The final day of the 2011 Hastings Racecourse season Oct. 2 features full fields for two of the biggest events of the meet: the $100,000 Ballerina Stakes (Can-III) and the $100,000 British Columbia Premiers Handicap.
On a four-race tear for trainer Donald Warren, multiple grade I winner Acclamation is expected to face seven opponents as the favorite for the $150,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Oct. 2.
The Breeders' Cup will no longer use the services of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau for security at the World Championships, beginning with this year's event Nov. 4-5 at Churchill Downs.
Team Valor International's State of Play tops a field of seven and is the horse to beat in the $100,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 2 at Belmont Park.
With a different home, a new spot on the calendar, and as preps for an inaugural Breeders' Cup race, the $150,000 Nashua (gr. II) and $100,000 Tempted (gr. III) stakes have taken on a whole different look.
War Front, second on the second-crop sires' list by progeny earnings, will stand in 2012 for $60,000, a jump of $45,000 from his 2011 fee of $15,000.
Graded stakes winner Saintly Look came through with his first winner when his daughter Aint She a Saint won by 6 1/2 lengths at Hoosier Park Sept. 28 in her initial start.
After rallying impressively to capture the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) one month ago, unbeaten Weemissfrankie will try two turns for the first time in the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 2.
A three-time stakes winner, Here Comes Ben registered his biggest win in the 2010 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Eye of the Leopard, the 2009 Queen's Plate Stakes winner and Canada's champion 3-year-old male, will be making his first start of the year as he takes on several fellow stakes-winning veterans in the Durham Cup.
TVG said Sept. 29 it has signed new coverage agreements with Del Mar and Keeneland as part of an initiative to present United States horse racing in high-definition television.
Jason, Tom, and Les Instone of TwinSpires.com handicap the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Vosburgh Inivitational at Belmont Park. watch video
The Goffs Orby yearling sale ended its three-session run Sept. 29 in Ireland with a 3.4% increase from a year ago in its median price, a gross that remained about the same, and an increased clearance rate.
After getting most of the summer off, late-running sensation Blind Luck will return to action in the $250,0000 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita.
Keeneland has cataloged 3,919 lots for its November breeding stock sale. The number is down 16.5% from last year's total of 4,695.
The major stakes over the Oct. 1-2 weekend will be aired on the ESPN network and the Horse Racing Radio Network.
Australian superstar So You Think and defending champion Workforce appear set to clash once again as a field of 16 runners were declared for the $5,437,800 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 2.
Promising 2-year-old colt Fire On Ice suffered a non-displaced condylar fracture in his left hind leg and will be out the rest of the year, trainer and co-owner John Kimmel said Sept. 29.
The 26th Jim McKay Maryland Million attracted 111 entrants to the 11-race program which will be held Oct. 1 at Laurel Park. The total purses are worth more than $1 million.
Preston Stables' Flat Out and Mike Repole's Stay Thirsty are the two standouts in the 1 1/4-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), which offers the winner an automatic berth in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
According to some of the Keeneland September yearling auction's participants, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale should turn in an upbeat performance.
Beulah Park will begin its 2011-12 racing season Oct. 10 with a renovated racing surface and "pick" wagers with a reduced pari-mutuel takeout of 15%.
California stallion Siberian Summer was euthanized July 30 because of intestinal complications following surgery.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Full brothers Freud and Giant's Causeway looked and performed quite differently. However, both are successful sires, as exemplified by Future Prospect's victory in the WinStar Ky Cup.
Any owner will agree that he or she considers several factors when purchasing a horse. From conformation to show records and bloodlines to temperament, the number of aspects a potential horse owner evaluates can be endless.
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