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Friday Morning Line: A Brand New Day

Friday Morning Line: A Brand New Day

On the chute, trainer Graham Motion is on his pony, circling his John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) runner Better Talk Now. They're waiting to go onto the soggy turf course for a last-minute tune-up.

Pedigree and Performance @ Monmouth Park

Pedigree and Performance @ Monmouth Park

Throughout the following pages are hundreds of fascinating statistics that link the sires, trainers, and jockeys of 2007 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship contenders with race records from Monmouth Park. Within these numbers, you'll find the pedigrees that favor the Monmouth Park surfaces, whether they're dirt or grass. The statistics were derived from Monmouth Park racing results for 2006 and 2007 through Oct. 23 and compiled by BloodHorseNOW.com's research editor Scot Gillies.

European Trainers Settle Into Monmouth

European Trainers Settle Into Monmouth

Activity inside and outside the quarantine barn at Monmouth Park intensified significantly Thursday morning. The trainers of Europe's 12-strong raiding party arrived at last to supervise horses and conclude the licensing process, while Frankie Dettori and Mick Kinane had their first experience riding at Monmouth.

Aircraft Mechanic Ponce Receives White Horse Award

Aircraft Mechanic Ponce Receives White Horse Award

Navy Aircraft Mechanic first class Johnny Arrendondo Ponce became the first non-track worker to win the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award when it was presented Oct. 25 at the Taylor Made Stallions' White Horse Heroes Luncheon at Monmouth Park.

No Cinderella Story for Smarty Deb

No Cinderella Story for Smarty Deb

Despite being listed at 30-1 on the morning line and never having competed in a graded stakes event, Smarty Deb is anything but a Cinderella story for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Thursday Morning Line: The Final Countdown

Thursday Morning Line: The Final Countdown

Manning the Otis Elevator that serves as the stewards elevator at Monmouth Park is Ed Thayer. He knows the equipment....he's been operating the elevator for the past 11 years.

12 Fillies Hope to Be the Epitome on Friday

12 Fillies Hope to Be the Epitome on Friday

Live Oak Plantation had high hopes for Namaste's Wish when they purchased her for $600,000 as a yearling last year. After a couple of disappointing starts to open her career, it seems as if the Pulpit filly is on her way to fulfilling those expectations. She headlines a field of 12 in the one-mile $250,000 Epitome Breeders' Cup Stakes on the Monmouth Park turf Oct. 26.

Murtagh Muses on His Breeders' Cup Chances

Murtagh Muses on His Breeders' Cup Chances

The Europeans felt more at home around the Monmouth Park quarantine barn the morning of Oct. 24, thanks to the clouds and rain that became heavy at times. None of the British or Irish trainers with Breeders' Cup runners had arrived, so leading Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh held center stage. He has four excellent rides in the 11 Breeders' Cup races Friday and Saturday.

Idiot Proof

Idiot Proof

Clifford Sise, Jr. says that a normal trainer, without the consistent backing of big-money owners, will only get a superstar horse about ever 20 years. Sise had his last big horse in 1996, so he's nine years ahead of schedule as he heads toward this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships with a Sprint (gr. I) hopeful named Idiot Proof.

Tuesday Morning Line: Getting a Bead on the Draw

Tuesday Morning Line: Getting a Bead on the Draw

After the post position draw, which clocked in right at one hour to introduce all the dignitaries and draw 11 races, trainer Todd Pletcher takes a seat at table. He's quickly surrounded by a circle of cameras, tape recorders, and notebooks.

BC Focus: Lady Joanne

BC Focus: Lady Joanne

Bentley Smith is well-connected when it comes to Breeders' Cup horses. As the son-in-law of the late Frances Genter, he managed Frances Genter Stable for nearly 30 years and sent Smile to a 1986 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victory and, of course, watched Unbridled win the Classic (gr. I) in 1990.

Idiot Proof Breezes; Street Sense Has Easy Gallop

Pam and Martin Wygod's Idiot Proof, who shattered the Monmouth Park track record when he won the Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) in July, had his final breeze for the Oct. 27 TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 21 when he breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.

Breeders' Cup Focus: Miss Macy Sue

Breeders' Cup Focus: Miss Macy Sue

Her connections have thought highly of her for quite some time. But Miss Macy Sue needed to keep proving herself in her order to be considered for the inaugural $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park.

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