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$3.1 Million Storm Cat Colt Lifts F-T Saratoga Sale

The lone Storm Cat colt in the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale elicited a protracted bidding duel between a pair of racing titans Wednesday night which resulted in a final $3.1 million winning bid from bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne. The sale-topping colt added to a session total of $16,890,000, which was good for an average of $324,808 and a median of $200,000. Sixteen horses were RNA'd, or 23.5% of the night's total.

NYBSC Yearling Sale Ventures into New Territory

The New York Breeders' Sales Co.'s inaugural premier yearling sale ventures into new territory as it begins its two-day run Thursday night in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Hoping to catch yearling buyers that are in town, the NYBSC sale is sandwiched between Fasig-Tipton's select yearling sale that ends Wednesday evening and their New York-bred preferred sale that goes for two evenings beginning Sunday.

Bailey Gets Stitches After Being Thrown at the Spa

Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who ranks third among riders for the 2005 Saratoga meet, was thrown before the fourth race on Monday afternoon when his mount, Performing Diva, threw back her head and hit the rider in the face.

Pletcher, Vicarage Looking for Amsterdam Win

Trainer Todd Pletcher has a host of Saratoga stakes wins to his credit and hopes to add one more to the list when he saddles Vicarage in Sunday's $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II), going six furlongs.

Pletcher Thinks Alabama for Indian Vale

Trainer Todd Pletcher already had a potential starter for the Aug. 20 Alabama (gr. I) in Spun Sugar, winner of the Black Eyed Susan (gr. II), but the leading Saratoga trainer believes you can never have too many top fillies and is considering sending Indian Vale to challenge her stablemate.

'Alex' Bound for Saratoga

Trainer Tim Ritchey confirmed Thursday that Preakness and Belmont, both grade I, winner Afleet Alex was expected leave Belmont Park early this afternoon en route to Barn 24 on the Saratoga backstretch later this evening.

Monitor's Comments Indicate NYRA May Be Cleared

The New York Racing Association has made significant strides to improve its operations and to bolster the integrity of the racing industry, according to the federal monitor assigned to oversee NYRA during its deferred prosecution period.

Officials Knock Heads Over Racing Franchise

The battle over the franchise to run three New York racetracks got off to an unofficial start Aug. 2 when officials with the New York Racing Association and Magna Entertainment Corp. sparred during an Albany Law School symposium.

Dutrow Says Saint Liam Will Run 'Huge' in Whitney

Trainer Rick Dutrow told a national teleconference Tuesday he is expecting a "huge" performance from Saint Liam in Saturday's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Not that anyone needs Dutrow to tell them that, as the Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner likely will be an overwhelming favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race.

Survey, Questionnaire Reveal Opinions on New York

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A survey authorized by Friends of New York Racing showed many New Yorkers aren't aware of the New York Racing Association's ongoing legal and financial problems, and that they aren't sure how the NYRA franchise should be structured.

NFL Stars to Visit Saratoga for Charity

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Nearly two-dozen former NFL stars will visit Saratoga Race Course Aug. 7 to raise money for a local child-service organization during the 12th annual NFL Legends Day.

Lukas Points Grand Reward Toward Forego

The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Grand Reward might have finished third in a conditioned allowance/optional claiming race on the opening day of the Saratoga meeting, but the Hall of Fame trainer has bigger things in mind for the regally-bred son of Storm Cat

New Health Clinic Opens for Saratoga Backstretch Workers

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The New York Racing Association, in cooperation with the Backstretch Employees Services Team, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Schenectady Family Health Services, has opened a backstretch clinic to help address the health needs of backstretch workers at Saratoga Race Course.

Shapiro is Keynote Speaker at Round Table Conference

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Mark Shapiro, executive vice president who oversees programming and production for ESPN networks and ABC Sports, will deliver the keynote address at The Jockey Club's 53rd annual Round Table Conference in Saratoga Springs Aug. 21.

Wife of Joe Spadaro dead at 61

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Norine Spadaro, wife of Joe Spadaro, deputy executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, died Monday morning following a long illness. She was 61.

Olivares Named to Finger Lakes Hall of Fame

Former jockey Jose Olivares, whose career was cut short after being paralyzed in a spill at Finger Lakes in 1970, has been named the 15th member of the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony is scheduled to take place July 16 between the fifth and sixth races at the New York track.

Woodbine Gains Limited Access to U.S. Pools

Woodbine Entertainment Group announced July 2 that Canadian wagers on Balmoral Park, a Chicago-based harness track, will for the first time be combined with the U.S. host track's pools, giving customers in both countries the same winning payout prices.

Stewards to Rule on Pletcher Positive

Trainer Todd Pletcher is awaiting the results of a New York stewards hearing concerning a positive drug test for a horse he ran last summer at Saratoga. Tales of Glory was found to have the banned substance mepivacaine in his system after the race.

Breeders' Cup Party Set for Backstretch Workers

United Tote and The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will host the "United Tote Backstretch Bonanza," a special event for backstretch workers, at Belmont Park Oct. 25 during the week of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

NY Breeders' Sales Co. Catalogues 210 Yearlings

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The New York Breeders' Sales Company announced the catalog for the Saratoga Premier Yearling Sale Aug. 11-12 is now available online at www.nybreederssales.com. The sales company has catalogued 210 yearlings for the two sessions, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. each day.

Pataki Sees 'Significant NYRA Reform' in Deal

The New York Racing Association will be placed under the watchful eye of a state oversight panel, Gov. George Pataki announced June 23, while the bidding process for the rights to the franchise to operate NYRA's three tracks will be accelerated.

New York's James de Pasquale, 74, Dies

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James C. de Pasquale, executive director of the New York State Thoroughbred Racing Capital Investment Fund, died of a heart attack at his home in Oceanside, N.Y. Friday. He was 74.

NYRA, MGM Finally Sign Contract

The New York Racing Association and MGM Mirage announced June 16 that they have formally entered into a deal in which the Las Vegas gambling company will develop and manage a new video lottery terminal casino at NYRA's Aqueduct racetrack.

NYRA Pursues Video Lottery Revenue Pact

New York Racing Association officials say they are rushing toward a new video lottery terminal revenue sharing deal with horsemen and breeders that would avoid the need for pending legislation at the state Capitol to reach a VLT agreement.

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