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Azeri to Return in 2004 With Lukas

Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year who suffered a tendon injury one week prior to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will return to training for a 2004 campaign under Hall of Fame conditioner D. Wayne Lukas.

Spain Retired From Racing

Spain, Thoroughbred racing's all-time leading female money earner, has been retired from racing. She leaves the track with a record of 9-9-7 in 35 races with earnings of $3,540,542.

CBS to Televise Stakes Triple Saturday

The "NTRA Summer Racing Tour On CBS," presented by Long John Silver's, visits Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Arlington Park for live racing this Saturday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET).

Spain Clear Favorite in Molly Pitcher Field

Spain, the all-time leading earning filly or mare in North America, is the overwhelming choice in a field of only five entered for Saturday's Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Monmouth.

Quality Runs Deep in Fleur de Lis, Foster Undercard

Not to be outdone by the boys in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on June 15, a quality-laden field including four grade I-winning fillies and mares take a shot at $300,000 in the 1 1/8-mile Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) earlier on the card. Also on tap is the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the turf and the $100,000 Northern Dancer Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile.

Full Day of Racing Planned on Stephen Foster Saturday

Spain, the all-time leading female money earner, headlines Saturday's $300,000 Fleur De Lis Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. The Fleur De Lis, along with the Regret (gr. II), and Northern Dancer Stakes, are part of the Stephen Foster Super Saturday. Post Time Saturday is 1:10 p.m., with the first stakes race, the Northern Dancer, scheduled to go off at 4:42 p.m., and the Stephen Foster (gr. I) post time at 4:42 p.m.

Millionaire Spain Bred to Storm Cat

Millionaire Spain, who won the May 3 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), was bred May 15 to leading sire Storm Cat at William T. Young's Overbrook Farm near Lexington.

Millionaire Spain Bred to Storm Cat

Millionaire Spain, who won the May 3 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), was bred May 15 to leading sire Storm Cat at William T. Young's Overbrook Farm near Lexington.

Spain Chases Serena's Song's Record in Louisville Handicap

Three days after it was announced that Serena's Song will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame this summer, Spain will attempt to chip away at her career female earnings record of $3,283,388. The Thoroughbred Corp.'s 5-year-old daughter of Thunder Gulch is one of eight fillies and mares entered in the $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs.

Two Defect From Apple Blossom Field

The connections of Caressing and Atelier have opted to skip Saturday's $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), part of a double-header with the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I) in Oaklawn Park's Racing Festival of the South.

McAnally Shoots for Seventh Santa Margarita With Printemps

Printemps is trainer Ron McAnally's entry in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares on Sunday at Santa Anita. Chilean-bred Printemps may not be favored in the race, but McAnally's history of success in the race is undeniable: he trained two-time winners Paseana and Bayakoa, Queens Court (1995), and longshot Toda Una Dama (1998).

Santa Anita Race Report: Funtime Filly

Another eagle has landed. A golden eagle, that is. Once a national star on the national breeding and racing scene, the Golden Eagle Farm of John and Betty Mabee has played a quieter role in recent months, stepping back from the spotlight they once dominated with headliners like General Challenge, Excellent Meeting, Beautiful Melody, and the inimitable Best Pal.

Santa Anita Race Report: Picture Perfect

Even-money favorite Kalookan Queen alternately set and pressed a fast pace, drew away in upper stretch, and held off a fast-closing Leading Light in deep stretch to win Saturday's $200,000 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) by a half-length at Santa Anita.

Three Breeders' Cup Winners Meet In Falls City

A rare meeting of three Breeders' Cup winners--including a rematch of the last two winners of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I)--headlines one of the most memorable renewals of Churchill Downs' $250,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. III) on Thursday.

Trio of Breeders' Cup Winners Head Falls City Field

A rare meeting of three Breeders' Cup champions, including a rematch of the last two winners of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) headlines what promises to be one of the most memorable renewals in the long history of Churchill Downs' $250,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. III).

Champions Shine in Falls City

A field of seven was entered Tuesday for the $250,000-added Falls City (gr. III), which will be run on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs. The field includes six grade I winners and three Breeders' Cup champions in Unbridled Elaine (2001Distaff), Spain (2000 Distaff and 2001 Distaff runner-up) and Caressing (2000 Juvenile Fillies).

Spain Works Well for Falls City

Spain, who won the 2000 edition of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) and came within a head of repeating that feat this year, worked a sharp :59 4/5 over five furlongs in her final preparation for Thursday's $250,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

Distaff Rematch Looms at Churchill Downs

The one-two finishers in the Breeders' Cup Distaff are scheduled to meet again Thanksgiving Day in the grade III Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile, $250,000 event for fillies and mares could have Eclipse Award implications.

Unbridled Elaine Wins Distaff; Exogenous Injured

A pall was cast on the 18th Breeders' Cup before it could even start when Exogenous flipped, got her foot caught in the winner's circle rail, and eventually had to be sedated and removed from the tunnel leading to the racetrack.

Breeders' Cup Distaff Report--10/22/2001

The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) has the reputation of being the most formful race on racing's most important day. However, it is actually the Juvenile that has the lowest average winning payoff of $10.84 of the seven traditional races on the card. The Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) has only had two runnings, and should not be judged historically. The Distaff comes in second with an average winning payoff of $17.09; no doubt last year's $113.80 upset victory by Spain has done much to lift that average.

Distaff Update: Next Stop Turfway Park

The cancellation of the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Sept. 15 due to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., has left some trainers scrambling to get their fillies and mares ready for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) on Oct. 27.

Breeders' Cup Distaff Preview, Sept. 25

The major players for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) remained on the sidelines over the past weekend, waiting for the Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park the first weekend of October. However, a couple of horses looking to have an impact at the World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27 were in action at Belmont and at Turfway Park.

Trip Upsets Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes

Claiborne Farm's homebred Trip earned her second career graded stakes win, upsetting the field to win the $200,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Turfway Park. Under Craig Perret, the 4-year-old filly completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.47 on a fast track in winning by three lengths.

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