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  • Dominguez Notches Triple on 28th Birthday

    Ramon Dominguez celebrated his 28th birthday Wednesday at Pimlico with a riding triple on the day's eight race card. Since returning to Maryland on a full-time basis on Nov. 10, Dominguez has 18 wins in 11 days, producing six multiple win afternoons.

  • Assistant Takes Peterson Stable; Service Set

    Rafael DeLeon, who assisted trainer Doug Peterson for the past five years, will take over training his 23-horse stable at Hollywood Park. Peterson, 53, was found dead in his Crowne Plaza Hotel room near the track Sunday evening.

  • Greek Sun Blocked from Hollywood Derby

    Greek Sun, the probable favorite in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Sunday, has been taken out of the race by trainer Bobby Frankel.

  • Cajun Beat Tries Hollywood Lawn for Frankel

    Cajun Beat, the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) champion who has raced on grass only once, helps lead off trainer Bobby Frankel's assault on Hollywood Park's Turf Festival in the $150,000 Turf Express Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 5 1/2 furlongs.

  • Smarty Jones Derby Items to Benefit War Fund

    Churchill Downs Inc. is offering rare memorabilia of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones in an eBay auction to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. A ticket package to the 2005 Kentucky Derby and Oaks will also be offered in the auction, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 26.

  • Smarty Jones Derby Items to Benefit War Fund

    Churchill Downs Inc. is offering rare memorabilia of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones in an eBay auction to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. A ticket package to the 2005 Kentucky Derby and Oaks will also be offered in the auction, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 26.

  • Buyers and sellers gather for record Keeneland sale of breeding stock.

    Early Ventures: Jump Start, Explicit shine among first-year weanling sires

    The weanling market exhibited strength throughout the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November breeding stock sales, and that strength was not just concentrated at the top. As has been the trend the last few years, there was a premium attached to all levels of the younger sires, and that seemed to be more pronounced this season. That was good news for sellers loaded with weanlings from first-year sires.

  • Lundy's Liability ships East for the Clark Handicap.

    Lundy's Liability Faces Elite Line-Up in Clark

    Ten horses will vie in the elite race of Churchill Downs' fall schedule, the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) Friday in Louisville. The Brazilian-bred Lundy's Liability will carry high weight of 120 pounds over the nine furlongs.

  • Trainer McLaughlin Figures Tough in Top Flight

    Kiaran McLaughlin trains two of the top three choices in Friday's $150,000 Delta Airlines/Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct in Roar Emotion and Bending Strings.

  • Keeneland Pavilion Work Begins

    Keeneland has begun work on the expansion and renovation of its sale pavilion. The work, to be done in three phases around the sale calendar, is expected to be completed by next August.

  • Monashee Mountain's First Australian Winner

    Coolmore stallion Monashee Mountain, one of the leading freshman sires, got off to quick start in Australia when his first Australian starter scored in Queensland yesterday.

  • Ex-Guild Manager: Jockeys Must Take Reins

    The former national manager of the Jockeys' Guild, ousted in 2001 in what he said was akin to a "terrorist attack," believes disabled riders are the real victims in the ongoing conflict over finances and the impending discontinuance of the Disabled Jockeys' Fund. He called on jockeys to take control of the situation.

  • Heavy Hitters Take Up Load in Fall Highweight

    The appeal of the Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) is that is harkens back to a time when good horses carried a lot of weight, and therefore, separated themselves from the ordinary. That is why the grade III, six-furlong sprint has lasted for so long.

  • Halory Leigh, among the favorites for the Falls City Handicap.

    Weight Keeps Azeri Out of Falls City; Seven Set to Go

    Azeri, who figured to be the brightest star to shine over the holiday weekend at Churchill Downs in Thursday's Falls City Handicap (gr. II), has not been entered by trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Lukas, along with owner Michael Paulson, wasn't overly concerned with the 126-pound assessment, it was the spread in the weights that will keep her on the sidelines.

  • Anasheed to Live Oak in Florida

    Anasheed, a 4-year-old graded stakes-placed son of A.P. Indy, will enter stud at Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud near Ocala, Fla.

  • Peace Rules, among the stallions who will stand at Vinery's Florida farm.

    Vinery's Florida Operation Underway

    Dr. Tom Simon, who is in the process of curtailing his Vinery Australia operation, is going full steam with his newly formed Florida venture. Simon is building a stallion station, two 40-stall barns, and two training tracks on 220 acres of land near Ocala.

  • Jockey Jerry Bailey has sent a "cease and desist" letter to The Jockeys' Guild.

    Guild Grievances Include Cease and Desist Letter, Lawsuits

    The management company that represents jockey Jerry Bailey sent a cease and desist letter to Jockeys' Guild president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian and Guild vice president Albert Fiss Nov. 19. The letter requested they stop accusing Bailey of having played a role in canceling insurance policies that benefited jockeys.

  • NTRA commissioner D. G. Van Clief Jr.

    Insurance Panel Hopes to Expedite Recommendations

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Jockeys' Medical Insurance Panel has identified several consensus points and hopes to have recommendations in place by Dec. 31, officials said after the panel's first meeting Nov. 22 at Turfway Park in Kentucky.

