Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel had entered three in Monday's 10th running of the Pebbles Handicap, figuring he had a great opportunity to win this nine-furlong grass event and maybe get some grade III placings for trio of fillies.
Montbrook, who was represented by stakes winners Castlebrook and Trust N Luck on Oct.12, will have his fee raised from $12,500 to $17,500 for 2003.
The fallout from the Oct. 7 BBC Television program "Panorama," which alleged widespread corruption in British racing, has been considerable. British Jockey Club security chief Jeremy Phipps resigned Oct. 9, and British Horseracing Board chairman Peter Savill has called for one ruling body rather than two.
Our Emblem, whose popularity rose to new heights after his son War Emblem won this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will stand for $35,000 in 2003 at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Management and horsemen at Charles Town Races are discussing plans to expand the six-furlong racing surface and perhaps hold races at neighboring Shenandoah Downs during the upgrade.
- By Steve Haskin
The Niarchos Family's Sulamani, winner of the French Derby, and a fast-closing second in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has been sold to Godolphin, who will race the son of Hernando next year.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile contender Lone Star Sky was outfitted with blinkers for the first time Monday as he breezed four furlongs in :50 at Churchill Downs under regular jockey Mark Guidry.
Tenpins, winner of the Washington Park Handicap in his most recent start, will not be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and instead will point for fall stakes at Churchill Downs, trainer Donald Winfree said Monday morning
James & Dennis Richard's Bonapaw, winner of the grade I Vosburgh at last asking September 21 at Belmont Park, breezed five furlongs in a bullet move of :57 4/5 Monday at Arlington Park in preparation for the grade I NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Grade I winner Captain Bodgit will be transferred to Louis Salerno's Questroyal Stud near Hudson, N.Y.
Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey went to Long Island Jewish Hospital Monday morning after complaining of discomfort in his kidneys. Doctors discovered a small kidney stone that Bailey should be able to pass naturally.
Owner/trainer Janis Gerace has announced the retirement of her graded stakes winner Loaded Gun from racing
Stakes winner Manlove has been relocated to Jim and Michaelyn Scott's Liberty Stud near Ghent, N.Y.
- By Steve Haskin
Godolphin's Sakhee, winner of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Classic, has been retired to Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, England, where he will stand for a fee of £20,000.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem turned in a sharp seven-furlong work in 1:24 before the first race at Santa Anita Saturday. The son of Our Emblem came out at noon under exercise rider Dana Barnes, and received a smattering of applause from the fans.
A new star has stepped into the spotlight for Japan. Stealing hearts and causing racing veterans to shake their heads in admiring disbelief, Irish-bred Fine Motion romped away Oct. 13 in Kyoto with a 3 1/2-length, race-record-tying win of the Shukasho (Jpn-I), the final leg of the triple crown for fillies.
Thunder Gulch collected his third individual Australian group I winner with Shot of Thunder's narrow victory in Caulfield Day support, the Toorak Handicap (1,600 meters, Aust-I) on Oct. 12.
Caulfield Guineas Day was headlined by the Sunline-Lonhro contest which followed 45 minutes later, but the 122nd running of the $1 million (Australian funds) Guineas (Aust-I) also produced a grand contest, and one in which the runner-up also deserved to share the victory dais.
Caulfield Guineas Day was D-Day for Sunline. The scheduled grand final for the grand dame of Australian racing was an attempt to win a third W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) 14 days later, but a less than stellar performance would see her fabulous career ended early, if that can be a said of a mare still galloping about professionally at seven.
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