Articles posted October 9, 2003

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Hot Pace Figures in Maryland Million Sprint

the defending champion of the $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint, one of the 11 added money races on Maryland Million Day Saturday at Laurel, but most of the attention has gone to trainer Ben Feliciano Jr., who starts a pair of hot frontrunners.

Stroll, Best of the Rest Lead Calder Festival of Sun

Claiborne Farm's 3-year-old Stroll, shipping in from New York, and Bea Oxenberg's 8-year-old resident handicap star Best of the Rest are among a host of top class performers set to run on Saturday's $1.5 million Festival of the Sun program Saturday at Calder Race Course.

Kicken Kris Looms Large in Lawrence Realization

Brushwood Stable's Kicken Kris has never been the favorite in his 11-race career, but that is expected to change Saturday as the colt will be around odds-on in the 110th running of the $150,000 Lawrence Realization Handicap (gr. III), a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds.

Graded Winner Najran Retired

Najran, who was a prime candidate for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) after winning the Oct. 3 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, has been retired from racing because of knee chips.

Eurosilver to Skip Breeders' Cup; Najran Retired

Buckram Oak Farm's Lane's End Futurity (gr. II) winner Eurosilver will be rested for a spring campaign and Phoenix Breeders' Cup (gr. III) winner Najran will be retired to the breeding shed trainer Nick Zito said Thursday.

Dean: Kentucky Diagnostic Lab Needs Assistance

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The dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky told several Kentucky lawmakers the school's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center is overburdened and under-funded.

Wagering Increases, Purses Fall in Third Quarter

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Total wagering during the third quarter of the year increased to $4,007,591,917, a growth of 3.38% over the same quarter last year. Third-quarter purses dipped 4.15%, to $306,800,417. Compared with third-quarter 2002, racing days declined slightly, with a total of 16 fewer days.

Diesis Colt Breaks Tattersalls October Mark

Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Part One) saw a new record price Wednesday night when the very last lot into the ring, a Diesis colt out of dual classic-placed Kitza, sold for a million guineas for Irish veterinarian Demi O'Byrne, buying for John Magnier and Michael Tabor.

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