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Jockeys' Guild Board Begins 'Internal Investigation'

The board of directors of the Jockeys' Guild will begin examining the organization's financial records at its office in Southern California, but members haven't made a decision on the status of Matrix Capital Associates, the entity that manages the Guild.

Prado Reflects On Saratoga Riding Title

Prado Reflects On Saratoga Riding Title

When Edgar Prado completed a successful meet at Belmont Park this July, he didn't take much time to reflect on the 85-win season. Less than six weeks after shifting his tack to Saratoga Race Course, he scored his final victory for the Saratoga season to take the riding title with 44 wins out of 231 starts.

Folklore Seeks Larger Story in Spinaway

Folklore Seeks Larger Story in Spinaway

A cast of seven fillies will line up for distinction Friday in the 114th running of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Saratoga. Last month's Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) winner over the track, Folklore, looks to join 2004 Spinaway winner Society Selection and 2003 star Ashado, both of whom used this race as a springboard to grade I Spa glory.

Confident Suave Pulls Away in Spa Cup

Confident Suave Pulls Away in Spa Cup

Jay Em Ess Stable's homebred Suave overcame a stumbling start to give trainer Paul McGee his first Saratoga graded stakes victory, carrying jockey John Velazquez to a 2 ¾-length victory in the $245,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at 10 furlongs before a crowd of 55,503.

Bad Step Costly as 'Splendor Wins 'Liberty

A bad step just yards from the wire by pacesetter Avery Hall proved costly Thursday at Saratoga Race Course as favored Karakorum Splendor rallied in the final strides to win the $250,000 Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a nose.

Saint Liam Looms in Whitney Handicap

Saint Liam Looms in Whitney  Handicap

A field of eight older horses is set to line up for Saturday's 78th running of the prestigious Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Won by Roses in May in thrilling fashion over Perfect Drift in 2004, this year's edition includes division leader Saint Liam--with trainers Nick Zito and Todd Pletcher entering two starters each.

English Channel Rolls to Virginia Derby Win

John Velazquez mirrored tactics used in his Colonial Turf Cup win three weeks ago in Saturday's $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) and produced the same result. With a 3 1/4-length romp, trainer Todd Pletcher's turf standout now has captured two legs of the $5 million Grand Slam of Grass.

Summerly Heads Strong Divisional Test in Mother Goose

A field of six fillies passed the entry box for Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The 1 1/8-mile contest features a who's who of 3-year-olds and marks the grade I debut of Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) winner Spun Sugar. She'll need to get by Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) star Summerly, though, if she is to take home top prize.

Ashado Looms in Ogden Phipps Handicap

Ashado Looms in Ogden Phipps Handicap

A small but talented field of five will vie for a share of the $300,000 purse in Saturday's Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares features grade I winners Ashado and Society Selection, along with grade II stars Bending Strings and Daydreaming--each looking for their first grade I score.

Nine Draw In For Pimlico's Sir Barton

A field of nine 3-year-olds passed the entry box for Saturday's Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard at Pimlico Race Course. Highweight Killenaule, third in last year's Remsen Stakes (gr. II) behind winner Rockport Harbor, and undefeated Pinpoint, under the second-high impost, lead the field.

Jockey Mounts Explored: Stevens Seeking Fourth Derby Win

Jockey Mounts Explored: Stevens Seeking Fourth Derby Win

Jockey Gary Stevens will be the only rider attempting his fourth Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory this year as he takes the mount on Florida Derby (gr. I) runner-up Noble Causeway, trained by Nick Zito. If Stevens succeeds he will join the rank of Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker who had four victories from a record 26 Derby mounts.

Dubleo One To Catch in Keeneland Opener

A group of nine 3-year-olds passed the entry box for the 17th running of Friday's $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT). Set to kick off the stakes calendar of Keeneland's 2005 spring meeting is the speedy, multiple stakes-winning Dubleo, and the lightly raced, but impressive Chattahoochee War. The pair lead a well-matched group postward to battle a mile on the grass.

Ghostzapper Gets NY Turf Writers' Top Award

Ghostzapper Gets NY Turf Writers' Top Award

Ghostzapper, the powerful winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), led the list of 2004 award winners announced by the New York Turf Writers' Association March 23.

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