John T.L. Jones Jr's Walmac International announced that multiple grade II sprint winner Successful Appeal will enter stud at Walmac-South near Ocala, Fla., and stand for $5,000 live foal.
Ed Duffy, chief operating officer for the National Jockey Club, has decided to relinquish the day-to-day control of operations at Sportsman's Park/Chicago Motor Speedway in order to concentrate on and devote more time to other aspects of the multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility.
Ogden Phipps' Easing Along won a one-mile allowance race by 2 1/4 lengths under a hand ride Wednesday at Aqueduct and will likely be pointed to a start in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II).
Thursday at Churchill Downs
Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) winner Manndar and Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) winner Walkslikeaduck each worked five furlongs Wednesday at Hollywood Park. Also working Wednesday morning were Lady at Peace, Caffe Latte, Tribunal, and Purely Cozzene.
Michael Tabor's Yonaguska, who finished 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in his most recent start, will be a $5,000 supplemental entry to Sunday's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park, according to assistant trainer Randy Bradshaw.
Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Spain breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs Wednesday as she continues to prepare for a Churchill Downs Thanksgiving weekend stakes race. The 3-year-old daughter of Thunder Gulch has been nominated to both the Falls City Handicap (gr. III, Churchill Downs, Nov. 23) for fillies and mares and the Clark Handicap (gr. II, Churchill, Nov. 26).
Horseman Brian Sweeney, whose many positions in racing included a stint as executive vice president and general manager of the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, died Nov. 14 of an apparent heart attack at the San Gabriel Country Club in California.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Tiznow is getting new owners following the death of majority owner Cecilia Straub-Rubens. Her daughter, Pamela Ziebarth, and son, trainer Kevin Cochran, will be the new partners of co-owner Michael Cooper in Tiznow.
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Youbet.com cut its losses by 45% during its third quarter ending Sept. 30. Increased revenue and wagering by subscribers is helping pull the California-based company slowly toward the black side of the balance sheet.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs announced that millionaire Golden Missile will stand for $30,000 live foal in 2001 at Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway.
The program, which rewards state-breds, was implemented this year at Calder Race Course
David Bailey, racing secretary at Arlington Park, already is at his desk at the South Florida track putting together a condition book.
Graded stakes winner Crowd Pleaser has arrived at Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, Md., where he will stand the 2001 breeding season for $3,500 live foal.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Nov. 9 its intentions to move forward with key programs, one of which is geared toward owner recruitment. To that end, the results of a survey of 18 Thoroughbred owners were released at the NTRA's Western Conference on Racing at Hollywood Park. The information, as well as additional survey results, will be used to lay the groundwork for a project designed to generate interest in horse ownership--TheGreatestGame.com.
Weanlings sired by Cape Town and Distorted Humor were each sold for $110,000 to top Tuesday's session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The Cape Town colt, produced from the Sunny's Halo mare Sunday Morning, was purchased by Walnut Green Bloodstock from the consignment of Lakland LLC, agent.
With new member John Harris aboard, the California Horse Racing Board raced down to the wire and granted Golden Gate Fields its license approval just in time for the Albany track to open for business on schedule. The CHRB approved Golden Gate's license Tuesday afternoon on the eve of the Bay-side track's fall-winter season, which starts today.
Grade I winner and millionaire Wallenda has been sold and will stand in 2001 at Zenkichi Hashimoto's Toyosato Stallion Center in Japan.
Graded stakes winner Millions will enter stud at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for $2,500 live foal.
Two photographs published by The Blood-Horse magazine earlier this year are among the finalists for media Sovereign Awards.
After years as a haven for horses not quite ready for prime time, the 2001 Illinois Derby will be a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Since the Illinois Racing Board decreed that that May and early June racing will be conducted at Hawthorne Race Course, Sportsman's was forced to find a new date for its race. Tuesday, the IRB approved April 7 as the day and $500,000 as the purse.
Alice Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm announced that 1999 champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Anees will take up stud duty for $15,000 live foal at the Lexington farm on behalf of a syndicate.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up and Clark Handicap (gr. II) contender Aptitude led a parade of candidates for Churchill Downs' closing weekend stakes races who turned in workouts over the Louisville track on Monday and Tuesday. Aptitude breezed six furlongs in 1:15 over a "fast" track on Tuesday. Jockey Joe Deegan was aboard for the move, which came just after the mid-morning break for track maintenance.
By John W. Russell -- One of the benefits of training for as long as I did is that I often see the progeny of some of my horses race to distinction--rather like a proud parent. Certainly watching Tiznow's brilliant performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) was the next best thing to having trained him, and particularly pleasing since I trained both his parents.
By Ray Paulick -- Our least favorite career politician, Gov. Gray Davis of California (who in late September vetoed every piece of racing legislation he could get his hands on, including a critical account wagering bill), finally may have done something good for the Thoroughbred industry.
The first online RNA auction for November started without any horses selling. Keeneland's next Internet auction is Wednesday with two more to follow.
Magna Entertainment Corp. reported an increase in revenue, but losses in earnings and net income for the its third quarter ending Sept. 30. The company also loses its second top executive in a month.
Stakes winner Slew the Slewor, a half-brother to French champion and successful sire Groom Dancer, has arrived for stallion duty at Elizabeth Mateo's Premier Sporthorses near Alpharetta, Ga.
Millionaire Bourbon Belle has been retired from racing following surgery at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates near Lexington.
Grade I winner Honest Lady, who closed out her career with a runner-up effort in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), has arrived at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.
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Citing competition for the Midwest wagering dollar from the reopening of Arlington Park, Louisiana Downs reported declines in total and on-track handle and a nominal decrease in attendance during the meet that ended Sunday.
Hialeah Park announced that it will run its 2001 meet – scheduled for March 17 through May 22 – at its home track. Hialeah ran its 2000 meet as a lessee at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, and reported gains in attendance and handle as compared to its 1999 meet, run at Hialeah.
Tampa Bay Downs may be headed for another contract dispute with the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association for the second consecutive year.
The Ontario Jockey Club and the Pacific Racing Association have reached an agreement concerning the formation of a partnership, but other details must be worked out before the deal can be finalized.
A single no-guarantee season to leading sire Storm Cat brought $500,000 to top the Stallion Access auction at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks Nov. 10. The top price was $100,000 above the scheduled fee of $400,000 next year for the stallion, who stands at W.T. Young's Overbrook Farm near Lexington.
Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach recently said Magna's racetracks would withdraw their membership from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association at the end of the year, joining 15 other tracks, including a coalition from the Mid-Atlantic region. Stronach took exception to a subsequent editorial in the Nov. 4 edition of The Blood-Horse suggesting he had "turned his back" on fellow owners and breeders through his decision, and he requested an opportunity to explain his position. He was interviewed by editor-in-chief Ray Paulick during the Keeneland sales on Nov. 8.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Senure rallied from last in the field of eight to win the $76,450 Steinlen Handicap by a half-length Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The fields for several Thanksgiving weekend stakes races are beginning to shape up, as many horses from Breeders' Cup races will return to the races.
Wednesday at Laurel Park
Dane Friendly earned his first career win, drawing off to a three-length win in the Premio Ribot (Ity-II) Sunday in Rome at the Campannelle. Over heavy turf, Dane Friendly completed the one-mile in 1:44.
Trainer Ken McPeek said Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) winner She's A Devil Due, who finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will bypass the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) November 25 at Churchill Downs. Instead, the conditioner said the 2-year-old daughter of Devil His Due will be given some time off and be pointed toward a spring campaign.
In his first race since May of 1999, 1998 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Reraise led at every call to win an allowance race by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Sunday at Laurel Park
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