  • Kentucky Equine Drug Panel Gets New Members

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, which hasn't met since the fall of 2003, has been officially reconstituted. The council serves in an advisory capacity to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

  • Calder Increases Purses $1,000 Per Overnight

    Horsemen at Calder will find a little something extra on their plates Thanksgiving Day. The track announced a purse increase of $1,000 per overnight race, which will take effect with the Nov. 25 race card.

  • Mountain General will be seeking to repeat this 2002 victory in the Thanksgiving Handicap.

    Sprinters Highlight Fair Grounds Opener

    Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans kicks off its 133rd season of live racing and first under the ownership of Churchill Downs Inc. Thursday with the traditional opening-day feature, the Thanksgiving Handicap.

  • Will Maryland Track Sale Facilitate Slots?

    The family of Baltimore Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos signed an agreement Nov. 20 to buy Rosecroft Raceway, a struggling harness track in southern Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C. The deal, if approved by the Maryland Racing Commission, would likely enhance the chances of slot machines being authorized in the state.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    KEEP It Up

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The Kentucky Equine Education Project is critical to the future of all horse breeds in Kentucky.

  • Winning Counts

    <i>By Dan Arrigo</i> -- When I became involved in Thoroughbred racing in the 1950s, it was a sport of numbers. Now, it seems to be more of a business of numbers than a sport, but most racing fans still spend more time looking at the figures on a tote board--or on TVG--than they do admiring colorful silks or counting horse's legs in the post parade.

  • The Golden Age of Horse Health

    The American Association of Equine Practitioners is celebrating its golden anniversary in 2004, and will hold its 50th annual convention in Denver, Colo., Dec. 4-8. The AAEP was founded in December 1954, in Louisville, Ky., by 11 charter members and now boasts approximately 8,000 members in 57 countries. Based on past conference attendance averages, some 2,700 veterinarians, veterinary students, and technicians will be there, while guests and exhibitors in the trade show that accompanies the conference will bring the grand total to about 5,500.

  • Grade I Winner Bienamado to Ireland

    Bienamado, a three-time California grade I turf winner, has been acquired by Eoin Banville for stallion duty at Arctic Tack Stud in County Wexford in Ireland.

  • Mazel Trick to Reigle Heir in Pennsylvania

    Mazel Trick, one of the leading freshman sires in 2003 and currently ranked fourth on the second-crop list, will relocate to Thomas Reigle's Reigle Heir Farms near Grantville, Pa.

  • Byars to Leave Hagyard-Davidson-McGee

    Dr. T. Douglas Byars, a senior medicine clinician, has announced he will end his 22-year tenure with Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates in January 2005.

  • Nashua Stakes winner Rockport Harbor returns in Remsen.

    Curtain Call For East Coast 2-Year-Olds

    Will "Rocky" score another knockout? Will The Grocer breeze through the express lane again? Those questions should be answered in the Nov. 27 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct. The same day, at Churchill Downs, Iroquois (gr. III) winner Straight Line again will try to take the shortest way home in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).

  • Bowman&#39;s Band won the 2003 Meadowlands Breeders&#39; Cup Stakes.

    Millionaire Bowman's Band Retired

    Millionaire Bowman's Band, who ended his career with a runner-up effort in the Nov. 20 Charles H. Hadry Stakes at Pimlico, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Maryland Stallion Station near Butler, Md.

  • Baze Takes No Bull Baby to Moccasin Win

    No Bull Baby overcame traffic problems to rally in the stretch under the guidance of Tyler Baze to win the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by one-half length over Short Route Sunday at Hollywood Park.

  • G P Fleet Sails Past River City Foes

    Outsider G P Fleet squeezed between horses in the stretch and successfully dueled with Cloudy's Knight to win the $174,300 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs turf Sunday.

  • National Riding Leaders at Hollywood Park

    Jockeys John Velazquez, Edgar Prado and Jerry Bailey, the nation's three leaders in purse earnings this year, will leave their New York base to ride in the Turf Festival at Hollywood Park next weekend.

  • California Filly Wins Woodbine's Glorious Song

    Sent off at odds of 19-1, the California-bred filly Shout to the North rallied for a superb score in the $136,875 Glorious Song Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Sunday at Woodbine.

  • D. Wayne Lukas undecided about Falls City.

    Lukas Balks With Azeri Over Falls City Weights

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas says he's undecided about whether to run Azeri in the $300,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day due to concern over weight assignments.

  • Hirapour Closes in On Eclipse With Cup Win

    Matt McCarron rallied Eldon Farm Racing Stable's steeplechase star Hirapour through the stretch to win the $100,000 Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup (NSA-I) at Springdale Race Course in course record time Sunday.

  • Megascape captures the Valley Stream Stakes, Sunday at Aqueduct.

    Asmussen, Megascape Click in Valley Stream

    The Steve Asmussen-trained Megascape, shouldering top weight of 122 pounds, went gate to wire to easily upset odds-on favorite Alfonsina in the $106,500 Valley Stream (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies Sunday at Aqueduct.