Friday, May 04, 2007

Friday Morning Info

- Anna Napravnik must be making a good name for herself up in Delaware. She is moving up the standings with eight in the money finishes out of thirteen starts. She has been named on the Tony Dutrow trained Bill place in the $75,000 Francis "Jock" LaBelle Memorial at Delaware Park. Bill Place is the 8-5 morning line favorite.

- The state commission that regulates Maryland's horse racing industry just moved its headquarters to bargain-rate office space: The lease calls for $1 a year. But the new site, it turns out, is the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. And the landlord? The Maryland Jockey Club, one of the organizations that the commission is charged with regulating. This story stinks of political non-sense. An outgoing governor who was heavily backed by Magna Entertainment (NASDAQ:MECA) swings a great deal for all his supporters at his last meeting. The new governor then tries to make a political statement by terminating the contract. Come on guys....Do we need any more bad press for Maryland racing?

- "Todd Pletcher may be the leading trainer in the country, but he has been unable to get stalls this spring at Delaware Park." Kudos to Delaware racing secretary Ismael "Izzy" Trejo. You need to give the stalls to trainers that are going to run horses. I am not saying that Pletcher is going to run at least one a week, but he is not known for running horses back every two weeks for a 10K or 16K tag. Todd Pletcher....If you read this, you can have all the stalls you want Pimlico, and van your horse up to Delaware to race.

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