Following his sixth-place finish in the seven-horse field in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), Ol Memorial Stable's A P Valentine has been retired.
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.
Beautiful Pleasure, the champion older mare of 1999 who is winless in four starts this year, has been retired following her sixth-place finish in Saturday's Beldame Stakes (gr. I).
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.
Mystic Lady earned her fourth graded stakes win of the year and her eighth in 15 career starts when she went wire-to-wire to win the $250,000 Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park.
The Gold Cup undercard was highlighted by top performances by Exogenous, Officer, You, and Forbidden Apple
Edmund A. Gann's You dueled with Cashier's Dream around the turn, then pulled clear in the stretch to win the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The win improves You's career mark to three wins from four starts and gave trainer Bobby Frankel is 12th grade I win of the year.
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, 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.
Select Stable's Take Charge Lady did exactly that when she assumed the lead rounding the second turn and then held a game Never Out at bay to win Friday's Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II).
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.
Ro Parra has purchased an interest in Unaccounted For and the stallion will stand at his Millennium Farms near Lexington, Ky. in 2002.
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.
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.
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.
One of the Lexington area's largest and most historic properties has a new owner from abroad. Dr. Tony Ryan lives in Ireland where he founded an airline, Ryanair, and owns three Thoroughbred farms. Now he owns 1,073 acres of famous Kentucky Bluegrass.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday will mark the fourth consecutive appearance for 7-year-old defending champion Kona Gold in the $200,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap as the Java Gold gelding gets his final test in advance of the Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park Oct. 27.
The second Keeneland online auction for September yearlings that didn't bring their reserves during the live sessions sold five horses for a total of $27,800. Keeneland said the sale is a work in progress.
One hundred thirty horses are pre-entered for the 16th running of the Maryland Million on Saturday, October 13 at Pimlico Race Course.
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.
All eyes will be on Officer when five 2-year-olds take the post for the grade I $500,000 Champagne Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park. The Champagne is last local prep for juvenile colts before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 27, also at the New York oval.
Adding to a weekend line-up that already features the grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup, TVG announced it will once again broadcast the Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe live from Longchamp Racecourse outside of Paris on Sunday, October 7.
At its monthly meeting at Meadowlands Wednesday, the New Jersey Racing Commission said it is prepared to advertise regulations regarding account and off-track wagering, the first step toward implementation since legislation was signed into law in August.
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.
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.
In his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier's Johannesburg easily won his third group I race of the year in Thursday's Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, England.
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.
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."
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The game plan for Freespool isn't any secret as the unabashed front-runner heads into Saturday's grade I $200,000 Ancient Title Handicap at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
Two-time Pacific Classic winner Skimming must win Sunday's $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita in order to move on to the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 27, trainer Bobby Frankel said from New York Wednesday morning.
Jersey Rebel overcame a slow start and earned a one-length victory Wednesday in the $42,000 allowance feature for California-breds at Oak Tree.
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.
Appealing Skier, whose first crop are juveniles of this year, will stand in 2002 at Ron and Carolyn Green's Green Willow Farm near Westminster, Md.
The third highest price ever for a yearling sold in Europe was realized Wednesday when a Desert Prince colt brought 2,300,000 guineas ($3,519,000) at the Tattersalls Houghton sale.
Deb Gore, who worked for Daily Racing Form for 17 years in the 1980s and 1990s, died Tuesday night after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 46.
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.
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.
Ric Waldman, who manages the Windfields Farm stallions, said Wednesday Deputy Minister's stud fee for 2002 will remain $150,000, and the fee for Silver Deputy will be reduced to $40,000 from $75,000.
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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The first two major stakes of Keeneland's FallStars Weekend: the $500,000 WinStar Galaxy Stakes (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the turf, and the $400,000 Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) drew full fields as the Central Kentucky track kicks off its fall meeting Friday.
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English and Irish Derby winner Galileo had a solid mile work over the all-weather track at Southwell Race Course Wednesday morning in preparation for his dirt debut in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Godolphin's Fantastic Light, who edged Galileo in the recent Irish Champion Stakes, also worked Wednesday morning over the stable's all-weather track.
A smaller catalogue led to a lower gross, but the major indicators were positive for Barretts at its October yearling sale. Held Oct. 2, the auction showed significant gains in average and median.
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