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Jules' First Winner

Graded stakes winner Jules was represented by his initial winner Aug. 8 when his son Method Man won at Rockingham Park at first asking.

Chavez to Ride Dollar Bill in Travers

Trainer Dallas Stewart said Wednesday night that Jorge Chavez will replace Pat Day aboard Dollar Bill in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes. Day, meanwhile, picked up the mount on Stonerside Stable's This Fleet is Due, who finished a fast-closing fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $1.5 Million Haskell Invitational Handicap.

Swan Named Acting Chairman of Jockey's Guild

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Quarter Horse jockey Tomey Jean Swan was named acting chairman of the board for the Jockeys' Guild Wednesday. Pat Day resigned as president of the organization June 21 after a contentious board meeting in which Matrix Capital Association was hired to manage the group's affairs. When Matrix was hired, the executive committee of the Guild fired all six staff members including national manager John Giovanni and all six regional managers (two were later rehired).

NYRA to Support VLT Legislation; Schwartz Rips Stronach

At a press conference at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz announced that the board of trustees of the NYRA agreed to support the introduction of video lottery terminals at Aqueduct and Belmont Park under conditions that would further the racing industry in New York State.

Six Appear Set for La Jolla

A field of six, including a pair of uncoupled runners from the Bobby Frankel barn, might go postward for Saturday's grade III, $150,000 La Jolla Handicap for 3-year-olds.

NYRA: VLTs OK at Aqueduct and Belmont

The New York Racing Association board of trustees on Wednesday announced it would support the introduction of video lottery terminals at Aqueduct and Belmont Park under conditions that would "further the racing industry in New York state." Saratoga, located in upstate New York, is not in the mix.

Colonial Downs Figures Up

Colonial Downs showed increases in attendance and handle for its first ever summer Thoroughbred meet that ended Tuesday.

Swan Named Acting Chairman of Jockeys' Guild

Tomey Jean Swan, a pioneer in the Quarter Horse industry, has been named acting chairman of the board of The Jockeys' Guild, which currently is undergoing a major reorganization. She was elected unanimously by the guild's executive committee, according to a prepared statement.

Grade I Winner Dreams Gallore Retired

Gary Tanaka's Dreams Gallore, whose big win came in the 1999 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing because of an ankle chip. The 5-year-old mare ran unplaced in the July 29 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga in her final start.

Report: Stronach Wouldn't Mind Owning NYRA

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Less than a week after Magna Entertainment was tapped as the winning bidder for New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., the company's chairman, Frank Stronach, said he would like to add the New York Racing Association franchise to his portfolio.

Bert Linder: Leading Man at Saratoga Sales

If you look hard enough you can probably see a set of footprints embedded in the ground outside Barn 5 North at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga sale complex. Those footprints belong to Bertram Linder, who for 43 consecutive years pounded his beat in front of that barn, selling not only yearlings, but a part of his very being.

Oregon Hub Handle Tops $13M for Quarter

The Oregon wagering hub first operated by NTRA Services and now in the hands of the TV Games Network handled $13,033,508 for the second quarter of this year, more than double the first-quarter handle and by far its best three months ever.

K. O. Punch's First Winner

The first winner by graded stakes winner K. O. Punch came out Aug. 6 when his daughter Two Hits won at six furlongs at Prairie Meadows.

Ohio Blood Samples to be Tested for West Nile

The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have collected 143 blood samples from horses in Lake County, Ohio, to determine if the horses have been exposed to West Nile virus. The first confirmed incidence of the virus in a bird was found in that area.

Chapter 2

By Sean Clancy
From The Saratoga Special, reprinted with permission

Padua Removes Many Horses From Lukas

Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables has removed most of its racehorses from trainer D. Wayne Lukas' barn as part of a re-evaluation of its operation. During the Keeneland July sale, Nadia Sanan, who acts as the family's racing manager, had said Lukas would remain the Padua trainer.

TVG, Horsemen Work on Purse Protection

As the California horse racing industry awaited action by Gov. Gray Davis on account wagering legislation, the TV Games Network and Thoroughbred Owners of California announced they had reached an agreement in principle to protect purses should live handle be negatively impacted by account betting.

Thunder Rumble Returns to The Stallion Park for 2002

Millionaire Thunder Rumble, whose big wins came at Saratoga in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), and Saratoga Cup Handicap, has returned to James F. Edwards' The Stallion Park in Millbrook, N.Y., where he stood his first four seasons at stud.

Increased Concern

By John Hettinger -- To my way of thinking, one of the most positive developments in our industry in recent times has been the increased concern for the health and welfare of the horse.

Rotten Apple

By Ray Paulick -- If the privatization of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation was a horse race, the inquiry sign would have lit up immediately after the city's mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, on Aug. 2 announced the bureaucracy would be sold to a group headed by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment and Bob Green's Greenwood Racing.

Valid Expectations Staying in Texas

First-year stallion Valid Expectations, whose 2-year-old progeny earnings of $503,705 place him first among all sires, will remain at William S. Farish's Huisache Farm near Hempstead, Texas, for the 2002 breeding season, instead of being sent to Farish's Kentucky nursery, Lane's End Farm, near Versailles, Ky.

Phone Trick to Milfer Farm in New York

New York breeder/owner Dr. Jonathan Davis will add prominent sire Phone Trick to the stallion roster at his Milfer Farm near Unadilla, N.Y. Nineteen-year-old Phone Trick, who stood for a syndicate at John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International near Lexington, is scheduled to arrive at the farm this week.

Thunder Gulch Moves to Top of General Sire List

Central Kentucky-based stallion Thunder Gulch advanced to the top of the 2001 sire list by progeny earnings when the $900,000 from Point Given's triumph in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) were added to his total.

Expectations High For Saratoga Yearling Sale

The nation's economy may be on the skids, but the mood in the Thoroughbred marketplace is upbeat. After stronger than expected results at Kentucky's July auctions, the action moves to Saratoga, where Fasig-Tipton will conduct the 81st edition of its select yearling sale beginning Tuesday night.

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