Articles posted October 19, 2006

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Wildcat Betty B the Choice in Safely Kept BC

Grade I winner Wildcat Bettie B faces seven challengers on Saturday in the $200,000 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. The eight competitors have combined to finish in the money 45 times in 53 career starts and have 25 victories at the six-furlong distance.

Sweetnorthernsaint Wins in Return at Laurel

Sweetnorthernsaint returned to the races Thursday for the first time since his runner-up finish in last May's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), easily outstepping two rivals to win a seven-furlong optional allowance test on the main track.

Meribel Slight Choice in Tight Valley View

Arthur B. Hancock III and Catesby W. Clay's Meribel, a winner of three races in eight starts this year, could go favored in a deep field of 12 entered for the $125,000 Valley View (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland Friday.

Aragorn to Stand at Lane's End

Multiple grade I winner and millionaire Aragorn, who has won four consecutive graded stakes, will enter stud in 2007 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Jerardi, Ford, Jensen Take Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Honors

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Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News became a five-time winner and three newcomers earned top honors as Churchill Downs announced the winners of its 2006 Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest, which annually recognizes the best in print media coverage of America's greatest race.

Lexington Plane Crash Rescuers Receive White Horse Community Award

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Race Track Chaplaincy of America will present its annual White Horse Community Award to the Lexington, Ky., police officer and the two Blue Grass Airport public safety officers who rescued the lone survivor from the Aug. 27 Comair crash, during the Taylor Made Sales Agency White Horse Heroes Luncheon at Churchill Downs Triple Crown Room Nov. 2.

Roman Ruler Tops Stallion List by Number of Mares Bred

The Jockey Club reported Oct. 19 that 3,053 stallions covered 59,434 mares in North America during 2006, according to "Reports of Mares Bred" received through Oct. 12, 2006. Unlike in 2005 when four stallions covered more than 200 mares each, Roman Ruler led all stallions in 2006 with 197 mares bred, two more than El Corredor. Giant's Causeway and Stormy Atlantic each covered 191 mares.

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