Headlines for Friday, July 21, 2006

  • Prado Named Winner of Mike Venezia Award

    Jockey Edgar Prado, whose skill on the racetrack is matched by his passion to help children of New York's backstretch workers, was named the winner of the 2006 Mike Venezia Award, the New York Racing Association announced July 21.

  • Sweet Return (center) held on to win the 2005 Eddie Read Handicap.

    Sweet Return Set for Seaside Revival in Read

    Trainer Ron McAnally likes his chances to win his second grass stakes of the young Del Mar racing season as he sends out Sweet Return to defend his 2005 championship in Sunday's $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT).

  • Ellis Park Abandons Card Due to Power Loss

    Ellis Park was forced to cancel the second half of Friday's race card after a strong line of thunderstorms containing straight-line winds caused the track as well as a large portion of the City of Henderson, Ky., to lose power.

  • Farmer Defends Support for Spitzer's Election

    The surprisingly large influx of campaign contributions from breeders and horse owners in Kentucky, California and elsewhere to the New York gubernatorial campaign of Eliot Spitzer did not come from individuals secretly vying to obtain the New York Racing Association franchise, according to one of the top donors.

  • Lightning Storm Cancels Racing at Belmont

    A severe thunder and lightning storm forced the cancellation of racing midway through Belmont Park's final nine-race Sunset Friday card of the Spring/Summer meet.

  • Calif. Totalizer Progress Draws Shapiro's Ire

    Chairman Richard Shapiro of the California Horse Racing Board lashed out at the "obsolete" state of totalizer technology being used in the state during the commission's hearing at the Del Mar simulcast center July 21.

  • Calif. Totalizer Progress Draws Shapiro's Ire

    Chairman Richard Shapiro of the California Horse Racing Board lashed out at the "obsolete" state of totalizer technology being used in the state during the commission's hearing at the Del Mar simulcast center July 21.

  • Track, Jockeys Clear Up Insurance Misunderstanding

    A possible interruption of Saturday's live card at Philadelphia Park was averted Friday when management at the Bensalem Township, Pa., racetrack assured jockeys they are indeed covered by insurance should they be injured while performing the duties of their profession.

  • Lawyer Ron Back to Work in :34 1/5

    Lawyer Ron, a 2 ¾-length winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), recorded his first workout since surgery after running in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) yesterday. The 3-year-old colt was timed in a zippy :34 1/5 for three furlongs, galloping out four furlongs in :46 and change over the main track at Churchill Downs.