Lexicon assumed the lead from the gate and held off Swept Overboard and two others to win Saturday's $142,500 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. III) for the second consecutive year.
English group III stakes winner Generous Rosi earned his first American stakes win in Saturday's $82,500 Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (gr. III).
Jockey Shane Sellers won two races at Arlington Park Saturday, including the featured Spectacular Bid Stakes, then announced he was ending his comeback bid.
Xtra Heat earned her 16th win in her 19th career start, leading all the way to win the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park Saturday.
The chairman of the New York Racing Association said Saturday he would welcome video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Raceway, but insists the state's ailing Standardbred tracks should also be included in any VLT proposal now being eyed by state officials.
After finishing on the board in a graded stakes in each of her last three starts, Exogenous made it to the Belmont Park winner's circle Saturday after upsetting the field of 3-year-old fillies in the $250,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) to earn her first career stakes win.
When the Keeneland September yearling sale starts its 13-day run on Monday, everyone will be anxious to see what effect the struggling American stock market and economic woes overseas will have on the largest auction for young Thoroughbreds in the world.
Godolphin's Fantastic Light avenged his defeat at the hands of 3-year-old sensation Galileo in July's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) with a thrilling head-length decision over that rival in Saturday's Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown.
Plans for a national state-bred championship series tied to the Breeders' Cup moved forward Friday during a Breeders' Cup board of directors meeting in Lexington, officials said. If the program comes to fruition, it would be held the Friday before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, perhaps next year.
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CBS News' "Sunday Morning" show, hosted by Charles Osgood, will include a tribute to Heywood Hale Broun Sept. 9. The television commentator, author, and longtime Thoroughbred owner, died Wednesday after a short illness. He was 83.
Churchill Downs and JettSport, Inc. have agreed on a three-year-deal under which the Louisville sport and event graphics company will be the licensee for the track's "Art of the Kentucky Derby" series, and other Churchill Downs artwork, for the next three years.
The $50,000 Foothill Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs is the opening day feature as racing returns to the Los Angeles County Fair at Fairplex Park in Pomona today. At least one stakes race will be run on each of the 18 cards during the meet, which runs through Sept. 24. Stakes purse money will total $1.15 million.
Champion Housebuster, who spent the last several years at stud in Japan, will stand the 2002 season at the Grayson family's Blue Ridge Farm near Upperville, Va.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that the 31st annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, honoring Thoroughbred horse racing's divisional champions for 2001, will take place Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.
First-crop stallion Matty G, who ranks seventh on the freshman sire list by progeny earnings, will be relocated to Darby Dan Farm (John Phillips, managing partner) near Lexington and will be re-syndicated.
It's round two for Galileo and Fantastic Light when they clash in Saturday's Ireland The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, where there will be more than the £825,000 prize money at stake.
Keeneland has announced that effective with the start of its autumn meeting Oct. 5 it will be lowering the takeout on exotic wagers from 19% to 16%. Bettors with winning tickets on daily doubles, exactas, trifectas, superfectas, and Pick Threes will see a higher percentage of money returned to them.
Women in Racing excerpt for week of Sept. 8.
Leading sire Storm Cat, who already had the highest stud fee in the world, will stand for even more in 2002. Ric Waldman of Overbrook Farm confirmed Friday that the 18-year-old stallion will stand the next breeding season for $500,000.
Giant's Causeway, who thrilled race goers worldwide with his battling performance in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will stand next year's breeding season at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Mark Hardin, a native Virginian whose father was the force behind historic Newstead Farm near Upperville, Va., died Sept. 4 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Foreign invaders have won two of the last three runnings of the $500,000 Man o' War (gr. IT) and seem to hold a strong hand in the 2001 edition to be contested Saturday at Belmont Park.
The grade I $250,000 Gazelle to be contested Saturday at 1 1/8 miles over the main track at Belmont Park marks the return of multiple grade I winner Fleet Renee. The daughter of Seattle Slew has not raced since winning Belmont's grade I Mother Goose on June 30 by 5 1/2 lengths.
Heywood Hale "Woody" Broun, who for years covered the Kentucky Derby on television for CBS and ABC, died Wednesday at Kingston Hospital in Kingston, N.Y. Broun, best known for his multi-colored sports jackets and his observations on horse racing, was 83.
Tale of the Cat, who covered the second most mares in North America during the 1999 breeding season, moved up to the top spot during the 2000 breeding season. The Ashford Stud stallion covered 176 mares during the 2000 breeding season after covering 147 mares in 1999.
The two Steeplechase races, including the St. James Cup scheduled to be run at Arlington Park on Sunday, Sept. 9 have been cancelled due to a lack of entries.
The $1-million World Thoroughbred Championships Challenge will officially launch on Sept. 10.
Five runners will take the post in Saturday's $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. The field might seem small, but the qualifications the five runners bring into the 1 1/8 mile event have championship status written all over them.
Champions Ajina and Storm Song have new homes after being purchased privately this year.
Because of September's large size and the diversity of its offerings, the Central Kentucky auction is the best barometer of the yearling market's health in North America.
Came Home, who is no longer for sale, travels east to win the Hopeful Stakes.
The Cal-bred Romanceishope takes it to the next level in winning the Del Mar Derby.
Macho Uno makes his 2001 stakes debut a winning one for Stronach Stable in the Pennsylvania Derby.
The Michael Jarvis-trained Morshdi is a convincing winner of the UAE Grosser Preis von Baden.
In a strong promotion that links horse racing and gaming, Turfway Park will put its top 100 FasTrack Rewards program members on a private plane to Laughlin, Nev., for an all-expenses-paid junket in late November.
New Zealand stud Glenmorgan Farm, which has shuttled Generous from Japan the past two years, has purchased the stallion from the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (JBBA).
Theresa Richardson, wife of Donald R. Richardson, Churchill Downs Incorporated's senior vice president of racing, died Sept. 3 at University of Louisville Hospital after a long battle with cancer
Gary Garber's grade II winner Flame Thrower has been retired from racing because of an injury suffered during a runner-up effort in the June 9 Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
A pair of the top filly-mare sprinters will clash when they face-off Saturday in the grade III $150,000 Endine Stakes at six furlongs at Delaware Park.
A lot will be on the line when Belmont Park opens its fall season this weekend. The meet offically opens Friday, but things get rolling Saturday when three grade I events will be contested, and all figure to have implications on Belmont's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27.
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Del Mar reported across-the-board increases and a record total handle of $518.3 million for its 43-day meet that ended Wednesday.
Leland and Sue Cook's Ikari, whose 2-year-old daughter Victory Road won the Sept. 1 La Senorita Stakes for Leland Cook, will stand the 2002 breeding season at Drs. Ken and Linda Quirk and Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Belton, Texas.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms has purchased a controlling interest in the breeding rights of grade I winner El Corredor from owner Hal Earnhardt and announced that the 4-year-old colt will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale near Lexington following his racing career.
French stallion Sillery, whose son Silic won the 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), has died.
Saratoga attracted more than a million fans for the first time in its 137-year history. The crush of additional fans caused a slew of statistical records to fall.
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