Ministers Wild Cat became the third stakes winner produced by champion Hollywood Wildcat and stamped himself as a possible Kentucky Derby threat with a 1 1/4-length win in Sunday's $66,950 Golden State Mile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Yankee Victor, a proven runner at a mile, had his first foals sell at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton, where they averaged 5.55 times his $15,000 stud fee.
Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert N. Clay, who earlier dropped the fee for Horse of the Year Point Given from $125,000 to $75,000 for 2003, also announced drops for fellow Three Chimney stallions Rahy and War Chant
Millionaire War Chant's first foal was born Jan. 25 at Warren Rosenthal's Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington, KY.
Tamara Princess, a full sister to last year's champion older female Riboletta, made her 3-year-old debut a winning one Wednesday at Hollywood, winning a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race in 1:15.24.
The full sister of Riboletta and War Chant's half-sister will face each other while making their racing debuts on Wednesday at Hollywood Park.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner War Chant will not start in Sunday's Early Times Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park and will be retired to enter stud beginning next year, owner-breeder Irving Cowan confirmed Wednesday.
War Chant, winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile and Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile in his only two grass outings, remains fit and ready for a possible final start in Sunday's $500,000 Early Times Hollywood Derby before retirement to stud. Trainer Neil Drysdale said Tuesday morning that owner-breeder Irving Cowan has not advised him of any decision as to whether War Chant, who worked seven furlongs here Sunday, would run.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner War Chant worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:26 2/5 Sunday on the firm Hollywood Park turf course, but no decision has yet been made on whether the talented 3-year-old will start in Sunday's $500,000 Early Times Hollywood Derby (gr. IT).
Irving and Marjorie Cowan announced Friday that Breeders' Cup Mile winner War Chant will be retired to enter stud at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm for the 2001 breeding season. He will stand for a live foal fee of $75,000. Cowan said it has not been decided whether War Chant will run in the Hollywood Derby (gr. I) on Nov. 26 or if he has made his last start.
The fields for several Thanksgiving weekend stakes races are beginning to shape up, as many horses from Breeders' Cup races will return to the races.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner War Chant may race next at Hollywood Park in the $500,000 Early Times Hollywood Derby Nov. 26, according to trainer Neil Drysdale.
Asked if they had received offers for their champion mare Hollywood Wildcat, Irving Cowan replied they had and, "They just tell them at the barn that she's not for sale." Walking back to the grandstand after Hollywood Wildcat's son, War Chant, had collected a thrilling edition of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), Marjorie Cowan took her husband's hand and said: "He's got a wife that doesn't believe in selling."
Neil Drysdale may or may not win the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr., I) with Fusaichi Pegasus, but he won the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) with War Chant, who remained unbeaten in his only two starts on grass
Breeders' Cup Mile notes for Tuesday, Oct. 31
Jockey Gary Stevens earned his first stakes victory since November of 1999, riding War Chant to a 1 1/4-length victory over Road to Slew in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) Saturday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
Woodward Stakes (gr. I) winner Lemon Drop Kid breezed four furlongs in :50 over a fast track at Belmont Park Sunday as the 4-year-old son of Kingmambo prepares for a start in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I). Also working Sunday were Walkslikeaduck, Forest Camp, War Chant, Honest Lady, and Spanish Fern.
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