Because of a storm that brought heavy rain and left the track unsuitable for racing, Turf Paradise canceled racing a third straight day Monday, Dec. 17.
Businessman purchased Turf Paradise in 2000; battles with major league sports, Native American casinos for the entertainment dollar in recession-battered economy in Phoenix metroplex
Fullbridled, a stakes-placed son of Unbridled's Song, will stand in 2010 for a private fee at Phoenix Farm near Paris, Ky.
In his last two efforts, at Arlington and Turfway Park, 4-year-old colt Off Duty proved an affinity for synthetic surfaces. In the 155th running of the $250,000 Phoenix Stakes (gr. III), the son of Yes It's True used that footing to his benefit again, taking the six-furlong event by a half-length over Keeneland's Polytrack.
Keeneland has scheduled the richest stakes program in its history, featuring five grade I stakes and a record $5.3 million in total stakes purses for its 2007 fall race meeting, held Oct. 5-27. The grade I Darley Alcibiades, Shadwell Turf Mile, Lane's End Breeders' Futurity, and Juddmonte Spinster highlight the meet.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano maneuvered Kelly's Landing to the rail in midstretch and the 5-year-old son of Patton gradually pulled away to a one-length victory in the $268,600, grade III Phoenix Breeders' Cup, one of the supporting feature races on Keeneland's Saturday race card.
Champali and the nation's leading rider by wins, Rafael Bejarano, won the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Friday.
Beau's Town, a winner of four of five starts this year, is the one to beat in the $250,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) as Keeneland opens its fall meet Friday.
Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Xtra Heat withstood some quick early pressure and turned in her first career victory over males by three lengths Saturday in the 150th running of the $250,000 Phoenix (gr. III) at Keeneland.
Growth in simulcast wagering helped stabilize Turf Paradise's average daily handle and attendance even though the Phoenix area racetrack ran two more days than it did during its 2000-01 meet.
Keeneland's graded stakes races Saturday displayed a study of contrasts. About an hour after 9-year-old Bet On Sunshine closed from last place in the $166,470 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) to earn his 21st victory from 41 starts, 2-year-old Siphonic led from start to finish in the $281,728 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes (gr. II).
Jim Powell, who won eight riding titles at Turf Paradise, was found dead March 13.
Five Star Day led from the start and pulled away in the stretch to win the $269,750 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) by four lengths Saturday at Keeneland. Under Garrett Gomez, Five Star Day completed the six furlongs in a sizzling 1:07.90 on a fast track.
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