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Change of Plans: Trippi to Ocala Stud

Grade I winner Trippi, who was scheduled to stand the 2002 breeding season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington, instead will begin his stallion career at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud Farm near Ocala, Fla.

TEMPERA

Dark bay or brown filly, foaled March 12, 1999, A.P. Indy -- Colour Chart, by Mr. Prospector

YOU

Dark bay or brown filly, foaled Feb. 27, 1999, You and I -- Our Dani, by Homebuilder

HABIBTI

Chestnut filly, foaled April 7, 1999, Tabasco Cat -- Miss Sobriety, by Temperence Hill

Boiling Springs 'Cap Overflows with Runners

An oversized field of 16 have entered Friday night's featured Boiling Springs Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park, but four of them will be forced to watch from the sidelines as the maximum number of racing entrants tops outs at 12 for the $200,000 turf event.

Guided Tour Draws Post 3 for Kentucky Cup Classic

Morton Fink's Guided Tour drew post 3 for his start Saturday in the $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) and was installed the 7-5 morning-line favorite. Only five other horses will face the 118-pound highweight in the marquee race on the Kentucky Cup card at Turfway Park.

Penske to Sponsor Breeders' Cup Sprint

Penske Auto Centers has entered into a sponsorship of real horsepower. The company announced today it is sponsoring the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and a series of prep races for the Oct. 27 race at Belmont Park on World Thoroughbred Championships Day.

O'Brien Horses Out at Newbury

A handful of runners trained by Aidan O'Brien, including last year's most expensive public auction yearling and a full brother to Galileo, have been withdrawn from Friday's racing at Newbury

Officer, Habibti to Have Championship Preps at Oak Tree

Trainer Bob Baffert has shifted gears with his two top unbeaten 2-year-olds, Officer and Habibti, deciding to keep them in California for their final preps prior to the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park instead of sending them to New York for a pair of grade I races in early October.

Coolmore Team Pledges 10 Percent of Earnings To NTRA Relief Fund

Coolmore principal John Magnier and fellow Thoroughbred owner Michael Tabor are following the lead of fellow owner Tracy Farmer with a pledge to contribute a percentage of any of their horses' winnings from the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at New York's Belmont Park to the NTRA Charities -- New York Heroes Fund. The fund will assist the spouses and children of the New York City firefighters, police, emergency service personnel, and other victims of the World Trade Center disaster on Sept. 11.

Pentatonic Upsets Secret Status in Belmont Allowance

Pentatonic and Secret Status, who had hoped to hook up in the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) last Saturday, instead ran at Belmont Park today in an allowance race. The Ruffian, a prep for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) was part of a card canceled at Belmont after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11 on the World Trade Centers.

Knockout in Belmont Allowance

A group of Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) hopefuls slugged it out in allowance company Wednesday at Belmont and heavily favored Heavyweight Champ scored a TKO.

European Race Report: Sweet 16

Trainer Aidan O'Brien collected his 15th group I race of the season when Milan was an easy winner of the Rothmans Royals St. Leger (Eng-I) on Sept. 15. Number 16 would come the following day from Hawk Wing in the Curragh's National Stakes (Ire-I).

Memorial Service Precedes Reopening of Belmont Park

Racing resumed at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday for the first time since the deadly terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 that included the downing of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in nearby Manhattan after two hijacked planes rammed into them. A memorial service was conducted in the winner's circle at Belmont prior to Wednesday's 1 p.m. first post.

Dare and Go To Pennsylvania

Millionaire Dare and Go, who ended Cigar's 16-race win streak, will stand the 2002 season at Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.

Thoroughbred Charities Approves Donation to New York Heroes Fund

Thoroughbred Charities of America announced it will be donating $50,000 to the National Thoroughbred Association's "NTRA Charities -- New York Heroes Fund." The fund was established to benefit the families of the fire fighters, police officers, emergency services personnel and others who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers on Sept. 11.

USDA Approves Quarantine Center at Aqueduct

The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave its approval today to a foot-and-mouth quarantine facility at Aqueduct. The decision will make it easier for European horses to compete in Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship prep races at Belmont Park.

Cancelled Stakes Won't Be Rescheduled

When racing resumes at Belmont Park on Wednesday after five days of cancellations due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the stakes schedule will continue as published, according to the New York Racing Association. However, because of conflicts with other stakes races during the fall meet, four of the five graded stakes cancelled last weekend--the Ruffian, Belmont Breeders' Cup, Matron and Futurity--will not be rescheduled.

Remember Me

By Bud Lamoreaux -- A few years ago, Heywood Hale Broun sent a pamphlet to his friends entitled Remember Me. It was, of course, a brilliant essay about life being too fast and people being caught up in personal success rather than good deeds.

Community Spirit

By Ray Paulick -- One week after the repulsive attacks of terrorism on American soil, it is safe to say all of our lives have changed in one way or another. While we feel a combination of shock, anger, and sadness over the human suffering, there is also an undeniable feeling among many people that something good will come out of this, that America and its allies will build a stronger union in an attempt to rid the world of evil.

Keeneland Average, Median Outpace 2000 Sale

Despite last week's terrorist attacks and concerns about the U.S. economy that caused a huge drop in the stock market Monday, the average and median prices for this year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale continues to outpace the banner auction in 2000.

Keeneland's New October Sale Begins

With more horses cataloged than originally planned for, Keeneland enters new territory with its inaugural October yearling sale today. In all, 644 lots are scheduled to be offered during the auction, which concludes Tuesday.

Cup Officials: Championships On for Belmont Park

Breeders' Cup officials on Monday afternoon affirmed plans to conduct the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park in New York. Rumors have circulated recently that Breeders' Cup was discussing a possible move in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York City.

Churchill to Repurchase Stock, Racing Stocks Down Overall

Churchill Downs' board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to 55,000 shares. The buy-back was authorized to help stablize the company's stock price and contribute to stablizing the market overall. Despite financial experts pleas to investors that they should not react to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C., the major stock markets sustained significant losses.

Bay Meadows Cancels as San Francisco Mourns

Bay Meadows canceled its Monday afternoon racing program as the Bay Area continued to mourn victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast. Hijacked Flight 93, which crashed near Pittsburgh, Pa., was headed to San Francisco, Calif., and area-wide memorial services were held Monday as part of an official city Day of Remembrance.

Recommendations Forthcoming From Mare Reproductive Loss Survey

The survey of 133 Central Kentucky farms was designed to identify risk factors, not causes, of mare reproductive loss syndrome, said Dr. Roberta Dwyer of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center. As a result of the survey, a list of recommendations will be put forth in the next four to six weeks to help farm managers avoid risk factors in the future.

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