Breeders' Cup has officially mapped out a provisional schedule of host sites for the World Thoroughbred Championships through 2005, though racetrack selection is contingent upon many factors. Two tracks -- Arlington Park and Lone Star Park -- would be first-time host sites.
Plans for a national state-bred championship series tied to the Breeders' Cup moved forward Friday during a Breeders' Cup board of directors meeting in Lexington, officials said. If the program comes to fruition, it would be held the Friday before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, perhaps next year.
The $1-million World Thoroughbred Championships Challenge will officially launch on Sept. 10.
Though undefeated and a full sister to a champion mare, Tamara Princess is unlikely to make an appearance in a Breeders' Cup race.
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.
Leading Horse of the Year candidate Point Given has been retired because of a strain to the suspensory tendon of his left foreleg, trainer Bob Baffert announced on Friday. The strain was detected on Thursday morning, when Point Given had been expected to return to the track for the first time after his victory in last Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. "I've had to retire a lot of good horses, but I never felt like this," Baffert said. "We were just beginning to tap into his greatness."
Officials from Breeders' Cup Ltd. were at Monmouth Park on Wednesday to assess the New Jersey racetrack's suitability as a future site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
A Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships preview video and DVD will be made available to the general public in October, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. said Tuesday.
Keith Chamblin has been promoted to senior vice president -- marketing and industry relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the organization said Thursday. In addition, Ben Haggin was promoted to vice president -- member relations, and the duties of Damon Thayer, now vice president -- Breeders' Cup and event marketing.
A Churchill Downs executive said Wednesday he hoped Arlington Park would be awarded the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships within a couple months, but his prediction may have been a bit optimistic.
Breeders' Cup has announced it received approval from its board of directors for proposed changes to the system used to elect board members. The change stems from a request by Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach and was tied to his racetracks' membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
Officials from Lone Star Park, along with local and state officials from Texas, made their pitch Thursday morning in Lexington to bring the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Meanwhile, a site for the 2002 event hasn't been selected.
The new "World Thoroughbred Championships" and rebranding of the Breeders' Cup aren't as confusing as they appear, industry officials said in the wake of their announcement Tuesday. In short, the changes could mean everything to the general public, and very little to people within the Thoroughbred industry.
Jim Host of Host Communications called the Breeders' Cup championship "the biggest day in sports," and the Thoroughbred industry hopes to capitalize on it with the new "World Thoroughbred Championships" unveiled Tuesday afternoon.
The Breeders' Cup is still the Breeders' Cup. But it will fall under a new brand name -- the World Thoroughbred Championships -- in an attempt to increase consumer awareness of racing's divisions and its championship day each fall.
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Questions and answers about the World Thoroughbred Championships.
The Blood-Horse has learned that NBC's 2001 telecast of the Breeders' Cup October 27 will be lengthened to a five-hour program, representing an extra 30 minutes of coverage over previous years.
Top turf distaffer Tranquility Lake's next race may come on the main track in an effort to prepare the the 6-year-old mare for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), according to trainer Julio Canani. Eclipse Award winner Riboletta is also being pointed to the Distaff.
Breeders' Cup officials visited Arlington Park Tuesday to examine the facility as possible host site for the 2002 Breeders' Cup championship day.
Jim Host discusses his new contract with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association to secure corporate sponsors for horse racing and the Breeders' Cup. The Lexington sports marketing pioneer also discusses why an ESPN Sports Poll shows most casual racing fans don't realize the Breeders' Cup is Thoroughbred racing's championship day.
Santa Anita may withdraw as the host for the 2002 Breeders' Cup because of construction plans. The news has frustrated Oak Tree Racing Association officials, who conduct racing at the Arcadia, Calif., track in the fall. An executive with racetrack owner Magna Entertainment said the news should not surprise anyone since construction plans have been discussed for months.
Breeders' Cup announced on April 2 the addition of six members to its board of directors. They are E.K. Gaylord II, R.D. Hubbard, Robert T. Manfuso, Robert C. McNair, John C. Oxley, and John W. Phillips.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will shift its advertising strategy this summer to target sports fans who wager on horse racing about twice a year. To that end, it will rely heavily on ads that will appear on ESPN network channels. In addition, the Breeders' Cup championship will be "repositioned" to give it greater public awareness, NTRA commissioner Tim Smith said.
