Mark Hardin, a native Virginian whose father was the force behind historic Newstead Farm near Upperville, Va., died Sept. 4 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Foreign invaders have won two of the last three runnings of the $500,000 Man o' War (gr. IT) and seem to hold a strong hand in the 2001 edition to be contested Saturday at Belmont Park.
The grade I $250,000 Gazelle to be contested Saturday at 1 1/8 miles over the main track at Belmont Park marks the return of multiple grade I winner Fleet Renee. The daughter of Seattle Slew has not raced since winning Belmont's grade I Mother Goose on June 30 by 5 1/2 lengths.
Heywood Hale "Woody" Broun, who for years covered the Kentucky Derby on television for CBS and ABC, died Wednesday at Kingston Hospital in Kingston, N.Y. Broun, best known for his multi-colored sports jackets and his observations on horse racing, was 83.
Tale of the Cat, who covered the second most mares in North America during the 1999 breeding season, moved up to the top spot during the 2000 breeding season. The Ashford Stud stallion covered 176 mares during the 2000 breeding season after covering 147 mares in 1999.
The two Steeplechase races, including the St. James Cup scheduled to be run at Arlington Park on Sunday, Sept. 9 have been cancelled due to a lack of entries.
The $1-million World Thoroughbred Championships Challenge will officially launch on Sept. 10.
Five runners will take the post in Saturday's $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. The field might seem small, but the qualifications the five runners bring into the 1 1/8 mile event have championship status written all over them.
Champions Ajina and Storm Song have new homes after being purchased privately this year.
Because of September's large size and the diversity of its offerings, the Central Kentucky auction is the best barometer of the yearling market's health in North America.
Came Home, who is no longer for sale, travels east to win the Hopeful Stakes.
The Cal-bred Romanceishope takes it to the next level in winning the Del Mar Derby.
Macho Uno makes his 2001 stakes debut a winning one for Stronach Stable in the Pennsylvania Derby.
The Michael Jarvis-trained Morshdi is a convincing winner of the UAE Grosser Preis von Baden.
In a strong promotion that links horse racing and gaming, Turfway Park will put its top 100 FasTrack Rewards program members on a private plane to Laughlin, Nev., for an all-expenses-paid junket in late November.
New Zealand stud Glenmorgan Farm, which has shuttled Generous from Japan the past two years, has purchased the stallion from the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (JBBA).
Theresa Richardson, wife of Donald R. Richardson, Churchill Downs Incorporated's senior vice president of racing, died Sept. 3 at University of Louisville Hospital after a long battle with cancer
Gary Garber's grade II winner Flame Thrower has been retired from racing because of an injury suffered during a runner-up effort in the June 9 Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
A pair of the top filly-mare sprinters will clash when they face-off Saturday in the grade III $150,000 Endine Stakes at six furlongs at Delaware Park.
A lot will be on the line when Belmont Park opens its fall season this weekend. The meet offically opens Friday, but things get rolling Saturday when three grade I events will be contested, and all figure to have implications on Belmont's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27.
Bits and pieces from across the industry...
Del Mar reported across-the-board increases and a record total handle of $518.3 million for its 43-day meet that ended Wednesday.
Leland and Sue Cook's Ikari, whose 2-year-old daughter Victory Road won the Sept. 1 La Senorita Stakes for Leland Cook, will stand the 2002 breeding season at Drs. Ken and Linda Quirk and Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Belton, Texas.
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