Steve Haskin picks his top 10 Breeders' Cup races from 1994 through 2003.
A relatively few number of women's names crop up on trainer and jockey rosters in general, but in the 30 years of Breeders' Cup history the numbers are smaller still.
Eclipse Award winner Lit de Justice died July 20 from the infirmities of old age at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center near Los Olivos, Calif.
C.N. Ray, who won consecutive runnings of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with Lit de Justice and Elmhurst, died Nov. 12 of cancer.
Stronach Stables' homebred Harlem Rocker caught pacesetter J Be K in mid-stretch and drew clear for a convincing 2 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) April 26 on the Aqueduct dirt, staying undefeated in three starts.
Central Kentucky stallion El Gran Senor was euthanized Oct. 18 at Ashford Stud due to the infirmities of old age. He was 25.
While we'll have to wait until Wednesday morning for the post position draw for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, the connections of the runners in the TVG Sprint (gr. I) may be thrilled if their horse pulls the number five post.
Injustice, bought privately last month for a reported $165,000 by Darrell and Evelyn Yates and turned over to Chicago-based trainer Wayne Catalano, paid an immediate dividend by winning the $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup (gr. III) gate to wire before a sun-baked crowd of 22,087 Saturday at Oaklawn Park.
Love Sting, ridden by Gary Bain, posted a big upset with a 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday's $200,000 Calder Oaks on the Festival of the Sun program at the Miami racetrack.
If Hour of Justice performs as well as his conditioner has in 2003, Saturday's $135,000 Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine could be a foregone conclusion.
Champion sprinter Lit de Justice, whose big win came in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), has been purchased privately and will stand the 2003 season at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif.
Breeders' Cup Sprint champion and Eclipse Award finalist Squirtle Squirt begins his 2002 campaign in Sunday's $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita. Squirtle Squirt delivered to trainer Bobby Frankel his first Breeders' Cup victory last October at Belmont Park, but hasn't scared away the competition, which has come up strong for the six-furlong contest.
Geri McGuire, a son of freshman sire Geri, and Lit de Hushi, a daughter of Lit de Justice, both worked an eighth-mile in 9.9 seconds on May 11 during the under tack show for the May 15 Barretts May sale of two-year-olds in training.
El Gran Senor, a son of Northern Dancer and sire of 49 stakes winners to date, has been retired.
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