Articles posted September 12, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Dettori May Pass Breeders' Cup For Cox Plate

With Godolphin leaning heavily toward running Irish Champion Stakes winner Grandera in Australia's Cox Plate on Oct. 26, there is a good chance that regular rider Frankie Dettori will be assigned the mount, costing him a chance to compete in this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Gemma's Star, Bernard's Candy Head Calder Stake

James P. Calderazzo's very experienced Gemma's Star and Bruce Tallisman's lightly-raced Bernard's Candy appear to be the horses to beat among eight 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's $50,000 Needles Stakes at Calder Race Course.

This Owner Also Loves 'Helicopter Skiing'

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It's well known how physically conditioned jockeys must be to perform their best in races, but Thoroughbred owners aren't usually thought of in the same way. Unless the owner is James Harris, whose amateur passion is "helicopter skiing,"

French Filly Baldellia Finally Arrives for Pucker Up

Mrs. M. de Chambure's Baldellia, a French-bred and campaigned 3-year-old filly whose flight to the United States was delayed four days by a labor strike, finally toured the Arlington Park main course Thursday morning in advance of Saturday's Pucker Up Stakes (gr. III).

Little Treasure Favored in Arlington's Pucker Up

French-bred filly Little Treasure, who races for the Sidney Port Trust & San Gabriel Investments, invades Arlington Park from her California home base as the likely favorite among 11 sophomores entered for Saturday's $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8-mile on the turf.

Shaws Creek Seeks Return to Form at Woodbine

Plate Trial. When you ask trainer John Ross how he'd like Jam Jar Racing Stable's Shaws Creek to perform in Saturday's $164,700 Col. R.S. McLaughlin Handicap (gr. III) at Woodbine, that's the first answer that comes to mind.

Carson Hollow Faces Gold Mover in Floral Park

Carson Hollow, a 3-year-old making her first start since suffering a defeat to You by a nose in Saratoga's Test (gr. I), takes on Gold Mover, one of the nation's top older female sprinters, in the $100,000 Floral Park (gr. III) Saturday at Belmont Park.

Carson Hollow Faces Gold Mover in Floral Park

Carson Hollow, a 3-year-old making her first start since suffering a defeat to You by a nose in Saratoga's Test (gr. I), takes on Gold Mover, one of the nation's top older female sprinters, in the $100,000 Floral Park (gr. III) Saturday at Belmont Park.

Hennessy Colt Sells for $1.1 Million at Keeneland

A Hennessy colt produced from the unraced Alydar mare Altair was purchased for $1.1 million on behalf of Coolmore Stud interests to top Thursday's session of the Keeneland September yearling sale

Little Treasure May Be Favored in Pucker Up

French-bred filly Little Treasure, who races for the Sidney Port Trust & San Gabriel Investments, invades Arlington Park from California and will likely be favored among 11 sophomore distaffers entered for Saturday's grade III $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes at a mile and an eighth on the turf.

Maryland Million Pre-Entries Announced

A total of 162 offspring of Maryland stallions have been pre-entered in the 10 races which comprise the 2002 Maryland Million, to be run at Pimlico Race Course on Sept. 21. Four 2001 winners are nominated to defend their titles.

Vindication Heads Ky. Cup Juvenile

Hoping to follow the success of the last two Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) winners, Point Given and Repent, eight 2-year-olds have been entered for the first two-turn graded event for juveniles of the year.

Owner-Driven Racing Series a Long-Haul Challenge

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association hopes to launch a for-profit, televised racing series with the assistance of Breeders' Cup and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, but much work remains to be done, officials said.

Juvenile Preview (9/12): Sky's the Limit

n the latest graded race for juveniles, trainer Bob Baffert led a sweep of the top four positions in the Sept. 11 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on the closing-day card at the southern California oval. The effect of the seven-furlong race on the Bessemer Trust Juvenile remains to be seen, however, as Baffert said winner Icecoldbeeratreds is more of a sprinter and will be kept at one-turn races.

Johnston Rides 3,000th Winner

Four days after Mario Pino rode his 5,000th winner, fellow Maryland jockey Mark Johnston scored his 3,000th career win. Johnson reached the mark today aboard the James Barry owned and trained Komba in the second race at Pimlico

Volponi Heads Belmont BC Field

Amherst Stable's Volponi will get plenty of support in the grade II, $200,000 Belmont Breeders' Cup at nine furlongs on the turf Saturday.

Dollar Bill Favored to Get Ky. Cup Cash

Dollar Bill, winless in stakes competition this year, but with several strong graded placings, was installed the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) to be run at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky.

Boston Common Heads Jerome Field

There was money showing on the board, Richard Englander liked his breeding, and trainer Michael Pino liked his physical appearance. For $50,000, they decided to take a chance on Boston Common.

Kentucky Proposal: Only Five Race-Day Medications

Horsemen, veterinarians, racing officials, and regulators in Kentucky have been working behind the scenes to develop a new medication policy for the state that figures to greatly influence the debate over a uniform medication policy for the United States.

Maryland Stallion Oh Say Euthanized

Oh Say, a Maryland stallion and before that one of the many stars in the racing stable of the late Jane du Pont Lunger's Christiana Stable, was euthanized in late July because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

Mile Preview (9/12): Steady as a Rock (of Gibraltar)

The announcement earlier this week that NetJet will sponsor the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) wasn't the biggest news concerning the World Thoroughbred Championship's grass event. Rock of Gibraltar's emphatic victory in the NetJet Prix du Moulin de Longchamp in France on Sept. 8 kept the European superstar right on target for a trip to Arlington Park.

Sprint Preview (9/12): Turn Up the Heat

The queen of the sprint division, Xtra Heat, did nothing to hurt her chances for a return crack at the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a devastating five-length score in the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park Sept. 7.

Juvenile Filly Preview (9/12): Awesome at the Top

Separating top juveniles is always tough early in the year because so many are unbeaten or have won a majority of their starts. Still, when it comes to the early favorites for this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), all lists must start with Awesome Humor.

Racing Industry Remembers 9/11 Anniversary

The racing industry marked the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States with various memorial services, including one that was simulcast to betting outlets around the country from Del Mar in California.

Palm Meadows Expects to Open in November

Magna Entertainment's Palm Meadows, a Thoroughbred training center designed to relieve the stall shortage in South Florida, will be ready for equine residents this winter but dormitories for employees may not be ready.

Magic Weisner Remains at New Bolton; Return to Track Delayed

Magic Weisner, the Preakness runner-up recovering from West Nile virus, was to have been released Thursday, Sept. 12, from the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania. But veterinarians at New Bolton decided to keep the 3-year-old gelding a couple of more days, according to Dr. Bob Vallance, the horse's Maryland veterinarian.

Florida Morphine Case Raises Zero-Tolerance Question

The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering in August filed an administrative complaint against trainer Henry Collazo, alleging that a horse he ran at Calder Race Course tested positive for a derivative of morphine. The case has again put Florida's zero-tolerance policy under scrutiny.

Del Mar Sets Handle Record; On-Track Attendance Improves

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club ended its 63rd summer season of Thoroughbred racing Sept. 11 by maintaining its position as the national leader in daily average attendance for the twelfth consecutive year, while achieving a new track record for total pari-mutuel handle.

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