Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens said Tuesday he will not participate in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, on Oct. 30 or in any other state without workers' compensation to cover complete medical expenses for injured jockeys.
Roses in May, hoping to cap off an undefeated season in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), and John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf hopeful Kitten's Joy were among seven Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships candidates on a flight that arrived into Dallas late Tuesday afternoon from New York and Kentucky.
The Sales Integrity Task Force, formed this summer, plans to have a position paper ready for public review after its next meeting in November, chairman Cothran "Cot" Campbell said.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Tuesday that it sold a 19% stake in Kentucky Downs, including debt owed to CDI, to Kelley Farms Racing.
Graded stakes winner Roman Dancer, along with Bright Cat and Nunzio, will stand in 2005 at Lois Engel's Pucker Ridge Farm near Warrensburg, N.Y.
Tanned from a recent trip home to Puerto Rico and relaxed from a summer away from the New York limelight, Norberto Arroyo Jr made his return to Belmont Park a winning one Oct. 16. He has set his sights on winning the riding title at the Aqueduct winter meet.
Successful Appeal, the leading first-crop sire who was relocated this summer from Florida to Walmac International near Lexington, will stand for $25,000 in 2005.
With workers at Lone Star Park continuing to prepare for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and with the North Texas heat wave continuing (the forecast high was 91 degrees), Sprint (gr. I) contender Bwana Charlie went to the track Tuesday and zipped five furlongs in :59 2/5.
The following is a list of the scheduled arrivals for participants in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
A field of nine championship-quality runners will line up for Saturday's $175,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) at Far Hills. The race for 4-year-olds and up will be contested over 14 fences going 2 5/8-miles and is the richest steeplechase horse in North America.
Graded stakes winners Lion Heart and Chapel Royal, both of whom were retired from racing within the past two months, will enter stud at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Seven racehorses, including 2004 Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) winner Tronare, 2004 Snow Chief Stakes winner Cheiron, and 2003 Forerunner Stakes winner Californian, have been supplemented to the catalogue for the Barretts October mixed sale.
In conjunction with the presentation of its White Horse Award Oct. 28 at Lone Star Park, the Race Track Chaplaincy of America will offer for sale life-sized works of art to benefit its programs.
Alberto VO5 will be the title sponsor of this year's Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) officials announced Tuesday.
Don Valliere, former Fort Erie general manager and magazine publisher, died Oct. 15.
The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program will sponsor a state-of-the industry forum Nov. 2 to discuss "Horse Wars Between the States." The forum, which runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the college of business, will feature different speakers discussing various economic concerns of the Thoroughbred business and conclude with a panel discussion.
"FanFest" is well underway in Grand Prairie, Texas as race fans gear up for the sold-out Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship Oct. 30. FanFest, presented by the Grand Prairie Breeders' Cup Committee and sanctioned by the Breeders' Cup, is a month-long event featuring celebrity appearances, musical performances, sporting events, and charity auctions surrounding daily racing at Lone Star Park.
Adonis, winner of the 1999 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II), was represented by his first winner when his son Sage Field won Oct. 17.
Julie Krone, the all-time leading female jockeys by wins, was honored the evening of Oct. 18 when the Women's Sports Foundation presents her with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award.
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