Kitten's Joy is so good that he "may have mystical qualities," said Ken Ramsey, who races the homebred colt in partnership with his wife, Sarah.
The Texas Racing Commission has approved the use of 31 "Horse Wizard" pari-mutuel wagering machines at Lone Star Park for the remainder of the fall meet that ends Oct. 31.
What is it about the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) that makes winners want to double their fun? Of the six horses that have won two Breeders' Cup races, three did their repeat winning in the Mile.
Kentucky has lifted a ban on animals from Texas now that the state is free of vesicular stomatitis. In the summer, the situation led Breeders' Cup officials to take precautions in advance of the Oct. 30 World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park.
Although no horse has won the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) coming off a layoff of more than 49 days, Richard Mandella, trainer of Pleasantly Perfect, and Marylou Whitney, owner of Birdstone, are confident taking their respective horses to Lone Star Park for the Oct. 30 World Thoroughbred Championships off layoffs of 69 and 63 days.
It is no coincidence that Lone Star Park is hosting the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships after only being open for seven seasons. In fact, it was all by design and carefully planned by Lone Star management and city officials of Grand Prairie, Texas.
By Gary West -- So far it has been very amusing--all these folks boarding up the windows of their prejudices and then fleeing to the mountains of their preconceptions. And it could be entertaining indeed Oct. 30 when they have to scurry to escape the avalanche.
They say Lone Star Park's dirt and grass surfaces are identical to those at Santa Anita Park, which may account for this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships drawing the identical number of pre-entered horses as last year, when the event was held at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack.
No matter how much time one spends studying the past performances and various speed figures for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), they still won't be able to feel secure picking a winner.
The Filly & Mare Turf is the youngest of the Breeders' Cup races with just five runnings to date.
The 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) is all about the distance. A quick glance at the past performances of the pre-entries for the six-furlong race and one name jumps off the page: Kela.
North American-based entrants have managed to win half of the 20 runnings of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and despite the likely presence of the reigning queen, French-based Six Perfections, the home team stands a decent enough chance to go over the .500 mark in this year's running of the $1.5-million race sponsored by NetJets.
Azeri is already among elite company: Horse of the Year in 2002, back-to-back champion older mare in 2002 and 2003, and all-time leading North American female earner. With a victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I), she would join the brilliant Bayakoa as the only two-time Distaff winners in history.
Despite continued rainy weather in the Southern California area and another wet track at Santa Anita Tuesday morning, a pair of Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships-bound horses were out for preparations for Racing's Championship Day
Roses in May, hoping to cap off an undefeated season in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), and John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf hopeful Kitten's Joy were among seven Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships candidates on a flight that arrived into Dallas late Tuesday afternoon from New York and Kentucky.
With workers at Lone Star Park continuing to prepare for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and with the North Texas heat wave continuing (the forecast high was 91 degrees), Sprint (gr. I) contender Bwana Charlie went to the track Tuesday and zipped five furlongs in :59 2/5.
The following is a list of the scheduled arrivals for participants in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
A field of nine championship-quality runners will line up for Saturday's $175,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) at Far Hills. The race for 4-year-olds and up will be contested over 14 fences going 2 5/8-miles and is the richest steeplechase horse in North America.
Alberto VO5 will be the title sponsor of this year's Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) officials announced Tuesday.
"FanFest" is well underway in Grand Prairie, Texas as race fans gear up for the sold-out Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship Oct. 30. FanFest, presented by the Grand Prairie Breeders' Cup Committee and sanctioned by the Breeders' Cup, is a month-long event featuring celebrity appearances, musical performances, sporting events, and charity auctions surrounding daily racing at Lone Star Park.
Michael Paulson, owner of Azeri, says regardless of where the former Horse of the Year runs, all the pros and cons will be carefully weighed, and the final decision will have the full backing of trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Domestic Dispute worked five furlongs in 1:01 over the Santa Anita turf course Monday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30.
Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Gold Storm worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Monday at Lone Star Park in preparation for Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Day, October 30th.
Trainer Richard Mandella said defending $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge champion Pleasantly Perfect has "never been better" after a 1 1/8-mile workout in 1:50 3/5 at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Wilko, a two-time allowance winner on turf in England, is heading to the $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) after being purchased in part by California owner Paul Reddam.
