Atlantic Ocean, a record $1.9 million filly purchase at the March Barretts' sale for 2-year-olds, broke her maiden in her third attempt Thursday at Del Mar, defeating a field of seven opponents going a mile.
<b>Saratoga Notebook: </b>Medaglia d'Oro Recovering Nicely; Roaring Fever Rarin' to Go; Harlan's Holiday Back; Affirmed Success Takes Time
Trainer Bobby Frankel said Travers (gr.I) winner Medaglia d'Oro's injured left foot is healing well.
- By Mike Kane
An official of the New York Racing Association refused to confirm or deny reports that the association's chief financial officer, Alexander W. Ingle, was fired this week.
New Zealend-bred Zabenz, making his second start in the United States, took command of the $100,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap (NSA-gr. I) in the final turn and pulled away for a 7 1/4-length victory in rainy conditions Thursday at Saratoga.
Eluisve City's victory in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood July 30 has been put in jeopardy by concern over the post-race sample he gave in a routine dope test.
Go Go, who was 2001 California-bred sprinter, has been retired because of bleeding problems
Crystal Cop, dam of California champion Ex Marks the Cop, was euthanized in February at Vessels Stallion Farm near Bonsall, Calif., after laminitis set in following surgery to repair a twisted colon.
Both the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen first-round Florida Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-olds at Calder Race Course produced mild upsets of favorites and round two comes Saturday in the $125,000 Affirmed and $125,000 Susan's Girl divisions at seven furlongs.
Zavata established himself as the horse to beat in the Hopeful with powerful victories in Belmont's Tremont (gr. III) and the Saratoga Special (gr. II). He will seek to become the fourth consecutive favorite to win Saratoga's most prized race for 2-year-olds.
Healing quickly, Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens will give his right knee a serious test Friday at Del Mar when he rides for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery Aug. 1.
Millionaire and grade I winner Fastness will stand the 2003 breeding season at Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.
The familiar all blue colors of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing could show up again soon at the seashore, trainer Eoin Harty said the morning of Aug. 29.
Supplemented nominee Kachamandi, a Chilean-bred winner of last Friday's Harry Brubaker Stakes, has raised the possible field for Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) to 11 for the 1 3/8-mile run on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
The Breeders' Cup has received a dozen phone calls this week from persons asking about the eligibility of stallions that stood in 2000 (foals of 2001) and 2001 (foals of 2002) at Dr. William O. Reed's Mare Haven Farm near Lexington.
Undefeated Buffythecenterfold heads a field of nine scheduled to go postward Saturday in the premier 2-year-old filly race of the meeting, the $250,000, Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).
The three races involved will begin at River Downs with the $200,000 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes, move on to Arlington Park for the Arlington Matron (gr. III) and finally go to Del Mar for the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
James Tafel's Lakenheath breezed a half-mile in :47 3/5 over the Arlington Park surface the morning of Aug. 29 in preparation for her upcoming engagement in Monday's Arlington Matron (gr. III).
Trainer Robert Tiller says a decision on whether Win City, Canada's reigning Horse of the Year, will run in the $1-million Atto Mile (gr. IT) on Sept. 8 has not been made.
The Fourstardave Handicap and Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap, both taken off the turf course and switched to a sloppy main track at Saratoga on Aug. 24, have been downgraded by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
For the third time, the Breeders' Cup has had to alter its pre-entry and field selection announcement dates because of the Columbus Day holiday.
The Greatest Game, the Thoroughbred industry's new-owner initiative, will hold an informational session on the progress of the program Sept. 13 at the Keeneland sale pavilion. It is open to the public.
Sweetest Thing, who won the July 6 Dance Smartly Handicap (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine in what turned out to be her final start, has been retired after trainer and former co-owner Roger Attfield detected some swelling in an ankle following a workout.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has come up with an innovative way to reward horsemen who board horses at farms and training centers in the state for a given time period.
Bosque Redondo is resting comfortably at Equine Medical Center near Cypress, Calif., after successful surgery to repair a sesamoid fracture of his right ankle and a condylar fracture of the cannon bone suffered during his fifth-place finish in the Aug. 25 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.
Grade I stakes-placed Tribunal, a $1.8 million yearling purchase, has been sold by Robert and Beverly Lewis to a group of investors from the Pacific Northwest who are in the process of syndicating the 5-year-old son of Deputy Minister
Luxury Flight, a filly by Flying Victor, brought the top price of $40,000 at American Equine Sales' Wine Country yearling sale on Tuesday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif.
Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment has announced it has signed a letter of intent to purchase a 95% stake in Louisiana Downs for $157 million.
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