Jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., who accommodated countless media requests in the process of becoming the winningest rider in Thoroughbred racing history last December and then again when he crossed the 9,000-win plateau on Oct. 28 of this year, has been voted the first two-time winner of Big Sport of Turfdom award.
Quiet Resolve, winner of the Dixie Handicap (gr. II) at Pimlico and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), was named Friday as Canadian Horse of the Year. The 5-year-old son of Affirmed also won a Sovereign Award as Canada's top champion male turf horse. Quiet Resolve's honors led a sweep of the major awards by the horse's connections. Sam-Son Farms, which bred and campaigned the Horse of the Year, received Sovereigns as both outstanding owner and breeder.
Hawthorne's director of operations, Thomas F. Carey III has announced that starting Saturday and continuing through the end of the meet, Hawthorne will offer a $250,000 Guaranteed Pick 9 wager. To win the wager, a fan must select the winner of each of the nine races on a single card. The minimum wager on a straight Pick 9 ticket is $2, but $1 part-wheels are available as well.
An animal rights group that failed to obtain a ban on dog racing in Massachusetts is reportedly trying to head off an effort by horse and Greyhound tracks to obtain an extension of the state's simulcasting law that expires on Dec. 31 of this year.
Jockey Jose Santos, who will ride U.S. hopeful Charge d'Affairs, said Friday morning that he's "not all that familiar with the competition" he'll be facing in the HK$10-million Hong Kong Mile. So, Santos will spend most of the afternoon and tomorrow as well watching videos of the other horses, particularly the ones from Europe.
It was not a good morning for English trainer Jeremy Glover on Friday. First he discovered, George Duffield, the jockey for his Perryston View, had gone down with food poisoning and must be considered doubtful for the big Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday and then his horse bolted with his new jockey, John Reid, whilst hacking home during trackwork. Glover said: "I wanted my horse to trot back towards the quarantine barn but he took off with John when he started to hack and came back past me very fast. I thought he was going to go through the fence behind the 1000-metre start but luckily he stopped."
The Hong Kong Jockey Club's Piaget International Sale set a new record straight out of the gate Friday night as the first horse offered, a 2-year-old son of Danehill, brought a record HK$3.8 million (US$487,179) from Li Wing Hon. The gelding was one of 23 horses purchased by the HKJC, imported, and resold at the annual event.
Johnny Murtagh rode work on the grass on Michael Stoute's pair Daliapour and Greek Dance at Sha Tin Friday morning in perparation for the Hong Kong Vase. James Picou, trainer of U.S.-based Vase contender Val's Prince, expressed satisfaction with the horse's post position.
Defending champion, Jim And Tonic looked in great shape Friday morning at Sha Tin, as he finalized his preparation for Sunday's HK$14 million Hong Kong Cup, the last leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship. Under big race jockey, Gerald Mosse, Jim And Tonic quickened the tempo in the straight for the last 400 meters in front of a large crowd of morning trackwork watchers.
Grade II winner Straight Man, who registered a 109 Beyer Speed Figure in his first start, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Dunhill Stud near Reddick, Fla., for a fee of $5,000.
The Aga Khan will be the guest of honor at the British Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's prestigious annual Awards Dinner at the Churchill Hotel in London on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001. Among the horses campaigned by The Aga Khan this year were Vodafone Derby, Irish Derby, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sinndar and Breeders' Cup Turf winner Kalanisi.
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