Two-thirds of Ambitious Brew's victories entering racing Sept. 30 came on Santa Anita Park's unique downhill turf course and the Pamela Ziebarth homebred thrived again during the trip Friday in the first of two Eddie D. Stakes (gr. IIIT) divisions.
With the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) on the 6 1/2-furlong downhill course at Santa Anita coming up in early November, plenty of connections with top turf sprinters see the wisdom in prepping on the unique course in the Eddie D. (gr. IIIT).
Om started on top and finished on top to score by 2 1/2 lengths in the $200,000 Twilight Derby, ahead of English import Mister Brightside, who was making his U.S. debut.
Coming off his breakthrough score in the Del Mar Derby Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 6, K.B. Sareen's Om figures to be the one to beat in the $200,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) Oct. 24 at Santa Anita Park.
Maurice Zilber, who trained international great Dahlia, has died at age 88.
McCann's Mojave, a stakes winner five different years, has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury.
Palace Music, whose son Cigar became the world's richest racehorse, was euthanized Jan. 7 at Rangal Park Stud in the Australian state of Victoria.
IEAH Corporation, a subsidiary of International Equine Acquisitions Holdings, Inc. announced Thursday the formation of a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic located across the street from Belmont Park that will be run by noted veterinarians James Hunt and Patricia Hogan.
Britain's National Hunt season for 2004/2005 ended in rancor April 23 when trainer Martin Pipe was accused of jeopardizing the welfare of his horses in his attempt to win a 10th successive trainers' championship.
William K. Taylor, a former general manager at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., died Tuesday in Lexington at age 87.
Palace Music, sire of two-time Horse of the Year Cigar, has been pensioned from stud duties at the age of 24 at Rangal Park Stud in Victoria, Australia.
Art Baumohl, who owned Colin Bloodstock and Advertising, died the morning of Jan. 12 of congestive heart failure at a Lexington nursing home.
- By Ron Mitchell
Lane's End Farm owner William S. Farish and owner-breeder Nelson Bunker Hunt were inducted into the Texas Racing Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Lone Star Park Saturday.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association will present the T.I. "Pops" Harkins Award to Texas owner and breeder Nelson Bunker Hunt during a June 25 luncheon at the Arlington Wyndham Hotel in Arlington, Texas.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- For clues as to why the coronation of Mineshaft as Horse of the Year was not unanimous, a call to Sigmund Freud would be necessary. The human mind can be a strange thing.
Fair Grounds reported across-the-board declines in attendance and handle for its 89-day meet that ended Monday.
Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled has made steady progress this week from two surgeries, the first to remove a mass which proved to be benign, the second to repair a hole near the bowel resection point. Claiborne manager Gus Koch said Thursday morning Unbridled "has overcome a lot of problems, is bright, and much stronger."
Nelson Bunker Hunt's Hattiesburg rallied while wide on the turn to win Saturday $250,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), earning her fifth consecutive win. During her streak, Hattiesburg has notched victories at five different tracks.
The parade of longshot winners on Saturday's Grand Slam II program at Calder Race Course continued in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap(gr. III), in which 76-1 American Halo held off General Grant and Sir Bear to win by a half-length. Under Charlene Hunt, American Halo completed the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:51.68 on a fast track.
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