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City Zip Shoots for Five Straight in Futurity

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.

Dixie Dot Com Returns at Bay Meadows

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.

Gore Clarifies Position on Interstate Wagering

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.

Keeneland Sale Continues On Record Pace

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.

Caller One Odds-On in Kentucky Cup Sprint

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).

Golden Missile Draws Rail for Kentucky Cup Classic

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.

Stallion Slewacide Euthanized

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.

Mister Baileys Returns to England

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.

Flame Thrower Game Winner of Del Mar Futurity

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.

Reality Returns at Keeneland; Average Up 17.8%

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 Silva Suspended for 45 Days

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.

Lane's End Boosts Keeneland Sale to Record Levels

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 Great Equalizer

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.

Capital Concerns

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.

NTRA Makes Gains on Auction Contributions

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.

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