Articles posted October 9, 2001

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Tactical Move Sells For $63,000 To Top OBS Tuesday Session

Tactical Move , a stakes-winning daughter of Tactical Advantage, brought the top price of $63,000 Tuesday during the second of two preferred sessions at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed auction in Central Florida. The 5-year-old mare, who is in foal to Commitisize, was purchased by Kentucky-based Dapple Bloodstock, agent, from Wycombe House Stud, agent.

Sunday Silence Still Tops

Sunday Silence, who topped the Japanese leading sire list by progeny earnings from 1995 to 2000, is steam rolling toward another title.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Report--10/9/2001

To paraphrase Horace Greeley, it is quite evident that all the good young men have gone west, and are now ready to head back east in an attempt to conquer the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park. The West Coast natives have absolutely dominated this division in the key months and weeks heading up to championship day Oct. 27. And if there was any doubt about that, there is none remaining after Officer's smashing win in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont, at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile distance, Oct. 6.

Breeders' Cup Mile Report--10/9/2001

Hap's 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $500,000 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile H. (gr. IIT), coming from third in the field of nine under Jerry Bailey, was his fourth graded stakes win of the year and appeared to set him up perfectly for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). Bill Mott, who trains the son of Theatrical for the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, wasn't so sure.

Sprint Weekly Report--10/9/2001

You've got to admit, it would be a great story.

At age nine, and with two Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) third-place finishes to his credit, Bet on Sunshine would make a great story. The grand old man of the sprint division is headed to the big dance once again, winning his final prep on Oct. 6, the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Unbelievably, it was the fifth time Bet on Sunshine had run in the Phoenix.

Confessional Retired, To Maria's Mon in 2002

Josephine Abercrombie's homebred Confessional won Keeneland's A.P. Indy Stakes on Saturday and retired to her birthplace on Sunday. Abercrombie owns Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky., where Confessional is scheduled to be bred to Maria's Mon in 2002.

Millionaire Mutamam Purchased By National Stud

Millionaire Mutamam, whose victory in the Sept. 30 Canadian International Stakes (Can-IT) set him up nicely for his farewell race in the Oct. 27 World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), will enter stud at the National Stud in Newmarket, England.

My Jagged Heart

By Craig Harzmann -- Business is carrying on as usual these days at the Santa Anita stable of Tim Pinfield. The tears have long been wept. The smiles are starting to return again. There are now only subtle hints that the barn has lost its hero, that a pal is gone forever.

Positive Aptitude

By Ray Paulick -- Aptitude was a man among boys in the Gold Cup, but he'll get a sterner test in the upcoming Breeders' Cup Classic.

Maryland Moves to Cut Costs by Closing Barns

A decision by the Maryland Jockey Club to close the barn area at Pimlico Race Course at the end of October and force trainers to move prompted an immediate outcry from horsemen. Lou Raffetto Jr., chief operating officer of the MJC, said the decision was a cost-cutting measure. He said the barns at Pimlico would reopen about March 1, 2002.

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