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Confucius Say: 'Win the West Virginia Classic'

Confucius Say beat Coolmars by 4 1/2 lengths in Saturday's $250,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic at Charles Town Races. Confucius Say, a 3-year-old gelding by Eastover Court, covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:51 3/5, barely missing the race record of 1:50 set by A Huevo in 1999.

Frankel's No Slip Wins Oak Tree Derby; Startac Sixth

No Slip posted a nose victory over Sligo Bay in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday at Santa Anita Park. A lightly raced French-bred, No Slip ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.56 and paid $13.20, $7.80 and $4.20. Kent Desormeaux rode the winner at 118 pounds for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel and owners John and Jerome Amerman.

Timely Topic: 'The Cost of a Bet'

The timing couldn't be better. But it's pure coincidence the International Simulcast Conference, which begins Monday in Louisville, Ky., includes a panel discussion titled "The Cost of a Bet."

West Virginia Classics: $1-Million Dream

Sam Huff is better known for his career as a pro football player, but he's also a Thoroughbred owner with a real passion for the game. This year, he realized a dream when total purses for the West Virginia Breeders Classics series hit $1 million.

Task Force to Reach Out to Other Breeds

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force will attempt to break down barriers that separate breeds in an attempt to shore up drug-testing procedures in horse racing.

Put It Back Retired

Hobeau Farm's grade II winner Put It Back, undefeated in five starts at 3 this year, has been retired due to an injury and will enter stud at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Albert the Great Retiring After Classic

Albert the Great, a grade I winner of over $2.5 million, will make his final start in the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), then retire to stud at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. Owner Tracy Farmer will retain 100% interest in the 4-year-old Go For Gin colt. No stud fee was announced.

Godolphin Trio Arrives at Belmont Park

The main body of the Godolphin forces arrived at Belmont Park at 1:30 Friday afternoon following a flight from Stansted Airport in England. Fantastic Light, Sakhee, and Noverre will be in quarantine for 36 to 48 hours, and are expected to test the Belmont track for the first time either Sunday or Monday. Assistant trainer Tom Albertrani is expected to arrive on Saturday.

Godolphin Trio Departs For United States

The main body of the Godolphin forces departed Stansted Airport in England Friday morning for their journey to New York. After arriving at Belmont Park later in the afternoon, Fantastic Light, Sakhee, and Noverre will begin their 24-hour quarantine. They are expected to test the Belmont surface for the first time on Sunday.

Badge to Liberty Stud In New York

James Vena's Badge, who ran third in the 1999 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will be relocated for the 2002 season to Jim and Michaelyn Scott's Liberty Stud in Ghent, N.Y.

OBS Sale Ends With Major Declines From A Year Ago

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's fall mixed sale ended on Thursday with big declines from a year ago. The figures for the auction's four sessions combined were 838 horses sold for a gross of $6,210,700, and an average price of $7,411. The number sold and gross were down by 24.3% and 56.3%, respectively, and the average was down by 42.3%. In 2000, the 1,107 horses sold grossed $14,223,600 and averaged $12,849.

Ultra Pick Six Reduced to $3-Million

Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday that the guaranteed value of the 2001 Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 will be $3 million, a decrease from the previous $5 million level.

'Great State Challenge' Generates Interest

National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup officials said Thursday the new "Great State Challenge" program has the potential to open up many new sponsorship opportunities for horse racing. The program, which will feature the top state-breds in the country, will be held sometime in the last three months of 2002.

Steeplechase Champion George Sloan Dead at 62

George Sloan, 62, champion amateur steeplechase jockey and chairman of the International Steeplechase Group (ISG), was found dead at his Franklin, Tennessee, farm Oct. 10. Sloan died when the rifle he was carrying accidentally discharged while Sloan was working on a fence at his Panorama Farm.

Millionaire Secret Status Retired

Millionaire and multiple grade I winner Secret Status has been retired following an unplaced effort in the Oct. 7 Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

Maryland Million Boasts 98 Entries

Ninety-eight horses are entered for the 16th running of the Maryland Million on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. The 11-race card with purses of $1.05 million showcases the best products of Maryland breeding farms and horses sired by Maryland stallions.

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