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Unbridled Returns to Claiborne Farm

Unbridled returned to the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., at noon today, having been given the go-ahead by veterinarians at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic. He has made steady progress from two surgeries, the first to remove a mass which proved to be benign, the second to repair a hole at the resection point.

Steve Haskin's Classic Report: One Step Forward, Two Backward

It seems for every step forward the Classic takes, it takes two steps backward. Last weekend, it took three steps backward, with the defeats of Albert the Great, Tiznow, and Skimming, the last two at the hands of 39-1 shot Freedom Crest. On the other hand, Aptitude's 10-length tour-de-force in the Jockey Club Gold Cup was a break-out race that catapulted the son of A.P. Indy right up to the head of the class.

Lukas-Trained Colt Upsets Indiana Derby

With a quick hustle to the lead from the gate, Orientate dictated the remainder of the race to win the $300,000-added Indiana Derby. The 1 1/16-mile race is the signature event for Hoosier Park, attracting a crowd of 6,337, which ranks among the facility's top ten attended events in the history of the track.

Scoop Wins Hoosier Park's First Graded Race

Through sloppy track conditions, Scoop and Robby Albarado emerged as the final leaders to prevail in the $200,000-added Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks, Hoosier Park's first graded stakes event. The grade III race was the featured event on the 11-race program Friday.

Farm Aid Bill Passes House; Includes MRLS Assistance

Financial and legislative endeavors tied to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) continue in Kentucky, while in Washington D.C. the farm aid bill, which includes some assistance for people impacted by foal loss and also designates the horse as livestock, passed the House Oct. 4.

Jockey Davis Recovering at Home After Sunday Spill

Jockey Robbie Davis was resting at home Monday as he recovered from a concussion sustained during Sunday's fifth race at Belmont Park. Davis was unseated after his mount, Prime Pine, appeared to clip heels with Hallucinogin during the 1 1/16-mile grass race.

Fantastic Light to Dalham Hall

Godolphin millionaire Fantastic Light will retire to stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, following an appearance in the Oct. 27 World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

Lexicon to Stand at Meadowbrook

Grade II winner Lexicon will stand the 2002 breeding season at Barbara and David LaCroix' Meadowbrook Farms of the Ocala Jockey Club near Ocala, Florida

Overbrook Donates Storm Cat Season to American Red Cross

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A 2002 stallion nomination to leading sire Storm Cat, who stands for a $500,000 fee, will be sold during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, with the proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts. The season, which has been donated to the Red Cross, will be sold at the conclusion of the Monday, Nov. 5 session of the sale.

Overbrook Donates Storm Cat Season to American Red Cross

A 2002 stallion nomination to leading sire Storm Cat, who stands for a $500,000 fee, will be sold during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, with the proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts. The season, which has been donated to the Red Cross, will be sold at the conclusion of the Monday, Nov. 5 session of the sale.

Takeout Cut Heats Up Simmering Debate

It won't be easy to gauge the results of Keeneland's pari-mutuel takeout reduction, and the decision by the Mid-Atlantic racetracks and New York off-track betting corporations to drop the Kentucky track's signal because of concerns over a drop in revenue.

Opposing Styles Win Keeneland's Saturday Stakes

Keeneland's graded stakes races Saturday displayed a study of contrasts. About an hour after 9-year-old Bet On Sunshine closed from last place in the $166,470 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) to earn his 21st victory from 41 starts, 2-year-old Siphonic led from start to finish in the $281,728 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes (gr. II).

Gold Cup Report: New Aptitude

For the past several months, an insatiable monster has been running amok, devouring stakes and causing mayhem across the land. Finally, horsemen could take no more, and their cry resounded throughout the racing world: Frankelstein must be destroyed.

Exogenous Survives Inquiry to Win Beldame

Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) winner Exogenous survived a stewards' inquiry to earn her second straight grade I victory, winning Saturday's $750,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. After describing an "S" shape while weaving her way to the wire -- bumping Spain repeatedly in the process – Exogenous completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.20, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Flute.

China Visit Bests Jim and Tonic at Longchamp

Godolphin scored a win in the Prix du Rond-Point Casino Barriere de la Rochelle (Fr-II) at Longchamp Saturday -- one day before they send out favored Sakhee in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) -- when China Visit held off Jim and Tonic for the one-length victory. China Visit, a 4-year-old son of Red Ransom, completed the mile in 1:44 4/5 on ground listed as "very soft."

Spook Express Rallies to Win Galaxy Stakes

Spook Express, with Mike Smith up, charged from the back of the pack to win the $500,000 Winstar Galaxy Stakes for older fillies and mares that was co-feature on Keeneland's opening day card.

Handicapping the Arc Card; Globeform Picks All Six Races

With Keeneland and Arlington set to simulcast the entire Arc de Triomphe card Sunday, Globeform and are providing exclusive ratings for the six races on the Arc card. The races include the Arc and four other group I races. Globeform is a rating service covering all U.S. graded stakes and European group races, plus major international races.

NTRA Membership Meeting Agenda Set

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced the agenda for its second annual membership meeting, to be held Oct. 10-11 in Lexington at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Representatives from more than 40 member organizations are expected to attend.

Hooper Farms Will Become Gated Equine Community

The late Fred Hooper's Hooper Farm, a farm that contributed to Marion County Florida's emergence as a preferred address for Thoroughbreds, has been sold to Ocala-based Four Star Land Holding. Plans call for the farm to be renamed the Farms at Hooper, and be divided into smaller parcels.

Steve Haskin's Belmont Analysis

With a forecast of showers beginning late Friday and continuing into Saturday, there is a good possibility of an off track. There are many degrees of slop and mud at Belmont, so until it can be determined what type of track we'll have for the Gold Cup, it's impossible to predict who would benefit the most from it. In 1998 and '99, sloppy tracks for the Gold Cup took their toll on top horses such as Skip Away, Gentlemen, Lemon Drop Kid, and Behrens, and paved the way for longshot Wagon Limit to win by daylight in '98.

All New York OTB Outlets Drop Keeneland

All of the off-track betting corporations in New York confirmed Friday they will not take the signal from Keeneland effective Friday, the Lexington track's opening day. The decision is tied to a reduction in takeout at Keeneland, the impact it could have on the bottom line of outlets that take the signal.

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