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Juvenile Preview: Just a Hunch

If ever there was a hunch bet going into a race, the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 27 in New York boasts one of the great ones of all time. With policemen and firefighters being hailed as heroes in the wake of the terrorist attack on the city's World Trade Center, what better play could there be than Officer?

Juvenile Fillies Preview: Bucking History

Trainer Bob Baffert will be trying to buck 17 years of history when he sends Habibti postward in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). A Kentucky-bred daughter of Tabasco Cat racing for Saudi Arabian Prince Ahmed Salman's The Thoroughbred Corp., Habibti will come into the World Thoroughbred Championships unbeaten but with only two starts.

Filly & Mare Turf Preview: Down an Eighth

Because the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) has been run only twice, it's hard to say there have been trends in the 1 1/4-mile event. But a few things have been established: The race has drawn full fields of 14, and those fields have been pretty deep. This year there won't be 14, but the field is evenly matched.

Distaff Preview: Youth Brigade

Never underestimate the handicapping abilities of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. "I think the 3-year-olds are better than the older horses and I'm very confident heading into the race," Frankel said in the days leading up to the Oct. 6 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

Classic Preview: Unknown Territory

How odd is the field for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)? It will not include the winners of the grade I Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Travers, Whitney, Woodward, and Pacific Classic. But it will include the winners of the group I English Derby, Irish Derby, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes, Irish Two Thousand Guineas, St. James's Palace Stakes, Hong Kong Cup, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. It seems as if the wires got crossed somewhere along the way.

Sprint Report--10/17/2001

If the over and under on the number of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) runners who had their final prep in England or France was 25, you would probably take the under, wouldn't you? This writer would have. But, counting them up shows 27 Sprint starters have shipped in from France or England. And, not surprisingly, more have finished last -- six -- than first -- one.

Stand Tall with Racing

By Richard Migliore -- On Oct. 27, it is highly appropriate that we celebrate racing's greatest day in New York. I urge we all do it with the same indomitable spirit that has been guiding every New Yorker the past month. I urge we all do it with that same spirit, at one of the greatest racetracks, in the greatest city, in the greatest country.

A Common Thread

By Ray Paulick -- Those who say sports and politics do not mix are either immune to reality or, quite possibly, unfamiliar with Thoroughbred racing. Can there be a stronger link between the two seemingly unrelated pastimes than there is between world leaders and the international sport of kings, queens, sheikhs, and princes?

'Great State Challenge' Generates Interest

National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup officials said Thursday the new "Great State Challenge" program has the potential to open up many new sponsorship opportunities for horse racing. The program, which will feature the top state-breds in the country, will be held sometime in the last three months of 2002.

Positive Aptitude

By Ray Paulick -- Aptitude was a man among boys in the Gold Cup, but he'll get a sterner test in the upcoming Breeders' Cup Classic.

'Great State Challenge' is on the Table

Depending upon the outcome of discussions at its board meeting Oct. 9, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association may announce the details of a proposed regional Breeders' Cup program during its annual meeting Oct. 10-11 in Lexington. It would entail six races worth $1.5 million.

Pedigree Analysis for Lailani

Lailani, bred in Great Britain, is by Unfuwain, winner of six of 10 career starts in the late 1980s. The son of Northern Dancer won two group II and two group III events in his career and earned $489,367.

Filly & Mare Turf Weekly Report--10/02/2001

Janet has won two of the premier turf events for fillies and mares in California this year, but it appears she's not going to the Filly & Mare Turf. After a super last-to-first win in the grade I Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29, trainer Darrell Vienna and owner Jed Cohen said they had no interest in paying a supplemental fee of 9% of the $1-million purse.

BC Yet to Iron Out Account-Wagering Wrinkle

Last year, the day before the Breeders' Cup, officials from the organization and the TV Games Network traveled to Ohio to strike a deal allowing Winticket.com, Beulah Park's account-wagering subsidiary, to accept wagers on the eight races. Eleven months later, with the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships asoon approaching, no agreement is in place to cover the same situation.

Distaff Update: Next Stop Turfway Park

The cancellation of the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Sept. 15 due to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., has left some trainers scrambling to get their fillies and mares ready for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) on Oct. 27.

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