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.
Trainer Malcolm Pierce will saddle Classified Secret in Woodbine's $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes for 2-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine Saturday.
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.
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.
Beaten by more than 48 lengths in her last start, Adoration will attempt to make amends in Saturday's $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the Santa Anita turf.
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.
Artistic One, a mare by Copelan out of Artistic Miss, sold for $24,000 Thursday to top the final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed auction in Central Florida.
Following the two-day Orby sale, there was a lively trade at the one-day Goffs Challenge Sale at Kill, Co Kildare, Ireland, Thursday with a 180,000 euros ($178,173) daughter of French stallion Highest Honor heading the way.
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.
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.
Repent, who disappointed as the favorite in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, will be given some time off due to what trainer Kenny McPeek calls a "suspicious tendon" in his left front leg.
Kingdom Bay, the first New Zealand-bred stallion to become New Zealand's champion sire, was euthanized Oct. 8 at age 21 at Trelawney Stud.
The $200,000 Calder Derby (gr. III) leads the schedule of seven stakes races worth $850,000 to be run on the undercard of Calder's $1.65 million Festival of the Sun program Saturday, the richest day of Thoroughbred sport on the Florida calendar.
The lone grade I of the weekend, the Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup Saturday at Keeneland, saw a field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered for the 1 1/8-mile turf event.
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'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.
Canterbury Park has plans for a multi-purpose entertainment and gaming complex, but it hinges on legislative approval or adoption of a constitutional amendment.
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."
The New York Racing Association board approved a 2003 calendar that adds a week to the Belmont fall meeting. The schedule must be approved by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
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.
Longchamp's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) is considered the 12-furlong championship of Europe, but it has never produced a John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf winner.
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.
Raina Covington breaks her maiden at Meadowlands...Bally's to host handicapping championship.
Del Mar Show tops Friday's Cliff Hanger Handicap at Meadowlands.
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.
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,
Dream Machine's only two races in the United States were solid efforts, second by a length in the second division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar on July 24, and third in the Relaunch Stakes on Aug. 16.
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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