Mount Pleasant Meadows, a mixed breed racetrack in central Michigan, has a contract with horsemen for a 30-day live meet with Thoroughbred races making up the bulk of the cards, but racing hinges on approval by the MGCB.
Trainer Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen was suspended 60 days by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board from an incident in March 2005, when state investigators found injectable bottles in the office of her Aqueduct barn.
Amazing Buy went gate-to-wire under Harry Vega to win Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Oaks at Philadelphia Park after Private Gift was left standing behind the starting gate. Private Gift was declared a non-starter.
Pete Pedersen, the senior steward at Hollywood Park, will officiate for the final time on Sunday before calling it a career at age 85.
Daddy Joe, a $900,000 son of owner Paraneck Stable's 1996 Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Unbridled's Song who is set to run in the $150,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, worked five furlongs in 1:00 on the Aqueduct inner track Wednesday with jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. aboard.
- By Dan Lauletta
Jennifer Pedersen, one of the top female trainers in the country, has been suspended for 60 days by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, according to a ruling released March 4. Meanwhile, owner Ernie Paragallo, for whom Pedersen trains, claims his barn is being targeted by investigators.
Amazing Buy made owner Ernie Paragallo look good Sunday when she won the $80,550 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct in her first race against winners and over a route of ground.
New York trainer Jennifer Pedersen was arrested Friday at her Aqueduct barn and charged with third-degree menacing, a misdemeanor, after chasing a former employee with a pitchfork, according to New York police.
- By Steve Haskin
Ernie Paragallo, whose Paraneck Stable has sent out numerous stakes horses over the past eight years, is selling all his horses, with the exception of his stallions, and hopes to have everything sold by the end of the year.
Jockeys Heberto Castillo Jr. and Robert Villafan were hospitalized Friday after suffering injuries in a spill during Aqueduct's seventh race. Castillo's mount, Madame Viceroy B B, sustained a fractured left front leg and was euthanized.
Leading owner/breeder Harry T. Mangurian Jr. and California senior steward Pete Pedersen have been named co-recipients of the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Jockey Jose Santos fractured his right wrist on Saturday, the result of being thrown from his mount, Kalu, shortly after winning the Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT). Santos had been slated to ride Griffinite in the Preakness, but trainer Jennifer Pedersen is now searching for a new rider for the colt.
Paraneck Stable's recent Lafayette Stakes (gr. III) winner Griffinite will race next in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) on April 21 at Keeneland, according to trainer Jennifer Pedersen. "He had been training awesomely," Pedersen said. "We were very happy for the win, but we knew that it was a just a prep for the Lexington. He came out of the race full of himself. He knows he won."
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