Churchill Downs Inc. reported Tuesday that net revenues for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 totaled $125.6 million, an increase of 3.6 percent, compared with $121.2 million for the same period last year.
If you assume this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be the first and last at Arlington Park, you may very well be wrong. If the Oct. 26 event meets with the satisfaction of Breeders' Cup, Arlington could become a regular host facility for the event.
A Grand Slam colt out of the Lyphard mare Pracer bought a session-high price of $140,000 to top the final day of the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The colt, which was consigned by Woods Edge Farm, was purchased by the Fustok family's Buckram Oak Farm.
After a 45-minute drive in rush hour traffic that normally would take 10-15 minutes, two vans carrying Aidan O'Brien's eight Breeders' Cup horses finally pulled up to the Arlington Park quarantine barn just after 6 p.m.
Announcers from racetracks across the United States, one from Canada, and one future racecaller, will participate in the 2002 All-Star Announcers Day at Arlington Park on Friday, the day before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Apprentice jockey Heather Irion remained at Torresdale-Frankford Hospital Tuesday following a nasty spill at Philadelphia Park Monday afternoon.
With just days to go before the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park, the question of whether Rock Of Gibraltar would compete in the Classic or the NetJets Mile remained unanswered. Even the colt's jockey said he doesn't know.
Can't make it to Chicago? Many tracks around the country have special post times, handicapping seminars, and other events this Saturday.
Magna Entertainment moved a step closer to acquiring Flamboro Downs when a company owned by one of its executives acquired the shares of the Ontario harness track.
Before he leaves his stall each morning, Bonapaw nibbles some carrots and then is the recipient of a 60-minute massage. Most people should have it so good.
Grade II winners Distilled asnd Buster's Daydream been sold for breeding purposes to the Korean Racing Association.
Two-year-old fillies get a chance to run for $100,000 on the turf Thursday at Keeneland. Nine fillies are scheduled to fight it out in the Green River Stakes.
Marshall Cassidy, the voice of racing in New York from 1979 to 1990, will return to the announcer's booth, this time at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz. He will call the races at Turf Paradise beginning Oct. 25 through Nov. 2.
Elusive Quality, who ranks first on the freshman and second on the overall 2-year-old list by progeny earnings, had his fee bumped from $10,000 to $30,000 for 2003
California stallion and grade I winner Latin American will stand at Sue Hubbard and Associates Farm near Paso Robles, Calif.
Caeser Kimmel and Ronald Nicholson's Blazing Fury has been declared out of Saturday's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). He suffered a tendon injury after galloping at Belmont Park Tuesday morning.
A powerful team of eight horses from Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle Stables left Ireland on Tuesday for the Breeders' Cup and were expected to touch down in Chicago at 4:15 p.m. (Central time).
Came Home, who will be one of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Classic, had his final tuneup for the $4 million race, working a half-mile in :47 3/5 at Santa Anita Tuesday.
Aqueduct's opening day Wednesday features the grade III Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds. Thirteen horses are entered for the race.
It came down to the final week, but the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park is a sellout.
Major preparations by Breeders' Cup contenders based at Churchill Downs were completed Tuesday as Perfect Drift and three other horses bound for Saturday's races turned in their final preps before shipping to Arlington Park for Saturday's races.
Shane Sellers, who has not ridden steadily since January of 2001, is returning to the saddle Wednesday at Keeneland.
The number of Breeders' Cup horses on the grounds nearly doubled Monday afternoon when Bobby Frankel's six-horse arsenal stepped off the Brook Ledge van at 3 p.m. Those arriving were Medaglia d'Oro and Milwaukee Brew (Classic), Beat Hollow and Aldebaran (Mile), Starine (Filly & Mare Turf), and Denon (Turf). Filly & Mare Turf starter Banks Hill, who captured the race last year, was due to arrive Tuesday from California.
A memorial service will be held to honor the life of Karri Casner on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CDT) at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas. Casner, who died in the Oct. 12 terrorist attack on the Indonesian island of Bali, was a daughter of WinStar Farm's Bill and Susan Casner.
The weather report for Saturday at Arlington Park changed again Wednesday morning. The track is the host of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for the first time on Saturday.
Wally Dollase was on top of the world in 1996 and '97, when he saddled eight Breeders' Cup starters. He won the Distaff with Jewel Princess in '96 and finished second in the Classic with Deputy Commander. In 1997 Career Collection finished second in the Juvenile Fillies. The following year, he had a big chance in the Distaff with Sharp Cat, but the filly tied up badly during Breeders' Cup week and nearly died. Now, he is back with Good Journey.
Allen Paulson died in July of 2000, but the legacy of his breeding successes continues. Paulson, the leading breeder of Breeders' Cup horses by earnings, will be represented by two runners Saturday at Arlington Park in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
The leading Breeders' Cup sire by earnings, Deputy Minister, does not have an entrant this year. That could open the door for another sire to take over that title, the likely candidates being Storm Cat, Seattle Slew, Mr. Prospector, and Sadler's Wells.
The palatial grandstand wasn't all that was new when Arlington Park reopened in 1989 as Arlington International Racecourse. Horses raced over a new nine-furlong main surface and a single, one-mile turf course with movable rails that replaced the old two-course setup.
NBC sportscaster Tom Hammond, who has worked on all 18 Breeders' Cup programs to date, will appear on Saturday's telecast from home while recovering from heart surgery.
D. Wayne Lukas, the king of Breeders' Cup trainers with 16 victories, pre-entered only two horses for this year's renewal of the World Thoroughbred Championships.
California stallion and grade I winner Siberian Summer will be relocated to Alex Trebek's Creston Farms near Creston, Calif.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick
Bill Casner once said he felt like "a kid outside the candy store, looking in at horses I felt I should have had, but couldn't have."
When Breeders' Cup Ltd. selected Arlington Park to host the World Thoroughbred Championships, the organization and racetrack were sailing into uncharted water. With Arlington having seating capacity of 12,000, no track that small had ever been considered for racing's biggest event.
By Tom Keyser
Boy was I naïve. When I started covering horse racing in March 1996 I thought this would be fun.
Eight high-class runners will accompany Sunline on the occasion of her final race on Oct. 26. It is fitting the career send-off for the long-serving New Zealand champion will be in the Cox Plate (Aust-I), Australia's weight-for-age championship an event she collected twice.
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