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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

News and Notes - Aug 2

- Lawyer Ron is scheduled to return to the races later this month, in an appearance in the St. Louis Derby at Fairmount Park on Aug 26. If all goes well, that will be followed by the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Lawyer Ron worked five furlongs in 1:01 on Tuesday, his third timed work since getting back to training. "He worked very good," [trainer Bob] Holthus said Tuesday. "We were pleased. He galloped out [six furlongs] in 1:13 and change. Everything looks good." [Daily Racing Form]

- Strong Contender turned in his final prep for Sunday’s Haskell, breezing five furlongs in 1:02.45 at Belmont. Trainer John Ward said that the colt has the right mental attitude.

"He is in a very good frame of mind and doing everything the right way. Three-year-old colts can get a little irritable this time of year because maybe we've asked too much of them, but Strong Contender just keeps getting better and better." [Asbury Park Press]
Deputy Glitters also worked, going six furlongs in 1:18.05; but the Asbury Park Press piece reports that the West Virginia Derby is still a possibility for him.

- And Jazil’s little trip to the farm to recover from a bone bruise sounds as if it’s turning into a longer stay. So long, in fact, that now even the Breeders Cup Classic is questionable. Kiaran McLaughlin said:
"There is definitely a hope of making it, but the problem is that 30 days on the farm sometimes turns into 45 days or 60 days, and it can get a little bit away from you time wise. He's very easy to train up to a race. He doesn't require a lot of fast works - he's a light-framed horse - so we could still make the Breeders' Cup. I wouldn't be afraid to train him straight into the Breeders' Cup.

"I would say at this time that it would be doubtful.” [Thoroughbred Times]
- In Ohio, Learn and Earn has submitted nearly twice as many signatures as required in order to get their referendum for slots on the November ballot. However, the state attorney general has informed the group that they could be liable to criminal charges if accusations that their signature-gatherers were not completely forthcoming with potential signees prove to be true.
The message from [AG] Jim Petro to David Hopcraft, of Learn and Earn, came a day after two religious groups claimed that petition workers were coached to say the proposal would help education but not disclose that it would legalize gambling.

"We advise you to make certain your petition circulators follow the applicable law," Petro wrote, telling Hopcraft it is a fifth-degree felony to misrepresent a petition. [Cleveland Plain-Dealer]
One resident told the Toledo Blade of his experience:
"The pitch was, 'Would you sign a petition to support getting children additional money for college?'" he said. "My question was where the cash was coming from. They said, 'No new taxes.' I pushed forward, 'So where is the money coming from?' The answer was 'Raceway Park.'"

The only thing preventing the parents of five from signing was the fact that the circulator had run out of Wood County petitions. Later they learned that legalization of slot machines was involved.

"I am not opposed to gambling," Mr. Liebenthal said. "I'm not opposed to slot machines. I am opposed to being deceived. Put forth a correct petition, and let me make an intelligent decision."

1 Comment:

Tote Board Brad said...

I love that the St. Louis Derby has brought in at least one good name. This will be the biggest day in racing that Fairmount Park has seen in decades. They had a grade III as recently as the early 90s, I think, but the strip is usually reserved for Chicago horses that can't cut it and Ellis Park shippers that want a paid workout.

Still, I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for FP. That's where I got started. Even if they're forever destined to be part of the leaky roof circuit, that track has been really good to me.