Weanlings have been driving the market at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Fall Mixed Sale in recent years, and Monday's opening session of the 2004 auction indicated the trend was set to continue.
Multi-millionaire Pleasantly Perfect worked a mile in 1:38 1/5 in company with stablemate Sanfran at Santa Anita Monday in preparation for his defense of his Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) – Powered by Dodge title at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30. Regular rider Crystal Brown was in the irons for the move.
Multiple grade II winner Roman Ruler, getting ready to make his next start in the Oct. 30 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), worked :35 2/5, breezing, at Santa Anita on Sunday under Dana Barnes. But according to trainer Bob Baffert the bay son of Fusaichi Pegasus went much slower and easier in his first published move since winning the Oct. 3 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II).
Eagle Oak Ranch's Boston Glory, second to division leader Roman Ruler in the Oct. 3 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita in his last start, will most likely make his next start in the Oct. 30 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), trainer Eoin Harty said.
Monday's first day of Tattersalls' October Yearling Sale (Part 2) included three lots that sold for six-figure sums.
Sam-Son Farm's Dance With Ravens, a 2-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly, broke his maiden in impressive fashion Monday when he took the inside track to win the Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Monday that it is revising its earnings outlook for the third quarter of 2004 and further lowering its outlook for the full year to reflect increased spending on alternative gaming efforts and special, non-cash impairment charges for Ellis Park due to softness in business at that racetrack.
Heriberto "Ocala" Cedano, longtime assistant to the late Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson, registered his first victory as a trainer Monday afternoon when Fortunate Damsel led all the way to win the $112,300 Pebbles Stakes (gr. IIIT) that highlighted the Columbus Day card at Belmont Park.
There was irony in that Lee Freedman's 100th group I winner came at Caulfield, the Melbourne track he left several years ago to train at a private set-up at Rye, in country Victoria.
- By Tom LaMarra
A measure that would repeal the 30% alien withholding tax and allow the pari-mutuel industry to further export racing to foreign markets was approved by the U.S. Senate Monday, Oct. 11.
Calder Race Course president Ken Dunn Monday announced the appointment of Michael D. Abes as vice president and general manager for the Thoroughbred track in Miami, Fla. Abes has been treasurer at Calder since 1991 and will retain that position when he assumes his new duties.
ReRun, Inc., the Kentucky-based horse adoption program, is again conducting a fund-raiser in which Moneighs will be offered at auction on eBay.
The stud fee for Pleasantly Perfect, a multiple grade I winner and a leading contender for Horse of the Year, has been set at $40,000.
Turfway Park closed its fall meet Oct. 7 with slight increases in overall and out-of-state wagering and a 10% decline in on-track handle.
Time Bandit, a multiple graded stakes winner, has been relocated to Heritage Stud near Folsom, La.
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