Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, out of action for the past 11 months, returned to the saddle Nov. 3 at New Mexico's Zia Park with a pair of victories.
A change in strategy by trainer William Morey Jr. and jockey Russell Baze helped propel the 4-year-old Bold Chieftain to the biggest win of his career in Oak Tree's $250,000 California Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 3. It was another disappointing outcome for favored Lava Man, who faded in the stretch to finish off the board.
Millennium Farms' Rolling Sea won for the sixth time this year, stalking the pace and then taking a clear lead in the stretch before holding on to win the $200,000 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) by a half-length at Churchill Downs Nov. 3.
While the financial fireworks might not be as spectacular as they were a year ago at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, consignors and sale company officials still are expecting prices to be solid.
Laying just off the pace for three-quarters, 5-year-old Istan exploded at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win by 8 resounding lengths in the $200,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs Nov. 3.
The live racing card Nov. 3 at Aqueduct was cancelled after jockeys refused to ride prior to the first race, citing strong winds resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Noel.
Aqueduct canceled its nine-race program Nov. 3 when jockeys decided they would not ride due to extremely windy conditions. Suffolk Downs also canceled its live racing card.
Bernice Lavin, wife of Glen Hill Farm owner Leonard Lavin, died Oct. 29 at her home in the northern Chicago community of Glencoe after a lengthy illness.
- By Ron Mitchell
With 2,323 weanlings cataloged for the Keeneland November sale, buyers will be looking closely at those from their respective sires' first crops.
An attorney representing a limited liability company that includes embattled attorneys William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr. claims his client's ownership interests in likely Horse of the Year Curlin is still intact, and is not in the hands of 400-plus plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit settlement.
Gone West, who is just 10 shy of 100 stakes winners, will stand in 2008 for $85,000 at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington.
Rising superstar Weekend Hussler easily wins Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
Divine Madonna wins the Myer Classic at Flemington Nov. 3; hopes for invite to Hong Kong International Races in December.
At Flemington Nov. 3, home of the $5 million Melbourne Cup next Tuesday, a New Zealand bred 3-year-old gelding named Kibbutz became an instant crowd favorite with his devastating win in the Aus$1.5million group I AAMI Victoria Derby over 12 1/2 furlongs.
Bart Cummings, who had won nine previous LKS Mackinnon Stakes, this year won the race with a true outsider, 88-1 shot Sirmione.
Grade II winner Even the Score will stand in 2008 for a fee of $7,500 at Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington.
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