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Turf Paradise Owner's License Revoked

The Arizona Department of Racing has revoked the license of Turf Paradise owner Jerry Simms, the Arizona Republic reported. Regulators cited his alleged ties to organized crime and involvement in a California bribery scandal.

New Terms Offered in Point Given Shares

Thoroughbred breeders are being offered a different deal on shares in Point Given than they were when it was announced two weeks earlier that he would enter stud in 2002 at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

Blue Grass Winner Halory Hunter Moving to Iowa

Halory Hunter, who won the 1998 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) for the Celtic Pride Stable of basketball coach Rick Pitino, is being moved for the 2002 breeding season from William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., to Wade and Fred Feuring's Rockin River Ranch in Winterset, Iowa.

Indiana Sets Criteria for Riverboat Supplement

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The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has established criteria for the distribution of riverboat casino admissions-tax revenue in light of the fact a second racetrack is scheduled to open in 2002 in the state.

Heartbreak

By Victor Zast -- My 4-year-old maiden named Ensign Shipp was vanned from the track in an ambulance. Everyone knows that horse racing isn't an easy game, yet I wonder why it takes a moment like this to remind me of it.

The Big Squeeze

By Ray Paulick -- The challenge breeders face in the current market is reminiscent of the cycle of the 1980s.

Working Toward 'Super Saturday'

Both of trainer Nick Zito¹s starters for Saturday¹s grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup worked five-eighths in :59, breezing, over the good track this morning. A P Valentine went out about 20 minutes after Albert the Great.

Paragallo Hires Lundy As Private Trainer

Ernie Paragallo has hired Dick Lundy as his private trainer. This winter, Lundy will have divisions of Paragallo's Paraneck Stable at Aqueduct and Fair Grounds. In the summer, the trainer will be based on the New York circuit.

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Gets Off To Shaky Start

The Krispy Kreme doughnuts are still hot and tasty. And the crab cakes at Michael's are still some of the best around. But business has changed at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale. The three-day auction in Timonium, Md., got off to shaky start on Monday, with the gross, average, and median all suffering big hits.

Magna to Unveil Plan for New Calif. Track

Magna officials will be the special guests at a community meeting Oct. 17 in Dixon, a town of about 15,000 located 19 miles west of Sacramento. Magna recently purchased 225 acres in Dixon for $6.3 million and has another 25-acre parcel in escrow.

Steve Haskin's Breeders' Cup Classic Report

One more week and the Breeders' Cup Classic picture should come into focus. The Meadowlands Cup produced a definite starter in Include, who ran a huge race to finish third, and a possible starter in Gander, who led all the way to score a gutsy and well-deserved victory. Macho Uno finished third in the Ohio Derby and is still on course for the Classic.

Feisty Tiznow in Sharp Work for Goodwood

Defending Horse of the Year Tiznow turned in a sharp five furlong work in :59 2/5 at Santa Anita Monday morning, and will run in Sunday's Goodwood Handicap, trainer Jay Robbins said following the work. Robbins said he was very happy with the work and the way the son of Cee's Tizzy galloped out afterward, but wishes the colt would get his act together around the pony.

Woodbine Race Report: Mutamam Wins Roughly Run International

You have to give the folks at Woodbine credit--their grade I races are never dull. For the second consecutive year, the CAN$1.5-million (about US$950,800) Canadian International provided a thrilling finish and more than its share of drama as four separate claims of foul--including one against the victorious Mutamam--and a dead heat delayed the official posting of the Sept. 30 race for about 20 minutes.

Agnes World to Stand in England

Agnes World, who stood his first season this year in Japan and is now standing the Southern Hemisphere season in Australia, will stand in 2002 at Dalham Hall Stud in England.

Ohio Derby Report: Western Streak

Riding a two-race win streak, Western Pride entered the $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) Sept. 29 at Thistledown with his guns blazing. It was to be his biggest battle to date, facing 1-5 favorite and last year's 2-year-old juvenile male champion, Macho Uno, and four other rivals.

Belmont Park Race Report: Say No More

Everyone knew what was coming. Frankel the Fox was honed in on another kill, and no one could stop it. When the weekend had ended, Frankel won the Turf Classic with Timboroa, had a third in the Flower Bowl with the fast-closing Starine, and another grade I victory the following day with Senure in the Clement Hirsch, giving him 11 for the year. The only horse who ran poorly was The Seven Seas, and that was because she entrapped her epiglottis in the Yellow Ribbon.

Two Scratched from Ohio Derby

Unbridled Time and Saratoga Games have been scratched from Saturday's Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas pulled Unbridled Time because he said he was deceived. Saratoga Games heads to Indiana Derby.

NYRA Hires Gulfstream Park Executive

The New York Racing Association, apparently seeking to cover its bases in its fight to block the sale of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. to a consortium headed by Magna Entertainment, has lured away a top executive from a Magna-owned racetrack.

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