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  • Rider Rollins Sidelined After Golden Gate Fall

    Chance Rollins, who ranks second in the jockey standings at Golden Gate Fields' fall meeting, injured his left shoulder in a spill in the first race Sunday and will be sidelined for two to three weeks.

  • Proud Tower Too, inside, beats Jack's Wild to the wire in the On Trust Handicap.

    Proud Tower Too, House of Fortune Win at Hollywood

    Jockey David Cohen put Proud Tower Too on the lead and hung on in the final strides for an upset victory in the $101,000 On Trust Handicap for California-bred sprinters on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

  • Our Madison Scores Upset in Ontario Lassie

    Leading jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson recorded her second stakes win on the Woodbine season, guiding 12-1 longshot Our Madison to an upset score in Sunday's $162,550 Ontario Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old Canadian breds.

  • Apprentice jockey Billy Antongeorgi III loses his footing but maintains control of Five O'Clock to win Sunday at Hollywood Park.

    First-Time Apprentice's Wild Ride Ends in Win

    Billy Antongeorgi III is the son of two former riders, but his pedigree wasn't enough to prepare him for his first mount. Somehow, though, he ended up in the winner's circle Sunday afternoon at Hollywood Park aboard Five O'Clock.

  • Mr. Trieste's 8th Straight Win Ends Zia's Season

    Mr. Trieste won his eighth straight race when he pulled away from four rivals to post a four-length win in the $106,000 Zia Park Distance Championship to highlight closing day of the inaugural season Sunday at the Hobbs, N.M. track.

  • Bejarano Fourth in Japan's Jockey Series

    Competing internationally for the first time, 23-year-old Rafael Bejarano rode to a fourth-place finish in the 19th World Super Jockey Series at Hanshin Race Course on Sunday.

  • Lonnie Meche Suspended for Amphetamines

    Stewards in Texas have suspended jockey Lonnie Meche for a second time after he tested positive for amphetamines Nov. 5 at Sam Houston Race Park.

  • Delude tested positive for a banned substance after this win in the second leg of the Emirates International Apprentice Jockeys Championship.

    UAE's Leading Trainer Suspended for Season

    Mazin Al Kurdi, the Emirates Racing Association's champion trainer in each of the last two seasons, had his licence suspended for four months Dec. 4. Four of his seven winners this season tested positively for the banned substance boldenone, a steroid.

  • Bordonaro wins Underwood Stakes, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Bordonaro Blitzes 'Captain' in Underwood

    Razor sharp Bordonaro sped to the front for jockey Patrick Valenzuela shortly after the start of the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood (gr. III) and drew away for a three-length victory in his first graded stakes race Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Silver Tree Snaps Slump in Tropical Turf

    Favored Silver Tree, with Jerry Bailey working hard for the wire, found the winner's circle for the first time in 2005, making up two lengths on 40-1 shot Demeteor in the final furlong to capture the $100,00 Tropical Turf Handicap. (gr. IIIT) on the Calder turf course Saturday.

  • Snowdrops Storms to My Charmer Triumph

    Snowdrops captured Saturday's $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Calder turf with a well-timed late surge for jockey Brice Blanc, kicking off Grand Slam I with a slight upset.

  • Laurel Turf Courses Exceeding Expectations

    When the Laurel Park fall meeting began in September, Maryland Jockey Club officials had high hopes for its new turf course. After three months the grass courses have exceeded expectations.

  • Woodbine Cancels Friday Card Due to Winds

    Friday's live Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine was canceled after the first race due to high winds and severe wind gusts in the greater Toronto area.

  • Chad Schvaneveldt Reaches 2,000 Victories

    Jockey Chad Phillip Schvaneveldt won the 2,000th race of his career Thursday when he guided Way Brite to a four-length victory in the second race at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Four Races Upgraded to Grade I for 2006

    Calder Race Course will run its first grade I race in 2006, the Princess Rooney Handicap, one of four races upgraded to grade I status by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

  • Grade I-Placed Tiger Heart Retired

    Tiger Heart, who was grade I-placed in consecutive starts this year, has been retired from racing because of torn tendon in a front leg.

  • Churchill's Meeker Honored by Business Publication

    homas H. Meeker, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc., has been named "Business Leader of the Year" for a large business by the Louisville, Ky.-based <i>Business First</i> publication in its inaugural "Business of the Year" Awards.

  • Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, addressed the California Horse Racing Board over the issue of track surfaces.

    Calif. Trainers Protest Poor Track Surfaces

    Track operators pledged their support to improving the conditions of racing surfaces in the state after about 25 trainers descended on the California Horse Racing Board meeting Dec. 1 at Hollywood Park to seek the commission's assistance.

  • Captain Squire Choice in Small Underwood Field

    Captain Squire, who won the Ancient Title (gr. I) two starts back, heads a small field entered for Saturday's Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

  • Grade I Winner Taste of Paradise to Crestwood

    Grade I winner and millionaire Taste of Paradise, who came close to winning the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Belmont Park, will enter stud at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington.

  • Racetrack, Jockeys' Guild Officials Meet

    Racetrack officials met with the new leadership of the Jockeys' Guild Dec. 1 to discuss "issues of mutual concern," according to a Guild release.

  • NTRA Moves on Breeders' Cup, Wagering Integrity

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, during a Dec. 1 meeting, approved a revised operating and licensing agreement with Breeders' Cup that will last at least one year, and received a report on what could be the first step toward formation of the long-awaited national Office of Wagering Integrity.

  • Darley buys Japan Cup winner Alkaased

    Alkaased, who won the Nov. 27 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) in world-record time, has been retired to stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Japan following Darley's purchase of the 5-year-old son of Kingmambo.

  • My Charmer Heads Grand Slam I at Calder Saturday

    Calder Race Course's Grand Slam I program Saturday offers four stakes worth $100,000 each, with the My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares featuring two grade I winners.

  • Jockeys' Guild Moves Tack to New Offices

    In a further attempt to cut ties with former Jockeys' Guild president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian and his consulting firm Matrix Capital Associates, the Guild, under its new management, moved offices this week.

  • Has Deal to Buy Tote Company, which earlier this year purchased an offshore wagering company, has entered into an agreement to purchase United Tote for $49 million, the company announced Dec. 1. United Tote supplies tote services to more than 90 pari-mutuel facilities in North America.