The scariest thing about trainer Bobby Frankel setting a North American single-season earnings record on Halloween is that there are still two months left in 2003.
Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson's 5-year-old multi-millionaire Volponi will enter stud at Rick and Liz Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky., in 2004.
Serengeti Stable's Eugene's Third Son, who made a dazzling return to competition on Thursday at Churchill Downs, may find himself in California by the end of the year.
Turf Classic (gr. IT) winner Honor In War is back in training after a minor ankle injury knocked him out of last week's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. Trainer Paul J. McGee is considering a possible run on the dirt in the biggest event of the Churchill Downs' fall meet, the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) on Nov. 28.
Friday's eighth race at Laurel Park could provide a candidate or two for next month's $300,000 De Francis Dash (gr. I), as two top contenders – Boston Common and Take Achance On Me – finished one-two in the $36,000 optional allowance test.
One for Rose has been a thorn in the side of her rivals throughout 2003. And that's just the way jockey Emile Ramsammy likes it.
Keeneland officials expect business to be brisk when the November breeding stock sale starts its 11-day run Monday in Lexington.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky kicks off the breeding stock selling season in Central Kentucky Sunday with its November select auction, which begins at 7 p.m. (EST).
Value Plus has seen his value go down after a pair of stakes losses, but the Todd Pletcher trainee seeks to rebound in Sunday's $100,000 Nashua Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Nick Zito, who already trains Kentucky Derby hopefuls Birdstone and Eurosilver, seeks to add to his riches Sunday when he saddles The Cliff's Edge in the $100,000 Iroquois (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Dual Breeders' Cup hero High Chaparral, runaway Lockinge Stakes winner Hawk Wing, and international sprinting sensation Choisir will be joined on the new Coolmore stallion roster by Catcher In The Rye, Spartacus, and Statue Of Liberty.
- By Tom Precious
Legislation designed to make it easier for New York tracks to coordinate racing schedules and sell their products jointly has been vetoed by Gov. George Pataki, who said the bill could "work to the detriment of New Yorkers who patronize horse racing and betting facilities."
Green Hills Farm's Voodoo Dancer, seventh in last week's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) has been retired.
A business-restructuring plan has been created for The Thoroughbred Corp. that will considerably change its focus as it heads into 2004, according to a release dated Oct. 30.
E. Allen Murray and his wife, Audrey, who bought the stallion Our Emblem two years ago and watched him develop into a star when his son War Emblem won the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). have purchased 10-year-old Louis Quatorze for stallion duty at their Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md.
The Jockey Club announced Oct. 31 it has published an updated version of the Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Stud Book.
It was all a treat for Whipper as the 2-year-old colt easily won the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (Fr-II) on Halloween day.
Millionaire Tates Creek has been retired after her unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT). The homebred filly for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms might be bred to the farm's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker.
- By Jack Shinar
Santa Anita Park's Oak Tree meet, which began with high expectations as the host site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will end with a 10% reduction in purses for the remainder of the season.
Attendance and wagering figures at the recently concluded Calder Race Course meet were down despite the popularity of the track's marquee events--the Summit of Speed and Festival of the Sun.
Magna Entertainment Corp. increased revenue 59.7% in the third quarter but the company's losses continued to widen.
Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration could next run in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park on Dec. 14, trainer David Hofmans said.
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