Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona, Calif., founded and owned by the late John and Betty Mabee, is scheduled to close Oct. 31 after 40 years of operation, according to Golden Eagle racing manager Janine McCullough.
Cougar Cat, a graded stakes-placed son of Storm Cat raced by Nathan Fox's Richland Hills, will stand at that farm near Midway, Ky., in 2009, it was announced Oct. 22. His fee will be $5,000.
Elizabeth Moran's Excellent Meeting died March 23 during colic surgery at Rood and Riddle equine hospital near Lexington.
Feb. 13, 1999
Excellent Meeting at Santa Anita
Composure, second by one-half length to unbeaten Storm Flag Flying in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Oct. 26, returns to action for trainer Bob Baffert at Hollywood Park on Saturday as the solid favorite in the $376,500 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I).
Shane Sellers' first win since August of last year came aboard a half-sister to grade I winner Excellent Meeting.
John C. Mabee, who parlayed a corner grocery store into one of the country's most prominent breeding and racing operations, died April 24 at the Casa Palmera Care Center in Del Mar, less than a week after suffering a major stroke. He was 80.
Millionaire Excellent Meeting produced her first foal, a Storm Cat colt, March 22 at Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable near Malvern, Pa.
John C. Mabee, a founding member of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and its leader for almost 25 years, is stepping down from his role as chairman of its board of directors and will be named director emeritus with the start of the New Year.
Pennsylvania breeder-owner Elizabeth Moran privately purchased millionaire Excellent Meeting from John and Betty Mabee and announced that the 4-year-old Seattle Slew granddaughter would be bred to leading sire Storm Cat in 2001.
John and Betty Mabee's homebred millionaire Excellent Meeting arrived at the couple's Golden Eagle Farm near Ramona, Calif., on Aug. 16 following the announcement of her retirement from racing.
Aaron and Marie Jones' Riboletta won her fourth consecutive race Saturday at Del Mar, reeling in pacesetter Gourmet Girl before pulling away to win the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II).
Having swept the three major stakes races on the main track for older fillies and mares at the recently concluded Hollywood Park meet, Riboletta will have to face the burden of a winner in the handicap ranks as she goes to post as the 125-pound highweight in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Del Mar.
Aaron and Marie Jones' Riboletta won her third straight graded stakes.
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