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Araya Gives Up Training; Back to Being Jocks' Agent

Rene Araya, once among the top claiming trainers in New York, has retired to return to his former career as a jockey agent. Araya's new career begins again Feb. 19 when five-pound apprentice rider Catalino Martinez makes his American debut with two mounts at Aqueduct.

Measure Would Give N.Y. Tracks Full Casinos

Racetracks in New York would be permitted to have full Las Vegas-style casinos under new state legislation that also calls for a constitutional amendment to permit non-Indian casinos in the Catskills and Western New York.

Aqueduct, Laurel Cancel Friday Racing

Aqueduct in New York and Laurel Park in Maryland have both canceled racing today (Feb. 6) because of ice and heavy rains in the northeast corridor of the United States.

New York Breeder Nielsen Dies

Gerald Nielsen, a prominent New York breeder instrumental in building up the state's breeding industry, has died. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Nielsen had been scheduled to come to Albany Monday to lobby state officials on breeding issues.

Winter Storm Leads to Cancellations

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Horse racing was called off Tuesday at two tracks in the New York area because of the threat of a snowstorm. The Thoroughbred card at Aqueduct on Wednesday also was scrapped; there was no racing at Aqueduct on Tuesday.

Equine Technology Expo Set for Saratoga Springs

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The Sport of Kings will converge with the age of technology when Saratoga Springs, N.Y. hosts the first-ever conference and expo dedicated exclusively to exploring and probing the potential impact and benefits advances in technology bring to the equine industry.

Evening Attire Looking to Dress Things Up in 2004 Aqueduct Handicap

Evening Attire, who had a rocky end to 2003, by coming up a length short in the Queen County Handicap (gr. III) after a controversial disqualification in the Clark Handicap (gr. II), is ready to get 2004 off to a big start when he takes the gate against a field of nine runners in Saturday's $100,000 Aqueduct Handicap (gr. III).

Evening Attire Looking to Dress Things Up in 2004 Aqueduct Handicap

Evening Attire, who had a rocky end to 2003, by coming up a length short in the Queen County Handicap (gr. III) after a controversial disqualification in the Clark Handicap (gr. II), is ready to get 2004 off to a big start when he takes the gate against a field of nine runners in Saturday's $100,000 Aqueduct Handicap (gr. III).

Cruise Along Traveling at Warp Speed Toward Affectionately

Until recently, Cruise Along had done most of her running and all of her winning on the turf. But a huge recent effort has earned her trip a to New York to try for a graded stakes win in Saturday's $100,000 Affectionately Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct where she will be tested by a tough group of fillies and mares.

Cruise Along Takes Aim at Affectionately

Maryland-bred Cruise Along had done most of her running and all of her winning on the turf, but a huge recent effort on the dirt has earned her a trip to New York to try for a graded stakes win in Saturday's $100,000 Affectionately Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares.

NYRA Drops Pre-Paid Admission Policy for Saratoga Seats

In a change to recently announced policy regarding reserved seats for the 2004 Saratoga season, the New York Racing Association is not requiring patrons to prepay their admission along with the reserved seat. However, the increase in prices for reserved seats remains in effect.

NYRA Drops Pre-Paid Admission Policy for Saratoga Seats

In a change to recently announced policy regarding reserved seats for the 2004 Saratoga season, the New York Racing Association is not requiring patrons to prepay their admission along with the reserved seat. However, the increase in prices for reserved seats remains in effect.

Penn National Looks to Buy Maine, New York Harness Tracks

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Penn National Gaming Inc. has entered into an agreement with Capital Seven to purchase all of the shares of Bangor Historic Track, a company that operates harness racing in Bangor, Maine. In conjunction with the purchase agreement, PNGI also secured an option to purchase the interests in Vernon Downs, a New York Standardbred track controlled by an affiliate of Capital Seven.

Memorial Service Planned for Belmont Pony Rider

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A memorial service will be held today at 1 p.m. for Hannah
Blumenthal, a pony rider at Belmont Park, who died Jan. 7th as the result of a severe head injury sustained in a riding accident at the track on Dec. 26th.

New York Racino Stalled by Licensing Difficulties

Licensing problems have delayed, for possibly well into 2004, the opening of Vernon Downs, which was to become the first racetrack in New York with video lottery terminals. That honor will now go to Saratoga Raceway, which is scheduled to open its VLT operation in mid-January.

Two Turns are Better for Caught in the Rain

When Heiligbrodt Stable's Caught in the Rain ran fourth in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) last month, she was facing tougher horses and running around one turn. On Saturday, she will face a softer cast and two turns on Aqueduct's inner dirt track in the 134th running of the $100,000 Ladies Handicap (gr. III) going 1 1/4 miles.

Vernon Downs Officials Appeal Denial of Licenses

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Mid-State Raceway key investor Shawn Scott and board chairman Hoolae Paoa, president and chief executive officer of the company's Vernon Downs, Miracle Isle Gaming Resort, and Miracle Isle video gaming facility subsidiaries, have appealed a decision by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to deny their requests for permanent licenses.

Year Book

By Ray Paulick -- Let's hope other track operators have learned something from the NYRA investigation. Meanwhile, a review of other top events of '03 shows optimism for the New Year within racing, breeding, and auction sectors of the industry.

Snow Disrupts Racing in Northeast

At least five racetracks, including Aqueduct in New York and Laurel Park in Maryland, cancelled live racing Friday as a result of a snowstorm that hit the Northeast. Philadelphia Park and Penn National in Pennsylvania and Charles Town in West Virginia also cancelled live racing Friday.

Reports: NYRA Indictment Imminent; Franchise Safe

New York media outlets have reported an indictment of the New York Racing Association on conspiracy, tax evasion, and fraud charges is expected, possibly as soon as Dec. 5. In an unusual deal, NYRA would be allowed to keep its franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, according to the reports.

New York Legislation Would Tighten Licensing Standards


With scandals at the New York Racing Association having left a string of criminal convictions over the past couple years, the chairman of the Senate racing committee has proposed legislation to tighten state law to ensure convicted felons cannot obtain racing licenses in New York.

Willa On the Move the One to Beat in Top Flight

Trainer Tony Dutrow has gotten into the habit of shipping stakes-quality horses north from his Laurel, Md. base to Aqueduct. Dutrow will be back at it Friday at the Big A, saddling Willa On the Move in the Delta Airlines/Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at a mile.

Smokey Glacken Heads Valley Stream Field

Flaunting her speed while shrugging off all pace challengers, Smokey Glacken was a convincing winner in her first two career starts. Yet her lone defeat, a third-place finish in Belmont Park's Astarita (gr. II), may have been her best effort to date.

NTRA Heroes Fund Makes Contribution

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has contributed $100,000 to America's Camp from the NTRA Charities–New York Heroes Fund, bringing total Heroes Fund contributions to Sept. 11-related charitable programs to $4.2 million.

Balto Star, Macaw The Class of Red Smith 'Cap

Balto Star and Macaw lead a field of a dozen runners expected for Saturday's $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct. The 1 1/8-mile turf race will be the rubber match for the pair, who has faced each other twice this year. After Balto Star retreated in the Sword Dancer (gr. IT), Macaw finished well ahead of him in second. In the Man 'o War, Balto Star held on for fourth, two spots ahead of a flat Macaw.

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