City Zip will attempt to win his fifth straight race when he faces eight rivals in Sunday's $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The 2-year-old finished in a dead heat for first with Yonaguska in the Hopeful in his most recent start to complete a sweep of the three major juvenile stakes at Saratoga.
Edward Evans' undefeated Storm Cat filly Raging Fever heads the field of seven 2-year-old fillies entered in the $200,000 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park.
Dixie Dot Com, unraced since finishing eighth of eight in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in March, returns to the races Saturday in the six-furlong 200,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. III). In last year's renewal of the race, Dixie Dot Com finished fourth, behind two rivals he will face again on Saturday.
Saturday at Turfway Park
A spokesman for the Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaign in Kentucky issued a statement on Friday concerning Vice President Al Gore's position on interstate off-track wagering, which has been under attack from the Clinton White House's Justice Department.
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On Friday, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. launched a contest in which fans will have the opportunity to win $1-million for correctly picking all eight winners during this year's championship day races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.
William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm, which helped boost the Keeneland fall yearling sale to record levels on Tuesday, played another key role Thursday, selling the session topper for $600,000. The top price of the day was paid by Frank Mansell for a Belong to Me filly produced from the Seattle Slew mare Lassie Connection.
When Caller One won Turfway Park's six-furlong Hansel Stakes by 10 lengths in his 3-year-old debut in March, he stamped himself as one of the top sophomore sprinters in the country. He returns to Turfway on Saturday to face seven other 3-year-olds as the odds-on choice in the Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. II).
Behrens and Lemon Drop Kid have faced off in each of their last two starts, and the two will meet again Saturday in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
The last time Golden Missile raced in Kentucky, he came away with a 2 3/4-length victory in June's Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. II) over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. On Saturday, the 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy will face five rivals as the 121-pound highweight in the $500,000 Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap (gr. II) at Turfway Park.
West Coast distaff handicap leader Riboletta will concede from eight to 12 pounds to her six rivals when she goes to post as the 125-pound highweight in Saturday's $250,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Twenty-year-old Slewacide, perennial leading sire in Oklahoma, was euthanized on Sept. 2 due to infirmities of old age, according to officials at Lazy E Ranch near Guthrie, Okla., where the syndicated stallion stood for the last 10 breeding seasons.
Architectural firm outlines changes to South Florida racetrack, including addition of another turf course.
An advisory committee to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has presented a report that calls for a business model and a bill of rights.
Woodbine Race Course rescheduled the Atto Mile (Can-IT) to fit a one-hour slot in NBC's Racing to the Breeders' Cup coverage. The ratings were not sterling, but network coverage provided 618,000 more viewers.
Despite a 7% downturn, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reported that its combined on-track and satellite average daily attendance of 27,960 was the best among U.S. tracks.
By Steve Haskin -- If you're lucky enough to be in New York or Kentucky this weekend, you're in for some super racing, with a good possibility of seeing a Breeders' Cup winner or two.
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Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Mister Baileys will return to the country where he celebrated his biggest win. Mister Baileys (Robellino -- Thimblerigger, by Sharpen Up) has been purchased by Kern Lillingston Association and Warrender Associates and will stand the 2001 season at Chris Harper's Whitsbury Manor Stud in Hampshire, England.
Breeders' Cup Limited has released the wagering menu, race order, and post times for this year's championship day races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. The race order is unchanged from last year and the wagering menu includes the $5-million Ultra Pick Six and two additional wagering options.
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Friday at Calder
Jockey Jerry Bailey made a rare foray to the West Coast from his New York base Wednesday, and left with his first two victories at Del Mar. Both of Bailey's wins were for trainer Bob Baffert on the closing-day Del Mar card. In the featured Del Mar Futurity (gr., II), Gary Garber's Flame Thrower posted a game victory over Godolphin Racing's Street Cry.
Jockey Jerry Bailey made a successful foray to the West Coast from his New York base Wednesday, riding Gary Garber's Flame Thrower to a head victory over Godolphin Racing's Street Cry in the Del Mar Futurity.
One day after single-session records for a Keeneland fall yearling sale, the auction in Lexington, Ky. continued Wednesday with prices that were more realistic than the previous day's gargantuan numbers. Top price of $850,000 was paid by John C. Oxley for a Saint Ballado colt produced from the unraced Proud Truth mare Sunyata.
Trainer Jose Silva has been suspended for 45 days by the California Horse Racing Board after Glorious Linda tested positive for the Class 2 drug Hydroxymepivacaine after finishing second in a $50,000 claiming event April 21 at Hollywood Park. Silva has three days to appeal the suspension which was handed down by the Board of Stewards at Del Mar.
Dr. Alex Harthill, the well-known veterinarian, won the race for the presidency of the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
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The growing fuel crisis in Britain has led to cancellation of Thursday racing at Pontefract, W. Hobbs, and could cause more problems for British racing.
Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid breezed a half-mile in :48 2/5 at Belmont Park on Tuesday as he prepared for Saturday's $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).
A plan by Churchill Downs Management Co. to sell an additional 26% interest in Hoosier Park to an Indiana company has been turned down by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
Boosted by competitive bidding between Sheikh Mohammed, Coolmore Stud interests, and clients of trainer D. Wayne Lukas, the second session of Keeneland's fall yearling sale soared to record levels Tuesday, primarily on the strength of horses consigned by William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm. Among the highlights were the sale of a Storm Cat colt for $6.8 million--the highest price paid for a yearling sold at auction in North America since 1985--and two apparently world record prices for yearling fillies.
The first International Workshop on Equine Chronic Airway Disease was held in mid-June at Michigan State University.
The purse for Saturday's Gallant Bob Handicap was raised from $100,000 to $150,000 Tuesday in an attempt to lure a quality field.
Since a horse's skin is his largest organ, and the only one you can inspect in total, use it to determine his overall health.
By Morton Cathro -- Regardless of size, location, or caliber of horses, racetracks long have served as a microcosm of society, holding up a mirror to humankind.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- It is not an exaggeration to say that the federal government's actions regarding Thoroughbred racing could be a matter of life and death for this industry.
The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is expected to find out Wednesday who will serve as its president and fill the seats on its board of directors.
The Dubai World Cup Committee has hiked purses for stakes on the World Cup undercard.
Answer Lively, the champion juvenile colt of 1988 was who reported as retired in June, will stand in 2001 at John Sikura's Hill 'N' Dale Farm near Lexington.
The American Horse Council has named a new lobbyist and new communications director.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who has accounted for winners of the last four runnings of the Del Mar Futurity, is represented by three of the nine 2-year-olds entered in Wednesday's renewal. The Futurity is the feature on Del Mar's closing-day card.
Indiana Horse Racing Commission has been asked to reconsider its denial of an operating license for Indianapolis Downs
Consignors met with Keeneland officials to discuss drug-testing program for next year's April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Keeneland's November breeding stock sale expected to set a record in terms of the number of horses to be offered.
A pledge to spend money raised through the Thoroughbred auction process on political action endeavors apparently has led to an increase in contributions to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. It could be timely given the fact the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act could come up for consideration in Washington, D.C., in late September.
Wednesday at Del Mar
A special committee will decide which New York City Off-Track Betting suitors can formally bid to purchase the OTB franchise. New York City Mayor Rudolph Guliani is expected to appoint the committee by the end of the week.
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