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  • Legal Battle Over Lawyer Ron's Career 'in Limbo'

    Lawyer Ron's victory in the July 28 Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga apparently has had no impact on the lawsuit between his owners, a legal dispute that one of the principal parties described as being "in limbo."

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    Zanjero Early Favorite in West Virginia Derby

    Of the field of 10 running in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) Aug. 4, five have run in American Classicsno--none of them with any success. If one of them can break through in the 1 1/8-mile trek around Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort's main track, it will go a long way to help separate itself in a competitive 3-year-old division that is beginning to take shape.

  • New York Chaplaincy to Host Charity Event

    In an effort to raise money for injured jockey Andrew Lakeman, who was paralyzed in a catastrophic spill at Belmont Park May 25, the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York has organized a charity event with a bit of a twist.

  • Kentucky Broodmare Fruhlingshochzeit Dead

    Fruhlingshochzeit, who produced 17 foals, was euthanized at Carrie and Craig Brogden's Machmer Hall near Paris, Ky., after re-injuring a fractured knee.

  • Saratoga Morning

    Steve Haskin's Saratoga Memories: The Doc and the Storm

    Next year will be my (gulp!) 40th anniversary at Saratoga, so what better time (other than next year) to go down memory lane and rekindle some of the unforgettable moments that have made the Spa such a magical place. This is the first in a series of weekly columns recounting some of those moments.

  • Street Sense shows he's back with a victory in the Jim Dandy.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1864412%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Steve Haskin's BC Countdown: A Sense of Saratoga

    Street Sense is back and so is Rags to Riches. All is once again right with the racing world. If Curlin emerges victorious from next week's Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), then the Breeders' Cup World Championships will have the star power it so desperately needs.

  • Satish Sanan

    Padua Hopes to 'Re-energize' With Kentucky Move

    Satish Sanan bagged his first Triple Crown race victory this spring as part owner of Curlin, who won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). But he would very much like to win the Run for the Roses and will try to achieve that goal while based in Kentucky.

  • A Day At The Spa: Aug. 1, Dominion Award Day

    Once there was a horse named Dominion, a determined runner who put Cot Campbell's Dogwood Stable colors in front of the racing world at tracks from Chicago to Saratoga. He was a blue-collar horse with rarely seen determination--he would run on the dirt, turf, soft, hard, long, short--and he would lay his heart on the line to get to the front and stay there.

  • New York Racing Rule Targets

    <P>New York racing regulators July 31 adopted a series of new rules, including more restrictive prohibitions on betting by racetrack mutuel tellers and final action on a provision to combat "<A href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=6707">milkshaking</A>" of horses. <P>"The board instituted a number of rules today that were designed (to) ensu...

  • New York Rules Target Betting, 'Milkshakes'

    New York racing regulators July 31 adopted a series of new rules, including more restrictive prohibitions on betting by racetrack mutuel tellers and final action on a provision to combat "milkshaking" of horses.

  • Belmont Park Reports Increase in Handle

    Belmont Park's on-track handle, including simulcasts, increased 4.3% at the recently-concluded 59-day spring/summer Meet, the racetrack announced July 27.

  • Mandatory Tests for Steroids Set for Graded Stakes

    The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will add four commonly used anabolic steroids to the list of substances for which horses must be tested in graded stakes effective Jan. 1, 2008.

  • Rahy

    Rahy is Rising Broodmare Sire of Sires

    There is a school of thought that hold that the type of horse to look for as a potential broodmare sire is a good-sized, scopey kind of horse, one whose conformation suggests that he will get mares with plenty of room to carry their foals.

  • Demidoff to Stand at Cross Creek in Minnesota

    Demidoff, a full brother to major sire Gone West and second on this year's Minnesota sires list, has been purchased by Dr. M. Eldeeb for stallion duty at his Cross Creek Farm near Buffalo, Minn.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Scandalous

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Racing has no commissioner, so when a substance, possibly cobra venom, was found in a trainer's barn a month ago, there is no swift and decisive action, only inaction.

  • Steve Haskin&lt;br&gt;Senior Correspondent

    Commentary: Charming Trip

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> - When the doors of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., open for Silver Charm Aug. 6, there will be no one blocking his way, and he will take his rightful place among the greats of the sport.

  • Breeders' Cup Challenge Day Called 'Very Solid Start'

    It may be a foregone conclusion that many of the horses that win Breeders' Cup Challenge races would qualify for the World Championships anyway, but the first of six "Win and You're In" programs is said to have done much for recognition of Breeders' Cup and racetrack business.

  • Lawyer Ron&#39;s record setting Whitney has been confirmed.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1864107%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Lawyer Ron's Whitney Time Deemed Accurate

    The winning time of 1:46.64 for Lawyer Ron in the July 28 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) has been confirmed as the nine-furlong, main-track record at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Lawyer Ron's Whitney Time Deemed Accurate

    The winning time of 1:46.64 for Lawyer Ron in the July 28 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) has been confirmed as the nine-furlong, main-track record at Saratoga Race Course.

  • The Saratoga meet is off to a beautiful start.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D408404%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Quick Start Out of the Gate for Saratoga

    The Saratoga meet got a quick jump out of the gate, with the New York Racing Association reporting a 14% increase in attendance and double-digit increases in handle during the first six days of the session.

  • Modest On-Track Gains at Lone Star

    Despite enduring an extremely wet spring/summer meet, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie concluded its 2007 Thoroughbred season July 29 with modest increases in total and average daily attendance, as well as on-track total handle. Wagering on the live product, however, declined both on and off track.

  • Jose Santos

    Santos Retires; Has Five Fractures in Spine

    Jockey Jose Santos announced his retirement July 30 at Saratoga Race Course. The 46-year-old native of Concepcion, Chile, had been trying to come back from injuries suffered in a three-horse spill at Aqueduct on Feb. 1.

  • A Day At The Spa: July 30, Morning at Matz's

    Stroll through Michael Matz's shedrow and you'll undoubtedly come across Iain Holmes. He's the only hotwalker who speaks fluent English--which is what you would hope, since he comes from that side of the pond.

  • Arc Winner Rail Link Retired

    Rail Link, winner of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), has been retired from racing.

  • In Summation (near) delivers strong closing argument in Crosby surprise.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1847540%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    In Summation Sews Up Bing Crosby Upset

    In Summation, invading from New York for trainer Christophe Clement, nipped Greg's Gold by a thin nose in a heart-pounding finish to Sunday's $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) at Del Mar.

  • Visit Shows Star Power in Princess Margaret Renewal

    Sir Michael Stoute, who has saddled such notable winners of the Princess Margaret Stakes (Eng-III) as classic winner Russian Rhythm and group II winner Enthused, added another potential star to that group when the filly Visit captured this year's renewal at Ascot on Sunday.