Articles posted July 3, 2012

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NYRA reduces field sizes for juvenile maiden races at Saratoga

The New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA) Board of Directors' Racing Committee announced on Tuesday that the field size of two-year-old maiden races at sprint distances during the upcoming Saratoga Race Course meet will be limited to eight starters. The field size for two-turn juvenile maiden races will be limited to 10 starters.

Gitchee Goomie charges late to take Penny Memorial

Patsy Symons' Gitchee Goomie enjoyed a ground-saving trip to the stretch, switched outside right before the eighth pole and surged late to capture the Grade 3, $250,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap, the Tuesday feature at Parx Racing. Under Alan Garcia, the five-year-old mare returned $8.20, $3.20 and $2.40 as the 3-1 co-second choice, and completed 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:41 1/5.

Record Kentucky Derby and unusual weather among themes for Churchill meet

An eventful and memorable spring meet at Churchill Downs that included an attendance record for the Kentucky Derby; continued strength of "Downs After Dark" night racing that included the first running of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap under the lights; and weather challenges posed by severe storms, hailstones and record heat wound to a close under the historic track's permanent lights on Sunday.

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