In response to 22 racetracks announcing their intention to withdraw from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, commissioner Tim Smith and a number of board members issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to the organization and its goals.
Saturday at Keeneland
Juddmonte Farms' Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Aptitude will return to the races at Churchill Downs Sunday, opening day of the track's fall meet.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Mighty has been retired from racing and will stand the 2001 breeding season at Walmac Farm, according to trainer Frank Brothers.
Lemon Drop Kid worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Friday morning in preparation for what is expected to be his final career race, the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Fillies Jostle, Platinum Tiara, She's A Devil Due, and 5-year-old mare Beautiful Pleasure worked at Churchill Downs Friday in preparation for their respective Breeders' Cup assignments.
The bulk of Southern California-based Breeders' Cup aspirants will be flown east on two H.E. Sutton charters Monday and Tuesday, according to regional manager Mary Knight.
Wild Zone, whose first crop are juveniles and include stakes winner Wild Hits, will be moving to Texas to stand the 2001 breeding season. Wild Hits has stood since his retirment at Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky. He will stand at Millennium Farm near Belton Texas.
Executives from 22 racetracks are abandoning the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, saying the organization provides more competition than benefits.
A lawsuit involving the purchase and sale of the colt Saints Cup was settled out of court Friday shortly before attorneys for both sides made closing arguments and the case was sent to the jury.
Obviously, the only thing harder to predict than who will win the eight Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 is what the weather will be like in Louisville, Ky., on that date.
Millionaire Classic Cat has arrived at Sean and Barbara Kelly's Wycombe House Stud near Reddick, Fla., where he will enter stud for $5,000 live foal.
Michael Sherman's Farnsworth Farms announced fees for its stallions, and Fortunate Prospect leads the way.
Jurors hearing a horse sale lawsuit in a Lexington, Ky. courtroom might have felt like they were in a veterinary science classroom Thursday. After all, much of the day's testimony was devoted to the causes and effects of bowed tendons in horses and the recommended treatment of such injuries.
Friday at Aqueduct
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