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Divine Park Eyes Malibu Stakes

Divine Park Eyes Malibu Stakes

Divine Park, undefeated winner of the Withers (gr. III) at Aqueduct in April, will run for the first time since that race in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Nov. 15.

Commentary: One Small Step

Commentary:  One Small Step

By - Dan Liebman - It was an item that didn't draw many headlines. But, as Neil Armstrong so eloquently said about one small step, it can lead to a giant leap.

Santos' Daughter In Fatal Crash

Santos' Daughter In Fatal Crash

Sophia Santos, the 20-year-old daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos, is being held on a $1 million bond in a Nassau County, N.Y., jail and has been charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular manslaughter after she was involved in a Nov. 11 car accident that left one woman dead and another in critical condition.

New York Franchise Still a Question

New York Franchise Still a Question

With a franchise expiration date of Dec. 31 fast approaching, it still remains very unclear who will be in control of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in 2008 and beyond.

Lake Wins 4,000th Race As Trainer

Lake Wins 4,000th Race As Trainer

The aptly-named Hickory Trick brought Scott Lake his 4,000th career win Oct. 31 while the leading Mid-Atlantic trainer was trick-or-treating with his children on Halloween night. Saddled by assistant Ralph Wernimont, the gelded son of Clever Trick went wire-to-wire as the favorite in a six-furlong claiming event at Penn National.

IRS Claims NYRA Owes $1.6 Billion

IRS Claims NYRA Owes $1.6 Billion

The New York Racing Association can add the Internal Revenue Service to its list of obstacles, as the federal agency wants NYRA to pay it $1.6 billion to settle past tax bills.

Purses to Increase 12% for Aqueduct Fall Meet

Purses to Increase 12% for Aqueduct Fall Meet

The New York Racing Association will again raises purses, this time for the 45-day Aqueduct fall meet that begins Oct. 24 and runs through Dec. 30. Projected purses will be the highest in recent memory for the fall meet.

Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

A consortium of major horse industry companies vying for the Thoroughbred franchise in new York began falling apart Oct. 10, as Magna Entertainment and Churchill Downs announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

'Sheets' Tell Owners to Supplement Jazzy to Cup

'Sheets' Tell Owners to Supplement Jazzy to Cup

Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor Stables, said Sept. 27 that Jazzy, the winner of the Gallant Bloom (gr. II), will be supplemented for $150,000 to compete in the inaugural running of the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Monmouth Park Oct. 26.

### NY Panel Set for Another Hearing on Franchise

The New York Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold the first of three public hearings on the future of the Thoroughbred racing franchise in the state Sept. 27.

Sclafani and Baeza Relieved At Full Acquittal

Sclafani and Baeza Relieved At Full Acquittal

A full acquittal on conspiracy, fraud, and larceny charges brought relief Sept. 17 to Mario Sclafani and Braulio Baeza, who were fired in 2005 as clerks of scales for the New York Racing Association. "It is a happy ending, but the damage is already done," said Baeza, a Hall of Fame rider. Judge dismisses the charges because of faulty evidence.

Spitzer Recommends NYRA Maintain Franchise

Spitzer Recommends NYRA Maintain Franchise

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has formally recommended the New York Racing Association continue to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga racetracks while a separate operator for future casino developments at Aqueduct and possibly Belmont would be tapped down the road.

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