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Opposing Styles Win Keeneland's Saturday Stakes

Keeneland's graded stakes races Saturday displayed a study of contrasts. About an hour after 9-year-old Bet On Sunshine closed from last place in the $166,470 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) to earn his 21st victory from 41 starts, 2-year-old Siphonic led from start to finish in the $281,728 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes (gr. II).

Gold Cup Report: New Aptitude

For the past several months, an insatiable monster has been running amok, devouring stakes and causing mayhem across the land. Finally, horsemen could take no more, and their cry resounded throughout the racing world: Frankelstein must be destroyed.

Exogenous Survives Inquiry to Win Beldame

Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) winner Exogenous survived a stewards' inquiry to earn her second straight grade I victory, winning Saturday's $750,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. After describing an "S" shape while weaving her way to the wire -- bumping Spain repeatedly in the process – Exogenous completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.20, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Flute.

China Visit Bests Jim and Tonic at Longchamp

Godolphin scored a win in the Prix du Rond-Point Casino Barriere de la Rochelle (Fr-II) at Longchamp Saturday -- one day before they send out favored Sakhee in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) -- when China Visit held off Jim and Tonic for the one-length victory. China Visit, a 4-year-old son of Red Ransom, completed the mile in 1:44 4/5 on ground listed as "very soft."

Spook Express Rallies to Win Galaxy Stakes

Spook Express, with Mike Smith up, charged from the back of the pack to win the $500,000 Winstar Galaxy Stakes for older fillies and mares that was co-feature on Keeneland's opening day card.

Handicapping the Arc Card; Globeform Picks All Six Races

With Keeneland and Arlington set to simulcast the entire Arc de Triomphe card Sunday, Globeform and bloodhorse.com are providing exclusive ratings for the six races on the Arc card. The races include the Arc and four other group I races. Globeform is a rating service covering all U.S. graded stakes and European group races, plus major international races.

NTRA Membership Meeting Agenda Set

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced the agenda for its second annual membership meeting, to be held Oct. 10-11 in Lexington at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Representatives from more than 40 member organizations are expected to attend.

Hooper Farms Will Become Gated Equine Community

The late Fred Hooper's Hooper Farm, a farm that contributed to Marion County Florida's emergence as a preferred address for Thoroughbreds, has been sold to Ocala-based Four Star Land Holding. Plans call for the farm to be renamed the Farms at Hooper, and be divided into smaller parcels.

Steve Haskin's Belmont Analysis

With a forecast of showers beginning late Friday and continuing into Saturday, there is a good possibility of an off track. There are many degrees of slop and mud at Belmont, so until it can be determined what type of track we'll have for the Gold Cup, it's impossible to predict who would benefit the most from it. In 1998 and '99, sloppy tracks for the Gold Cup took their toll on top horses such as Skip Away, Gentlemen, Lemon Drop Kid, and Behrens, and paved the way for longshot Wagon Limit to win by daylight in '98.

All New York OTB Outlets Drop Keeneland

All of the off-track betting corporations in New York confirmed Friday they will not take the signal from Keeneland effective Friday, the Lexington track's opening day. The decision is tied to a reduction in takeout at Keeneland, the impact it could have on the bottom line of outlets that take the signal.

'Great State Challenge' is on the Table

Depending upon the outcome of discussions at its board meeting Oct. 9, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association may announce the details of a proposed regional Breeders' Cup program during its annual meeting Oct. 10-11 in Lexington. It would entail six races worth $1.5 million.

Record Median Recorded at Houghton Sale

The three-day Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale ended Thursday, with the British auction sale company reporting the second-highest average price in the history of the sale. Tattersalls reported 1130 yearlings sold for a total of 28,563,000 guineas, with an average price of 219,715 and a median of 160,000 guineas.

Cashier's Dream and You Meet Again in Frizette

The grade I $500,000 Frizette, which vaulted Meadow Star, Flanders, and Storm Song to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) titles, pits grade I winning Cashier's Dream and Adirondack winner, You, against each other for the third time. The 1 1/16-mile Frizette will be contested Saturday at Belmont Park.

Albert the Great, Aptitude Head Gold Cup Field

Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, as expected, shapes up as a head-to-head showdown between Bobby Frankel and Nick Zito. Frankel and Zito train four of the seven starters entered for the 1 1/4-mile Gold Cup, including the three standouts – Albert the Great and A P Valentine, from Zito's barn, and Aptitude, from Frankel's barn. Frankel's other starter, Sumitas, was scratched from last week's Meadowlands Cup to make sure Albert the Great does not have an easy time on the lead.

Economics: Racetracks Drop Keeneland Signal

Unable to strike a deal on a simulcasting fee, the racetracks that fall under the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative will not offer the Keeneland signal at their facilities effective Friday, opening day of the Lexington track's fall meet.

Dutrow's One-Two Punch Tops Indiana Derby

The Tony Dutrow-trained entry of Saratoga Games and Burning Roma is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's $300,000 Indiana Derby at 1 1/16 miles at Hoosier Park. A full field of 12 will contest the ninth race on the program.

Unbridled Stronger, Recovery Progresses

Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled has made steady progress this week from two surgeries, the first to remove a mass which proved to be benign, the second to repair a hole near the bowel resection point. Claiborne manager Gus Koch said Thursday morning Unbridled "has overcome a lot of problems, is bright, and much stronger."

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Has Upbeat Ending, But Is Down Overall

Business surged during the final session of the Fasig-Tipton Eastern fall yearling sale on Wednesday. But the rally wasn't enough to overcome the downward trend that had prevailed during the first two days of the Maryland auction. The overall figures for number sold, gross revenue, average price, and median price all were down from last year's figures.

Art's Love Affair With Horses Hasn't Subsided

Horse Mania, Ponies on Parade, Horse Fever. There is no doubt America has it, whatever name it goes by. The third (known) public art display featuring horses came out of the stable last week, and there's still plenty of opportunity to get an artsy horse of your own.

Officer Readies for Champagne

The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Officer got his first feel for Belmont Park this morning, jogging a lap with exercise rider Simon Harris aboard, the New York Racing Association press office reported. Officer, who has won all four of his career starts, will be a heavy favorite in Saturday's grade I, $500,000 Champagne at a mile and a sixteenth, one of four grade I races including the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup. Officer arrived at Belmont Park yesterday afternoon.

Hearing Set for Proposed Erie Racetrack

Presque Isle Downs, the Thoroughbred racetrack proposed for Erie, Pa., will be the subject of a Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission hearing Oct. 9. The hearing, at which the public will be afforded a chance to speak, will be held in Erie.

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