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Weekend Recap: Derby Winner 'Awe Inspiring'

By Steve Haskin -- The latest wave of Breeders' Cup preps has hit the shore, leaving us with horses who are either one race away from the big day at Churchill Downs or going straight there off works. As of now, it looks as if there are going to be quite a few fresh horses heading to Kentucky.

Lemon Drop Kid, Others Work

Woodward Stakes (gr. I) winner Lemon Drop Kid breezed four furlongs in :50 over a fast track at Belmont Park Sunday as the 4-year-old son of Kingmambo prepares for a start in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I). Also working Sunday were Walkslikeaduck, Forest Camp, War Chant, Honest Lady, and Spanish Fern.

Storm Dream, Fictitious Head Noble Damsel Probables

Boiling Spring Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Storm Dream and Fictitious, winner of the De La Rose Handicap (gr. IIIT), head the six horses listed as probable for the $100,000 Noble Damsel Handicap (gr. IIIT). The one-mile turf race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up will be run Saturday at Belmont Park.

Morphine Charges a Deja Vu for Frankel

For the second time in five years, Hall of Fame and Eclipse Award-winning trainer Robert Frankel is fighting charges levied by the California Horse Racing Board after morphine was detected in post-race tests of horses he trains.

CHRB Issues Complaints Against Frankel

The California Horse Racing Board issued two complaints Saturday against prominent Southern California trainer Robert Frankel. Frankel was cited after morphine was detected in urine samples taken from two horses the trainer raced at Hollywood Park in June.

Former Claimer Wins Bay Meadows Handicap

Richard Englander's Devine Wind collared pacesetter River Keen in the stretch and drew away to a one-length win over Irish Prize in the $200,000 Bay Meadows Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Bay Meadows. Claimed for $40,000 at Hollywood Park in May, Devine Wind earned $110,000 and his first stakes victory with the win.

Trailthefox Wins Arlington-Washington Futurity

Trailthefox earned a 1 1/4-length win over Starbury in the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. II) Saturday at Arlington International. The pair ran away from the field of 2-year-olds through the stretch as Starbury came home 7 1/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher Blame It On Ruby.

Pletcher Duo Sweep Top Spots in Vosburgh

The Todd Pletcher-trained pair of Trippi and More Than Ready, both 3-year-olds, finished first and second, respectively, in the $300,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park. Trippi held off the late charge of his barnmate to win by a 1/2 length, completing the seven furlongs in 1:21.66 over a fast track. The Pletcher-trained exacta paid $22.60.

Fusaichi Pegasus Game in Return

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus returned to the races Saturday with a visually impressive 3/4-length win over El Corredor in the $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Under highweight of 124 pounds, conceding from four to 10 pounds to his five rivals, the Neil Drysdale trainee completed the one-turn mile in 1:34.07 over a fast track.

North East Bound Wins Cliff Hanger

Julian Demarco and Richard Disano's North East Bound pressed the early pace set by Johnny Dollar and pulled away through the stretch to win the $150,000 Cliff Hanger Handicap (gr. IIIT) by 2 3/4 lengths Friday night at Meadowlands.

Report Critical of NTRA Called 'Minority Viewpoint'

Breeders' Cup president D.G. Van Clief Jr. on Friday issued a statement from four members of an NTRA Independent Advisory Committee in opposition to that committee's draft memorandum made public one week earlier, saying the conclusions represented a "minority viewpoint."

Successful Appeal, Pletcher-Trained Duo Head Vosburgh

Three 3-year-olds, including a pair of Todd Pletcher trainees, will race against older horses in the $300,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park. 3-year-olds Trippi, More Than Ready, and Valiant Halory will be in receipt of a three-pound weight concession from the eight older horses entered, including A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) winner Successful Appeal.

Countdown to the Cup, Sept. 21

By Steve Haskin -- The big Belmont and Turfway weekends are in the book, and we've come away with a few new characters and plot twists. What normally would be a slow weekend coming up, will be spiced up considerably with the presence of Fusaichi Pegasus in the Jerome Handicap on Saturday.

Ashford Stallions Again Top Mares Bred List

For the second straight year, Ashford Stud stands the top three stud horses among North American-based stallions bred to 100 or more mares in 1999. Ashford's Grand Slam was bred to 166 mares, Tale of the Cat followed by covering 147, and Southern Halo was mated to 141.

Kelly Kip, Others Work

Hobeau Farms' Kelly Kip put in a four-furlong drill over a sloppy Belmont Park strip Wednesday morning, his third work since returning to trainer Allen Jerkens' barn after recovering from his second hock infection in as many years. Also working Wednesday were Caffee Lattee, King Cugat, License Fee, and Purely Cozzene.

Garbu, Swamp Highlight Cliff Hanger Handicap

Eleven older horses are entered to run under the lights in the $150,000 Cliff Hanger Handicap (gr. IIIT), Meadowlands' feature race Friday night. Among the entrants for the 1 1/16-mile turf race are 1999 Fort Lauderdale Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Garbu, 1999 Jersey Derby (gr. IIT) winner Swamp, defending champion Virginia Carnival, and this year's New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Inexplicable.

Stronach Stable Tops Owner's List

Frank Stronach's Stronach Stable has earned more than $7.8 million through Sept. 18, placing the Canadian atop the owners' list, according to Equibase statistics available through bloodhorse.com.

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