The second day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s Fall Mixed sale built on the strength it showed during the opening session on Oct. 8. While the opening session showed depth in the weaning end of the market, Tuesday session's breadth stretched to the mares as well. Tuesday was the second of two consignor-preferred sessions.
Timmy Hyde's Camas Park Stud consigned the top lot of the first day of the Goffs Orby Yealing Sale in Ireland, a Sadler's Wells colt out of the Shirley Heights mare Puck's Castle, who was sold for 825,000 euros ($808,335) to Demi O'Byrne, acting for the Michael Tabor/John Magnier partnership.
Trainer Patrick Biancone arrived at Arlington Park on Monday with a strong contingent of juveniles ready to contest the Oct. 26 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and one looking toward the Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Classic field pretty much set; full field likely...Pleasantly Perfect leaps into Classic picture following impressive win in Goodwood BC Handicap...Lido Palace will not be supplemented...Medaglia d'Oro in sharp 6-furlong work...Arrival schedule for Classic horses
There has been much discussion regarding the decision to change the 2002 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Filly distance to 1 1/8 miles instead of one mile, which was the original distance of the two juvenile races, first run at Hollywood Park.
Michael Tabor's Left Bank, who won this year's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga over a particularly strong field, died Oct. 7 from complications brought on following colic surgery.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- If she adds the Breeders' Cup Distaff to her list of credentials, Azeri deserves consideration for Horse of the Year honors.
- By Steve Haskin
By Steve Haskin -- The late Walter Annenberg, who ran the Daily Racing Form, is remembered as the owner of a "damn good, very profitable newspaper in its time."
Godolphin champion miler Noverre will enter stud at Darley's Kildangan Stud in Ireland in 2003.
In the latest Breeders' Cup odds from British bookmaker William Hill, Travers winner Medaglia d'Oro and dual classic winner War Emblem are the joint 5-1 favorites for the Classic.
- By Ben Baugh
South Florida-based trainer Stanley Ersoff has sold his Triple "E" Farm near Ocala, primarily because of time constraints.
Xtra Heat, who beat the boys in the Oct. 6 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Keeneland, arrived at Arlington Park, the site of the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, on Sunday and is resting comfortably in her new surroundings.
A dozen 3-year-old fillies are entered for Wednesday's $150,000 Raven Run Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Previous graded winners Miss Lodi and Take the Cake look to be the pair to beat in the seven-furlong contest.
Just two days after Philadelphia Park presented the $50,000 Devil's Honor Stakes, 9-year-old Devil's Honor made an appearance in the paddock at the Pennsylvania track. He was there to race.
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