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The race, which makes a return after seven years, figures to play a key role in determining the steeplechase champion of the year.
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 The buyers, alleging fraud, are seeking to have their $850,000 purchase price rescinded.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.
Agent Buzz Chace purchased a Saint Ballado colt for $750,000 to top Tuesday's second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale.
The jockeys and horse owners charged with race-fixing at Penn National Race Course pleaded innocent Tuesday to the federal charges, the Associated Press reported.
The sale company will test selected horses as they exit the racetrack after under-tack breezes.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Cat Thief, winner of the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic, is coming to hand at the right time.
Pope McLean announced that Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Silic will enter stud at his Crestwood Farm near Lexington for a fee of $3,500 live foal.
Irish-bred Sign of Hope won the Oak Tree Derby for trainer Neil Drysdale, who was at Churchill Downs preparing his Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus for a Breeders' Cup run.
Turnofthecentury emerges as an up-and-coming star by winning the Empire Classic on New York Showcase Day as Belmont draws to a close.
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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.
Veteran Austrlian trainer George Janlon saddled his first Caulfield Cup winner when a son of Brief Truce won the 123rd edition of the race.
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.
A certain amount of distress is a normal part of life in animals that have social attachments or home territory.
By G.D. Hieronymus -- Breeders' Cup Day is second to none for horseplayers, with nearly every horse having a shot.
- By Ray Paulick
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.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey announced that stakes winner Catienus will enter stud in 2001 at Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., for a fee of $6,000 live foal.
The average declined as the number of horses offered increased during the opening session of Fasig-Tipton's fall yearling sale. Meanwhile, England's Tattersalls autumn mixed sale began on a strong note.
John Franks' In Neon, who was named 1998 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, died on Oct. 21 from colic.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Monday changes that will be implemented for Eclipse Award voting, effective with voting for this year's champions.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won't saddle one of the favorites in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, but he likes the chances of two of his colts after they worked five furlongs over the Louisville track on Monday.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus turned in his long- awaited first breeze since his return to Churchill Downs a week ago and Riboletta sparkled in her workout Monday.
Arlington International, Chicago's premier racetrack, is reverting to the name it had before the facility was destroyed by fire in the 1980s. Along with the new name, Arlington is sporting a new logo.
Add New York State's chief fiscal watchdog to the list of government agencies now poring over the books of the embattled New York Racing Association.
On the heels of California Gov. Gray Davis' rejection of account wagering, the TV Games Network is poised to make modifications in its ambitious daily programming schedule.
John's Call, the 9-year-old gelding who's become a fan favorite, will be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup Turf on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, says his trainer Tom Voss.
Officials will be at Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup to take applications from owners.
Owner Joe McDermott said he's in the process of finding homes for seven stallions that stood at the Houston-area farm in 2000.
Crowd Pleaser put away Royal Strand in mid-stretch and then held off Dixie's Crown for a nose victory in the $74,675 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday. Crowd Pleaser covered 1 5/8 miles on a yielding turf course in 2:44.
Thunderhead Farms' Lady Gin trimmed over two seconds off the previous Hawthorne Race Course track record for about five furlongs on the turf Sunday, winning the $44,000 Wooden Star Stakes in :56.19 over firm turf. The previous track record of :58 4/5 was shared by three horses.
Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. moved a victory closer to career win 9,000 Sunday, earning victory 8,995 aboard Free Companion in the third race at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
Volponi earned his first career win Sunday at Belmont Park, upsetting formerly undefeated 4-5 favorite Baptize in the $113,300 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Robert Spiegel's homebred Ruff rallied from the back of the field of eight 2-year-old fillies to win the $111,300 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) by three lengths Sunday at Belmont Park.
Wednesday at Keeneland
Aaron Jones' Forest Camp, who finished fourth in the Forest Hills Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park when last out, will not run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), according to trainer Eduardo Inda.
Lu Ravi and Super Quercus worked at Churchill Downs on Sunday in preparation for their respective Breeders' Cup races. On Saturday at Churchill, Caller One, Dollar Bill, and Thunder Bertie were on the track for morning works.
Sunday at Keeneland
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Grade I winner Siberian Summer will stand the 2001 breeding season at Rick Taylor's Special T Thoroughbreds near Temecula, Calif.
Hall of Fame trainer Philip Johnson will saddle two horses in Sunday's $100,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT), Belmont Park's closing day co-feature race.
Walkslikeaduck, one of the most interestingly named horses aiming for the Breeders' Cup Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, remains on target for the Mile in the Santa Anita stable of trainer Paddy Gallagher.
Saturday at Keeneland
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.
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.
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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