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At the races - Paddock mishap sends Dunkelberger to sidelines

August 27, 2006|by LARRY YANOS

Live thoroughbred racing shifted to Timonium, Md., on Saturday for eight days at the Maryland State Fair.

Normally, that would be good news for Charles Town-based jockey Travis Dunkelberger - the defending champion at the small racetrack.

However, Dunkelberger will miss this year's meet.

This past Thursday, his mount in the first race at Charles Town Races & Slots - Sassy Sheri- flipped in the paddock and sent Dunkelberger to the sidelines with a variety of injuries.

"It's very disappointing," Dunkelberger said. "I was having a good year and I was looking forward to Timonium. It seems, because of injuries, I ride down there every other year."

When Sassy Sheri flipped, the horse struck Dunkelberger in the head and shoulder and kicked his leg.

"I go to the doctor Monday. I do know I have a fractuered left leg and will probably miss 2-to-4 weeks," Dunkelberger said.

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The 29-year-old rider was enjoying a tremendous year at Charles Town.

"I'm the leading rider," Dunkelberger said. "I was 60 (wins) behind three months ago when I changed agents."

Dunkelberger hired Billy Kennedy to represent him.

Dunkelberger won 15 races from 52 mounts in 2005. Since 1997, he has led the jockeys' race five times at Timonium - the only half-mile bullring still carding races in Maryland.

Post time at Timonium is 1:10 p.m. daily and racing will continue through Labor Day.

Timonium mainly offers claiming and optional allowance events but there will be two Maryland-bred stakes presented over the Labor Day weekend. The $50,000 Alma North Stakes for fillies and mares goes on Saturday and the $50,000 Taking Risks Stakes is set for Sept. 4. Both races are 6 1/2 furlongs.

Admission to the fair entitles attendees to free admission to the racetrack.

North Broad storms back

North Broad, who is stabled at trainer Terry Socks' farm in Washington County, used a relentless rally to win the W. Meredith Bailes Stakes at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va., by three-quarters of a length over Woodbridge.

Ridden by Lenworth Kirlew, North Broad was fourth in the early going and was carried four wide entering the lane before unleashing his late run. He covered the 6 furlongs in 1:10 3/5.

North Broad, a 6-year-old son of Northern Afleet, earned his first stakes win in the Bailes after placing in a pair of stakes earlier in his career. He is the seventh first-crop stakes winner for his sire from only 38 foals - a phenomenal 18 percent stakes winners-to-foals ratio.

Pony tales

Last Sunday, 6-year-old sprinter Cyberflash moved into the record books at Laurel Park by stopping the timer at 54.82 seconds in a 5-furlong turf test.

A $7 million equine hospital near Belmont Park is expected to be open by June 2007 - giving thoroughbred owners who race there and at Aqueduct a nearby option when their horses need care.

Equine surgeon Dr. Patricia Hogan, who has worked on some of horse racing's biggest stars - including Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones and multiple winner Afleet Alex - will run the hospital.

The lead veterinarian will be Dr. James Hunt, who currently oversees the care of many of the thoroughbreds stabled at Belmont Park.

The 11,500-square-foot medical center near Belmont Park will include a modern surgical facility, a fully computerized radiography and ultrasound unit, treadmill evaluation equipment, a full pharmacy, closed-circuit procedural monitoring and full dentistry, laboratory and emergency care.

NetJets, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited announced that NetJets - the pioneer and worldwide leader in fractional aircraft ownership - has renewed its marketing partnership with the NTRA/Breeders' Cup through 2007.

NetJets has been a sponsor of the NTRA and Breeders' Cup since 2002.

Under the agreement, NetJets will continue as title sponsor of the $2 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile, and the NetJets Mile Division, consisting of 27 graded stakes races leading to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

The internationally renowned NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile is a 1-mile turf race contested each fall as a part of the $20 million Breeders' Cup World Championships, and is televised live by ESPN in the United States and by various networks around the world.

This year's Breeders' Cup will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 4.




Larry Yanos is sports editor of The Daily Mail. He covers horse racing for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at larryy@herald-mail.com.

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