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Exogenous Upsets Gazelle for First Stakes Win

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.

Plans for State-Bred Cup Day Progress

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.

Broun Tribute to Air on Sunday

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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 Names JettSport Artwork Licensee

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.

Fairplex Opens 63rd Meeting Today

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.

Housebuster to Stand in Virginia

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.

Eclipse Awards Ceremony Returns to Florida

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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.

Matty G to Darby Dan

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.

Keeneland Reduces Exotics Takeout

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.

Storm Cat Stud Fee Rises to $500,000

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 Being Relocated to Ashford

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.

Virginia Horseman Mark Hardin Dead

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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.

Fleet Renee Heads Gazelle Field

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 Dead

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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.

Live Foal Report Released; Tale of the Cat Covers Most Mares

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.

Woodward Brings Stars To Belmont

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.

Theresa Richardson Dead

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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

Grade II Winner Flame Thrower Retired

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.

Belmont Ready To Begin

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.

Ikari to Millennium in Texas

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.

Hill 'n' Dale Buys Interest in El Corredor

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.

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