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Perfect Drift 'On Schedule' After Breeze

Perfect Drift, pre-entered in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at the 'sloppy' Churchill Downs Training Center in 1:01 1/5 Saturday morning.

MEC Has Partner for Gulfstream Park 'Village'

Magna Entertainment Corp. and Forest City Enterprises have entered into a partnership on the proposed Village at Gulfstream Park, a retail, entertainment, and residential development that will dovetail with racing and gaming operations at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., racetrack.

Albany Conference Focuses on Reforms

The racing and gaming law program of the Albany Law School's Government Law Center will host a New York racing industry working group conference on Nov. 15 at the Albany Law School.

Ellis Park's Paul Kuerzi to Step Down

Paul Kuerzi, who has served as vice president and general manager of Ellis Park since 1999, has announced plans to leave the Henderson, Ky., track at the end of the year.

Wilko on Comeback Trail to Strub Series

Wilko, upset winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) who has been out of action since the Triple Crown, breezed three furlongs Friday morning at Hollywood Park in :38 3/5 in his first step toward a return to the races in the Strub series.

The Classic and The Cup

Cigar created an enduring link between the Breeders' Cup Classic and the Dubai World Cup by winning both races, a feat attempted by many but matched only by Pleasantly Perfect.

RMTC Addresses Withdrawal Guidelines

The Board of Directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) commissioned Dr. Rick Sams of Ohio State to develop an action plan, timeline, and research priorities to establish guidelines for withdrawal times for therapeutic medications commonly used by racetrack veterinarians.

Vella on His Own with Knights Templar

Four years ago, when he was the farm trainer for Frank Stronach at Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla., Danny Vella had the satisfaction of seeing former pupils Perfect Sting and Macho Uno win Breeders' Cup races. At this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Vella is seeking an even bigger thrill--training a winner of his own.

West Virginia Rolls Into Empire Classic

Spite the Devil and West Virginia, the first two finishers in last year's Empire Classic at Belmont Park, return for Saturday's renewal of the $250,000 race, the centerpiece of the $1 million New York Showcase Day for state breds.

Valenzuela Excused Through Weekend

Stewards at Santa Anita excused injured jockey Patrick Valenzuela on Thursday from all of his commitments through Sunday's race card, one day after he failed to call in prior to taking off his mounts.

Dressed to Kill, Sharp Attack Out of Breeders' Cup

One day after pre-entries for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were announced, there were two defections Thursday. Dressed to Kill, a maiden pre-entered in the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), has been withdrawn from the 1 1/16-mile race after sustaining a fracture of the left front pastern bone.

Written Testimony, Video Archive of Congressional Hearing on Jockeys

Bloodhorse.com has posted the written materials submitted by 12 of the 13 individuals who testified under oath before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on the subject of "Thoroughbred Horse Racing Jockeys and Workers: Examining On-Track Injury Insurance and Other Health and Welfare Issues."

Budget Increases for Gulfstream; Magna Secures Loan

Magna Entertainment announced late Wednesday that the cost of rebuilding Gulfstream Park has escalated, forcing the need to secure a loan from the general contractor performing the work.

SIRIUS to Provide Exclusive Radio Coverage of Breeders' Cup

SIRIUS Satellite Radio, which provides sports radio programming, broadcasting the play-by-play of more than 350 pro and college teams, announced Thursday that it will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Championships, Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

Maryland Stewards Suspend Three More Riders


The Maryland Racing stewards have suspended jockeys Horacio Karamanos, Abel Castellano, and Stewart Elliott for riding in a careless manner at Laurel Park last week. Stewards Bill Passmore, Phil Grove and John Burke have suspended 11 riders since the fall meeting began on Sept. 7.

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