01/26/2007 12:00AM

Magna to let Douglas ride


Jockey Rene Douglas has been cleared to resume riding at all tracks owned by Magna Entertainment Corp., including Gulfstream Park, said Gulfstream's president and general manager, Bill Murphy, on Friday.

Douglas has ridden only one day, on Jan. 1 at Hawthorne Park, since being ruled off the grounds at Calder Race Course on Dec. 15 as a result of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau. Magna followed suit shortly thereafter, denying Douglas access to all tracks operated by the company, including Gulfstream.

"Based upon additional information provided to Gulfstream Park by the TRPB regarding its continued investigation of jockey Rene Douglas, we have determined that it is appropriate at this time to grant Douglas racing privileges at our facility," said Murphy.

Dan Mellul, Douglas's agent, said Douglas did not want to comment on the decision until he confers with his lawyer. Mellul said he expected Douglas would resume riding "within the next few days."

Douglas rode Dreaming of Anna to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and on Monday she won the Eclipse Award as the leading 2-year-old filly of 2006. Dreaming of Anna is preparing for her 3-year-old debut, which is expected to come early next month.