Excess Summer and jockey Julie Krone spoiled the return to competition of Gary Stevens Friday, less than three weeks after he was injured in a spectacular spill in the Arlington Million (g. IT), breezing to an easy triumph in the featured $92,825 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds.
Darley Stud Management's Mokabra seized the lead 50 yards from the wire and outlasted local hope Slawomira by a head in Germany's top juvenile stakes, the Maurice Lacroix Trophy (Ger-II) at Baden-Baden Friday.
Jockeys Emile Ramsammy and Robert Landry were in stable condition after both riders were thrown from their mounts during Woodbine's fourth race on Friday.
Ramon Dominguez, the nation's leading rider in 2003, rode three winners on Friday's card at Pimlico, including his 300th of the year when he guided Palace Royale ($13.20) home in the seventh race.
Sanford Goldfarb and Stewart Hoffman's Well Fancied became the first back-to-back winner of the General Douglas MacArtur Handicap, powering to a 5 ½-length victory Friday afternoon in the seven-furlong race for New York breds that opens the 38-day Belmont Park Fall Championship Meet.
Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) caused fetal loss in domestic pigs based on a recent study, according to a press release issued Friday by the University of Kentucky.
The top of the yearling market faces its biggest test of the year when Keeneland's September sale gets under way Monday.
David Copperfield, a grade III turf winner who has not started this year, has been retired and will stand in 2004 at Rick Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky. No stud fee was announced for the 6-year-old son of Halo.
The field is small but mighty for Sunday's grade II, $200,000 Palomar Handicap for fillies and mares 3 years old and up going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) prospect Perfect Moon was sold today by owners Annabelle Stute and The Hat Ranch to Royce Jaime for a price characterized as "mid-six figures."
Trainer Bobby Barbara's summer in Saratoga Springs was almost perfect. "I was happy with our record," he said. "We won six races, but I'd give a few of them back to get her up. I really wanted to win that race."
Woodbine officials said a "softening" in wagering has led them to cut purses by 3% effective Sept. 10.
Breeders from the United States and Canada were honored Sept. 5 during a luncheon that included a call for the industry to get behind efforts to restore the NTRA Great State Challenge to the racing calendar for 2004.
Two top fillies are out of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Champion Sunline had her first meeting in the breeding shed.
With Saratoga still fresh in everyone's mind, Belmont's first big "Fall Preview" weekend is already here. On paper, Mineshaft looks virtually unbeatable in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), but pay very close attention to Northern Rock, who should be rolling along on an uncontested lead.
Allen's Prospect, sire of 57 stakes winners and a hallmark of consistency, was euthanized Wednesday, Sept. 3, at age 21 following surgery at New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania for removal of a tumor under his jaw.
Ballena Vista Farm has pensioned millionaire Fighting Fit from stallion duty. The decision was made after the 23 year-old son of Full Pocket showed signs of acute joint arthritis during the 2003 breeding season.
Edward Evans' homebred grade II winner Seeking Daylight has been retired from racing and will be sent from trainer Mark Hennig's New York barn to the owner's Spring Hill Farm near Casanova, Va.
With a exceptions, the 2004 racing calendar for Indiana Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing could closely resemble this year's program, though Thoroughbred dates would increase slightly under the proposals.
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