A new incentive has been set up to reward breeders who send their mares to Massachusetts stallion River Keen in 2009.
Grade I winner River Keen will stand in 2008 at Pine Nook Farm near South Deerfield, Mass.
Millionaire River Keen and graded stakes winner Optic Nerve have arrived at Michael and Debra Lischin's Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y., where they will stand the 2001 breeding season.
Hugo Reynolds' River Keen, who hit the peak of his form by winning the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park in consecutive starts in the fall of 1999, has been retired from racing.
Michael Cooper and Cecilia Straub-Ruben's Tiznow led from the start and held off a determined Captain Steve and possibly a ticket to the Breeders' Cup.
Stable notes from Oak Tree at Santa Anita on Wednesday works for stakes horses.
Richard Englander's Devine Wind collared pacesetter River Keen in the stretch and drew away to a one-length win over Irish Prize in the $200,000 Bay Meadows Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Bay Meadows. Claimed for $40,000 at Hollywood Park in May, Devine Wind earned $110,000 and his first stakes victory with the win.
Golden Gate Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Deploy Venture seeks to rebound from a sixth-place finish in the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) when he takes on 118-pound highweight River Keen and four others in the $200,000 Bay Meadows Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Bay Meadows.
Skimming made all the pace before kicking clear of Tiznow and General Challenge at the top of the stretch to win the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) by two lengths Saturday at Del Mar.
Three-year-old Tiznow drilled four furlongs at Del Mar Wednesday morning and then drew post position four for Saturday's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I).
Stablemates General Challenge and River Keen, the respective first- and second-place finishers in last year’s Pacific Classic (gr. I), indicated their readiness for this Saturday’s renewal of the $1-million race with workouts at Del Mar Monday.
Trainer Vladimir Cerin declared Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Early Pioneer out of the Aug. 26 Pacific Classic (gr. I).
A total of nine horses, headed by defending champion General Challenge, have been nominated to the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) to be run at Del Mar Aug. 26.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred 4-year-old colt Skimming, saved ground along the inside on the way to an eight-length wire-to-wire victory in the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. III) Sunday at Del Mar.
River Keen heads a field of eight as the 122 pound highweight for Sunday's $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar.
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