Articles posted November 25, 2003

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List of Graded Stakes for 2004 Released; Total Drops By Seven

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association released Tuesday its listing of U.S. graded stakes for 2004, the results of its annual grading session conducted Nov. 24 in Lexington, Ky. The committee reviewed 759 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned graded status to 480 of them, seven less than were graded in 2003.

Capote Pensioned Over Health Concerns

Three Chimneys stallion Capote has been pensioned because of a combination of fertility and neurological problems, Three Chimneys owner and syndicate manager Robert Clay said Tuesday.

Cappuchino Likely for Clark

The field for Friday's 129th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) added another member on Tuesday when trainer Jerry Hollendorfer notified Churchill Downs officials that Cappuchino, winner of the Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on opening day, would likely run in the 1 1/8-mile test for older horses.

Be Gentle Set for Run in Golden Rod

Thomas Van Meter's Be Gentle arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon and is expected to join the field for Saturday's 60th running of the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II), a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies.

Scat Sam Man Works Towards Kentucky Jockey Club


Walter "Buddy" New's Scat Sam Man, a son of Scatmandu who is expected to make his stakes debut in Saturday's Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II), breezed four furlongs over a "fast" track on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.

Scat Sam Man Works Towards Kentucky Jockey Club

Walter "Buddy" New's Scat Sam Man, a son of Scatmandu who is expected to make his stakes debut in Saturday's Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II), breezed four furlongs over a "fast" track on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.

Claudius to A & A in New Mexico

Graded stakes winner Claudius, whose 2-year-old son Hi Teck Man is a two-time stakes winner this year, will stand the 2004 season at Fred Alexander's A & A Ranch near Anthony, N.M.

A. P. Delta to Ryder's in Louisiana

A son of A.P. Indy and a full brother to two stakes winners, A. P. Delta has been purchased for stud duty at Firal Ryder's Ryder's River Ridge Farm near Natchitoches, La.

Land of Enchantment

By Ray Paulick -- Slot machines have divided the racetrack community into two groups: the "haves" and "have nots." To join the "haves," owners, breeders, and anyone making their living in the horse industry need to become active.

It's About Slots

By Dan Liebman -- The future of Maryland racing may not depend on the number of starts per stall, but perhaps the number of slot machines per grandstand.

THG Not Considered Problem in Racing

Tetrahydrogestrinone, a new designer steroid that has rocked human athletics in recent months, has been duly placed on the radar of North American racing. But there are no plans to take action against the potential performance-enhancer, racing officials said.

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