The 36th Oak Tree Racing Association meet ended at Santa Anita Park Sunday with an increase in on-track average daily attendance of approximately 9% and overall average daily handle increased by 1.5% from last season.
Small was king at one of the biggest days of Thoroughbred racing in Australia, as the Melbourne Cup carnival opened at Flemington Oct 30.
Theater R.N., making her stakes debut for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, came storming home on the outside to beat stablemate Lots of Hope by a half-length and win the grade II, $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap for fillies and mares on closing day at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park.
Northern Afleet, whose grade I-winning son Afleet Alex ran second in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. I), will be relocating to Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Sir Cherokee and Calvin Borel launched a rally from last and romped to an authoritative victory over odds-on favorite Fire Slam in Sunday's $163,500 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III), the opening day feature of Churchill Downs' 21-day fall race meet.
Madeira Mist and With Patience set the pace and battled each other to the finish, but Finery blew past them both to win the 27th running of the $115,700 Athenia (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct Sunday.
Although jockey Jerry Bailey did not add to his record 14 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships winners, he had three seconds and two thirds from six mounts for earnings of $1,436,800.
Three Members of the female set who won races on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships card at Lone Star Park Saturday.
Singletary, upset winner of the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), is likely to run in the Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park on Nov. 27, trainer Don Chatlos said Sunday.
Less than 24 hours after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) with Ghostzapper, trainer Robert Frankel and jockey Javier Castellano teamed to win the 52nd running of the $111,200 Sport Page (gr. III) with Mass Media at Aqueduct Sunday.
- By Ron Mitchell
Jockey John Velazquez, who won two races on Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships card at Lone Star Park, was named recipient of the Shoemaker Award, voted on by the media covering the event.
Wilko, upset winner of Saturday's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in his first North American start, will remain in the U. S. and be trained by Craig Dollase during a 3-year-old campaign aimed at the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Azeri, the all-time leading money earner among females with $4,079,820, will be retired to be bred in early 2005 after possibly making one or two more starts.
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