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Sailors Sunset Sizzles in Underwood Upset

Sailors Sunset Sizzles in Underwood Upset

Longshot Sailors Sunset left four rivals in the dark as he sped to a front-running victory over crack sprinter Siren Lure and 2004 juvenile champion Declan's Moon in a stakes record time of 1:07.79 for six furlongs in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood (gr. III) on Cushion track at Hollywood Park Saturday.

Stevens, Little Red Feather Part Ways

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens announced his decision to sever ties with the Southern California-based Little Red Feather Racing syndicate Dec. 2, but both parties declined to make a statement regarding reasons for the split.

Florida's Highest Court Asked to Rule in Slots Dispute

In an ongoing legal action that could affect the future operation of slot machines at Gulfstream Park and other Broward County (Fla.) pari-mutuel facilities, the Florida First Court of Appeals recently asked the state's supreme court to rule on a certain key issues in the dispute.

Injured Jockey Black Again Pleas for Insurance Help

Anthony Black, Philadelphia Park's all-time wins leader and president of Philadelphia Park Jockeys, made an impassioned plea to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Nov. 30, less than one month after sustaining injuries in a race at the Bensalem Township racetrack.

Baze Ties Pincay's All-Time Win Record

Baze Ties Pincay's All-Time Win Record

Northern California-based jockey Russell Baze tied Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time win record of 9,530 when he rode Christie's Fame to victory in the sixth race at Bay Meadows Nov. 30.

Ohio Thoroughbred Interests Agree to Dates Reduction

Ohio's Thoroughbred tracks will race 24 fewer days in 2007 in keeping with a plan to increase average daily purses and boost field size by offering fewer races. The schedule, agreed to by tracks and horsemen's groups, will be voted on Dec. 15 by the Ohio State Racing Commission.

On-the-Muscle Empire Racing Unveils Plan for Spa

Empire Racing Associates, which made a bid for the franchise to operate three New York racetracks, released a plan Nov. 30 to protect the historic charm of Saratoga Race Course and strengthen racing there. The plan will form a major part of the proposal Empire Racing will take to the state legislature in January, officials said.

TVG Launches Fantasy Horseracing Game

TVG has launched a year-round fantasy horseracing game on its website, TVG.com, and on Foxsports.com, the network announced Nov. 30. TVGfantasy.com will offer fans the opportunity to own and manage their own virtual stable consisting of horses, trainers, and jockeys. The site went live Thursday, Nov. 30, with game play beginning Dec. 26.

Millennium Farms Fundraiser Raises $65,000

The effort to bridge the digital divide for children of the Thoroughbred industry took a giant step forward with a recent fundraiser to benefit Tubby's Clubhouse. Hosted at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington, the event raised $65,000 via items sold at a live auction; proceeds from stallion seasons and a generous matching grant from the Ro Parra Family Foundation.

Equine Affaire to be Held at Fairplex Park

Equine Affaire, a North American horse exposition, will return to Fairplex Park near Pomona, Calif. Feb. 1-4 with a line-up of clinics, demonstrations, and seminars.

Futural Retired to Old Friends

Millionaire Futural, who won the 2001 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) and San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II) and has most recently been running at Hastings Park, is being retired to Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky.

Dam of Speciosa Brings $3.8 Million at Tattersalls

Dam of Speciosa Brings $3.8 Million at Tattersalls

Specifically, the dam of this year's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Speciosa, topped the third session of the Tattersalls December mare sale Nov. 29, bringing a session high price of 1.85 million guineas (about $3.8 million) from John Warren Bloodstock as trade continued in record-breaking fashion.

Breeders' Cup Official: All Systems Go for Monmouth

Breeders' Cup Official: All Systems Go for Monmouth

Breeders' Cup officials visited Monmouth Park in New Jersey for a tour Nov. 28, but they said it wasn't because the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority-operated racetrack was in danger of losing the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships as published reports had suggested.

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