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Steeplechase Champion George Sloan Dead at 62

George Sloan, 62, champion amateur steeplechase jockey and chairman of the International Steeplechase Group (ISG), was found dead at his Franklin, Tennessee, farm Oct. 10. Sloan died when the rifle he was carrying accidentally discharged while Sloan was working on a fence at his Panorama Farm.

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."

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 bloodhorse.com 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.

Record Median Recorded at Houghton Sale

The three-day Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale ended Thursday, with the British auction sale company reporting the second-highest average price in the history of the sale. Tattersalls reported 1130 yearlings sold for a total of 28,563,000 guineas, with an average price of 219,715 and a median of 160,000 guineas.

Emirates Airlines Drops Sponsorship of Racing Series

Emirates Airlines has decided to terminate its sponsorship of the World Racing Championships effective Dec. 31, 2001, which is when its current contract ends. The airline and the World Racing Championships organization mutually agreed on the decision, citing the current international climate in the wake of the airplane suicide attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last week.

On to Arc for Undefeated Filly Aquarelliste

Daniel Wildenstein's French Oaks (Fr-I) winner Aqarelliste remained undefeated Sunday by winning the Prix Vermeille Hermitage Barriere (Fr-I) by a short neck over Diamilina at Longchamp. On good turf at the French course, Aquarelliste completed the 1 1/2 miles in 2:29 2/5 under jockey Dominique Boeuf.

Hawk Wing Gives O'Brien Another Group I Win

Mrs. John Magnier's Hawk Wing rallied from last under jockey Michael Kinane to win Sunday's Aga Khan's Stud National Stakes (Ire-I), giving trainer Aidan O'Brien his 16th group I win of the year. On good to firm turf at the Curragh, Hawk Wing completed the seven furlongs in course-record time of 1:20.9.

Milan Wins St. Leger; Stranded Gary Stevens Attends Meet

Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Milan gave Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien a victory in another of this year's English classics, winning Saturday's $310,000 Rothmans Royals St. Leger Stakes (Eng-I) by five lengths at Doncaster. American jockey Gary Stevens, stranded in England due to airline troubles caused by Tuesday's events, was in attendance.

Sunline Back in the Winner's Circle

Sunline defended her Memsie (Aust-II) Stakes easily enough at Melbourne's Caulfield on Sept. 1, snapping a three race losing streak that started in Dubai. Relief seemed the most obvious emotion of the crowd that she returned to what she does best--winning.

NYRA Hopeful for Quarantine Exemption

Hoof and mouth quarantine restrictions on imported European horses is keeping some horses out of major Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships prep races at Belmont Park. NYRA hopes to secure an exemption to the quarantine rules next week and have a quarantine facility at Aqueduct set up in time for races on Sept. 29.

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