Three-year-old Squirtle Squirt is on top of his game at the moment but to remain there he must hold off a talented pack of veteran sprinters in Saturday's grade I $300,000 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park. The Vosburgh is one of four stakes on Saturday's 11-race program, which also includes the grade II Jerome Handicap, the grade III Noble Damsel and the Ashley Cole.
When the call to the post is played prior to the grade II $150,000 Jerome Handicap at Belmont Park Saturday five horses with an extra week of rest will take the gate The Jerome was originally to be contest Sept. 15 but the New York Racing Association cancelled racing due to the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Centers Sept. 11. The Jerome was the only race to be rescheduled. The grade II Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap and the grade I Ruffian Handicap were suspended for the year.
In the $100,000 Noble Damsel (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Belmont Park, Joseph Platt Jr's Babae has been in top form and will need to stay there to best a competitive field of fillies and mares going one mile on the turf.
Harry T. Mangurian Jr. has donated $1-million to the NTRA Charities -- New York Heroes Fund. The fund will assist the spouses and children of the New York City firefighters, police, emergency service personnel, and other victims of the World Trade Center disaster on Sept. 11.
Miss Indiana, who races in the colors of Keith Asmussen and country music star George Strait's Ocean Front Property, will look to keep her perfect record intact as the possible favorite in a field of nine juvenile fillies slated to contest the grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Saturday at Arlington Park.
Grade I winner Trippi, who was scheduled to stand the 2002 breeding season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington, instead will begin his stallion career at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Chestnut filly, foaled April 14, 1999, Out of Place -- Aleyna's Love, by Kris S.
Dark bay or brown filly, foaled March 12, 1999, A.P. Indy -- Colour Chart, by Mr. Prospector
Chestnut filly, foaled March 26, 1999, Service Stripe--Jerry's Sister, by Monetary Gift
Dark bay or brown filly, foaled Feb. 27, 1999, You and I -- Our Dani, by Homebuilder
Chestnut filly, foaled April 7, 1999, Tabasco Cat -- Miss Sobriety, by Temperence Hill
An oversized field of 16 have entered Friday night's featured Boiling Springs Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park, but four of them will be forced to watch from the sidelines as the maximum number of racing entrants tops outs at 12 for the $200,000 turf event.
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Morton Fink's Guided Tour drew post 3 for his start Saturday in the $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) and was installed the 7-5 morning-line favorite. Only five other horses will face the 118-pound highweight in the marquee race on the Kentucky Cup card at Turfway Park.
Penske Auto Centers has entered into a sponsorship of real horsepower. The company announced today it is sponsoring the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and a series of prep races for the Oct. 27 race at Belmont Park on World Thoroughbred Championships Day.
With Sheikh Mohammed leading the way, Keeneland Thursday announced a sizeable amount in its fund for the victims of last week's terrorist attacks.
A handful of runners trained by Aidan O'Brien, including last year's most expensive public auction yearling and a full brother to Galileo, have been withdrawn from Friday's racing at Newbury
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