Trainer Bob Baffert's top prospect for an eighth straight Del Mar Futurity victory lived up to his name Thursday morning when the 2-year-old Cooperation buzzed five furlongs in :59 2/5 to wind up preparations for Wednesday's $250,000 Futurity (gr. II) at seven furlongs on the main track.
Led by La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Singletary, a field of 10 3-year-olds is entered Saturday in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela will start from the rail aboard Summer Mayberry's Chester's Choice and Julie Krone will be aboard Bob Baffert's Woke Up Dreamin in Sunday's "Battle of the Sexes" match race at Del Mar.
The Maryland Jockey Club will honor King Leatherbury, who last month became the third trainer in history to win 6,000 races, with a "Toast And Roast" Saturday at Pimlico.
The Oak Tree Racing Association announced Thursday that it will increase the purse in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) to $300,000 guaranteed.
- By Jack Shinar
Two Northern California men pleaded "no contest" Sept. 3 to felony animal cruelty stemming from the torture death of a Thoroughbred mare in Northern California.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has catalogued 1,237 horses for its fall mixed sale.
Will Farish has not attended Keeneland's September yearling sale since he became the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain in 2001. But the Lane's End Farm owner is back for this year's edition of the auction.
Arlington Park announced Clifford Jeep Chrysler as an official partner of Arlington Park for the remainder of the 2003 race meet, which runs through Sept. 27. As part of the agreement, the dealership will display two vehicles, one in the paddock and the other in the park area, at Arlington Park for the rest of the racing season.
Catalogs for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2003 Fall Mixed Sale won't be in the mail until the end of next week, but you can access the catalog immediately through a visit to the OBS web site at http://www.obssales.com.
The grade I, $250,000 Gazelle Handicap at 1 1/8 miles features a rematch between Island Fashion and Spoken Fur, the 1-3 finishers in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I), and has also attracted Test Stakes (gr. I) winner Lady Tak.
Whitmore's Conn, winner of the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. I) at Saratoga, is among a field of eight entered in Saturday's Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.
William Farish's Mineshaft will be the marquee attraction on Saturday's Belmont Park card that will feature three grade I events. The 4-year-old colt will go for his third straight grade I win against four rivals in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes over 1 1/8 miles.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Kentucky Racing Commission and the Kentucky Equine Drug Council in October will consider the mandate by the American Graded Stakes Committee that enhanced drug testing be implemented by next year in order for stakes to maintain their grades.
Robert B. Lewis and Trudy McCaffery have accepted invitations to join the Oak Tree Racing Association Board of Directors.
Although Hopeful (gr. I) winner Silver Wagon will not be heading to Santa Anita in October, that's not to say we didn't see any contenders for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last weekend.
Grand Lodge, sire of such European standouts as champions Grandera and Sinndar, will undergo surgery at Scone Veterinary Clinic after injuring a knee in a paddock accident at Woodlands Stud in New South Wales, Australia.
Crucell N.V., a Dutch biotechnology company, and the Israel-based Kimron Veterinary Institute are anticipating the approval of their veterinary West Nile Virus (WNV) in Israel in early 2004.
TV Games Network will offer exclusive live network coverage of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale next Monday through Wednesday (September 8-10), with reports from the Keeneland Sales Pavilion beginning each day at 1 p.m. Eastern and continuing until 7 p.m.
Harlan's Holiday, a three-time grade I winner and earner of $3,632,664, has been retired and will enter stud at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. for a 2004 fee of $17,500.
Increases in every statistical category were reported by Canterbury Park officials in a summary of the final results of the 2003 live racing meet, which ended Sept. 1.
Grade II winner Dr. Brendler has been retired from racing after coming out of the Aug. 9 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga with a torn suspensory ligament.
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