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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Bruised Feet and Background Checks

- Derby prospect Galloping Grocer and crack sprinter Pico Central each bruised his right foot while training for their upcoming starts. For Galloping Grocer, it may mean a lost chance to escape to sunny Florida for the Fountain of Youth and perhaps check out South Beach and some jai-alai after having spent the entire winter in New York.

Schettino said he believes Galloping Grocer may have "stepped on something" during training Thursday morning. He was noticeably lame walking off the track, and exercise rider Gary Richards jumped off the horse and walked him back to the barn. Schettino said the bruise is on the inside quarter of the foot. X-rays were negative.

"He was sound this morning," Schettino said. "We'll give him a couple of extra days off as a precaution and then start back with him." [Daily Racing Form]

As for Pico Central
"We are going to try to go straight to Dubai," [trainer Paulo Lobo said. "He is not going to run in the [G2] San Carlos. It's better to pass."[DRF]

- Magna will be running background checks on 11 simulcast shops, which are being conducted to make sure there are no links to organized crime or money laundering and to "ensure the integrity of the [betting] pools," said Drew Couto, president of the TOC. [Racing Form]
Racetracks will not be provided with customer names, which will remain in possession of Giuliani Partners, the security consulting firm founded by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. According to Couto, Giuliani Partners will only notify the tracks if the services have customers who are "high-risk players."
And I’m sure Rudy will use his usual sense of discretion.