday's renewal of the one-mile turf course test.

Trainer Rice Gets 6-Month Ban for 3rd Violation

The Tampa Bay Downs board of stewards handed trainer Don Rice an additional six-month suspension and denied privileges of the grounds during that period after a third Rice-trained horse tested positive for an excess amount of alkaline agents during the last week.

Napravnik Gains 100th Win on 18th Birthday

Apprentice standout Rosie Napravnik celebrated her 18th birthday in style by riding two winners during Thursday's Laurel Park card. The second victory of the afternoon was the 100th victory of her young career, which began last June.

MJC Announces Executive Officer Changes

Joseph A. De Francis announced Feb. 9 that he is stepping aside as president of the Maryland Jockey Club but will continue as the organization's chief executive officer. Louis J. Raffetto, the MJC's chief operating officer, takes over as president while Chris Dragone becomes senior vice president and general manager.

Pimlico Hold Order On Barn 6 Lifted

The Maryland Department of Agriculture lifted the "General Animal Hold Order" at Pimlico Race Course on Barn 6 after 33 of its 35 horses tested negative for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) on both Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and virus isolation tests.

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