After lengthy discussions between trainers John and Donna Ward and owner John Oxley, it has been decided Beautiful Pleasure will race another year. Oxley said the year's goal is the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Belmont Park. She has not started since the 2000 edition of the race where she finished sixth.
The Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita Park has been officially selected as host site for the 2002 Breeders' Cup Championship. The Breeders' Cup board of directors made the announcement after a meeting Friday.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is expected to operate in the black for the first time this year, but it continues to rely on the Breeders' Cup for financial assistance. Earlier this year, the Breeders' Cup board approved a $2.5-million expenditure to assist the NTRA.
A silhouette rendition of the New York skyline is featured in the official logo for this year's Breeders' Cup championship day, scheduled for Oct. 27 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The logo will be used by the national and international media outlets covering the event and will appear in Breeders' Cup advertising, promotions and on officially licensed merchandise. Belmont Park will also utilize it on all event-related materials.
Now that Magna Entertainment has reached a membership agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the Breeders' Cup championship day races are destined for the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. "I've been meeting with the Breeders' Cup, and there's another meeting scheduled soon," Sherwood Chillingworth, executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association told the Los Angeles Times. "We hope to get the date and we're very optimistic."
Breeders' Cup had a record number of foal nominations and revenue from them in 2000, officials announced Wednesday. In all, 15,760 foals were nominated to the Breeders' Cup program in 2000. In 1999, the previous high of 15,191 was recorded. Total revenue generated by the 2000 crop was $7.88 million.
Breeders' Cup Limited and the Thoroughbred Club of America will honor the breeders of the 2000 Breeders' Cup race winners at its annual dinner on Saturday, January 6.
The Aga Khan's Kalanisi, impressive winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, will be kept in training in 2001 at age five, according to the Racing Post.
Michael Dickinson-trained Cetewayo earned his first victory since the 1999 Riggs Handicap, winning the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap over an Aqueduct turf course labeled good.
Millionaire and grade I winner More Than Ready, who is scheduled to enter stud in 2001 at Vinery near Lexington, will close out his career in the Nov. 25 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Tiznow is getting new owners following the death of majority owner Cecilia Straub-Rubens. Her daughter, Pamela Ziebarth, and son, trainer Kevin Cochran, will be the new partners of co-owner Michael Cooper in Tiznow.
Honest Lady, whose powerful stretch run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) fell a half-length short of catching Kona Gold, has been retired to Juddmonte Farms, trainer Bobby Frankel said.
The injury reports from the Breeders' Cup continued to come in following the announcement of Riboletta's retirement due to a strained suspensory suffered in the Distaff.
Breeders' Cup lost ground in the battle to improve television ratings this year, and for the fifth consecutive year set a record low.
Even majesty has its slapstick moments. As Kalanisi prepared to head back to the grandstand, just heartbeats after his sterling victory in the $2,271,680 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), the mahogany colt found himself all alone, the center of the world's attention. A shy type described by trainer Michael Stoute as "a little bit of a playboy," he took a quick glance left and spotted the six-furlong gap exit. For a transplanted European, it meant only one thing. That was the way home. A nifty side step later, jockey John Murtagh was planted on the Churchill Downs dirt, smiling up in bewilderment.
She wasn't perfect, but she was a good bit closer to it than any of her rivals this year. Showing once again the resolute heart she'd displayed on five occasions since running sixth in this event last November, Perfect Sting stole away over the Churchill Downs turf to hijack the title of best grass filly or mare in 2000. And she did so in daring style, equaling a course record for the 11 furlongs in capturing the $1,108,360 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas added a 16th victory to what already was a record total when Spain sprinted between rivals on Churchill Downs' final turn, then slipped through on the rail to steal the $2,161,760 Distaff (gr. I) at odds of nearly 56-1. Finishing 1 1/2 lengths behind was her stablemate, the 10-1 Surfside, who held on stubbornly after setting the early pace.
Asked if they had received offers for their champion mare Hollywood Wildcat, Irving Cowan replied they had and, "They just tell them at the barn that she's not for sale." Walking back to the grandstand after Hollywood Wildcat's son, War Chant, had collected a thrilling edition of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), Marjorie Cowan took her husband's hand and said: "He's got a wife that doesn't believe in selling."
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Although he raced greenly down the stretch, Macho Uno held on for a narrow victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. After winning at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in November, the colt's connections are looking toward the first Saturday in May 2001.
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