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Commentary: One Small Step

Commentary:  One Small Step

By - Dan Liebman - It was an item that didn't draw many headlines. But, as Neil Armstrong so eloquently said about one small step, it can lead to a giant leap.

PORTER ON PEDIGREES: Breeders' Cup Round-Up

PORTER ON PEDIGREES: Breeders' Cup Round-Up

At the end of a rain-soaked Breeders' Cup meeting, the Mr. Prospector line drowned all other sire lines, having be represented by six of the 11 winners. The Northern Dancer line scored twice, while three other lines tallied one apiece: Caro (IRE), Blushing Groom (FR), and Seattle Slew. Three of the winners were inbred within four generations to Northern Dancer (two of them) and Raise a Native, and four winners were inbred within five generations to Raise a Native.

Europeans on Turf Course: So Far, So Good

European jockeys and trainers who ventured onto the turf course at Monmouth Park the morning of Oct. 26 were surprised at its resilience. The lack of rain overnight, despite a two-day drenching, allowed the course to recover to good from yielding.

Connections of Old Man Buck Change Tactics

Connections of Old Man Buck Change Tactics

Though Old Man Buck was pre-entered with first preference in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, after considering multiple factors, his connections decided to run the chestnut Hold That Tiger colt the next day in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) instead.

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.

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.

Morning Line: Monday Monday

Morning Line: Monday Monday

Walking in through the main gates at Monmouth Park, it's amazing the transformation that has taken place here. We take in a deep breath. What's that familiar aroma? No, it's not New Jersey...its fresh paint.

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.

Hall of Fame Steeplechaser Zaccio Dead

Hall of Fame Steeplechaser Zaccio Dead

Zaccio, winner of three consecutive Eclipse Awards as champion steeplechaser and a member of racing's Hall of Fame, was euthanized Sept. 19 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

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