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Final Destination in Game Buena Vista Win

New Zealand-bred Final Destination won the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park on Monday, her second victory in two U.S. starts for owner Edmund Gann and trainer Bobby Frankel.

Classy Starrer Beats You in Santa Maria

Starrer was ready to roll down the backstretch in the $200,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, but jockey Patrick Valenzuela knew better than to let her go so soon.

Valentine's Day Return for Stevens

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who portrays the late George Woolf in the upcoming Universal film, "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," will resume riding at Santa Anita on Feb. 14.

Tobey Maguire Goes From Spider-Man to Seabiscuit

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"Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire has signed on to play jockey Red Pollard, who piloted the fabled Depression era horse Seabiscuit, in the major motion picture release of the Laura Hillenbrand book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend."

Salman Remembered for Enthusiasm, Passion for Racing

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As the owner of The Thoroughbred Corporation, Prince Ahmed Salman had dealings with many within the North American Thoroughbred industry. Those who worked with him remember him as an enthusiastic and passionate fan of horse racing.

Espinoza Wins Jockey ESPY

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At the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night, Victor Espinoza was chosen as the top jockey. The other finalists were past winners Jerry Bailey and Gary Stevens.

Sunday Break Weaves, but Wins

Sunday Break overcame an erratic stretch drive to win for the third straight time, taking a 1 1/8-mile, money allowance race at Aqueduct Wednesday. The victory keeps the Japanese-bred son of Forty Niner on target for the April 13 Wood Memorial (gr. I), and a possible stop at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 4.

Swale Draws Five Sprinters

A field of five will contest the seven-furlong, $150,000 Swale Stakes on the Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

Stevens Gets Mount on High Star; McPeek Pair Work

First there was John Velazquez, who is the regular rider of Kentucky Derby contenders Saarland and Nokoma. Then it was Jerry Bailey, who already was in great shape with Siphonic and Blue Burner, adding Repent to his roster of live Derby mounts. Now you can add Gary Stevens to the list of top riders doubling up (and even tripling up) on hot Derby mounts.

Moisture Said to Help Santa Anita Racing Surface

A little rain and a new approach to help retain moisture in the main track at Santa Anita Park seems to have addressed some gripes aired the week of Feb. 11 by jockeys about conditions at the Arcadia, Calif., facility.

Silvano Draws Outside Post in Hong Kong Cup

Arlington Million winner Silvano was installed the 9-2 third choice when he drew the outside post position 14 for Sunday's Hong Kong Cup that highlights and international card of four graded races at Sha Tin Racecourse. Jim and Tonic will break from post five as the 3-1 favorite in the 1 1/4-mile race.

CHRB Approves Guidelines For Ads on Jockeys' Attire

Advertising on jockey attire, owners' silks and track saddle cloths is now legal at California tracks. Although some concerns were raised regarding conflicts that advertising could cause, the California Horse Racing Board gave the change in race regulations unanimous approval Friday, Nov. 30.

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.

Chavez to Ride Dollar Bill in Travers

Trainer Dallas Stewart said Wednesday night that Jorge Chavez will replace Pat Day aboard Dollar Bill in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes. Day, meanwhile, picked up the mount on Stonerside Stable's This Fleet is Due, who finished a fast-closing fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $1.5 Million Haskell Invitational Handicap.

Love At Noon Heads Princess

Gary Stevens, who had an eventful Belmont Stakes week, will return from a five-day break to ride Mike Pegram's Love At Noon in the $100,000 Princess Stakes (Gr. II) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

Jockey Profile: Staying in Touch With the Common Man

He may ride for a Saudi Arabian prince, but Gary Stevens hasn't lost touch with the common man. As the 38-year-old native of Caldwell, Idaho, was leaving the winner's circle ceremonies following Point Given's redemptive victory in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Stevens spotted Gladys McHargue, a female outrider, perched on her pony, tears streaming down her cheeks. He turned to wife Nikki, who was carrying a bouquet of black-eyed Susans, plucked out a single flower, and handed it to McHargue, then reached up to give her a warm embrace and exchange a few private words.

Steve Haskin's April 9 Derby Report: Point Given Nears Perfection

It's rare to see perfection in a young colt prepping for the Kentucky Derby, but that's just about what we saw from Point Given in the Santa Anita Derby. Frankly, we can't think of anything left for this colt to prove. Taking every factor into consideration, other than soundness, we've got a horse who has the right trainer; the right jockey; the right pedigree; is a dual qualifier; is not only bigger and stronger than his opponents, but is also quicker and faster; can come from the clouds, lay in mid-pack, or stalk the leaders; can handle dry and wet tracks; and has already shown he likes Churchill Downs.

Captain Steve, Aptitude Have World Cup Preps; Frankel Names Stevens

Mike Pegram's Captain Steve and Juddmonte Farms' Aptitude, America's two entries in the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on March 24, each worked in Southern California on Friday, one day before they are scheduled to leave on their long journey to the desert nation. Also on Friday, trainer Robert Frankel indicated that Gary Stevens will ride Aptitude for the first time in the World Cup.

Two Arraigned in Alleged Extortion Attempt on Stevens

Two brothers accused of attempting to extort money from jockey Gary Stevens pleaded not guilty to criminal charges Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mark Frankel, 25, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and his 29-year-old brother, Adam Frankel of Encino have been charged with extortion and conspiracy. They are free on $35,000 bail. Their next scheduled court hearing is Feb. 26.

Stevens' Ride in '95 Derby Played Role in Extortion Attempt

Two brothers who allegedly tried to extort $200,000 from jockey Gary Stevens are scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday, authorities said. Mark Frankel, 25, of Sherman Oaks and his 29-year-old brother, Adam Frankel, of Encino were arrested and booked last month on suspicion of extortion and conspiracy. Although the case hasn't been filed with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, investigators said the suspects' arraignment will occur Wednesday in an Inglewood courtroom.

Two Brothers Arrested in Alleged Extortion Attempt on Stevens

Two brothers have been arrested by Inglewood, Calif. police in connection with a threatening note that Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens received Dec. 17 at Hollywood Park. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mark Frankel, 25, and his brother Adam, 28, were arrested at their homes by Det. Jeff Steinhoff. Mark Frankel lives in Sherman Oaks and Adam lives in Encino.

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