Articles posted October 25, 2000

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Trio of Mott-Trained Breeders' Cup Horses Work at Belmont

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, a model of consistency himself, sent three of his eight Breeders' Cup hopefuls to the main track at Belmont Park Wednesday morning, and the trio came back with identical results. Hap (Mile) and Vision and Verse (Classic) both breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, with King Cugat (Mile) going a half in :48 3/5 and galloping out in -- you guessed it -- 1:01 2/5.

Heritage Of Gold Works Over Turf Course

Her reputation has been tarnished a bit after surprising back-to-back losses in the Personal Ensign (gr. I) at Saratoga and the Three Chimneys Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland, but a workout on the Churchill Downs turf Wednesday by Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Heritage of Gold showed trainer Tom Amoss that she can still be a major force on Breeders' Cup Day.

Breeders' Cup 2000 Preview: Play Ball!

As the folks at the Breeders' Cup get out their piggy banks and prepare to stuff in $3,060,000 in supplementary fees, horses across America and Europe begin their march on Louisville. And when the last of the travelers arrives at Churchill Downs, there will be a total of 135 horses parading to the track each morning wearing purple Breeders' Cup saddlecloths.

Classic Preview: Sophomore Show

The $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) picture has been changing faster than the autumn leaves. While new, vibrant colors keep appearing in the 3-year-old division, the older horses seem to be withering and falling harmlessly to the ground.

Distaff Preview: The Big Check

That collective gasp was the connections of the other Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) entrants when owners Aaron and Marie Jones decided to pony up the $400,000 to supplement Riboletta. The big check they wrote changed the whole complexion of the race.

Sprint Preview: Speed Trap

Gather the world's best sprinters and what do you expect? Well, fast fractions naturally. Because every member of the field is capable of running so quickly, it makes the Breeders' Cup Sprint a difficult race to handicap.

Juvenile Preview: Teachers' Pet

"No child shall be left behind" -- one presidential candidate's sound bite -- fails to work in the Thoroughbred classroom, as 19 of those pre-entered at the head of the juvenile class of 2000 have proven to be in the accelerated program.

Juvenile Fillies Preview: History Lesson

In the 16 previous editions of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), 10 of the winners had made their most recent start at either Belmont or Keeneland. This year, two undefeated fillies who last competed at those two racetracks appear headed for showdown at Churchill Downs Nov. 4.

Turf Preview: Grab Bag

But a national division once boasting the potential of Royal Anthem, Dark Moondancer, Chester House, and Bienamado now finds itself pining for a star, and with no local standout or foreign phenomenon to brandish. This year's running of the Turf is totally up for grabs.

Jury Begins Hearing Saints Cup Testimony

A jury in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday began hearing opening statements in the Saints Cup case. The buyers, alleging fraud, are seeking to have their $850,000 purchase price rescinded. The sellers contend the buyers' agent did not exercise due diligence when he bought the colt.

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