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Aptitude, Captain Steve Meet In Clark Handicap

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.

Tiz No Fluke

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.

Common Sense Regulations

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.

Honest Lady Retired

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.

Hialeah Will Return Home for 2001 Meet

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.

Storm Cat Season Sells For $500,000

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.

Stronach Defends Position on NTRA, Offers Views on Industry

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.

She's A Devil Due To Be Freshened for 2001 Campaign

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.

Reraise Returns in Hollywood Allowance

1998 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Reraise returns from an 18-month layoff to run in a six-furlong allowance race Sunday at Hollywood Park. The Craig Dollase-trained 5-year-old gelding has won seven of eight career starts and will be ridden by Corey Nakatnai.

Zillah the Hun Remains Undefeated

Zillah the Hun tracked early leader I'madrifter into the stretch, inherited the lead inside the final furlong as that rival veered in at the sixteenth-pole and fell after hitting the inside rail, and held off the late charge of Jumron Won to win the $97,500 California Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Bay Meadows.

Miss of Wales Entered in Competitive Cardinal Handicap

Robert and Beverly Lewis' Chilean-bred mare Miss of Wales will attempt to earn her first North American stakes win in the $150,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Churchill Downs. Also entered in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up are Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner License Fee, Noble Damsel Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Gino's Spirits, and multiple stakes winners Illiquidity, White Beauty, and Lady Tamworth.

Philly Park Stall Requests Exceed Supply

With Meadowlands set to close its barn area with the conclusion of its meet on November 18, thus eliminating winter racetrack stabling for New Jersey-based outfits, and Delaware Park about to conclude its 148-day season, the racing office at Philadelphia Park has been inundated with stall applications, of which it can only accommodate a small fraction.

Churchill Downs To Offer National Turf Pick-Three

For the next two weekends, the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network will offer a pick-three wager linking turf races from Calder Race Course, Churchill Downs, and Hollywood Park. The wager carries a minimum bet of $1 and will link Calder's 11th race, Churchill's 10th race, and the fifth race from Hollywood Park.

NTRA Bullish; Hubbard Calls for Toughness

Despite the recent announcement that 22 racetracks intended to defect from the organization at the end of this year, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Thursday it maintains a solid core and will proceed with programs it considers key to the future success of the industry.

Riboletta Retired After Distaff Injury

Aaron and Marie Jones' millionaire Riboletta, who would have figured strongly in the battle for Horse of the Year honors if she had won the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), has been retired from racing because of a suspensory injury suffered during the race.

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