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  • Gone West Syndicate Contributes to KEEP

    The Gone West syndicate has donated $100,000 to the Kentucky Equine Education Project, which was formed to promote and protect the horse industry in the state.

  • Trainer Margaret Donnelly Dead

    Trainer Margaret Donnelly, the first woman trainer at Detroit Race Course and Hazel Park, died July 9 at the age of 90.

  • Trainer Newt Bunyard Dead

    Lowell Newton "Newt" Bunyard, a trainer for 57 years, died July 19 in Prescott, Ariz., from complications from a stroke eight days earlier.

  • Purim Puts Streak On Line In American Derby

    Unbeaten Purim, 2 1/2-length winner of the Arlington Classic (gr. IIIT) July 2, puts his three-race win streak on the line against seven rivals in the $250,000 American Derby (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds on the Arlington Park turf Saturday.

  • Frankel String Stabled at Monmouth

    Trainer Bobby Frankel, second only to Todd Pletcher in 2005 earnings through last weekend with more than $7.5 million, has sent a division of his stable to Monmouth Park for the first time.

  • NYRA Fills Two Executive Posts

    David A. Smukler has been named senior vice president of human resources and labor relations for the New York Racing Association.

  • TCA Plans Double Saratoga Fund Raiser

    The Thoroughbred Charities of America is planning a charity golf tournament Aug. 16 at Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The tournament will follow the same "horse race" format from last year's event.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    War Weary

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - The strange case of War Emblem, the 2002 Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old now at stud in Japan, keeps getting stranger.

  • Dr. Alex Harthill

    Derby Doc

    <i>By Barry Irwin</i> - Alex Harthill never wanted to be the author or the subject of a book about his life, preferring to protect his friends, dead or alive. "Doc" passed July 16, but versions of his tales will be told as long as racing offices crank out overnights.

  • Personal Flag, sired 34 stakes winners.

    New York Stallion Personal Flag Euthanized

    Personal Flag, who ranked as one of New York's top stallions for several years, was euthanized July 18 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Dr. Alex Harthill.

    Friends, Colleagues Reflect on Harthill's Life

    When Dr. Alex "Doc" Harthill died July 16 at a Louisville, Ky. hospice of complications from pneumonia and a stroke at age 80, it marked the end of an era in veterinary medicine at Churchill Downs. Some of those within the racing community who knew him best reflect on Harthill's career.

  • Fort Dodge Releases West Nile DNA Vaccine

    Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, has announced the licensure of West Nile-Innovator DNA, a vaccine for horses to aid in the prevention of viremia caused by the potentially deadly West Nile virus.

  • Broodmare Trishyde Dead

    Sixteen-year-old Trishyde, who was a graded stakes winner for B. Wayne Hughes, was euthanized because of complications while delivering a Malibu Moon colt March 2.

  • KEEP Seeks 10,000 Members by Year's End

    The Kentucky Equine Education Project is launching a major membership drive beginning Aug. 1, with a goal of reaching 10,000 members by the end of this year.

  • Saratoga County, winning the Dubai Golden Shaheen, faces an uncertain future.

    Saratoga County Ill; Racing Future Uncertain

    Millionaire sprinter Saratoga County, who captured the Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE- I) March 26, is currently ill and in the care of an undisclosed Saratoga Springs, N.Y., veterinary clinic according to the horse's co-owner Richard Pollard.

  • Divided Oceanside Opens Del Mar Meet

    Del Mar racing fans will get their usual double dose of stakes action as the seaside track opens its 66th season Wednesday with two divisions of the Oceanside Stakes, the perennial opening-day feature for 3-year-olds going a mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

  • Jess Jackson Buys Part of Adena Springs Kentucky

    After word had circulated through the industry for more than a month, it was officially announced today Jess Jackson has purchased Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Versailles, Ky.

  • Race For Education Awards $329,000 in Scholarships

    The Race For Education awarded more than $329,000 in scholarships to 27 students for use in the 2005/2006 academic year. This year's recipients--from 11 states around the country--were chosen from a pool of more than 400 applicants.

  • Hollywood Park Wagering Declines Slightly; Attendance Down 6.6%

    Hollywood Park, saving its best for last, closed its 64-day spring/summer meet Sunday with total common pool wagering of $667,016,796, down less than one-half percent from the figure of $679,693,206 during a 65-day meet a ago. The daily average was $10.42 million, compared to $10.45 million in 2004.

  • Wannatalkaboutme Starts Buzz in Shady Well

    Undefeated Wannatalkaboutme is giving Canadian fans something new to talk about, winning the $162,450 Shady Well Stakes from off the pace for her third victory in as many starts Sunday at Woodbine.

  • Wimbledon Third in First Start In 15 Months

    Wimbledon, the 2004 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner who suffered a tendon injury while preparing for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), finished third at the Solano County Fair Sunday in his first start in more than 15 months.

  • Gritty Island Sand Takes Rich Delaware 'Cap

    Island Sand, the only grade I winner in the field, stormed past Two Trail Sioux in mid-stretch and registered a powerful victory in Saturday's $1 million Delaware Handicap (gr. II), the richest race in Delaware Park history.

  • Always First wins Sunset in U.S. debut.

    Always First Wins Sunset in U.S. Stakes Debut

    British-bred Always First made a successful American stakes debut when he closed impressively along the inside to capture the $165,300 Sunset Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) on Sunday, the final day of the Hollywood Park spring/summer meeting.

  • Jockey Mena Taken to Hospital After Arlington Fall

    Jockey Miguel Mena, who was thrown from his mount Sheer One when they clipped heels with another horse during Arlington Park's ninth race, was taken directly to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights for evaluation.

  • Sun King Shines Again in Leonard Richards

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, fitted with blinkers by trainer Nick Zito, went gate to wire to win the $300,000 Leonard Richards (gr. III) for 3-year-olds by 5 3/4 lengths Sunday at Delaware Park.

  • Ablo Wins Prince of Wales; Wild Desert Third

    Front-running Ablo fended off several challenges from a determined Autumn Snow to register a game neck victory in the $500,000 (Canadian) Prince of Wales Stakes Sunday at Fort Erie in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

  • Desert Boom Wears Claiming Crown Jewel

    Robert Bone's Desert Boom, a grade III winner in his last start, broke on top and never looked back in capturing the $138,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the central attraction of Saturday's annual series of races for Thoroughbred racing's blue collar workers at Canterbury Park.