Grade I winners Perfect Drift and Total Impact will face rising star Suave and a strong group of 3-year-olds in Friday's 131st running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
Godolphin Racing's Stellar Jayne is scheduled to make her last start in Friday's $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at one mile before being retired. The three-time grade I winner has banked more than $1.4 million and will be the filly to beat in the Top Flight.
Day one of Tattersalls' December Foal Sale set records all round in Newmarket Wednesday. The 2,110,600-guinea turnover was up 99% on 2004, the 9,771gns average increased 56% and the 6,500gns median rose by 76%.
- By Mark Popham
An eminent European doctor contends that jockey weights should be raised by a stone (14 pounds) if racing is to effectively tackle the problems associated with rapid weight loss.
Chilean-bred veteran Total Impact took a quick cross-country flight from his Southern California base to Churchill Downs on Tuesday for a run in Friday's $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
The milestone was anticipated but it came at a totally unexpected time when jockey Jose Caraballo registered his 2,000th career victory in Wednesday's third race at Laurel Park atop longshot Yankee Gal.
Hirapour and McDynamo, the last two American steeplechase champions, meet Saturday to decide the 2005 title winner, headlining a field of nine in the $150,000 Colonial Cup (NSA-I) at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.
High Fly, a grade I winner and one of the favorites in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been retired from racing because of a medial condylar fracture of his right front fetlock.
Siphon, whose son I'm the Tiger won the Nov. 19 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I), has been relocated to Thomas Reigle's Regal Heir Farms near Grantville, Pa.
Pleasant Home, upset winner of the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), has been retired from racing and is booked to prominent sire Awesome Again.
Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud recently announced stud fee increases for Forest Camp and Canadian Frontier.
Not to take anything away from the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, or Saint Liam's grade I victories in the winter, summer, and fall, or Giacomo's stunning upset in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), or Lost in the Fog's remarkable cross-country odyssey, but 2005 will be remembered for the heroic deeds of Afleet Alex.
Middlesex Drive, a multiple grade II winner, sired his first winner when his son Redfoot won Nov. 21 at Philadelphia Park.
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