Northeast Region

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  • City Attraction wins the Gravesend Handicap (gr. III) at muddy Aqueduct Dec. 29.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3156575%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    City Attraction Grinds to Gravesend

    City Attraction ground past pacesetter Debussy mid-stretch and proved best in the final strides to win the $105,100 Gravesend Handicap (gr. III) for sprinters on a muddy and sealed Aqueduct inner racing strip Dec. 29.

  • NYRA to Continue Operating Aqueduct

    Though state racing regulators failed to approve a temporary license for the New York Racing Association to continue racing in January while talks about a permanent franchise deal continue, NYRA struck a deal with the state to continue operating Aqueduct through Jan. 23.

  • Sweetnorthernsaint returns from a 7 month layoff in the Holiday Cheer.

    Sweetnorthernsaint Back in Action

    Last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Sweetnorthernsaint returns from a seven month layoff Dec. 29, taking on 10 rivals in the $50,000 Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway Park.

  • NYRA, Board Strike Temporary Deal

    With talks going down to the wire, the New York Racing Association has reached an agreement with a state government oversight panel to at least continue running racing on a brief, temporary basis.

  • Successful Affair will attempt to defend his Gallant Fox title at Aqueduct.

    Successful Affair Looks For Repeat

    Winning Move Stable's Successful Affair will attempt to defend his title in the $75,000 Gallant Fox Handicap, the 5-year-old gelding will take on five challengers Dec. 29 at Aqueduct.

  • Joey P. looks for his fifth stakes score of the season in the Gravesend.

    Joey P. Looks Live in Gravesend

    John Petrini's New Jersey homebred Joey P. eyes his fifth stakes score of the season Dec. 29 at Aqueduct, as he will face five rivals in the $100,000 Gravesend Handicap (gr. III), a race that was rescheduled from Dec. 16 because of inclement weather in New York.

  • Brian Hiro Wins Media Eclipse

    Brian Hiro of the North County Times in Escondido, Calif., has won the 2007 Media Eclipse Award for writing in the Feature/Enterprise category, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Dec. 27.

  • Faster than sound

    Ted Cleveland Dead

    E.K. "Ted" Cleveland, a longtime owner, breeder, and trainer, died at age 76.

  • The Eclipse Award Statue

    Local TV Eclipse Winners Announced

    Horse Racing Alberta, the TV company that produced the live telecast of the Alberta Derby for CTV affiliate CFCN in Calgary, Alberta, has won the 2007 Media Eclipse Award for best local television, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 21.

  • Douglas Lees' picture "Down to Earth," winner of the 2007 Eclipse Award for Photography

    Lees Earns Eclipse for Photography

    Photographer Doulgas Lees of Warrenton, Va., has won the 2007 Media Eclipse Award for photography with his picture "Down to Earth," the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 21.

  • Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables now controls 80% of Curlin.

    Stonestreet Controls 80% of Curlin

    Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables now has an 80% ownership interest in Curlin after completing a deal to acquire former partner George Bolton's percentage of the 2007 leading Horse of the Year candidate.

  • Santos' Daughter Indicted

    Sophia Santos, the daughter of Hall of Fame rider Jose Santos, was indicted Dec. 17 by a Nassau County grand jury on 13 counts stemming from a deadly accident she was involved in while allegedly driving while intoxicated.

  • Sylvia Harris

    Harris' Long Climb to the Top

    Finding the winner's circle at Hawthorne Park on Dec. 1 was like reaching the summit of Mt. Everest for Sylvia Harris. On that day, when the 40-year-old apprentice jockey captured her first win, Harris fulfilled a lifelong dream and shook off the weight of 20 years of struggle and hardship. She also became a part of horse racing's history as one of only a handful of winning female African-American jockeys and the first one at Hawthorne.

  • Hold That Tiger

    Hold That Tiger to France

    Hold That Tiger, 10th on the first-crop sires list by progeny earnings, is scheduled to stand at Alain Regnier's Haras de la Haie Neuve in France.

  • NYRA President Considers Benchmarks

    The New York Racing Association can agree to new performance benchmarks for its operations as part of a franchise extension deal, but state officials must be more flexible to take into account future changes in the racing industry that could affect those new standards, according to the president of NYRA.

  • Roy and Gretchen Jackson, owners of Lael Stable

    Jacksons Aid Belmont Child Care

    The Belmont Child Care Association has received a donation of $300,000 from Roy and Gretchen Jackson, owners of the late 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro.

  • The Delaware Park paddock

    Delaware Panel Issues Steroids Ban

    Efforts by regulators in the Mid-Atlantic region to ban the use of steroids in racehorses continued Dec. 14 with an announcement by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission that the substances would be outlawed when Delaware Park opens for live racing in 2008.

  • Gov. Eliot Spitzer

    New York Negotiations Continue

    Negotiations for a new Thoroughbred franchise in New York have progressed in the past several days, but the Republican-led Senate has refused to budge so far on several key points that could risk a shut-down of racing in less than three weeks, according to a top adviser to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

  • TVG Deal Opens NJSEA to TrackNet

    A deal struck between TVG and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority extends the network's previous agreement for rights to signals from Monmouth Park and Meadowlands, but allows the NJSEA to separately negotiate with entities affiliated with TrackNet Media Group.

  • The Meadows Changes Hands

    The parent company of the The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pennsylvania, which is operated in part by former owner Magna Entertainment Corp., has been sold for $1.75 billion to an Australian entity, it was announced Dec. 12.

  • NYRA Unveils 2008 Stakes Schedule

    The New York Racing Association released its 2008 stakes schedule Dec. 12, following approval by NYRA's board of trustees at its monthly meeting. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board still must give its approval, a standard procedure.

  • Six Tackle Queens County 'Cap

    Marital Asset is a newcomer to the stakes scene, but the A.P. Indy colt is coming off a pair of handy allowance wins and that could make him a player in the $100,000 Queens County Handicap (gr.III) at Aqueduct Dec. 8.

  • Oprah Winney looks to rebound from her disappointing race in the Breeders' Cup.

    Oprah Winney Wants Garland of Roses

    Oprah Winney exits an effort that disappointed her connections in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, but the competition will be softer for their filly in the $75,000 Garland of Roses Handicap at Aqueduct on Dec. 1.

  • Apprentice Cedeno Tries Aqueduct

    Apprentice Carol Cedeno has already made her presence known this year at Philadelphia Park and the Meadowlands. The 19-year-old is now tackling Aqueduct, and got off to a quick start opening day of the inner track meet by winning two races on Nov. 28.

  • Mini Sermon prevailed by a nose in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 23.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2853236%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mini Sermon Delivers in Top Flight

    A head bob determined the winner of the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr.II) at Aqueduct on Nov. 23 when Mini Sermon prevailed by a nose over pacesetter Lady Marlboro in the one-mile race for fillies and mares.

  • Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute headlines the Cigar Mile.

    'Lute's Ready to Roll in Cigar Mile

    When you have a horse at the top of his game, seize the moment and have some fun, says trainer Bob Baffert. With an Eclipse Award as top sprinter all but a certainty, Midnight Lute looks to add to his laurels in the $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr.I) at Aqueduct Nov. 24.