Campaigning for the first time at Del Mar, jockey Julie Krone had a tremendous meeting in her return from a broken back, capping it Wednesday when she guided B. Wayne Hughes' Siphonizer to an upset triumph in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) on closing day.
A Capote colt who is a brother to grade II stakes winner and grade I producer She's Tops was purchased by J. L. Gladwell for $700,000 to top Wednesday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
Two fillies, Mandy's Gold and Literary Light, are on the fence for Saturday's Floral Park Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park, according to their respective trainers.
Eleven horses are expected for Sunday's $1-million Atto Mile (Can-IT) at Woodbine, but the filly First Quarter will not be among them. Still expected are Perfect Soul and Freefourinternet, who had their last works before the race.
Headed by Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Ten Most Wanted, the connections of 12 horses have made sustaining payments for the grade II, $500,000 Super Derby XXIV at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 20.
Prairie Meadows has proposed a 96-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing season for 2004. The plan is to race only four days a week instead of five.
Gary Stevens hasn't ridden at Arlington Park since he was injured at the finish of the Aug. 17 Arlington Million (gr. IT). He is scheduled to return to Chicago Saturday to ride Hoh Buzzard in Saturday's grade III Pucker Up Stakes.
Impeachment, who ran third in the 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will stand the 2004 season at Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
- By Tom LaMarra
Representatives of Kentucky businesses that derive substantial revenue from the horse industry told state legislators Sept. 10 the health of the Thoroughbred breeding industry and their bottom lines are closely linked.
After two days of Keeneland's September sale in which 27 horses brought $1-million bids or more, Wednesday's session of the annual yearling sale in Lexington slowed down as the "select" portion gave way to the first of 10 remaining days of the auction.
Magna Entertainment Corp. Monday unveiled plans for a $100-million racetrack and entertainment project near Detroit International Airport.
When the Sept. 1 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap came off the turf, it also lost its grade III status. After a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, it has been reinstated.
- By Victor Ryan
Youbet.com is poised to launch portable betting in the fourth quarter of 2003 through wireless technology such as java-enabled cell phones and handheld personal computers.
No one is more deserving of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's Industry Service Award than Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt, the co-owners of WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
- By Victor Ryan
Those awaiting owner Michael Gill to unload his sizable racing stable--as he claimed he would do amid a storm of controversy earlier this year--can stop. The nation's leading owner isn't going anywhere.
Mineshaft, who tops the NTRA poll, will enter stud in 2004 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
- By Tom Keyser
The Maryland Racing Commission Sept. 9 commended Magna Entertainment Corp. for progress in meeting its commitment to upgrade the barn areas at Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, and the Bowie Training Center.
Keeneland's September yearling sale broke out of the starting gate running hard. Nearly every key business figure sprinted ahead of last year's pace on Sept. 8 during the first of the auction's two select sessions.
By Dick Downey -- Kentucky Downs, a diamond in the rough among racetracks, has a lot to offer horses, horsemen, and racing fans.
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