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ZENYATTA HALF BROTHER SOUPER SPECTACULAR BREAKS MAIDEN AT SARATOGA

Souper Spectacular, a 3-year-old half-brother to undefeated Breeders’ Cup Classic heroine Zenyatta, broke his maiden in Saturday’s fifth race at Saratoga Race Course, a mile turf maiden special weight.   The Giant’s Causeway colt, purchased by current owner Live Oak Plantation for $1.15 million in the 2008 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, had run off the […]

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HERE COMES BEN PULLS FOREGO UPSET

FOREGO (G1) QUOTES  Charles Lopresti, winning trainer of Here Comes Ben (No. 4): “He broke his maiden in a one-turn mile at Churchill, so he can get a little more distance. There won’t be many seven-furlong races for him, so we’re going to have to make decision. I was a little intimidated coming up here […]

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NYC OTB MUST SEVER UNION CONTRACTS OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS

Employees of the NYC OTB would have been given an early retirement incentive but are no longer eligible because OTB’s two largest unions rejected the removal of Sunday double time pay and demanded that a certain number of jobs be maintained regardless of handle and revenue. No agreement was reached by the deadline so now […]

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REES: MOST UNLIKELY STAR OF SARTOGA IS A HALF-BLIND, CLUB-FOOTED FILLY WITH A RACY NAME

Lisa’s Booby Trap, readied for her next big challenge in the one mile turf Riskaverse Stakes, has become an unlikely star on one of racing’s biggest stages. Read more at the Courier-Journal

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TATTERSALLS TO RESTRUCTURE BREEZE UP SALES

PRESS RELEASE Guineas Breeze Up to be replaced by Tattersalls Ireland Fixture Tattersalls is to restructure the calendar for its two Breeze Up sales in 2011. The Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up will be replaced by an all new fixture at Tattersalls Ireland and the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up, Europe’s premier two year olds in training sale, […]

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FORE! PGA STAR MICKELSON VISITS DEL MAR

Buried at the end of Hank Wesch’s San Diego Union-Tribune column today was a note about San Diego native Phil Mickelson visiting trainer John Sadler’s barn Tuesday morning at Del Mar, two day’s after the PGA Tour star’s brother Tim claimed a 2-year-old colt, Dancing at Dark, for $40,000. Tim Mickelson is golf coach at […]

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INAUGURAL OAK TREE AT HOLLYWOOD PARK MEET WILL BEGIN SEPT. 30

PRESS RELEASE ZENYATTA SCHEDULED TO RETURN IN $250,000 LADY’S SECRET ON OCT. 2 Prior to its autumn season, which commences with a night card on Thursday, Nov. 4, Hollywood Park will play host for the first time to Oak Tree. The 42nd season will begin on Sept. 30 and continue through Oct. 31. […]

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STUCK IN COMMITTEE

After much discussion, it appears that AB2414 is still stuck in committee in California. The bill, originally intended to lure the Breeders’ Cup to Santa Anita on a more permanent basis, was expanded to include an increase in takeout and allowances for exchange wagering. While the current legislative session is scheduled to end on […]

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LET’S MAKE A DEAL: EXCHANGE WAGERING DELAYED UNTIL 2012

After much opposition to AB2414, a bill aimed to attract the Breeders’ Cup permanently to Santa Anita, increase takeout on exotic wagering and legalize exchange betting, has been replaced with a compromise bill. In the new bill, the implementation of exchange wagering has been delayed to 2012, allowing tracks and the California Horse Racing Board […]

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THE LOOSEST TRIFECTAS IN RACING…

By Ray Paulick In what passed for “debate” in California over industry efforts to advance legislation raising takeout on bets involving two or more horses (2% on exactas, 3% on trifectas and superfectas), racing executives pointed to the fact that California has enjoyed a competitive advantage over other states because it has had a lower […]

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