Articles posted October 18, 2000

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Countdown to the Cup: Refueled 'Missile' Takes Aim at Classic

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.

West Coast Breeders' Cup Horses Work

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.

Millionaire River Keen Retired

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.

Monashee Mountain to Coolmore

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.

Tabasco Cat Headed to Japan

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.

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