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Sunday Silence Maintains Sire Lead in Japan

Sunday Silence, who has dominated the Japanese sire lists since his arrival on that island nation from North America in the early 1990s, holds a sizable lead on the 2001 leading sires list by progeny earnings over runner-up Tony Bin.

Wheat Wins Dogwood Dominion Award

Julian "Buck" Wheat has been named the winner of the 2001 Dogwood Dominion Award. The unofficial mayor of the Churchill Downs backstretch, Wheat is director of horseman's relations at the Louisville track.

Youbet.com Gets Reprieve From Nasdaq

The Nasdaq National Market has informed Youbet.com, Inc. that the company is now in compliance with listing qualifications and will not be dropped from its listings.

Sun and Fun at Pimlico Belie Industry Problems

For one day, the sun shone on Maryland racing. On July 7, closing day at Pimlico, kids frolicked in the infield, nearly 6,500 patrons risked their dollars on the horses, and Joe De Francis, president and CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, got dunked in the dunking booth.

Lunar Bounty Best in Bashford Manor

Tom R. Durant's Lunar Bounty dueled with Binyamin and 4-5 favorite Storm Passage through the opening half-mile before pulling clear to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $133,750 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

E Dubai Earns First Graded Stakes Win in Dwyer

Godolphin's E Dubai avenged his second-place finish to Hero's Tribute in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) with an impressive 5 3/4-length victory in Sunday's $150,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park. The winning time marks the fastest running of the Dwyer since the race was switched to its present distance in 1994.

Washington Stallion Demons Begone Dead

Demons Begone, whose profuse bleeding as the favorite in the 1987 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) resulted in him being pulled up on the backstretch, died July 4 of a ruptured aorta at Ron and Nina Hagen's El Dorado Farms near Enumclaw, Wash.

Point Given Breezes Half-Mile in :47 3/5 for Baffert

Point Given had his first breeze on Saturday since his dominating performance in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) last month. With the Bob Baffert stable's top exercise rider, Dana Barnes, in the saddle, the son of Thunder Gulch went a half-mile at Santa Anita Park in :47 3/5, according to clockers, though Baffert timed Point Given in :48 1/5.

Shine Again, Georgia's Storm Post Victories at Hollywood Park

After winning a duel with Lesters Boy early on, Smile Again was headed in the stretch by 13-10 favorite Freedom Crest before fighting back to post a neck-length win in Saturday's $100,000 Bel Air Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. Earlier on the card, 2-year-old filly Georgia's Storm led from wire-to-wire in winning the $108,400 Landaluce Stakes (gr. III) under Chris McCarron.

Bright Valour Repeats in Hanshin Cup

Bright Valour won his second consecutive $100,000 Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park on Saturday. Bright Valour, ridden by Robby Albarado, took the lead in the stretch and beat Apt to Be by three-quarters of a length.

Michigan-Bred Juvenile Filly Breaks Course Record in Debutante

Michigan-bred Cashier's Dream remained undefeated when posting a 3 1/2-length win in Saturday's $110,500 Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The 2-year-old daughter of Service Stripe led all the way and stopped the timer in 1:02.52 after completing the 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track under Donnie Meche. The winning time eclipses Leelanau's track record of 1:03.11 established earlier in the meet.

Bowling Green Win Pushes King Cugat Past $1-Million Mark

After trailing the field through the opening half-mile, Centennial Farms' King Cugat rallied while five wide on the second turn to win the $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) by a half-length Saturday at Belmont Park. The winning time marks the second-fastest running of the Bowling Green behind only With Approval's course record time of 2:10 1/5 in 1990.

Orseno Stars Turn In Solid Works at Belmont

Trainer Joe Orseno, who is looking forward to big second half of the year, sent out Red Bullet, Macho Uno, Thunder Blitz, and Milwaukee Brew for solid works Saturday morning. Red Bullet, last year's Preakness winner who has not run since the Dwyer Stakes due to a cracked cannon bone, worked five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 3/5 with jockey Jerry Bailey aboard. The son of Unbridled came home his final quartter in :23 4/5 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 1/5.

Iowa Derby Winning Number for Touch Tone

You don't ever think that you will beat them like that. That's just icing on the cake," said winning trainer Ronnie Werner at Prairie Meadows on Friday evening just moments after his trainee, Touch Tone, won the third running of the Iowa Derby for owner Tom R. Durant.

Three Graded Stakes Highlight Hollywood Park's Saturday

Graded stakes winners Out of Mind and Freedom Crest are the leading contenders in $100,000 Bel Air Handicap (gr. II), one of three stakes on Hollywood Park's Saturday card. The other races include the $100,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. III) and the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes (gr. III)

Riboletta on Comeback Trail; Sister Readies for Debut

Aaron and Marie Jones' Riboletta, last year's champion older female, is on the comeback trail, with the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Distaff the ultimate goal for the Eduardo Inda-trained mare. In her first workout since returning to the track, Riboletta breezed three furlongs in :37.4 at Santa Anita.

Unbridled Elaine Takes Iowa Oaks

Unbridled Elaine showed she still belongs among the best 3-year-old fillies in the country on Thursday when she easily won the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows by nearly nine lengths. On the same day, 13-1 longshot Elodare took the $75,000 Cyclone Stakes for Iowa-breds.

Chavez Travels to Iowa for Cornhusker

Jorge Chavez, one of the top jockeys in the country and winner of this year's Kentucky Derby aboard Monarchos, will travel to Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, Saturday to pilot Sir Bear in the $400,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Lost Soldier's First Winner

Graded stakes winner Lost Soldier was represented by his first winner when Lynne M. Scace's homebred colt Awol Soldier won July 4 at 5 1/2 furlongs at Prairie Meadows.

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