Stonerside Stable's Congaree has been assigned 124 pounds for Turfway Park's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) to be run Saturday. The nine-time stakes winner and earner of more than $2.7 million has been asked to spot four pounds to his nearest rival, Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) winner Perfect Drift.
Boosted by competitive bidding from leading international buyers, the Keeneland September yearling sale began on a strong note Monday at the company's sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky. The average price was up 41.1%, the median rose 32.4%, and the RNA rate was 29.7%.
Immediately after Mineshaft's incredible victory in Saturday's Woodward Stakes (gr. I), the talk began about the impending showdown with California sensation Candy Ride in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Trainer Harold Rose, who bred, owned, and trained 2000 Florida Derby (gr. I) and 2002 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I) winner Hal's Hope, died today at his north Miami home. He was 92.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' Orientate, champion sprinter of 2002, and Take Charge Lady, a multiple grade I-winning 3-year-old filly owned by Jerry and Feye Bach's Select Stable, have been chosen as the Kentucky-based "Horses of the Year" for 2002 by members of Kentucky Thoroughbred Media .
- By Jack Shinar
California voters will decide Oct. 7 whether to recall Gov. Gray Davis and replace him with one of more than one hundred candidates. But as far as the three influential Sacrameno lobbyists are concerned, the decision doesn't figure to have much of an impact on Thoroughbred racing in the state.
The British Horseracing Board has, as expected, launched a strong defense against the findings of an Office Of Fair Trading investigation in the sport. The BHB has condemned them as "disastrous."
Central Kentucky stallion Sandpit, a champion in his native Brazil and a multiple grade I turf winner in the U.S., succumbed to a liver disease and a cancerous tumor Sept. 4.
Graded stakes winner Claudius was represented by his first stakes winner when his son Hi Teck Man won the Sept. 1 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Futurity
Stakes winner Flying With Eagles sired his first winner, Sept. 7, when Skyrider won at 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.20 at Emerald Downs as a homebred for David and Jill Heerensperger.
Bill Casner, co-owner of WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., called for support of video lottery terminals in Kentucky and the Thoroughbred Championship Tour while accepting the 2003 Industry Service Award at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association's National Awards Dinner.
Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai arrived at Keeneland Sunday morning, one day before the start of the September yearling sale.
With time running out to obtain 2004 dates, the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association board of directors met Sept. 6 to discuss whether to accept an offer by a Standardbred track to host some Quarter Horse races, and it also got unexpected support from a Thoroughbred breeder.
After undergoing extensive knee surgery Sept. 5 at Scone Veterinary Clinic, Grand Lodge is recovering well.
Millionaire Event of the Year was represented by his first winner when his son Seeyouattheevent won Sept. 5 at 1 1/16 miles at Pimlico.
Patrick Valenzuela urged everything he could from Chester's Choice, dramatically nipping Julie Krone and Woke Up Dreamin by a nose at the wire in a match race at Del Mar Sunday that exceeded everyone's expectations.
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