Breeders' Cup officials hoping the Nov. 4 World Championships at Churchill Downs will produce a record crowd for the event should be pleased with the long-range forecast.
- By Jack Shinar
Hollywood Park picked up an additional six days in the 2007 racing calendar approved by the California Horse Racing Board Oct. 26 at Arcadia City Hall.
A few minutes after King of the Roxy broke his maiden in his second start July 2 at Hollywood Park, Barry Irwin was on the phone speaking with his Team Valor partner, Jeff Siegel. Now they have a contender for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Talk about beginner's luck. The very first horse that Ronald Borgese owned is taking him to the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs Nov. 4. The horse's name is Nightmare Affair, but he's been a dream come true for his New York-based owner.
Swingit, a 15-1 outsider, rallied from last place Thursday at Keeneland to win the $125,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine Oct. 26 on more than 1,000 horses at Monmouth Park in the wake of positive test results on at least one horse for the neuropathogenic strain of the equine herpes virus.
The names of 85 of some of California's best runners passed through the
entry box for Saturday's California Cup XVII, the final Saturday program for the 2006 Oak Tree at Santa Anita fall season.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Oct. 26 that a John Deere X304 riding mower tractor with a retail value of $3,499 will be given away at the November 4 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.
When Sabine Stable's Win McCool keeps her shoes on, she is capable of winning graded stakes. She'll need all four tightly secured Saturday in the $150,000 First Flight Handicap at Aqueduct. The homebred 3-year-old filly faces nine other fillies and mares in the seven-furlong grade II event.
One area where there are certainly no guarantees is the weather. But, should the 10-day forecast hold true, it will be a nice Breeders' Cup day Nov. 4 in Louisville, Ky.
In a deal that will increase international exposure for TVG, the company has signed an agreement with At The Races and The Racing Network International. In addition to providing exposure for TVG and United States horseracing in the U.K. and Ireland, the agreement will provide new exclusive content and expanded hours of operations for TVG.
It's not often that things go according to plan in the Thoroughbred business, but that's certainly been the case with Silverleaf Farms' purchase of Pomeroy last year.
In its first year of televising the Breeders' Cup World Championships, ESPN will air seven hours of coverage from Churchill Downs in Louisville. The Breeders' Cup coverage begins Nov. 4 at noon and continues to 7 p.m., and will be telecast in high definition.
Although a steady rain fell throughout the early morning, the main track at Churchill Downs was labeled fast Oct. 26 when James B. Tafel's Street Sense breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 in preparation for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Presque Isle Downs, a Thoroughbred racetrack under construction near Erie, Pa., was awarded a conditional slot-machine license Oct. 25 and plans to have the reels spinning by mid-February 2007.
Include, one of the leading freshman sires in several categories, and Indian Charlie, whose daughter, Fleet Indian, takes an eight-race win streak into the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), have undergone important stud fee increases for 2007 at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.
ReRun, the non-profit adoption organization, announced Oct. 25 that a select group of its signature "Moneigh" paintings created by past and present Breeder's Cup winners and contenders are available on eBay.
The second-highest-priced horse sold at this week's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale -- a Chief Seattle filly purchased Tuesday for $270,000 by bloodstock agent Buzz Chace -- was bought privately for $29,000 by pinhooker John Brocklebank less than 24 hours earlier and should have been scratched, according to Fasig-Tipton officials.
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