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Paul Makin Buys Australian Champion Private Steer

In what can only be described as a major industry surprise, Paul Makin, the colorful bookmaker who owns and races current group ! Cox Plate favorite Starcraft (Soviet Star -- Flying Foozie), has been revealed as the person who secretly paid $1.5 million (U.S.$1.1 million) for champion Australian racemare Private Steer (Danehill Dancer -- Lisheenowen).

Lone Star Notebook: Track Revises Meet Schedule

Lone Star Notebook: Track Revises Meet Schedule

by Bernard T. Moore -- Lone Star management, with an intent on strengthening their product as the Breeders' Cup draws nearer, have elected to delay such signature events as the Stars of Texas Day for state-breds, and the $250,000 Lone Star Derby (G3) for later in the meet.

Belmont Notebook: Juveniles Week

Belmont Notebook: Juveniles Week

by John Mucciolo - A total of 57 races were contested over the past six racing days, and favorites continue to perform well. With 23 top betting selections crossing the wire first (40 percent), and 12 second choices winning (21 percent), longshot players were once again up against it at Belmont.

Meadowlands Notebook: Pletcher Faces Decision

Meadowlands Notebook: Pletcher Faces Decision

by Gary Granade -- With the Breeders' Cup looming on October 30, Pletcher could elect to keep Balto Star on the dirt for the $4 million Classic (G1). The Meadowlands Cup, his first run on the main track in over a year, was a compelling argument for that course of action. On the other hand, Balto Star is a Grade 1 winner on the grass, making the $2 million Turf (G1) a viable option.

Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries Coming Oct. 20

Pre-entered fields for all eight 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races will be announced on Oct. 20 at host track Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The 21st Breeders' Cup, with purses and awards totaling a minimum of $14 million, will be run on Oct. 30.

KEMI and Race for Education to Hold Texas Hold' Em Tourney

Kentucky Equine Management Internship Program, Inc. (KEMI) and The Race For Education will hold the inaugural Horsemen's Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament. The $1,000 per seat tournament will be held Nov. 6 at Sal's Italian Chop House in Lexington, Ky., and will accommodate 110 players.

CHRB Sets Dec. 2 Hearing for Consortium Changes

The California Horse Racing Board has scheduled a public hearing Dec. 2 at Hollywood Park to consider amendments that would bring current regulations into line with recommendations made by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

Dooley Named Track Announcer at Fair Grounds

John G. Dooley has been named track announcer at Fair Grounds Race Course for the 2004-05 season. Dooley has been announcer at Arlington Park for the last five seasons. Arlington's season runs from May until September, allowing him to announce at both tracks.

The Shipping News

The Shipping News

By Dan Liebman - For whatever reasons--there are surely many--this could be the first time in the history of the Breeders' Cup that no starter that last raced in England makes the trip for one of the event's turf races. If that is the case, it will be a shame.

Milkshakes and Miracles

By Morton Cathro - The recent death of a world-renowned scientist and the current flap over medications and "milkshakes" have combined to stir memories of one of the more sensational and far-reaching episodes in the annals of the American Turf.

Servis Has Another Young Phenom in His Barn

Servis Has Another Young Phenom in His Barn

It appears as if Smarty Jones has passed the baton to another young phenom residing in trainer John Servis' barn. His name is Rockport Harbor, and this grand-looking colt can flat-out run, as evidenced by his effortless 7 1/2-length victory in an allowance race at Philadelphia Park Oct. 12, his second brilliant score in as many starts.

Jockey Jerry Bailey Has Mounts Thursday at Belmont

Jockey Jerry Bailey Has Mounts Thursday at Belmont

Jockey Jerry Bailey is listed on Belmont Park's Thursday card after a brief hiatus to heal a broken wrist. Bailey returned to working horses last week after recovering from a broken left wrist sustained in a fall from a ladder while preparing his Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, home for Hurricane Francis.

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