Coastal, whose victory in the 1979 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) deprived Spectacular Bid of a Triple Crown sweep, died Sept. 29 at Mick Goss' Summerhill Stud in South Africa.
Steve Taub's Imperialism, fifth in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park, will most likely make his next start in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) rather than the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) - Powered by Dodge, trainer Kristin Mulhall revealed.
Mercedes Stables and Madeleine Paulson Pickens' Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) winner Rock Hard Ten came out of his latest victory in top shape, trainer Richard Mandella said, and will make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.
Cross a strapping stamina-oriented stallion with a precocious speedster of a mare. What do you get?
Imperialism's transformation from Classic contender to come-from-behind sprinter was probably no great surprise to those familiar with the career of his sire Langfuhr.
Michael Bello's multiple grade I winner Megahertz will be sold as part of Taylor Made's consignment to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Graded stakes winners St Averil and Gators N Bears will enter stud in 2006 at Maryland Stallion Station (Don Litz, president) near Glyndon, Md.
Dixieland Heat, sire of champion and millionaire Xtra Heat, will stand in 2006 at Drs. Ken and Linda Quirk's Q6 Ranch near Belton, Texas.
English mile classic winner Virginia Waters has been retired from racing and is booked to leading second-crop sire Giant's Causeway.
The lure of valuable sale races helped Ireland's premier yearling auction put a couple of disappointing recent renewals behind itself with a hugely successful revamped Goffs Orby Million Sale Sept. 26-28.
Keeneland's 2005 fall race meeting begins Friday, Oct. 7 and during the 17-day meet there will be a number of special promotions and events. Here's a glimpse of the calendar of events.
Hotel Grand, winner of the Spring Champion Stakes (Aust-I) at Randwick Oct 1, could attempt to emulate last year's winner, Savabeel, by taking the Cox Plate (Aust-I) at three.
The pundits were right about the Epsom (Aust-I) winner coming from the barn of Gai Waterhouse, but Desert War, the longest-priced of the quartet at 13-1, provided something of an upset in successfully defending his title.
Makybe Diva turned in another bravura performance with her storming victory in the Turnbull Stakes (Aust-II) Oct. 1.
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