The Tin Man, the remarkable 8-year-old winner of last month's Arlington Million (gr. IT) heads into Saturday's $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meeting as a likely short-priced favorite.
Yet to be tested in easy turf wins over 3-year-old rivals this season, Arindel Farm's Wait a While returns to California to tackle older fillies and mares in the $400,000 Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meeting Saturday.
The 7-year-old gelding Perfect Drift, a winner of nearly $4.6 million, takes on Woodward (gr. I) winner Premium Tap and five others Saturday in the $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The race headlines a five-race stakes card worth $825,000 that's loaded with full fields.
Juddmonte Farms' Art Master makes his first American start for trainer Bobby Frankel in Saturday's $250,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Belmont Park turf.
Magna Entertainment Corp. and Caruso Affiliated announced Sept. 28 they have completed operating agreements for the proposed development of approximately 51 acres of undeveloped lands surrounding Santa Anita Park.
The first two finishers of last month's Longacres Mile (gr. III) head a wide open field of seven older handicap horses entered in the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) to be contested over ten furlongs at Hawthorne Race on Saturday.
Fernando Jara took off the remainder of his mounts Sept. 28 after he was thrown at the start of the fourth race at Belmont Park. The 18-year-old jockey was aboard 2-year-old Kulia, a first time starter for trainer John Terranova, when the filly ducked out slightly and unseated her rider after a slow start.
Goffs' 2006 Million sale in Co Kildare, Ireland, concluded Thursday evening after a buoyant day's trade that helped produce a 59,158,000 euros gross (up 14.6% on 2005) for 510 lots sold.
Honor Glide, who stands at Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., picked up his first winner Sept. 22.
- By Ryan Conley
Kentucky Downs saw drops in both on-track and all-source gross handle totals during its rain-marred meet that concluded Sept. 26.
Forest Grove, a grade III stakes winner by Forestry, will stand in 2007 at Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. His fee will be $7,500.
The $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II), Hoosier Park's signature event, has attracted 34 nominations, including West Virginia Derby (gr. III) winner Bright One, millionaire and multiple graded-stakes winner Brother Derek, and Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Brilliant.
Trust N Luck, who stood his first three seasons at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington, is moving to Vinery Florida for the 2007 season.
Jockey John Velazquez took off his scheduled mounts at Belmont Park Thursday, citing the ankle pain that has been bothering him for several days.
Fastness is moving to Greenfields Farm in Colts Neck, N.J., for the 2007 season.
With Distinction, a grade II-winning son of Storm Cat, has been purchased to stand at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla.
- By Claire Novak
Jockey Rafael Bejarano won his comeback race Wednesday at Turfway Park after more than four weeks on the sidelines, but only after he was involved in an incident on a Lima, Peru-to-Miami flight that sparked an FBI investigation.
The Kentucky Lottery and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have teamed up to send 10 lottery players to the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. The players are winners of the second-chance drawing held as a promotion for the Kentucky Lottery $2 Breeders' Cup scratch-off ticket.
- By Ryan Conley
Trainer Gregory Martin, who in March pleaded guilty to charges for his role in an alleged multi-million dollar illegal gambling ring, was sentenced to two years probation with six months home confinement on Tuesday during an appearance in a New York federal court.
- By Ryan Conley
Trainer Gregory Martin, who in March pleaded guilty to charges for his role in an alleged multimillion-dollar illegal gambling ring, was sentenced to two years probation with six months home confinement Sept. 28 during an appearance in a New York federal court.
Janice and Robert McNair's Stonerside Stable has purchased the 4-year-old filly Argentina from the Wildenstein family's Dayton Investments. The daughter of Sadler's Wells will stay with current trainer Bobby Frankel, who is pointing her for the Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) Oct. 7.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, which funds equine research, and Home of the Innocents, which provides services for children in need, will be the co-beneficiaries when Breeders' Cup Limited hosts its annual Charity Celebration Nov. 3 at The Henry Clay in Louisville, Ky.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has announced that effective with foals born in 2007 and thereafter, eligibility criteria for Pennsylvania-bred registration with the Pennsylvania Breeding Fund program have been revised.
Silent Name, a grade II winning son of Sunday Silence, will retire to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Versailles, Ky., in 2007.
Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has been appointed chief executive officer-designate of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and will take over from Lawrence Wong Feb. 1, 2007.
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