Mecke, a multiple grade I-winning stallion, died June 26, at Robin Berryhill's Hidden Springs Farm near Palmyra, Ind. He was 21.
Beautiful Pleasure, voted the 1999 champion older female after winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), died recently in Kentucky because of complications from laminitis.
Mike Sherman, who built Farnsworth Farm into a Florida powerhouse breeding establishment, died May 7 at his North Miami, Fla., home.
Two of John Oxley's top 3-year-old prospects worked out at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 3 for trainer John Ward, including Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) winner Beethoven.
A new equine sports medicine facility is in the works for the Farnsworth Farms property located near Ocala, Fla., the partners of the project announced Jan. 19.
Ivan Denisovich and Dr. Pleasure, rivals in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I.), have the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in their blood.
John Oxley's Beautiful Pleasure, the 1999 champion older filly or mare in North America, is among 73 distaffers nominated to the $500,000 Beverly D. Handicap (gr. I), a 1 3/16-mile grass test that will be run at Arlington International Aug. 19.
Beautiful Pleasure, the champion older mare of 1999, produced her first foal, a colt by Thunder Gulch, March 25 at owner John Oxley's Fawn Leap Farm near Midway, Ky.
<b>Saratoga Notebook: </b>Ward Compares Sky Mesa to Fusaichi Pegasus; Biding His Time With Booklet; Take Charge Lady Breezes for Gazelle; Frankel Brings Out His Top Guns
More reserved than than usual after the race, trainer John Ward compared Hopeful winner Sky Mesa to a couple of other nice horses he's been around: champion Beautiful Pleasure and Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.
Some of the most exciting female runners of 2001 will stay in training, barring injury, through 2002. However, a number of grade or group I-winning mares will visit the breeding shed for the first time this year.
John C. Oxley announced that his champion Beautiful Pleasure will be bred next year to leading sire Thunder Gulch.
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.
Beautiful Pleasure, the champion older mare of 1999 who is winless in four starts this year, has been retired following her sixth-place finish in Saturday's Beldame Stakes (gr. I).
John Oxley's Beautiful Pleasure worked six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 Tuesday morning at Keeneland and will likely use the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Oct. 6 as her final prep for the World Thoroughbred Championships.
The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) has brought us some memorable showdowns between sophomore fillies and their more battle-tested elders, and this year's renewal figures to be no different.
The shutdown of New York airports will keep Beautiful Pleasure and Hero's Tribute out of important graded stakes races at Belmont Park on Saturday.
When the familiar sound of "Call to Post" echoes through Belmont Park Saturday, it will be music to the ears of horsemen and racing fans that are much in need of a diversion from the effects of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Tuesday morning. Racing was suspended Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday following the attack on America.
Pompeii, earning her first grade I score, defeated Beautiful Pleasure and six others in the 10-furlong Personal Ensign at Saratoga.
With Beautiful Pleasure due to make her final start at Saratoga in the Personal Ensign, the relationship between the champion mare and trainer Donna Ward is about to end. The mare will be retired to the breeding shed at season's end.
Beautiful Pleasure will go to the lead in Friday's grade I $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga and a field of six young guns will be on her heels looking to stop her chance for a three-peat in the 1 1/4-mile event.
It's that time of the year when trainer Bobby Frankel takes over, as his Lido Palace upsets Albert the Great in the Whitney.
Emory Hamilton's homebred Serra Lake rallied in the stretch to win Sunday's $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Under a well-timed ride from Edgar Prado, Serra Lake completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.62 on a fast track.
Beautiful Pleasure, the nation's top distaff runner two years ago, will try her luck in the grade I $250,000 Go For Wand at Saratoga for the third year in a row. She was beaten in 1999 by Banshee Breeze, and last year was second to Heritage of Gold.
Critical Eye gets the added distance she prefers and wins the Hempstead Handicap
Critical Eye swept to the lead in the final strides to win Saturday's $250,000 Hempstead Handicap (gr. I) by a neck over Jostle at Belmont Park. The win marks the second career grade I victory for the New York-bred daughter of Dynaformer.
Beautiful Pleasure, the champion older mare of 1999, will make her first start of the year in Saturday's grade I Hempstead Handicap at Belmont Park where the 6-year-old mare will face seven rivals in the 1 1/16 mile contest, including stablemate Darling My Darling. Beautiful Pleasure races for John Oxley while Darling My Darling races for his wife, Debby Oxley, both are trained by John and Donna Ward.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association announced its 2000 champions.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association announced its 2000 champions.
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.
Owner John Oxley and trainer John Ward are still discussing whether to race or retire Beautiful Pleasure. In mid-February, Oxley said March 1 was decision day, but recently he said another discussion is slated for March 8.
A day after the Breeders' Cup races were run, the connections of the beaten favorites offered excuses ranging from a possible illness in development to a too hard track surface for their charges disappointing performances on the big day.
Breeders' Cup Distaff notes for Oct. 31.
Fillies Jostle, Platinum Tiara, She's A Devil Due, and 5-year-old mare Beautiful Pleasure worked at Churchill Downs Friday in preparation for their respective Breeders' Cup assignments.
Winning the Beldame in stakes-record time, Riboletta defeated Beautiful Pleasure in a pre-Breeders' Cup showdown between the two top mares from the West Coast and the East Coast.
Riboletta, the leading West Coast older female, and champion Beautiful Pleasure will face off in the $750,000 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park.
Lemon Drop Kid drew post position four and was installed as the 4-5 favorite for the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park. Earlier on the card, Riboletta and Beautiful Pleasure will face off in the $750,000 Beldame.
It looks as if the much-anticipated showdown between Riboletta and Beautiful Pleasure will become a reality in the Beldame Stakes on Oct. 14.
Beautiful Pleasure worked one-mile over a fast track at Keeneland Wednesday morning, preparing for the Beldame Stakes (gr. I), in which she will likely face Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) winner Riboletta. Also working one mile Wednesday were Notable Career, Grey Memo, and Alvo Certo.
Racing and breeding news and information.
John C. Oxley's Beautiful Pleasure earned a front-running win in in the $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) Friday at Saratoga. Under Jorge Chavez, Beautiful Pleasure raced wide around both turns while alone on the lead before racing down the center of the track through the stretch, finishing five lengths clear of Back in Shape.
Beautiful Pleasure and Heritage of Gold will begin their rematch from neighboring starting gate stalls as the two drew post positions two and three, respectively, for Friday's $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Heritage of Gold and Beautiful Pleasure continued preparing for their expected rematch in the $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 25, completing workouts at that track Friday morning.
Jack Garey's Heritage of Gold remained undefeated on the year by defeating reigning distaff champion Beautiful Pleasure in a sloppy renewal of the $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) Sunday at Saratoga.
Beautiful Pleasure dominated her five rivals Saturday at Belmont Park.
Heritage of Gold continued preparing for an expected rematch with 1999 older filly and mare champion Beautiful Pleasure.
Beautiful Pleasure continued on course for the Hempstead Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 24.
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