Maturing filly stamps herself as the one to beat in Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Voodoo Dancer, a winner of nine of 15 career starts with earnings of $855,588, will join champion turf female of 2001 Banks Hill and triple grade I winner Golden Apples in Saturday's $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
Trainer A.C. Avila indicated Wednesday morning that Manhattan Express would be supplemented to Saturday's $200,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at a cost of $4,000.
Turf distaffers will get the opportunity to fight for $500,000 on Friday in Keeneland's WinStar Galaxy Stakes (gr. IIT).
Aldebaran, who has won or placed in all 15 starts and is being pointed for the Oct. 26 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will stand at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington upon his retirement from racing.
A proposal to lift a 30% withholding tax on successful wagers made on races in the United States by foreign bettors has received broad support, but probably won't become law until next year.
Five of the nine fillies scheduled to run in the $400,000 Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes are stakes winners or stakes-placed.
Medaglia d'Oro breezes...No BC for Funny Cide...Balto Star slated to start at Keeneland.
Stakes winners Bartok and Oly Ogy have been relocated to Hanson Stock Farm near Hemet, Calif.
Don Sturgill, prominent Lexington equine attorney who served as general counsel for both the national and Kentucky chapters of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, of a heart attack at his Lexington home.
Godolphin millionaire Tobougg, a dual group I winner as a 2-year-old in Europe, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Darley Stud Management's Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket
Horses headed for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park, Oct 26, will have their final major tuneups on both sides of the Atlantic this weekend as Longchamp, in Paris, presents Europe's most important 12-furlong race, the $1.5 million (est) Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), and Santa Anita offers the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial at 10 furlongs (gr-IT). Both races are for 3-year-olds and up.
Churchill Downs on Wednesday introduced its official logo for the 2003 Kentucky Derby and announced a contest for an all expenses paid trip for four to the 2003 "Run for the Roses."
Include will be back at Meadowlands Friday night for another shot at the Meadowlands Cup (gr. II), a race that eluded him last year, when he came up two necks short of the top prize as the odds-on favorite.
Grade II winner Caller I. D., who is represrented by five stakes winners this year, arrived the past weekend at Thomas Reigle's Reigle Heir Farms near Grantville, Pa.
Zinziberine, who has placed in three group events, reached stakes-winning status by taking the Oct. 2 Prix Eclipse (Fr-III) at Maisons-Laffitte.
Homebred Evening Attire wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup for T.J. Kelly and Joe and Mary Grant.
A Kentucky-bred son of Kingmambo topped four 2-year-olds in Wednesday's Somerville Tattersalls Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket.
Three-year-old Ballingarry crosses the Atlantic to land the Canadian International.
The Sunday Silence-sired filly Believe extended her winning streak to four and notched her first grade I win with a victory in the $1,464,131 Sprinters Stakes at Niigata Racecourse Sept. 29.
How the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) shakes out will largely be determined this week when the country's top fillies and mares enter their final preps for the Oct. 26 championships.
This is the weekend we've been waiting for: the three major North American preps for the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
The last round of preliminaries for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) takes place coast-to-coast this weekend, but we may not learn as much as we'd like about the top contenders.
The sky will not be the limit should the 'Sky' exacta hit Saturday at Keeneland in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II). The heavy favorite in the race will be Sky Mesa and the second choice will probably be Lone Star Sky.
The current favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), Storm Flag Flying, gets her final tune up before the World Thoroughbred Championships Saturday when she heads the field in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale has shown strong numbers through the first two days of the three-day auction. On Monday and Tuesday, gross and average are up slightly, while the median is up significantly and the number of horses bought back is down. The sale ends today.
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