Articles posted November 30, 2000

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Hallowed Dreams Faces Tough Field at Fair Grounds

Hallowed Dreams, who won her first 16 career races before suffering her first loss this summer, has been installed as the 3-1 second-choice in the $60,000 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds. Four-time stakes winner Steal a Heart (5-2) is the morning-line favorite and the 122-pound co-highweight for the about 5 1/2-furlong turf race.

Bienamado Returns in Hollywood Turf Cup

John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery's Bienamado, unraced since a fourth-place finish in the Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT) in August, returns to the races Saturday at Hollywood Park, where he will face eight rivals in the $400,000 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IT). Also entered in the 1 1/2-mile turf race is Lazy Lode, the winner of the last two renewals.

Lengthy Meeting Yields No Compromise in Jersey

After an eight-hour meeting in the Trenton offices of the N. J. Racing Commission Wednesday, no real progress was made towards the resolution of several issues that have divided horsemen and track operators concerning future legislation that could bring off-track and account wagering to New Jersey.

Aqueduct Racing: El Corredor Wins Cigar Mile

Bob Baffert-trained El Corredor overcomes a quarter crack to win Aqueduct's Cigar Mile. El Corredor's victory capped off a sensational year for the 3-year-olds, who defeated their elders in the Cigar Mile, Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Jockey Club Gold Cup, Goodwood Handicap (gr. II), Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II), and Del Mar Breeders' Cup (gr. II). They also were one-two in the Cigar Mile and Goodwood, and one-two-three-four in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Baffert Has Commanding Lead In Trainers' Standings

The Bob Baffert stable has accumulated purses of $11,258,315, making him the leader over Bobby Frankel by a wide margin in the trainers' standings for 2000. According to Equibase, Baffert has been represented by 136 winners, 21.5% of 633 horses, compared with the 88 winners (26.3%) from 335 starters for Frankel, whose stable has earned $10,428,686. Not far behind Frankel in third-place is D. Wayne Lukas, who has been successful with 15.1% of his 754 starters for earnings of $10,199,857. For complete standings, which can be sorted to show leaders by clicking on the desired column heading, go to Top Trainers

Jocks' Race to the Wire

With a month to go in the 2000 racing season, less than $50,000 in purse earnings separates this year's top two jockeys, Pat Day and Jerry Bailey. According to Equibase figures through Sunday, Day's earnings total $17,395,963, followed closely by Bailey with $17,348,245. It is a long way back to Shane Sellers, in third with $14,639,828. With a paucity of big-purse races remaining, it is likely the riding race will go to the wire. Day also leads Bailey by number of wins -- 267 to 245 -- but Bailey has the better success rate as he has been successful with 27.3% of his 899 mounts this year, compared with Day's 22.1% win percentage from 1,209 rides. For complete standings, which can be sorted to show leaders by clicking on the desired column heading, go to Top Jockeys

Committee Adds Five Grade I Races; All Downgrades at Lowest Level

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association had an early Christmas present of sorts for U.S. racetracks Thursday. After meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, the committee announced that five races have been elevated to grade I for their 2001 renewals, while all seven races downgraded were at the lowest level of graded status.

Higher Purses Boost Entire Woodbine Meet

Woodbine's purses got a huge boost after 1,700 slot machines began ringing in the spring. The higher purses, in turn, led to substantial increases in on-track and off-track handle for the 160-day Thoroughbred meet.

Commendable to Mill Ridge

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Dr. and Mrs. John Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. He won two of 12 starts and earned $907,470 for owners Robert and Beverly Lewis.

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