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Yearling Market Stays Strong at Fasig-Tipton Opener

The steamroller known as the 2003 yearling market continued to roll along at full power during the opening session of the two-day 2003 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale at the company's Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.

Farm Lowers Flame Thrower's Stud Fee

Stoneriggs Farm, the Morriston, Fla. nursery where muliple graded stakes winner Flame Thrower will enter stud in 2002, has announced it is lowering the stud fee on the horse to $6,500. The original fee was $8,500.

Grade II Winner Flame Thrower Retired

Gary Garber's grade II winner Flame Thrower has been retired from racing because of an injury suffered during a runner-up effort in the June 9 Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

Flame Thrower to Undergo Surgery; Injury Not Life Threatening

Gary Garber's Flame Thrower, who was vanned off the track following a second-place finish to Put It Back in Saturday's Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park, was scheduled to be flown to California on Sunday and undergo surgery after suffering a lateral condylar fracture of his left front distal metacarpus. Dr. Don Baker, who treated the Bob Baffert runner, said the injury is not life-threatening.

Good Field in Riva Ridge Stakes

The 3-year-olds inclined to try a shorter distance in New York on Belmont Stakes Day should make for a good prelude to those willing to try a mile and a half.

Point Given Works in Slop at Churchill; 'Ben' On Track

Preakness (gr. I) winner Point Given had his final major workout before Saturday's mile and a half Belmont Stakes (gr. I), going five furlongs on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs in company with another 3-year-old from trainer Bob Baffert's stable. The son of Thunder Gulch covered the distance in :59 3/5, according to Baffert.

Seven Strong Sprinters for Maryland BCH

Six of the seven horses headed postward for the grade III Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap are already stakes winners, so the race should prove a compelling appetizer for the main course to follow: the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The $200,000 Maryland BCH has drawn 3-year-old Flame Thrower and 4-year-old Explicit from California, 5-year-old Istintaj from New York, and 6-year-old Crucible from Canada, plus a group of New England runners.

West Coast Breeders' Cup Horses Work

Flame Thrower, who remained unbeaten in four starts with a victory in the Norfolk Stakes Oct. 7, worked a half mile in :46 1/5 breezing Wednesday morning at Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Also working were Arabian Light, Notable Career, Point Given, and Street Cry. Caffe Latte worked Tuesday.

Weekend Racing Mars Win Streaks

A weekend full of top quality Breeders' Cup-prep racing left blemishes on several records. Gold Mover and Perfect Sting, both undefeated in 2000 prior to Oct. 14, each recorded a loss on the unofficial Breeders' Cup preview weekend. However, Raging Fever remained undefeated after Saturday's Frizette (gr. I) victory over Out of Sync. Raging Fever could take her five wins into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Flame Thrower, Street Cry Reprise Futurity Finish in Norfolk

Three weeks later and with an extra furlong to race, the results remain the same as Flame Thrower reprised his wire-to-wire performance from last month's Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) to win the one-mile $200,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) by a neck over the late-charging Street Cry Saturday at Santa Anita. In the seven-furlong Futurity, Flame Thrower just lasted to best Street Cry by a head.

Flame Thrower Game Winner of Del Mar Futurity

Jockey Jerry Bailey made a rare foray to the West Coast from his New York base Wednesday, and left with his first two victories at Del Mar. Both of Bailey's wins were for trainer Bob Baffert on the closing-day Del Mar card. In the featured Del Mar Futurity (gr., II), Gary Garber's Flame Thrower posted a game victory over Godolphin Racing's Street Cry.

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