Whether or not Funny Cide runs in the Travers (gr. I) on Saturday may not be answered when entries are taken Wednesday. Trainer Barclay Tagg said Monday morning he would consider buying some more time for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner by entering the horse in the $1 million race.
Boosted by the offspring from the first crops of promising Florida-based sires like grade I winners Yes It's True and Greenwood Lake, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale roared out of the starting gate Monday.
Buyers are "overwhelmingly" in favor of having only one under tack show prior to juvenile auctions, based on a survey conducted recently by the National Association of 2-Year-Old Consignors (NATC).
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has agreed to replace the injured Gary Stevens in a match race against Julie Krone scheduled for Sunday, September 7. Billed as the Battle of the Sexes Match Race, the event will pit the pair in a two-turn race on equally matched horses.
Trainer Dan Hendricks withdrew Reba's Gold from consideration for Sunday's 13th running of the $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic at 1 1/4 miles on Del Mar's main track. The defection leaves the list of prospects for the track's signature event at five: Medaglia d'Oro, Milwaukee Brew, Candy Ride, Kudos and Fleetstreet Dancer.
Headed by San Clemente Handicap winner Katdogawn and multiple stakes winner Atlantic Ocean, a field of at least eight appears likely for Sunday's 47th edition of the grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks.
- By Steve Haskin
Gary Stevens, who miraculously escaped serious injury after being thrown by Storming Home a stride from the wire in the Arlington Million, has asked "Seabiscuit" author, Laura Hillenbrand, to update his condition to clear up some inaccuracies and let everyone know how he's doing.
The Ohio Racing Commission Monday formalized the sale of Scioto Downs harness track to MTR Gaming Inc.
Multi-millionaire, multiple grade I winner Harlan's Holiday has been retired from racing because of an injury suffered while finishing last in the Aug. 16 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
- By Ron Mitchell
TVG Network reported that revenues for the quarter ending June 30 totaled $3.9 million, an increase of 82.7% over the same period one year ago. For the first six months of this year, revenues rose 91.4% from the year-earlier period to total $5.8 million.
Leon Rasmussen, who penned the Bloodlines column for many years in Daily Racing Form, died today of cancer. He was 88.
Eclipse Press authors Barbara Livingston and Cot Campbell will be part of a five-person autographing session at Lyrical Ballad Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York, from 7-9 p.m. (EDT) this Friday, Aug. 22.
Domedriver, winner of last year's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will enter stud at Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud near Newmarket, England, in 2004
Trainer Barclay Tagg acknowledged that Funny Cide is unlikely to make it to Saturday's Travers (gr. I). The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner spiked a temperature on Aug. 4, the morning after he finished a well-beaten third in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) and hasn't had a workout. Tagg said this week that he didn't like the results of a blood test and that the horse hasn't been eating all his food.
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