Three-year-old filly Ouija Board, the third place finisher in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), could face males in the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) rather than the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Personal Rush, a Japanese group I winner by nine lengths who is owned by Tomiro Fukami, will be pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Lone Star Park Oct. 30.
by Bernard T. Moore -- Lone Star management, with an intent on strengthening their product as the Breeders' Cup draws nearer, have elected to delay such signature events as the Stars of Texas Day for state-breds, and the $250,000 Lone Star Derby (G3) for later in the meet.
by John Mucciolo - A total of 57 races were contested over the past six racing days, and favorites continue to perform well. With 23 top betting selections crossing the wire first (40 percent), and 12 second choices winning (21 percent), longshot players were once again up against it at Belmont.
Pre-entered fields for all eight 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races will be announced on Oct. 20 at host track Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The 21st Breeders' Cup, with purses and awards totaling a minimum of $14 million, will be run on Oct. 30.
And you thought all the important preps for the Breeders' Cup Classic -- Powered by Dodge (gr. I) had been run. Well, sitting out there all by itself, virtually unnoticed among the morass of major stakes this past weekend was the $500,0000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II), just waiting to conjure up another live Classic longshot.
Trainer Julio Canani's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship-bound duo of Special Ring and Sweet Catomine both worked at Santa Anita on Wednesday morning.
Multiple grade II winner Katdogawn, getting ready for a possible start in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT), worked five furlongs in :59 3/5 under jockey Kent Desormeaux at Santa Anita Wednesday morning.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - For whatever reasons--there are surely many--this could be the first time in the history of the Breeders' Cup that no starter that last raced in England makes the trip for one of the event's turf races. If that is the case, it will be a shame.
John Velazquez will be aboard Kitten's Joy in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Lone Star Park even though the colt's regular rider, Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey, will be back in action after suffering a broken wrist in September.
Juddmonte Farms' Sightseek goes out on top with a win in the Beldame, the seventh grade I victory of her stellar career. Meanwhile, Proud Accolade drew raves for his Champagne victory and Darley has another top filly in Balletto.
Bago, the winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) who was expected to be one of the top European representatives in this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will miss the Oct. 30 races at Lone Star Park.
Multi-millionaire Pleasantly Perfect worked a mile in 1:38 1/5 in company with stablemate Sanfran at Santa Anita Monday in preparation for his defense of his Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) – Powered by Dodge title at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30. Regular rider Crystal Brown was in the irons for the move.
The champion Azeri, approaching her 2002 form when she was Horse of the Year, put on a show in her first start at Keeneland while winning the $500,000 Overbrook Spinster for fillies and mares under wraps Sunday.
The International Racing Bureau informed Lone Star Park officials that the main charter shipment for horses competing in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has been provisionally booked to arrive in Dallas on Monday, Oct. 25.
Richard Mandella plans at least two more workouts at Santa Anita for Pleasantly Perfect before the defending Breeders' Cup Classic champion moves to Lone Star Park for defense of his crown on Oct. 30.
Champali and the nation's leading rider by wins, Rafael Bejarano, won the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Friday.
Wonder Again, a multiple Grade I winner who took the Diana Handicap at Saratoga by more than five lengths, will be among the early arrivals at Lone Star Park for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
"Woodie's World," the retrospective sports magazine show featuring archival reports from the CBS team of Heywood Hale Broun and producer Bud Lamoreaux, will celebrate the Breeders' Cup season with a 30-minute tribute to 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat.
The Fund for Horses, a Texas-based group dedicated to the protection of the country's equine population, will have an informational table at Lone Star Park on Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Day, Saturday, Oct. 30, as well as on the previous two days.
Following this past weekend's stakes extravaganza, the field for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) is pretty much firmed up...America has a budding superstar who can finally end the Europeans' five-year reign in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT)...and the Nextel Distaff (gr. I) has found another gem.
Trainer Patrick Biancone said Oct. 5 that Michael Tabor's Magistretti, runner-up to Kitten's Joy in the Turf Classic (gr. IT), will run in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
The 19-day fall meet at Texas' Lone Star Park--culminating with the 21st Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships--will kick off Oct. 1 with a special appearance by Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day and the first of four $100,000 stakes events on opening weekend.
European horsemen, like the vast majority of Americans, will be Texas strangers this year, as the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships comes to Lone Star Park for the first time. The question is, will they be willing to journey into the unknown to run at a track that has never hosted a grade I stakes? Preliminary indications say yes.
Grade II winner Roman Ruler, second by a neck to Declan's Moon in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) in his last start, was put through his final drill in preparation for Sunday's Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, posting a bullet six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes over the Southern California oval's main track Monday morning.
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