D. Wayne Lukas, the leading trainer in Breeders' Cup history with 16 victories, worked four horses scheduled to start in the World Thoroughbred Championships on October 27. With overnight rains, the Belmont Park track was labeled muddy with the dogs up.
Globeform is the international horse rating service founded by Geir Stabell, handicapper for the Racing Post.
Morton Fink's Stephen Foster Handicap winner Guided Tour breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 in company over a muddy track at Churchill Downs on Monday.
The work tab at Belmont Park was busy Sunday, with a plethora of contenders in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships working out.
A contingent of Southern California horses competing in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is scheduled to ship to New York on Oct. 23.
No Slip posted a nose victory over Sligo Bay in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday at Santa Anita Park. A lightly raced French-bred, No Slip ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.56 and paid $13.20, $7.80 and $4.20. Kent Desormeaux rode the winner at 118 pounds for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel and owners John and Jerome Amerman.
D. Wayne Lukas is heading to the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with longshot Orientate, winner of the Indiana Derby.
The main body of the Godolphin forces arrived at Belmont Park at 1:30 Friday afternoon following a flight from Stansted Airport in England. Fantastic Light, Sakhee, and Noverre will be in quarantine for 36 to 48 hours, and are expected to test the Belmont track for the first time either Sunday or Monday. Assistant trainer Tom Albertrani is expected to arrive on Saturday.
Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday that the guaranteed value of the 2001 Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 will be $3 million, a decrease from the previous $5 million level.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile hope Came Home and Juvenile Fillies contender Habibti worked at Santa Anita Thursday.
Affirmed Success, likely for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), worked five furlongs in 1:00 Thursday on the "good" inner turf course at Belmont Park.
Fantastic Light, Arc d'Triomphe winner Sahkee and Noverre will ship tomorrow from England to Belmont Park, where they will compete in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 27th, said Adrian Beaumont, director of racecourse services for the International Racing Bureau.
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Godolphin announced Thursday that Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee will be sent to Belmont Friday for the Breeders' Cup and will be pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Turf and Breeders' Cup Classic.
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John Amerman, owner of Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes (both gr. I) winner Lido Palace, said he will not spend $800,000 to supplement his Chilean-bred star to the Breeders' Cup Classic.
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Defending steeplechase champion and Breeders' Cup Steeplechase winner All Gong is among the nine horses pre-entered Tuesday in the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase set for Oct. 20 at Far Hills Races in Far Hills, N.J.
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Pedigree Analysis for Spook Express
Plans may be changing for Sakhee, who wasn't coming to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), but after a scintillating run in the Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) he may indeed head to New York.
Two new shooters have entered the picture for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), and neither came out of the Frizette Stakes (gr. I), the division's big race during the Oct. 6-7 weekend.
The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf got even tougher to figure out after the Oct. 5 WinStar Galaxy Stakes at Keeneland. South African-bred Spook Express rolled home from last to first in the nine-horse field for the 11th victory of her career.
To paraphrase Horace Greeley, it is quite evident that all the good young men have gone west, and are now ready to head back east in an attempt to conquer the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park. The West Coast natives have absolutely dominated this division in the key months and weeks heading up to championship day Oct. 27. And if there was any doubt about that, there is none remaining after Officer's smashing win in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont, at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile distance, Oct. 6.
Pedigree Analysis for Hap
Hap's 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $500,000 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile H. (gr. IIT), coming from third in the field of nine under Jerry Bailey, was his fourth graded stakes win of the year and appeared to set him up perfectly for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). Bill Mott, who trains the son of Theatrical for the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, wasn't so sure.
You've got to admit, it would be a great story.
At age nine, and with two Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) third-place finishes to his credit, Bet on Sunshine would make a great story. The grand old man of the sprint division is headed to the big dance once again, winning his final prep on Oct. 6, the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Unbelievably, it was the fifth time Bet on Sunshine had run in the Phoenix.
Millionaire Mutamam, whose victory in the Sept. 30 Canadian International Stakes (Can-IT) set him up nicely for his farewell race in the Oct. 27 World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), will enter stud at the National Stud in Newmarket, England.
Pedigree Analysis for Siphonic
The two major races of the weekend that served as a prelude to the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) were supposed to help clear the picture.
It seems for every step forward the Classic takes, it takes two steps backward. Last weekend, it took three steps backward, with the defeats of Albert the Great, Tiznow, and Skimming, the last two at the hands of 39-1 shot Freedom Crest. On the other hand, Aptitude's 10-length tour-de-force in the Jockey Club Gold Cup was a break-out race that catapulted the son of A.P. Indy right up to the head of the class.
Val Royal rallied from last for a two-length victory in a brisk 1:33.21 on a firm turf course to win the $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile
Kona Gold and Tiznow go down to defeat in their preps for the World Thoroughbred Championships
Delaware Township won Belmont Park's $250,000 Forest Hills Handicap (gr. II) for the second straight year on Sunday to earn a spot in the Breeder's Cup Sprint (gr. I).
For the fifth time in the last 13 renewals, a South American-bred won the Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) when Miss Linda kicked clear in the stretch to win the $562,000 feature at Keeneland Sunday.
Hap surged past Where's Taylor in the stretch to win Sunday's $500,000 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IIT). Under a well-timed ride from Jerry Bailey, the Bill Mott-trained son of Theatrical completed the mile in 1:35.98 on firm turf.
Keeneland's graded stakes races Saturday displayed a study of contrasts. About an hour after 9-year-old Bet On Sunshine closed from last place in the $166,470 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) to earn his 21st victory from 41 starts, 2-year-old Siphonic led from start to finish in the $281,728 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes (gr. II).
Swept Overboard earned a ticket to the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park, rallying from last to outrun defending Sprint champion Kona Gold and capture the $207,100 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Saturday.
Following his sixth-place finish in the seven-horse field in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), Ol Memorial Stable's A P Valentine has been retired.
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