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Kentucky Drug Policy Advocated, Consortium Questioned

The debate over whether Kentucky should implement a restrictive race-day medication policy heated up Nov. 18 with calls by racetrack veterinarians and trainers to keep the current policy intact, and allegations that the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is carrying out an agenda in secret.

Finally Here Prevails in Duchess Stakes

Finally Here, ridden by Patrick Husbands, outfought favored Winter Garden and jockey Chantal Sutherland down the stretch to win the $177,250 Duchess Stakes (Can-III) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Woodbine.

Champali After KO in Northern Dancer

Lloyd Madison Farm's Champali, named in honor of legendary heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, will be looking to score a knockout of his own when he returns from an illness to head a field of eight 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Northern Dancer Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Full Spectrum Wins Mamzelle Stakes

The Phoebe Mueller Trust's Full Spectrum, ridden by Calvin Borel and trained by Tom Amoss, assumed command in the upper stretch and drew off to post a 2 3/4-length victory over Crystal Sea in the seventh running of the $113,500 Mamzelle Stakes at Churchill Downs on Thursday afternoon.

Royal Spy Sneaks Home in Col. E.R. Bradley

Robby Albarado galloped Royal Spy through slow early fractions and saved enough in the tank to post a one-length win over Dynameaux in the $75,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap on the turf.

Fogelsonger, Miss Lodi Notch First Graded Stakes

R.C. Colton Jr & Mast Thoroughbred LLC's Miss Lodi and her apprentice jockey Ryan Fogelsonger both won their first graded stakes Saturday in $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Pimlico.

Record Derby Boosts Churchill Handle

Boosted by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby, total betting during Churchill Downs' 52-day spring meet surpassed the $500 million mark for the third consecutive year. Meanwhile, declines in on-track attendance and wagering were offset by gains in off-track betting.

Arlington Classic Kicks Off Mid-America Triple

Horses coming from as close as the local backstretch will be joined in the starting gate by horses coming from as far as Ireland for Saturday's Arlington Classic, the first Grade II stakes race of the Arlington Park meet.

Uniformity a Priority, But How Far Will It Go?

The racing industry's quest for uniformity in medication and drug testing continued Wednesday with a lively panel discussion on the issue at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing in Tucson. Meanwhile, the jury is out as to whether there will be considerable change in Kentucky, a major racing state where officials appear split on the issue.

Fair Grounds Looks to Continue Momentum

Fair Grounds in New Orleans will kick off its 130th season Thanksgiving Day with daily average purses of more than $270,000 a day. The 89-day meet will run through March 25 and feature 60 stakes headlined by the $750,000 Louisiana Derby, a grade II event set for March 10.

Multiple Grade I Winner Heritage of Gold Retired

Jack Garey's multiple grade I winner Heritage of Gold has been retired and will be bred to Seeking the Gold this year, according to an announcement from Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., where the mare was scheduled to be sent this weekend. Heritage of Gold won or placed in 22 of 28 career starts and retires with earnings of $2,381,762.

Fair Grounds Wagering Up For Seventh Straight Year

A slight decline in on-track wagering was offset by simulcast business as overall handle increased for the seventh straight year during the 88-day Fair Grounds meet that concluded Monday. The New Orleans track reported a total of $430.2 million, or an average of $4.89 million per day, was wagered on Fair Grounds races, a 1.3 percent increase over the $424.9 million wagered last season.

Fair Grounds Racing: Big Day For 'Little Man'

Louisiana Champions Day is when the little man can stand at center stage, and they don't get much smaller than Peter Orlando. Right On the Mark, a 6-year-old gelding owned and trained by Orlando, gave the 59-year-old his first stakes win in 40 years of racing in the Champions Day Classic Dec. 9. "I'm just a small guy," Orlando explained. "It's just me by myself and four horses. I breed 'em and race 'em. That's all I do."

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