All-time leader Dale Baird became the first trainer to win 9,000 races Friday night when Frazee's Folly took the eighth race at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort.
Trainer Carl Nafzger will have a two-for-one shot when he saddles My Boston Gal and Mayo on the Side for Sunday's $200,000 Churchill Downs Distaff (gr. II).
Horses sired by New York stallions will be the center of attention Sunday at Aqueduct when the track hosts another New York Stallion Series.
Unbeaten Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Declan's Moon breezed six furlongs in 1:15 Friday at Hollywood Park for his next start in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) on Nov. 20.
Churchill Downs is trimming the maximum size of its overnight fields for races on the main track from 14 horses to 12 beginning Saturday.
Friday's Woodbine live card was canceled after two races due to extremely high winds and wind gusts.
Bates Motel, champion older male of 1983 and sire of 38 stakes winners, was euthanized Oct. 12 at Gainesway Farm due to infirmities of old age.
Where's the Ring, a son of leading sire Seeking the Gold, will stand the 2005 season at Gardiner Farms, near Caledon East, Ontario. His 2005 fee will be $3,500 (Canadian Funds).
- By Tom LaMarra
The Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park set several handle records, including an all-sources mark that topped the previous standard by a little more than $200,000.
Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, who was retired earlier the week of Nov. 1 after suffering a chip fracture in his left front ankle, will stand at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Ky., Whitney's husband, John Hendrickson, said Nov. 5.
Wertheimer Farm's Halfbridled, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2003, has been retired due to the recurrence of an injury the daughter of Unbridled sustained last spring.
James Binger, the former owner of famed Tartan Farms in Florida, died Wednesday in Minnesota. The native of St. Paul was 88.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Wagering Systems Task Force report and a look at emerging pari-mutuel markets are among the topics to be discussed at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing Dec. 7-10 in Tucson.
New York State Police have charged a former part-time Emergency Medical Technician at Finger Lakes Racetrack in connection with a scheme to defraud horse owners by telling them she would take their horses and find safe homes for them.
Distinction, who topped the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale at $4.2 million, has been retired and will stand in Oklahoma.
Multiple group I winner One Cool Cat has been retired and will stand in 2005 at John Magnier and partners Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
The TNT television network is said to be developing an original TV movie based on the book "Funny Cide."
Monmouth Park and Meadowlands will offer 120 days of Thoroughbred racing in 2005 under a schedule approved Nov. 4 by the New Jersey Racing Commission.
If you've had enough of presidential campaigns and elections, you might want to try your hand at predicting the winner of Thoroughbred racing's Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.
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