Articles posted September 27, 2008

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Well Armed Fires Best Shot in Goodwood

Well Armed Fires Best Shot in Goodwood

Favored Well Armed, under strong urging from jockey Aaron Gryder, responded to open up a clear advantage in the homestretch, then held off the late-closing Tiago to win the $500,000 Goodwood (gr. I) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet Sept. 27. Because the race is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, Well Armed gained a slot in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

Bear Now Cruises in Ky. Cup Distaff

Bear Now Cruises in Ky. Cup Distaff

The foray from Canada to Kentucky's Turfway Park proved even more profitable for owner Bear Stables, trainer Reade Baker, and jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva as Bear Now cruised to a four-length victory in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Distaff (gr. III) Sept. 27. The win came barely an hour after the connections teamed up to take the Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) with Fatal Bullet. The two runners' connections leave Turfway with a pair of impressive prospects for the Breeders' Cup World Championships October 24-25 at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

Straight Wins Turfway Exhibition Race

Straight Wins Turfway Exhibition Race

Four graduates and five second-year students from the North American Racing Academy lined up for an exhibition race at Turfway Park in Kentucky Sept. 27, with Matthew Straight, a member of the academy's 2008 inaugural graduating class, getting the win aboard Pointing Home.

Cost of Freedom Claims Ancient Title

Cost of Freedom Claims Ancient Title

Cost of Freedom, claimed for $50,000 this summer by trainer John Sadler, repelled a strong bid from odds-on choice Street Boss to win the Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park Sept. 27. The victory earned Cost of Freedom a berth in the Sentient Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

Black Seventeen Surprises in Vosburgh

Black Seventeen Surprises in Vosburgh

Battling saddlecloth-to-saddlecloth with Fabulous Strike through the final yards, a determined Black Seventeen, the longest shot in the field at 23-1, got a head in front at the wire to take the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) over a sloppy Belmont Park surface in New York Sept. 27.

And They're Off: Sept. 24

And They're Off: Sept. 24

Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the European Breeders' Cup Classic prospects, television coverage of horse racing, Big Brown and the Monmouth Stakes, drugs in racing, and Lava Man on parade.

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