Articles posted October 24, 2007

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12 Fillies Hope to Be the Epitome on Friday

12 Fillies Hope to Be the Epitome on Friday

Live Oak Plantation had high hopes for Namaste's Wish when they purchased her for $600,000 as a yearling last year. After a couple of disappointing starts to open her career, it seems as if the Pulpit filly is on her way to fulfilling those expectations. She headlines a field of 12 in the one-mile $250,000 Epitome Breeders' Cup Stakes on the Monmouth Park turf Oct. 26.

New York Breeder/Owner Cynthia Phipps Dead

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New York Breeder/Owner Cynthia Phipps Dead

Cynthia Phipps, longtime breeder/owner and chairwoman of the Animal Medical Center, died Oct. 24 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a result of injuries suffered in an early morning fire in her Manhattan, N.Y., apartment.

Murtagh Muses on His Breeders' Cup Chances

Murtagh Muses on His Breeders' Cup Chances

The Europeans felt more at home around the Monmouth Park quarantine barn the morning of Oct. 24, thanks to the clouds and rain that became heavy at times. None of the British or Irish trainers with Breeders' Cup runners had arrived, so leading Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh held center stage. He has four excellent rides in the 11 Breeders' Cup races Friday and Saturday.

Some San Diego Area Fire Evacuees Return Home

Some San Diego Area Fire Evacuees Return Home

Southern California horse and farm owners were beginning to gather information on their animals and property Oct. 24 in the wake of the wildfires that have hit the area. Fires continue to rage, but some evacuees were being allowed back into their homes.

Pletcher Reviews Breeders' Cup Starters

Pletcher Reviews Breeders' Cup Starters

Two days before the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships, trainer Todd Pletcher reviewed his 11 starters and shared his thoughts on the upcoming races, including possible scratches should the surfaces turn up wet or yielding due to weekend showers.

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