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Patrick Valenzuela Begins Long Ride Back

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who turns 39 Wednesday, had an informal meeting Sunday with three stewards at Santa Anita Park to begin the process of obtaining a license to exercise horses. Valenzuela, winner of the 1989 Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence, has not ridden since February, 2000, when he was suspended for the latest in a series of drug violations. The rider applied to be relicensed one year later, but that request was rejected.

Overbrook Stallion Fees

Shortly after William T. Young's Overbrook Farm announced a $500,000 fee for Storm Cat for 2002, the Lexington nursery came out with its remaining fees.

Albert Looks 'Great' in Breeze

Tracy Farmer's Albert the Great, prepping for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), breezed four furlongs over the main track in :50 1/5 at Belmont today. Afterwards, trainer Nick Zito was happy with the work. " It's been a long year," the New York-based conditioner said. "I don't have to do a lot with him. I'm going easy on him for this race. He doesn't need much."

Peeping Tom and Five Star Day on Belmont Track

Flatbird Stable's Peeping Tom, who is likely to start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), worked four furlongs over Belmont's main track in :46 1/5 this morning. The 4-year-old worked in company with stablemate Bluesbreaker. They earned the bullet, outworking 36 others at that distance.

Major Sire Irish River Pensioned

Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm announced that syndicated stallion Irish River has been pensioned and joins fellow pensioned farm stallions Big Spruce, Lyphard, and Stop the Music for a life of leisure.

Preston Buys Half-Interest in Shesastonecoldfox

Art Preston of Prestonwood Farm has purchased a half-interest in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Shesastonecoldfox from Dennis and Deborah Petrisak's Langpap Stables, who also bred the filly. Preston attempted to purchase the filly outright over the weekend, but a disagreement over the deadline to complete the deal caused it to fall through.

AAEP Plans Medication Summit

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A wide-ranging group of industry representatives will take part in the Racehourse Medication Summit during the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Annual Symposium on Racing. The medication summit, sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), is planned for Dec. 4.

Auctions Planned To Raise Money for NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited announced revised plans for their fundraising activities in connection with the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund, including a series of charity auctions to replace the previously scheduled, black-tie Breeders' Cup Charity Gala Oct. 26. The Heroes Fund aids the families of rescue workers and other victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

Gander Works For Classic With Gary Stevens Aboard

Meadowlands Cup winner Gander turned in a spirited work Tuesday morning, drilling five furlongs on the Belmont main track in :58 4/5 with jockey Gary Stevens aboard. Trainer John Terranova said Stevens will wait until he works Macho Uno before deciding whom he will ride in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. However, Macho Uno's trainer, Joe Orseno, said Tuesday that Stevens had already given him the call immediately following his fourth-place finish aboard Albert the Great in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Numerous Times Turns In Sharp Workout

Canada's best Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships hope, Numerous Times, is 100 percent following a slight illness, and is ready to contest the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). The colt turned in a sharp five-furlong workout over Woodbine's sloppy main strip on Tuesday morning. Regular rider, Patrick Husbands, guided the four-year-old son of Numerous over five furlongs in 1:00 1/5.

Stand Tall with Racing

By Richard Migliore -- On Oct. 27, it is highly appropriate that we celebrate racing's greatest day in New York. I urge we all do it with the same indomitable spirit that has been guiding every New Yorker the past month. I urge we all do it with that same spirit, at one of the greatest racetracks, in the greatest city, in the greatest country.

A Common Thread

By Ray Paulick -- Those who say sports and politics do not mix are either immune to reality or, quite possibly, unfamiliar with Thoroughbred racing. Can there be a stronger link between the two seemingly unrelated pastimes than there is between world leaders and the international sport of kings, queens, sheikhs, and princes?

Giuliani: Sell NYCOTB to Raise Revenue

New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is urging state lawmakers and the governor to approve his plan to sell the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. to a Magna Entertainment-led consortium as a way to raise much-needed revenues in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Churchill Upgrades Paddock Screen

Churchill plans to replace its current paddock video screen this week. In the past, reading the screen's information, which included current odds, closed-circuit coverage, and the races themselves, was difficult.

New Jersey Ups Date Requests for 2002

Racing fans in New Jersey could have more to cheer about in 2002, that is if Meadowlands and Monmouth Park are granted the 141 Thoroughbred dates requested for next year.

Din's Dancer Euthanized

California stallion Din's Dancer, sire of millionaire Ladies Din, was euthanized Oct. 12 after fracturing a pastern bone in a paddock accident that day at Gary and Marlene Howard's Hideaway Farms near San Jacinto, Calif.

City Zip to Stud Next Year

Grade I winner City Zip, who might give it a go in the Breeders' Cup, will be retired at the end of the year, according to trainer Linda Rice

Turfway Posts Double-Digit Declines

Already facing stiff competition for the wagering dollar from simulcasting in Ohio and three nearby riverboat casinos, Turfway Park sustained another blow when fallout from the events of Sept. 11 impacted the track's fall meet.

MRLS Losses, Executive Summary

The Department of Equine Business at the University of Louisville was commissioned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Office of the Governor, to quantify the economic loss to the Kentucky equine breeding industry resulting from the loss of a large number of foals to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) in 2001. Following is a summary of the detailed analysis contained in that study.

Quiet American Colt Sells For $105,000 At Keeneland

A $105,000 Quiet American colt was the top seller as of 2 p.m. (EDT) Monday during the first session of the Keeneland October yearling sale. Consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent, he was purchased by Florida pinhooker Becky Thomas, who plans to resell him at an auction of 2-year-olds in training next year.

MRLS Economic Impact: $336-Million

More than 30% of the anticipated 2002 Thoroughbred foal crop in Kentucky has been wiped out due to mare reproductive loss syndrome, and the economic cost to the state from losses suffered by all horse breeds will total nearly $336 million, according to a study commissioned by Gov. Paul Patton and conducted by the University of Louisville's Department of Equine Business.

Confucius Say: 'Win the West Virginia Classic'

Confucius Say beat Coolmars by 4 1/2 lengths in Saturday's $250,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic at Charles Town Races. Confucius Say, a 3-year-old gelding by Eastover Court, covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:51 3/5, barely missing the race record of 1:50 set by A Huevo in 1999.

Frankel's No Slip Wins Oak Tree Derby; Startac Sixth

No Slip posted a nose victory over Sligo Bay in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday at Santa Anita Park. A lightly raced French-bred, No Slip ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.56 and paid $13.20, $7.80 and $4.20. Kent Desormeaux rode the winner at 118 pounds for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel and owners John and Jerome Amerman.

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