The California Horse Racing Board approved a 2003 racing calendar Thursday that is largely unchanged from 2002, including a 17-day fair meet at Fairplex Park in Pomona.
The $250,000 Empire Classic, the centerpiece of Saturday's New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park, has drawn Grade II winner Gander.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has entered both Finality and I'm All Yours for the 1 1/8-mile $150,000 Mohawk Saturday on the Belmont Park turf. Both have strong credentials.
Donald George's Shopping For Love is the classiest filly or mare in Saturday's 1 1/8–mile $150,000 Ticonderoga on the Belmont Park turf.
Say Florida Sandy, the leading New York bred money earner of all time, leads a full field of 14 entered in the $125,000 Hudson at six furlongs at Belmont Park Saturday.
Trainer Ramon "Mike" Hernandez could have the post-time favorite in Saturday's $100,000 Maid of the Mist for juvenile fillies in Beautiful America.
Madcapt Stable's Maddie May, the defending Iroquois champion, is the horse to beat in Saturday's renewal of the seven-furlong New York-bred stakes race for fillies and mares.
Tony Lovato, who has ridden with success in Texas and Louisiana, will try his hand at Santa Anita on a regular basis soon, according to his agent, Tommy Ball.
Trainer Howie Zucker, whose Crafty C.T. was selected to run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, has been to the Breeders' Cup before, but never with a horse of his own.
Atto Mile (gr. IT) winner Good Journey, winner of the Atto Mile Stakes at Woodbine, worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.80 at Hollywood Park on Thursday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.
Fabien Ouaki & Patrick Biancone's Whywhywhy and Michael Tabor's Zavata, a pair of 2-year-old colts being pointed for the $1 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) by the French-born but internationally renowned trainer Biancone, both breezed five furlongs Thursday morning at Arlington Park.
Top 3-year-old Bel Esprit will stay in training for a possible shot at the $3 million W.S. Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Oct. 26.
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who has won both his starts by a combined 23 ¾ lengths, heads a field of six state-bred juveniles in the $100,000 Sleepy Hollow Saturday at Belmont Park.
Belmont Park again gives the New York State Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding Program a day in the spotlight on Oct. 19 with New York Showcase Day.
Last year's 26,055,700 guineas total Tattersalls October Yearling Sale turnover was passed Thursday night in Newmarket, England, and the record aggregate of 32,256,200 guineas achieved in 2000 could be reached with two more days to go.
Three individuals and one horse make up the newest induction class of Fair Grounds' Racing Hall of Fame members: Marie G. Krantz, Anthony L. Zuppardo, Francis P. Dunne, and Davona Dale make up this year's inductees.
Keeneland's feature race Saturday, the $100,000-added Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) has drawn a top-class field of 12 3-year-old fillies, set to run 1 1/16 miles over the turf course.
Michael J. Veitch, the former executive of a technology magazine, has joined Youbet.com as its chief marketing officer, the company announced Thursday.
Stanley Ersoff's Band Is Passing is the 119-pound highweight for the $100,000 Flying Pidgeon Handicap Saturday at Calder Race Course.
TVG announced Oct. 17 that its popular program, "The Works," sponsored by the NTRA and Breeders' Cup, will kick off the network's coverage of the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships tomorrow with the first of seven, one-hour shows airing from 11 a.m.-noon (EDT) through Thursday, Oct. 24.
NBC broadcaster Tom Hammond, who has worked on all 18 Breeders' Cup programs to date, will likely miss the Oct. 26 telecast while recovering from heart surgery.
Trainer Dermot Weld told Breeders' Cup officials Thursday that Moyglare Stud Farm's Group II winner Irresistable Jewel would not run in the BC Filly Mare & Turf
Lou and Patrice Wolfson's Adored, a grade I winner from the first crop by Seattle Slew, was euthanized in July due to problems associated with chronic founder.
The 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has so many scenarios regarding the Horse of the Year title, it should provide several intriguing subplots as the afternoon of Oct. 26 at Arlington Park progresses.
Arc winner and Irish champion Marienbard has been retired and will stand at East Stud in Japan
Karri Casner, daughter of WinStar co-founder Bill Casner, has been confirmed to be among those killed after Saturday's terrorist attack in Bali, Indonesia.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is moving forward with a national policy statement and plans to incorporate.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s War Emblem, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who has been purchased for stud duty in Japan by the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station, has been nominated for the Nov. 23 Japan Cup Dirt, the main track companion race to the Japan Cup turf race held the following day.
The Jockey Club reported on Oct. 17 that 3,364 stallions covered 59,090 mares in North America during 2002, according to Reports of Mares Bred (RMB's) received by The Jockey Club as of Oct. 10.
Last weekend's running of the Lawrence Realization Handicap (gr. IIIT) run at Belmont Park has been downgraded to an ungraded listed race. The downgrade only affects the 2002 running that took place on Oct. 12.
Robert Clay's millionaire broodmare Gorgeous died Oct. 4 because of internal hemorrhaging after running into a fence.
The El Primero Fair Association, backed by Cash, Marilyn, and Keith Asmussen
and the Laredo National Bank, still has to clear some hurdles before it can open a non-profit Class 3 racetrack near Laredo, Texas.
The European challenge for the Breeders' Cup began to look a little clearer when Aidan O'Brien nominated the Mile (gr. IT) as the first preference for Rock Of Gibraltar and the Classic (gr. I) for Hawk Wing.
The complete list of entries for the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
The complete list of entries for the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
- By Nick Hahn
The Virginia Racing Commission has withheld approval of Colonial Downs' request for 2003 racing dates because it does not keep with a three-year plan prepared by the commission and the racetrack in 2001.
Welcome to the Rubic's Cube of horse races, better known as the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Go ahead; just try to figure this one out.
The Rock of Gibraltar is recognized the world over as a symbol of strength and stability. Guarding the meeting point of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Rock of Gibraltar's reputation is one of an impregnable fortress. While its ownership has been in dispute for centuries, it has remained in British hands since the early 1700s.
John Ward Jr. doesn't remember ever running a 2-year-old 1 1/8 miles. And he would prefer not to do so now. But that's the distance for the longest ever Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and the trainer is blessed with the ideal candidate, Sky Mesa, a colt with stamina in his bloodlines and a running style that fits two turns.
Quick, name the five best races in the history of the Breeders' Cup. Sure it's subjective, but every list would include the 1988 Distaff (gr. I), which was contested over a muddy Churchill Downs strip.
One favorite has won the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) since the race was inaugurated in 1999, but even then, Soaring Softly was the 7-2 choice in a race with two other fillies at 4-1.
History will be on Azeri's side when she steps into Arlington Park's starting gate Oct. 26 for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
The contest to determine the world's fastest Thoroughbred will feature approximately a dozen speedsters from all types of backgrounds. In addition, the NAPA Auto Parts Sprint (gr. I) will mark the only Breeders' Cup race featuring a "War of the Sexes." As many as three fillies and mares--Kalookan Queen, Carson Hollow, and Xtra Heat, will take on the boys to see which gender will prevail over six furlongs.
With victory in the last three runnings of the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), sponsored this year by John Deere, Europe will field another strong team for the 12-furlong, $2-million affair at Arlington Park.
As soon as Arlington Park was named site of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, people began talking about the weather. Well, the 10-forecast issued today by the National Weather Service calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 58 degrees in Chicago on Oct. 26.
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