Articles posted September 5, 2003

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Stevens' Return Spoiled by Excess Summer

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.

Ramsammy, Landry in Woodbine Spill

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.

Well Fancied Repeats in Belmont Fall Opener

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.

David Copperfield Retired to Hopewell

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.

Magic Mission Heads Palomar Field

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.

Perfect Moon Sold, Moves Barns

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."

Mineshaft Could Hit Solid 'Rock' in Woodward

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.

Maryland Stallion Allen's Prospect Euthanized

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.

California Stallion Fighting Fit Pensioned

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.

Grade II Winner Seeking Daylight Retired

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.

Indiana Tracks Submit Requests for 2004 Dates

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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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