By Steve Haskin -- It was once a vintage crop, but the pick of the older horses have either fallen from the vine or shriveled under the heat of battle. Golden Missile, however, has been kept in the shade the past few months, and unlike his withered opponents, he should be a relatively fresh horse and ready to take on whatever 3-year-old phenoms show up on Nov. 4.
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Thursday at Keeneland
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus left the impression that he enjoys cool Kentucky mornings in a brisk gallop Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
Flame Thrower, who remained unbeaten in four starts with a victory in the Norfolk Stakes Oct. 7, worked a half mile in :46 1/5 breezing Wednesday morning at Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Also working were Arabian Light, Notable Career, Point Given, and Street Cry. Caffe Latte worked Tuesday.
The owners of grade I winners Riboletta and Tiznow have decided to ante up the funds necessary to supplement the horses to the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup championship day races.
Hugo Reynolds' River Keen, who hit the peak of his form by winning the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park in consecutive starts in the fall of 1999, has been retired from racing.
Impeachment, who ran third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) for Dogwood Stable, will enter stud for a fee of $5,000 live foal at Barbara LaCroix' Meadowbrook of Ocala Jockey Club near Ocala, Fla.
The annual statistical report for 1998 issued this month by the Association of Racing Commissioners International shows that simulcasting accounted for 80% of total horse racing handle.
Jack Mandato's homebred Bella Chiarra has been retired because of a broken splint bone.
ESPN's coverage of the Three Chimneys Spinster Stakes (gr. I) draws more eyes and a higher television rating.
Jayeff B Stable principal Richard Santulli is reportedly on the short list of Berkshire Hathaway executives who could become the company's chief executive officer should anything ever happen to company founder Warren Buffett.
Darley Stud Management announced the retirement of English champion Fly to the Stars to Haras du Logis in France.
Irish group winner Monashee Mountain, who was sold for $1 million at the 1998 Keeneland July yearling sale, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
Japanese newspaper Sankei Sports reported that the Japan Bloodstock Breeders' Association has purchased dual classic winner Tabasco Cat for stallion duty for $7 million and will stand the 9-year-old son of Storm Cat at the organization's Shizunai Stallion Station.
The average and median prices increased as did the buyback rate during Tuesday's second day of the consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2000 Fall Mixed Sale.
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