Articles posted January 9, 2001

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Champion, Influential Mare Chris Evert Dies at Age 30

Hall of Fame mare Chris Evert was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age Monday at the age of 30. The Filly Triple Crown winner will be buried at Three Chimneys Farm, where she lived the last 10 years. All five of her daughters became the dam or granddam of stakes winners, most notable of which was Six Crowns (so named because she was by Triple Crown winner Secretariat, and out of Filly Triple Crown winner Chris Evert), who was the dam of champion and millionaire Chief's Crown.

Eastover Court to O'Sullivan

Ten-year-old Eastover Court, a son of Seattle Slew and a half-brother to successful sire Two Punch, has been moved from Ryver Meadow Farm in Maryland to Ruth and Randy Funkhauser's O'Sullivan Farms near Charles Town, W.Va.

Japan Cup Winner Unanimous as Country's Best Horse

Japanese superhorse T.M. Opera O was the unanimous choice for 2000 Horse of the Year in his native country, according to the list of champion released by the Japan Racing Association. A son of Opera House, T.M. Opera received all 296 votes for Horse of the Year. Winner of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), T. M. Opera O was undefeated in eight starts last year, with earnings of ¥1,036,004,000 (about US$9,466,254) as he was also named champion older horse.

Plaids and Stripes

By John Angelo -- My greatest fear as a public handicapper is that I'll become my worst version of myself. I'll give up fashion altogether and spend my days alternately swearing at and giving benediction to racetrack monitors.

Common Threads

By Ray Paulick -- Frank Stronach hasn't been happy with the status quo -- but neither are some of his critics.

Horse Buyer Fails to Pay Keeneland, Farm Owner

One of the most active buyers at last year's Keeneland November breeding stock auction, Bernice L. Givens Sykes, signed sale tickets for 59 horses, which were worth $267,700. But, according to Harvie Wilkinson, Keeneland's director of finance, Sykes hasn't paid for those purchases, the money is past due, and the Central Kentucky auction firm is exploring legal action.

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