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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.

New York Horsemen Critical of Racing Surfaces

New York Horsemen Critical of Racing Surfaces

Members of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association voiced their displeasure with the racing surfaces at Saratoga, Belmont Park, and Aqueduct during a meeting Aug. 31, but the New York Racing Association track superintendent later said he stands by the surfaces.

N.Y. Legislators Set Meeting on Franchise

The New York Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold a meeting Sept. 12 to review Gov. Eliot Spitzer's anticipated recommendation regarding the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

As Spa Enters Homestretch, Business Remains Brisk

As Spa Enters Homestretch, Business Remains Brisk

Through the fifth week of the Saratoga meet, attendance is up 6% from last year, on-track handle is up 7.5%, and total handle is up 6.1%, according to figures released by the New York Racing Association.

Spitzer Recommendation May Not Come Sept. 4

Spitzer Recommendation May Not Come Sept. 4

In an Aug. 25 news conference at Saratoga Race Course, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said he may not meet the Sept. 4 deadline to make a recommendation as to which organization should receive the franchise to run racing at the Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

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