Articles posted October 10, 2002

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OBS Open Sessions Post 3.4% Gain

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. concluded their four-day fall mixed sale with the second of two open sessions Thursday afternoon with continued gains in average, but a slight dip in median. After a pair of consignor preferred sessions recorded solid increases in both average and median, the two open sessions posted a raise in average of 3.4% over a year ago.

Canadian Jockey Clark Makes Unlikely Return

Many wondered if jockey David Clark would be able to come back from serious injuries this season or perhaps ever again. But as he's proven time and again over his illustrious career, never count Clark out.

Swept Overboard Has His Sprint Ticket

Trainer Craig Dollase says all systems are go for Swept Overboard going to the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 26 at Arlington Park, following the 5-year-old's fourth-place finish as the 9-10 favorite in the Ancient Title (gr.I) Saturday at Santa Anita.

Classic Commentary: Hawk Wing Decision a No-Brainer

As the Ballydoyle brain trust assembles its massive army and attempts to sort out who will run in which Breeders' Cup race, there is one decision that requires very little thought. And that is, Hawk Wing belongs in the Classic, regardless of whether or not stablemate Rock of Gibraltar runs.

Top Three From Lexington Back in Lawrence Realization

When studying the past performances for Saturday's grade III, $150,000 Lawrence Realization for 3-year-olds at 1 1/2 miles on the turf, handicappers will have a difficult task trying to separate Chiselling, Finality, and Irish Colonial, the top three finishers from the Lexington over the summer.

Most Feared Works Toward Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Tom R. Durant's Most Feared, who dominated rivals in the grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 28, breezed three-quarters of a mile in 1:14 1/5 Thursday morning at Arlington Park in preparation for the Oct. 26 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) on World Thoroughbred Championships Day.

Confucius Say: Mucho Money at Charles Town

Charles Town Races, which came back from the dead with the introduction on video lottery terminals in the late 1990s, will offer more than $1 million in purses this weekend in conjunction with the West Virginia Breeders Classics.

TVG Announces Breeders' Cup Coverage

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TVG's popular show "The Works," will begin Oct. 18 and air through Oct. 24, two days prior to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park.

Came Home Sharp in 7-Furlong Work

Came Home, the leading point leader for the Breeders' Cup Classic, turned in a sharp seven-furlong work in 1:25 3/5 at Santa Anita Thursday morning with jockey Mike Smith aboard. Trainer Paco Gonzalez described the work as "perfect."

Leading Sire Raja Baba Euthanized at 34

Raja Baba, who sired two Breeders' Cup winners and topped both the general and 2-year-old sire lists, was euthanized Oct. 9 at Carl Pollard's Hermitage Farm near Goshen, Ky., because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

On track at Belmont

No BC for Balto Star, Harlan's Holiday still on target for Classic...Owsley BC-bound for Filly & Mare Turf...Next starts in place for Regal Sanction and Snake Mountain.

Juveniles Head Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder

The highlights of Saturday's Festival of the Sun program at Calder, with nine stakes races worth $1.65 million, will take place when 2-year-olds Lawbook and Ivanavinalot lead the fields for the $400,000 In Reality and $400,000 My Dear Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

Average Holds Steady at OBS

Tres Fine, a 3-year-old broodmare by Star of the Crop in foal to classic winner and champion Silver Charm, went to Marion G. Montanari for $42,000 to top the first of two open sessions of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2002 fall mixed sale. For the session, the 179 horses sold averaged $4,474, almost identical to the $4,490 average a year ago,

Mile Update (10/8): Solid Form

There should be no doubting Rock of Gibraltar for the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) now. Any questions about the talents of the 'Rock' had to have been quickly dispelled after Sunday afternoon, when Landseer, a victim of Rock of Gibraltar once this year and once last year at two, won the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT).

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