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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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