The last time Todd Kabel had to choose between Queen's Plate mounts, he found himself in the winner's circle in Canadian Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious event. This year, he's hoping for a similar result aboard Mobil, owner Gus Schickedanz's talented 3-year-old colt, in Sunday's race.
A vastly improved Denon, runaway winner of the Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on Belmont Stakes Day, and Moon Ballad, winner of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) earlier this spring, head a group of 109 Thoroughbreds nominated to this summer's Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington Park.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2003 June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age gets underway Tuesday.
John Oxley's undefeated Sky Mesa, who has not run since his victory in last fall's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity, breezed 6 furlongs in 1:14 1/5 Monday morning in preparation for the July 6 Dwyer Stakes.
Klaus Jacobs' English-based Newsells Park Stud, which has assembled an 85-strong broodmare band in just three years, has unveiled its draft of yearlings to be offered this year at the major northern hemisphere auctions, including four at Saratoga and eight at Keeneland September.
Graded stakes winner Accelerator was represented by his first winner when his daughter Hop On It won June 14
Keeneland has scheduled 19 stakes races worth $4.5 million for its 17-day fall meeting, which begins on Oct. 3.
- By Jack Shinar
Backed into a corner by workers' compensation insurance rates expected to soar to 70% of trainer payroll, Quarter Horse officials at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California are fighting back with a plan that will cut costs by more than half in most cases.
- By Mark Popham
Peter Savill, entering the final year of his chairmanship on the British Horseracing Board, has warned that the racing industry in Britain is under grave threat.
Coolmore stallion Hennessy, whose current runners include Australian group I winners Grand Armee and Half Hennessy, will shuttle to Coolmore Australia
Grade I winner King of the Heap was represented by his first winner when his daughter, High On Luck, won June 15
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