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Jury Begins Hearing Saints Cup Testimony

A jury in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday began hearing opening statements in the Saints Cup case. The buyers, alleging fraud, are seeking to have their $850,000 purchase price rescinded. The sellers contend the buyers' agent did not exercise due diligence when he bought the colt.

Weekend Review: Persistence Pays Off in Maryland Million

For Testing, the second time, no, the third time, no...the fourth time was the charm. At sun-drenched Laurel Park on Oct. 21, on the day billed as Maryland's day at the races, Testing charged from far back to capture the $190,000 Maryland Million Classic in his fourth attempt and shattered the track record for 1 3/16 miles in the process.

Not All Horses Benefit from Going Barefoot

In a well-conformed, well-built horse, the barefoot state is the most natural situation and probably the healthiest, depending on the work the horse is asked to do. But taking the shoes off a horse and leaving them off is not a good idea for every animal.

The Big Ticket

By G.D. Hieronymus -- Breeders' Cup Day is second to none for horseplayers, with nearly every horse having a shot.

The World Championship Event

By Ray Paulick -- If the NTRA was created to boost racing's popularity with the general public, then using that same organization to raise the awareness of the sport's championship day is a logical progression.

Former Claimer Wins Ascot Handicap

Designed for Luck rebounded from a 20-length defeat in the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) to win the $100,000 Ascot Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Bay Meadows. Designed for Luck, the 3-2 favorite, closed from fifth-place to win by a length at the wire over Tender Offer. The 3-year-old gelded son of Rahy completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.85 over firm turf.

Sign of Hope Rallies for Oak Tree Derby Win

Relatively Stable's Sign of Hope came off the rail in the stretch and rallied to catch pacesetter David Copperfield three jumps from the wire to win the $250,000 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) Saturday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. Under a well-timed ride from Alex Solis, Sign of Hope completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.71 over firm turf.

Good Game Wins Valley View

Good Game rated just off the pace set alternately by Nanie's Dinner and Trip before edging clear in the stretch to win the $114,800 Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday at Keeneland.

Diatribe Slips Through On Rail for Caulfield Cup Win

Diatribe skimmed the rail through the stretch under jockey Jim Cassidy to win the Caulfield Cup (Aus-I) Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Diatribe stopped the timer in a new track record of 2:25.32 for the 1 1/2 miles and finished a length in front of Kaapstad Way.

14-1 Maiden Upsets Racing Post Trophy

Saeed Suhail's Dilshaan rallied from the back of the 10-horse field to earn his first career victory in the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I), winning by 2 1/2 lengths Saturday at Doncaster, England. Under jockey Johnny Murtagh, Dilshaan completed the mile in 1:45.87 over soft turf.

Pegasus Doing Well; Drysdale May Have Another BC Hope

Fusao Sekiguchi's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Fusaichi Pegasus, trained by Neil Drysdale, continued Friday to leave a favorable impression in his morning training at Churchill Downs. Meanwhile, Drysdale may have added another contender to his strong Breeders' Cup hand with Stonerside Stable, LLC's recent acquisition Freefourracing.

Bailey To Ride Golden Missile in Classic

Joe Orseno said Friday that Jerry Bailey will ride Golden Missile in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), replacing Kent Desormeaux, who also is the regular rider for Fusaichi Pegasus. Bailey also will ride Perfect Sting in the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) and Macho Uno in the Juvenile (gr. I) for Orseno.

New England Owner Took Unusual Route to Top

It is not surprising that Frank Stronach's high profile stable is atop the owners' list by earnings for 2000 with more than $9.1 million earned through Oct. 16. After all, the Magna International chairman and racetrack operator has been building a successful racing and breeding operation over the past decade.

The owners' standings, however, do offer a surprise when ranked by number of wins, with New England owner Michael Gill on top with 168 winners from 960 starters. Second is Richard Englander's 154 wins, followed by the 138 for Stronach.

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