Veteran grass star Cetewayo is the 118-pound high weight in a tough field of 12 entered for the $300,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (gr. III) at Kentucky Downs, a 1 1/2-mile test that headlines a series of four turf races at the Franklin track Saturday.
Apprentice jockey Alejandro Marcial suffered a broken collarbone during a spill in Sunday's first race at Arlington Park and will be out of action for several weeks.
The final parimutuel future betting opportunity before the Breeders' Cup Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park on Oct. 26 runs from Friday to though Sunday with the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies pools.
Sons of Partner's Hero and Fantastic Fellow, two sires whose first foals are 2-year-olds this year, brought $60,000 each to top Thursday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
The pari-mutuel fields for both races – at 5-1 and 4-1 odds for the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies, respectively – are the morning line favorites set by oddsmaker Mike Watchmaker of Daily Racing Form.
Belmont Notes: Lido Palace Works for Gold Cup; Banks Hill's Return in Flower Bowl; Turf Classic Nears for With Anticipation
John W. Amerman's Lido Palace, prepping for next Saturday's 84th running of the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :49 2/5, breezing on Belmont Park's fast main track Thursday morning.
After early scratches 116 were entered Thursday for the 10 races on Maryland's Million Day at Old Hilltop.
Twelve horses have been entered for Saturday's $100,000
Noble Damsel (gr. III) for fillies and mares at one mile on the turf at Belmont Park, but that many are not likely to run.
Norman Miller may not be a household name when it comes to horse trainers. But the 47-year-old New Orleans native will have one of his most important opportunities Saturday when he saddles Jimmy and Dennis Richard's Bonapaw in the $300,000 Vosburgh (gr. I) at seven furlongs at Belmont Park.
Jerry Hollendorfer, the defending champion trainer at Arlington Park, has apparently conceded any chance to repeat after shipping 22 horses from his Arlington string back to his Northern California base of operations.
Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm has welcomed its first stallion prospect.
The $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes and $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes at a mile and 70 yards each will give Calder's top 2-year-old prospects their first opportunity to be tested over a distance of ground in a stakes race on Sept. 21.
The European invasion of the 2002 Canadian International (gr. IT) is almost underway as Zindabad, who finished third, but was disqualified for interference and placed sixth in the 2001 International, arrives at Woodbine from England on the evening of Sept. 20.
Deputy Minister, who rang up $10-million in progeny earnings in both 1997-98, will have a reduction in his 2003 fee
During the breeding season of 2001, the number of stallions covering 100 or more mares actually decreased, but the stud horse that mounted the most mares blew the "cover" off the record.
According to Gololphin assistant trainer Tom Albertaini, E Dubai, the Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner will likely miss the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).
In a press release dated Sept. 19, the New York Racing Association declares that Saratoga Race Course paid out its highest daily average purses and average overnight purses during the 2002 meeting that ran 36 days, from July 24th-Sept. 2.
Rosecroft Raceway, a harness track in Maryland, will be sold, possibly to Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment. Magna has recently purchased a majority interest in the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Pimlico and Laurel Thoroughbred tracks.
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