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Asmussen grabs first Santa Anita victory

Trainer Steve Asmussen secured his first career win at Santa Anita Friday when Silver Medallion took the Eddie Logan Stakes for two-year-olds. Asmussen has a 30-horse stable based at Santa Anita this winter.  Silver Medallion was his sixth starter of the current meet and his 20th career starter at the track.

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Jockey Deshawn Parker secures most wins in 2010

Jockey Deshawn Parker led the country in wins in 2010, ending a three-year reign by fellow rider Russell Baze. With four victories on Thursday, Parker pushed his total for the year to 377 wins.  Baze was second with 362 victories.

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Dutrow horse tests positive for banned substance

Trainer Richard Dutrow, Jr. is being investigated by New York stewards after one of his horses tested positive for an undisclosed substance following a race at Aqueduct in November. Dutrow confirmed that he was notified about the positive test for Fastus Cactus, who won Aqueduct’s third race November 20. “I have no idea what they’re […]

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Racing ethics in Motion

The Daily Racing Form’s Ryan Goldberg’s excellent piece on Graham Motion is a must read for anyone in the industry, especially those who care most about ethics in training. Among the highlights: On never being cited for a medication violation: “Obviously, it’s a list I was happy to be on the bottom of,” said Motion. […]

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Jockey Berrio suffers stroke

Jockey Omar Berrio suffered a stroke Thursday evening, shortly after winning the seventh race at Santa Anita Park in Southern California. According to Daily Racing Form, Berrio’s wife, Karina, noticed that her 42-year-old husband looked pale when he arrived home shortly after 6 p.m., and she drove him to nearby Arcadia Methodist Hospital, where he […]

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MD Breeder Michael Pons: We need to all look and have the same end goal in sight

After a near catastrophic negotiation process that almost left Maryland without the Preakness much less a racing season in 2011, Maryland breeders are thankful for the intervention of Governor Martin O’Malley. “It was like a we got a Christmas gift a couple weeks early,” said Michael Pons of Country Life Farm. “This was great news […]

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MD Jockey Club’s Chuckas: We have a lot of work to do

So much to do and so little time to do it. That’s the situation Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas finds himself in after a nearly devastating shutdown of Maryland racing was averted earlier this month.

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Novak unveils her Eclipse Award ballot

There are not a lot of opportunities for major distention in most of the Eclipse Award categories this year but Claire Novak in her ESPN.com column lays out her reasons behind her ballot. Of course, she had already written on her decision to make Zenyatta Horse of the Year but several other categories carry with […]

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Jockeying for Position

As the 2010 racing season comes to an end, the jockey standings may come down to the wire in money earned and total wins although the gap for Russell Baze may be too wide to overcome in just two days of racing. John Velazquez and Ramon Dominguez will battle it out for the money lead […]

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Hal Lundgren: Get off my lawn!

Hal Lundgren’s most recent piece portends to be a resolutions column for Sam Houston Race Park but instead the Houston Chronicle writer sounds more like an old guy yelling at teenagers to get off his lawn. His attempts at being helpful (suggesting that there be no cell phones in betting lines, simplifying the national anthem […]

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