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Maryland Factions Still Can't Agree on Plan

At the risk of losing even more credibility with state lawmakers and despite a deadline imposed by the Maryland Racing Commission, the state's racing industry acknowledged Monday it has not made peace among the ranks. If anything, the disparate factions demonstrated that resolving their disputes is a longshot.

Approaching the Gate

By Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith -- The industry wants horse racing to increase in popularity and achieve the status of a major league sport. The time is right for us all to come together and reach consensus on medication issues.

Top of the Game

By Ray Paulick -- Just two of the 45 yearlings bought in North America for seven figures in 1999 have won a grade/group I stakes to date.

Committee to Make the Grades for 2002

The American Graded Stakes Committee will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Lexington to review the grades assigned to 475 stakes in the United States, and in total will look at about 750 races that are unrestricted and carry a purse of at least $75,000.

Horse of the Year Tiznow at New Home

Tiznow, whose victory in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for the second consecutive year placed him solidly in the running for a another Horse of the Year title, was shown to the public Monday, Nov. 26, at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

AAEP Prepared for Medication Summit

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has spent many hours over the past year getting ready for the Dec. 4 medication summit that will be part of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Symposium on Racing. "We hope for the first time to bring together key stakeholders in the racing industry to specifically discuss racehorse medication," said Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, 2001 president of the AAEP.

Indiana Tracks Ponder Proposed Funding Cuts

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One week after Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon proposed the transfer of $10 million from the horse racing industry to the state's general fund, Hoosier Park and Indianapolis Downs officials are calling the cut critical and are looking to other forms of revenue to offset the potential loss.

Another Win For Seabiscuit; Book Receives Top Award in England

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"Seabiscuit", Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book about the rags-to-riches story of a 1930s Thoroughbred champion and the colorful people associated with him, has been honored with the prestigious "William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award."

Delaware Township to Stand at Stud in Florida

Everett "Eb" Novak announced that he has sold an interest in grade I winner Delaware Township to Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables and that the 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Notebook will enter stud at Padua near Summerfield, Fla.

Trial Date Set for Northern California Horse Owners

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A March 4, 2002, trial date has been set for Northern California Thoroughbred owners Michele Serrao and Bryan Rosenquist in connection with allegations the couple embezzled $12.7 million from Bank of America.

From the Print Edition: Tragedy in the Matriarch

There were no fractures, deep wounds, or even sore muscles. As concerned peers drifted in and out of the Hollywood Park jockeys' room following the tragic conclusion of the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) on Nov. 25, Mike Smith admitted to having a single pain. "Just a broken heart."

Belterra, Repent, and Bet On Sunshine Win at Churchill

Trainer Kenneth McPeek saddled the favorite in both of Churchill Downs' stakes races for 2-year-olds Saturday but won only with Repent in the $217,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) as his Take Charge Lady finished second in the $215,200 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for fillies. In between those two races, Bet On Sunshine stretched out for a rare route race, winning the 1 1/16-mile allowance race by 7 1/4 lengths.

Saarland Up in Time in Remsen

Next-to-last three furlongs from the wire, Cynthia Phipps' homebred Saarland rallied through the stretch to earn a narrow win over Nokoma in the $200,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Saturday.

Smok'n Frolic Rollicking Demoiselle Winner

Dogwood Stable's Smok'n Frolic romped to a front-running 4 1/2-length win in Saturday's $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct. Under John Velazquez, Smok'n Frolic completed the 1 1/8-mile test for 2-year-old fillies in 1:50.57, much faster than her male counterparts one race later.

Britain's Betting Levy Board Helps Track Project

Britain's Horserace Betting Levy Board has approved a £400,000 interest-free loan toward the construction of a new owners and trainers' facility and dining room which can be used as an entertainment suite at Pontefract Racecourse. The board also re-appointed Kirsten Rausing for a second three-year term as a director of the National Stud in Newmarket.

Val Royal on Eclipse Quest in Citation

Bidding for an Eclipse Award as 2001 Turf Champion, Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal will be a solid favorite to capture Hollywood Park's grade II, $500,000 Citation Handicap on Saturday before shipping to Asia to compete in the $2.3-million Hong Kong Cup on Dec. 16.

Post Positions Set for Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt

Trainer Robert Frankel would rather be in Kentucky, sending Lido Palace out against reigning Horse of the Year Tiznow in the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. But with Tiznow retired to stud, the Hall of Fame conditioner is content to be in Tokyo, Japan, taking a shot at the $2-million purse in the second running of the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) on Saturday.

Atelier Heads Top Flight at Big A

Atelier, a solid fourth last out in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), will carry high weight into the grade II, $150,000 Top Flight Handicap Friday at Aqueduct. A good field of nine will face the starter.

Leading Riders Heading to South Florida

Racing secretary Bob Umphrey reports that leading jockeys Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, and Jorge Chavez have committed to ride at Calder Race Course on Dec. 8, Grand Slam I Day, a program that will have four stakes races worth $100,000 each.

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