Dan Liebman

Sprint Report--10/17/2001

If the over and under on the number of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) runners who had their final prep in England or France was 25, you would probably take the under, wouldn't you? This writer would have. But, counting them up shows 27 Sprint starters have shipped in from France or England. And, not surprisingly, more have finished last -- six -- than first -- one.

Sprint Weekly Report--10/9/2001

You've got to admit, it would be a great story.

At age nine, and with two Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) third-place finishes to his credit, Bet on Sunshine would make a great story. The grand old man of the sprint division is headed to the big dance once again, winning his final prep on Oct. 6, the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Unbelievably, it was the fifth time Bet on Sunshine had run in the Phoenix.

Unbridled Returns to Claiborne Farm

Unbridled returned to the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., at noon today, having been given the go-ahead by veterinarians at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic. He has made steady progress from two surgeries, the first to remove a mass which proved to be benign, the second to repair a hole at the resection point.

Unbridled Stronger, Recovery Progresses

Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled has made steady progress this week from two surgeries, the first to remove a mass which proved to be benign, the second to repair a hole near the bowel resection point. Claiborne manager Gus Koch said Thursday morning Unbridled "has overcome a lot of problems, is bright, and much stronger."

New Terms Offered in Point Given Shares

Thoroughbred breeders are being offered a different deal on shares in Point Given than they were when it was announced two weeks earlier that he would enter stud in 2002 at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

BC Yet to Iron Out Account-Wagering Wrinkle

Last year, the day before the Breeders' Cup, officials from the organization and the TV Games Network traveled to Ohio to strike a deal allowing Winticket.com, Beulah Park's account-wagering subsidiary, to accept wagers on the eight races. Eleven months later, with the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships asoon approaching, no agreement is in place to cover the same situation.

El Corredor Pedigree Profile

It's not hard to see where El Corredor gets his speed. The 4-year-old colt is by a sprinter and out of a mare by a sprinter. Of course it is not always that simple. The leader of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) division, Kona Gold, has nothing but stamina influences in his family.

Storm Cat Stud Fee Rises to $500,000

Leading sire Storm Cat, who already had the highest stud fee in the world, will stand for even more in 2002. Ric Waldman of Overbrook Farm confirmed Friday that the 18-year-old stallion will stand the next breeding season for $500,000.

Seeking the Gold Filly Brings $3.7 Million

He was shut out on several big lots early at the second session of the Keeneland July sale Tuesday, but Reynolds Bell, bidding for Jayeff B Stable, got the one he really wanted, a Seeking the Gold filly named Scene Seeker. Bell actually dropped out of the bidding, but then jumped back in and secured the filly for $3.7 million.

Which 25 Years?

By Dan Liebman -- Let's face facts. Fact One: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame. Fact Two: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame on the first ballot. The only unanswered question is what year it will be when Baffert accepts his plaque in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Buying Culled Mare Pays Off For Breeder Squires

No one likes to use the word "cull" when talking about broodmares. But everyone does it. In fact, if you don't, you never improve your stock. When he "retired" to Kentucky and decided to become a horse breeder 10 years ago, Jim Squires went out looking for "culled mares." They weren't hard to find. But who would have thought they included the dam of a future Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner?

Monarchos Wins Kentucky Derby!

Monarchos exploded to the lead as the field straightened for home and won the 127th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday. The track had been playing fast all day and it did again in the Derby, Monarchos recording the second fastest winning time in Derby history. He covered the 1 1/4-miles in 1:59.97. Secretariat ran 1:59 2/5 (before timing in hundredths) in 1973.

Point Given's Role as Derby Favorite Strengthened

Point Given didn't even run over the weekend, but English bookmaking firm William Hill dropped its Kentucky Derby (gr. I) price anyway, from 7-4 to 3-2. There certainly is no disputing Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Point Given is a deserved favorite for the May 5 Derby. Mike Battaglia, who has made Churchill Downs' Derby morning line since 1975, said if he had to make the line today, he would make Point Given 2-1.

Street Cry: Pedigree Lacking in Stamina

Though the signals are mixed, on the face of pedigree alone it is hard to see many reasons why Street Cry should be able to handle 1 1/4 miles on the first Saturday in May. His sire was a sprinter on grass, albeit a good one; his dam, though a group I winner in Ireland going 12 furlongs, has yet to pass that distance ability on to her offspring; he has a Dosage Index and profile slanted toward speed; and he has yet to win around two turns.

Jockeys' Guild Can't Pay For Health Insurance

Members of the Jockeys' Guild will not be having a very funny April Fool's Day. On April 1, the family health insurance policy covering 800 Guild members will expire. Because of skyrocketing premiums, Jockeys' Guild national manager John Giovanni said there is not enough money in the association's budget to continue making the premium payment

Trainer John Tammaro Missing

Police in South Florida are investigating the disappearance of well-known trainer John Tammaro Jr., who was reported missing by his daughter on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tammaro was last seen leaving Gulfstream Park about 10 a.m. that day by track security officers who later told police detectives Tammaro "didn't look well."

Changing History

By Dan Liebman -- When Macho Uno made his first three starts last year, he was a 2-year-old colt by Holy Bull bred in Kentucky by Stronach Stables. When Perfect Sting made her first 18 starts, she was a filly by Red Ransom bred in Kentucky by Frank H. Stronach. But when each won a Breeders' Cup race at Churchill Downs last Nov. 4, something had changed.

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