Trainer David Vance earned career win 3,000 Aug. 2 when Westline won the first race at Presque Isle Downs.
Graded stakes winner Ecclesiastic has been retired from racing and will stand at Michele Madonna and Sue Jones' Regal Heir Farm near Grantville, Pa.
Jockey Terry Thompson won the 2,000th race of his 15-year career when he rode David Vance trainee Peace Pledge to a three-length victory in Oaklawn Park's fifth race on Sunday.
Take a Check and Maggie Slew, both graded stakes-placed, top a field of six fillies and mares entered for Saturday's $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.
Maggie Slew, the final offspring of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, registered a 6 1/4-length maiden victory in Thursday's first race at Monmouth Park.
Maggie Slew, the final offspring of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, finished second in her career debut in the third race at Churchill Downs on Sunday.
The last foal of 1977 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew is set to make her racing debut on Sunday at Churchill Downs.
At odds of 2-5, Madcap Escapade made an easy lead and cut fast fractions, but she had nothing left in the final eighth and was passed by a group of fillies in the $281,750 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Eavesdropper, a stakes winning half-brother to A.P. Indy, has been retired from racing and will stand in 2005 at Walmac International near Lexington.
Carl F. Pollard's My Trusty Cat is the one to beat when she faces five other fillies and mares in the six-furlong, $125,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) Sunday at Keeneland.
K and K Racing Stable's La Reason rolled to the lead in upper stretch and drew off to an impressive three-length win in the $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Monmouth Park.
Carl F. Pollard's My Trusty Cat made a last-to-first rally to win the $175,000 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares by 1 ¾ lengths over Our Josephina on Saturday at Arlington Park.
A record price was established at the Keeneland 2-year-olds in training sale Tuesday when Coolmore Stud interests went to $3.3-million to acquire a striking juvenile son of Pulpit.
The Thoroughbred holdings of the estate of Jeanne G. Vance, owner of 1999 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Lemon Drop Kid, will be dispersed this year beginning with 11 offerings at the Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale.
Jeanne Vance, who campaigned 1999 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Lemon Drop Kid with her late husband, Fasig-Tipton auctioneer Milton "Laddie" Dance, died Dec. 14 at her Manalapan, Fla., home.
Unbridled Elaine is nearing her 4-year-old debut for trainer Dallas Stewart, who is pointing the daughter of Unbridled's Song to the Feb. 23 Chou Croute Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Unbridled Elaine, who was returned to trainer Dallas Stewart on Saturday after being conditioned by David Vance since June, worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). The fastest work at the distance Sunday, though, was turned in by Vance-trained Caressing, who won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Carl F. Pollard's Caressing beat Gal on the Go by a length Saturday to win the $125,000 Singapore Plate (gr. III) at Arlington Park.
Roger J. Devenport's Unbridled Elaine beat Unrestrained by 3 1/2 lengths Saturday in the $250,000 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies.
Champion Caressing and the lightly raced Victory Ride are being pointed toward the $200,000 Acorn (gr. I, June 8) by their respective connections.
Caressing, the Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly in 2000, will go back into training by the end of March, according to trainer David Vance. Winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (g. I), Caressing was scheduled to make her 2001 debut in the Honeybee (g. III) at Oaklawn Park March 10. However, she came down with a fever and a bad blood count, and went off her feed the week before the race.
A handful of folks accustomed to making headlines in the Keeneland sales pavilion joined a group of horse-owning neophytes Saturday evening at the Horse Mania auction. The event began June 29 in Lexington with 79 fiberglass horses-turned-art set out around town. The culmination of Horse Mania, sponsored by Lexington's Arts and Cultural Council, took place Dec. 2 when 78 members of the herd brought $757,600 at auction.
Behrens, Skimming, and Lemon Drop Kid arrived at the top of the stretch three across the track, before Behrens, on the inside, and Lemon Drop Kid engaged in a stretch-long duel won by the latter in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont. Under Edgar Prado, Lemon Drop Kid completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.53 over a fast track, finishing a head in front of Behrens.
By Dan Liebman -- Now that things in the Thoroughbred market have been spiraling up again in dramatic fashion, it is only natural to begin wondering what the future holds.
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