Keeneland will offer 24 stakes races worth a record $4,425,000 during its16-day fall meeting which gets under way on Saturday, Oct. 7. Other meet highlights will include a new sponsor, the elevation of two stakes to grade III status, purse increases for 11 stakes and the unveiling of a new added-money event, the McConnell Springs Stakes, which will be run Oct. 25… Jockey Jeff Lloyd injured in Saturday’s first race at Philadelphia Park remains in the Frankford-Torresdale Hospital Trauma Unit where Wednesday he was fitted for a brace to stabilize his injured back. Early indications are that Lloyd could be out of action for six to eight months…A Storm Creek colt produced from the Clever Trick mare Clever Silver was purchased by agent John Spencer from the Thoroughstock consignment to top Tuesday’s session of the open yearling sale conducted by the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company. OBSC reported 212 yearlings averaged $10,707 from a gross of $2,269,900. At the comparable session one year ago, 232 horses averaged $10,928 from total receipts of $2,535,500. The sale continues through FridayAt the Threshold, sire of 1992 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Lil E. Tee, and Kyle’s Our Man will stand in 2001 at Rockin River Ranch near Winterset, Iowa. The farm is owned by the father-and-son team of Fred and Wade Feuring, who own both stallions with Jeff Greseth. A grade I winner, 19-year-old At the Threshold (Norcliffe—Winver, by Vertex) has sired eight stakes winners and formerly stood at Woodswitch Farm near Navasota, Texas. His fee will be $1,350. Kyle’s Our Man, who is represented by four stakes winners, stood the past breeding season at Millennium Farms near Belton, Texas. A grade II winner, 12-year-old Kyle’s Our Man (In Reality—Lady Donna, by Graustark) will stand for $1,650…Magic Cat, a stakes-placed son of Storm Cat, has been retired and will enter stud next year at Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer’s Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas. The 5-year-old horse produced from the grade III-winning Fappiano mare With a Twist will stand for $2,500. Purchased by the Scharbauers for $800,000 at the 1996 Keeneland September yearling sale, Magic Cat raced for the couple. Magic Cat began his career under the shedrow of D. Wayne Lukas and finished third in the Crabapple Stakes at Oaklawn park when conditioned by Bobby Barnett.

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