The suspense leading up to the end of January wasn't whether the colt Vindication and the filly Storm Flag Flying would be voted champion 2-year-olds. They were. The suspense was whether the two unbeaten juveniles would be weighted above the standard weight--126 pounds for males and 123 for fillies--on the 2002 Experimental Free Handicap. They weren't.
With all the debating about Azeri's Horse of the Year credentials, it turned out to be a landslide. The daughter of Jade Hunter did not defeat males during her 2002 campaign, but she certainly dominated them in the voting for racing's highest honor.
The late Ogden Phipps, who bred and raced generations of champion Thoroughbred racehorses, and longtime racing secretary and handicapper Howard Battle, who died of cancer last summer, have been named co-recipients of the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Composure, second by one-half length to unbeaten Storm Flag Flying in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Oct. 26, returns to action for trainer Bob Baffert at Hollywood Park on Saturday as the solid favorite in the $376,500 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I).
By Dean Arnold --A stalwart racing fan recounts his chance sighting of Storm Flag Flying, one of racing's newest starlets.
It didn't take long for anyone with a sense of racing history to start comparing Storm Flag Flying's performance in the Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Arlington Park to that of Personal Ensign's in the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Six of the eight winners on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships card at Arlington Park Oct. 26 are expected to race in 2003, if all goes according to plans. Three winners--Orientate, Domedriver, and Starine--could run again this year.
Trainer Laura De Seroux was politicking Sunday morning to persuade Turf writers and other Eclipse Award voters that Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Azeri deserves the Horse of the Year title.
Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying remained undefeated in the Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but it wasn't easy. She was passed by Composure in midstretch, appeared beaten, and found another gear to win by a half-length.
With approximately $100,000 in advance Breeders' Cup wagering at Arlington Park and off-site facilities in Illinois on Friday, Evening Attire emerged as a surprising lukewarm favorite for the Classic (gr. I).
Quick, name the five best races in the history of the Breeders' Cup. Sure it's subjective, but every list would include the 1988 Distaff (gr. I), which was contested over a muddy Churchill Downs strip.
Sure, a solid favorite has been established, but there are still many questions to be answered in the week's time before pre-entries are taken Oct. 15 for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Azeri did her part in winning Wednesday's Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, and now it's up to Edward P. Evans' Summer Colony to match her or do her one better when she takes on six talented fillies and mares in Saturday's $750,000 Beldame Stakes.
The current favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), Storm Flag Flying, gets her final tune up before the World Thoroughbred Championships Saturday when she heads the field in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Michael Tabor's Zavata breezed five furlongs over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Monday morning in about 1:03, according to trainer Patrick Biancone. The Phone Trick colt will be one of the favorites in Saturday's grade I, $500,000 Champagne 1 1/16 miles.
The big news this week in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) division is not who's in, but who's out. Two of The Blood-Horse top five choices for the Oct. 26 race will now be on the sidelines when the race is run.
Storm Flag Flying and Vindication were made the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Future Bet for the juvenile championship races to be contested Oct. 26 at Arlington Park as part of the World Thoroughbred Championships.
Storm Flag Flying remained an overwhelming 1-2 favorite in thesecond day of the Breeder's Cup Future Bet for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies division.
Storm Flag Flying was made the overwhelming 1-9 favorite Friday, the first day of Breeders' Cup Future Bet for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. On the male side, the $1 million Juvenile favorite is Vindication, heavily supported as well at 7-5.
Well, if you want good stories, the results of the races this past weekend affecting the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) division couldn't have been more perfect.
On a rainy day at Belmont Park, Ogden Mills Phipps' favored Storm Flag Flying, in just her second career start, demolished Sunday's 96th running of the $200,000 Matron (gr. I) for 2-year-olds, winning by 12 3/4 lengths.
Storm Flag Flying is the likely favorite heading into Sunday's $200,000 Matron (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
Saratoga Notebook: Setting the Travers Line; The Mig Pays Price; Rice Beginning to Cook; A Future Star?
The way Don LaPlace sees it, the other eight horses are running for second place Saturday behind Medaglia d'Oro in the Travers.
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