General Challenge, California's top 3-year-old male in 1999, was euthanized Feb. 4 at Golden Eagle Farm after his "condition deteriorated rapidly," the farm said on its Facebook page. The gelding was 18.
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Golden Eagle Farm owners Betty Mabee and her son Larry Mabee announced Aug. 7 a six-month plan to reduce their horse inventory along with an extended timeline to sell their San Diego County-based farmland.
Feb. 13, 1999
Excellent Meeting at Santa Anita
General Challenge, who won three of California's biggest grade I stakes, has been retired to Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm
Last year's longshot Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava is being prepared for a probable start in this summer's Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Golden Eagle Farm's Snow Chief Stakes winner Chief Planner worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 handily over a fast main track at Santa Anita Friday. Regular rider Dana Barnes was in the irons for the move, which was sixth fastest of 24 who went five panels on the morning.
Golden Eagle Farm's General Challenge, eased in Saturday's Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park after battling on the front end, returned in good shape and will not be retired, according to an assistant for trainer Bob Baffert.
Golden Eagle Farm stallions sired three of Saturday's 10 California Gold Rush winners at Hollywood Park, including Chief Planner, who captured the featured $250,000 Snow Chief for 3-year-olds.
Excessivepleasure, a 3-year-old bordering on stardom after capturing last month's $500,000 WinStar Derby, and comebacking General Challenge, unraced in over 2 1/2 years following triumphs in such classic events as the Santa Anita Handicap, will be the focus of Saturday's fourth annual Citibank California Gold Rush at Hollywood Park.
General Challenge, prepping for a comeback at age seven, worked six furlongs under Dana Barnes in a bullet 1:11 Wednesday at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert.
With rain forecast for Sunday night and continuing all day Monday, the Santa Anita work tab was full Sunday morning. In all, 275 workouts were recorded.
General Challenge, the 2000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner, had his first workout Friday morning at Santa Anita since returning to Bob Baffert's barn 16 days ago, breezing three furlongs under Dana Barnes in :35.20.
Golden Eagle Farms' multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire General Challenge arrived at trainer Bob Baffert's Santa Anita barn on Wednesday to begin serious training for a comeback after more than 2 1/2 years away from racing.
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.
Golden Eagle Farm's homebred General Challenge will miss his scheduled start in the July 7 Bel Air Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park after the 5-year-old gelding suffered an undisclosed leg injury while training last week, according to a North County Times report.
In what came as no surprise, North America's Horse of the Year also is California's Horse of the Year.
Trainer Bob Baffert has saddled four of the last five Del Mar Debutante winners and sends out two of the six 2-year-old fillies entered in this year's renewal of the $250,000 grade I race.
John and Betty Mabee’s General Challenge will miss this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs after coming out of Saturday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar with what trainer Bob Baffert described as a “wrenched” right front ankle.
Skimming made all the pace before kicking clear of Tiznow and General Challenge at the top of the stretch to win the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) by two lengths Saturday at Del Mar.
Three-year-old Tiznow drilled four furlongs at Del Mar Wednesday morning and then drew post position four for Saturday's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I).
Stablemates General Challenge and River Keen, the respective first- and second-place finishers in last year’s Pacific Classic (gr. I), indicated their readiness for this Saturday’s renewal of the $1-million race with workouts at Del Mar Monday.
Trainer Vladimir Cerin declared Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Early Pioneer out of the Aug. 26 Pacific Classic (gr. I).
A total of nine horses, headed by defending champion General Challenge, have been nominated to the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) to be run at Del Mar Aug. 26.
Golden Eagle Farm's General Challenge, who is being pointed toward a start in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 26, drilled six furlongs in 1:10 4/5, handily, at that track Thursday.
David and Holly Wilson's Early Pioneer posted the biggest win of his career when the 5-year-old gelding overtook 7-5 favorite General Challenge in the stretch to win the $1-million Sempra Energy Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park on Sunday.
General Challenge was established as the 9-5 morning-line favorite Thursday for Sunday's 61st running of the $1-million Sempra Energy Hollywood Gold Cup.
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