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Lawyer Ron's Whitney Time Deemed Accurate

The winning time of 1:46.64 for Lawyer Ron in the July 28 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) has been confirmed as the nine-furlong, main-track record at Saratoga Race Course.

Santos Retires; Has Five Fractures in Spine

Santos Retires; Has Five Fractures in Spine

Jockey Jose Santos announced his retirement July 30 at Saratoga Race Course. The 46-year-old native of Concepcion, Chile, had been trying to come back from injuries suffered in a three-horse spill at Aqueduct on Feb. 1.

A Day At The Spa: July 30, Morning at Matz's

A Day At The Spa: July 30, Morning at Matz's

Stroll through Michael Matz's shedrow and you'll undoubtedly come across Iain Holmes. He's the only hotwalker who speaks fluent English--which is what you would hope, since he comes from that side of the pond.

Street Sense Returns to Action in Jim Dandy

Street Sense Returns to Action in Jim Dandy

Trainer Carl Nafzger will saddle Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense in the Jim Dandy (gr. II) July 29. The race will make his first start since finishing a neck behind Curlin in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Ermine Leads Go For Wand Field

Ermine Leads Go For Wand Field

Grade I winner Ermine will be looking to rebound from a disappointing effort in her last start when she leads a field of six fillies and mares into the Go For Wand Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

A Day at The Spa: July 25, Opening Day

A Day at The Spa: July 25, Opening Day

Spend a perfect day at the Spa... There will be a few hours to lose at the Oklahoma training track, and you'll stand at the rail and breathe the pungent, pleasing odor of sweaty flanks and dew-stained grass, watching as horses and riders come lolloping over the freshly-turned dirt course.

Borel and Violette to be Panelists at Museum of Racing

Jockey Calvin Borel, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and veteran trainer Rick Violette will be panel members for the Saratoga Preview program July 23 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Pack to Host Seminars at Siro's During Saratoga Meet

Harvey Pack will once again serve as the host for Daily Racing Form's free summer seminars at Siro's Restaurant throughout the Saratoga Race Course meeting this year. The seminars will be conducted each racing day, Wednesdays through Mondays, beginning on opening day, July 25, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Siro's on Lincoln Avenue in Saratoga.

NYRA Planning 'Funny Cide Day' at Saratoga

NYRA Planning 'Funny Cide Day' at Saratoga

The New York Racing Association, after speaking with Sackatoga Stable managing partner Jack Knowlton and trainer Barclay Tagg, is moving ahead with plans to hold a "Funny Cide Day" at Saratoga Aug. 10," at which the recently retired Kentucky Derby and Preakness (both gr. I) winner will be honored.

Saratoga Season Passes On Sale Now

Season passes for the upcoming 2007 Saratoga Race Course season are on sale by mail or telephone at Belmont Park's customer services office or in person at the booth on racing days.

NYRA Announces Purse Increases for Belmont, Saratoga

NYRA Announces Purse Increases for Belmont, Saratoga

The New York Racing Association July 29 announced significant purse increases for its 2007 Saratoga Meet. Purses will also increase for the final three weeks of Belmont Park's Spring/Summer Meet beginning July 4.

NYRA Hires Official to Oversee Market Development

The president of the Saratoga Convention and Visitors Bureau will resign from the post June 29 to take the job of senior vice president of sales and market development for the New York Racing Association.

The Circle Game

By John Angelo - My call once again to distant post times began this past September when I heard from Michael Blowen, director of Old Friends, that Kiri's Clown and Awad would soon join the farm's other Thoroughbred retirees.

New Panel to Evaluate Groups Seeking New York Franchise

A New York state government panel is being created to evaluate groups interested in taking over the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks, a process that suddenly makes wide open the race to replace the New York Racing Association.

New York Franchise: No Re-Bid, But No Decision

New York Franchise: No Re-Bid, But No Decision

Officials said New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer doesn't plan to reopen the bidding process for the state's Thoroughbred franchise--but he doesn't feel obligated to follow the recommendation of a screening panel, either.

Sheikh Mohammed Buys Saratoga Farm

Shekih Mohammed's Darley operation has purchased a 106-acre farm adjacent to Saratoga Racecourse from Robert and Janice McNairs' Stonerside Stable for $17.4 million.

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