Grade II winner Commitisize, who was a graded stakes winner four consecutive years, has arrived at Sean and Barbara Kelly's Wycombe House Stud near Ocala, Fla., where he will stand for $4,500 live foal.
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which owns and operates Monmouth Park and Meadowlands, is planning several improvements at both racetracks and will sell $15 million in bonds to pay for them. Meanwhile, Meadowlands reported both handle and attendance fell during the Thoroughbred meet that ended Saturday.
A half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic, a half-brother to Preakness winner Red Bullet, and a daughter of Storm Cat purchased for $1-million as a 2-year-old were among the maiden winners in North America over the weekend
With a total of 248 entries, the United States leads the nominations for the seven races that comprise the 2001 Dubai World Cup card at Nad al Sheba Racecourse next March 24.
Prominent New York stallion Dixie Brass will stand the 2001 breeding season at James F. Edwards' The Stallion Park in Millbrook, N.Y.
Agnes Digital, a Kentucky-bred son of Crafty Prospector, set a new Kyoto Racecourse (Japan) record of 1:32.6 for 1 mile on turf when the 3-year-old colt won Sunday's Mile Championship (Jpn-I).
Arch Kingsley rode Timber Bay Farm's Romantic to a 1 1/4-length victory over Campanile on Sunday in the $100,000 Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) run at Springdale Race Course.
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).
Captain Steve, one of four 3-year-olds to comprise the all-sophomore superfecta in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), was assigned highweight of 120 pounds Sunday by Churchill Downs racing secretary Jerry Botts for the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II), to be run Friday at the Louisville oval. While the 3-year-olds received a 4-pound weight concession from their older rivals in the Classic, the five highest weighted nominees in the Clark are all sophomores.
Andreas Schutz-trained Elle Danzig successfully defended her win 1999 Premio Roma (Ity-I), drawing off to a five-length triumph in the Sunday's renewal of the race.
WinStar Farm LLC's License Fee suffered a minor injury and will miss the Falls City Handicap (gr. III) Thursday at Churchill Downs. Meanwhile, Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Spain was assigned highweight of 122 pounds for the $250,000 race.
Sunday at Aqueduct
Sky Classic Handicap (Can-IIT) winner Muntej will race next in the $500,000 Early Times Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Nov. 26 at Hollywood Park. n other Hollywood Turf Festival news, trainer Todd Pletcher will enter two horses in separate events. Texas Glitter will race in Friday's $200,000 Hollywood Turf Express (gr. IIIT) and Deeliteful Irving will run in Saturday's $200,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Fayette Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) winner Jadada worked five furlongs Saturday in preparation for Friday's Clark Handicap.
Diane and Guy Snowden's Edgewood Stakes winner Solar Bound has been retired due to a severe episode of pulmonary bleeding during an allowance race at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.
Keeneland's 14-day November breeding stock sale ended Saturday with a record average and the second-highest dollar volume in the history of the auction. Keeneland sold 3,266 horses for $301,994,800 during this year's event. Last year, Keeneland sold 3,461 horses for $317,666,000. both records for thoroughbred auctions worldwide.
It was a family affair at Churchill Downs when James C. Routsong's Megan's Bluff won her third graded stakes in her last four starts.
Swept Away won her second career graded stakes race and her second Safely Kept Stakes win of the year, cruising to a 2 1/2-length win at the 3-5 favorite in the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Laurel Park. In August, the Bernard Flint-trained 3-year-old filly won Arlington International's Safely Kept Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths.
Michael Dickinson-trained Cetewayo earned his first victory since the 1999 Riggs Handicap, winning the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap over an Aqueduct turf course labeled good.
Kelly Kip, one of Thoroughbred racing's top sprinters, retired on Saturday because of a leg injury.
Saturday at Hollywood Park
Michael Tabor's Yonaguska will start from post position seven under highweight of 122 pounds in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Michael Dickinson-trained Cetewayo returns to the races Saturday in the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT), the last graded stakes this year on turf in New York.
Brief items on racing and breeding.
Equine Spectrum plans to conduct a "mock auction" on Dec. 1 to give buyers, sellers, and agents an opportunity to test the online system in a simulated environment, according to Tom Biederman, Equine Spectrum executive director.
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 Santa Anita Derby, the richest Kentucky Derby prep race this year when it was worth $1-million, will revert to its former purse level of $750,000 when it is renewed April7, 2001. The 25% purse cut for the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds was among the changes in the Santa Anita stakes schedule released Friday.
One horse sold through Keeneland's second online auction associated with the ongoing November breeding stock sale.
The breeding shed and barns at what was Ben P. Walden's Jr.'s Vinery might look awfully familiar to 11-year-old stallions Shuailaan and Furiously.
The board of directors for Churchill Downs Inc. Thursday declared an annual dividend of 50 cents per share on the Company's common stock, payable Jan. 19, 2001, to stockholders of record on Dec. 31, 2000. Also during the quarterly meeting, the board approved the establishment of a non-profit private charitable foundation to provide contributions to qualifying charitable, civic and community causes in locations where CDI and its subsidiaries do business.
The great Citation began his 1948 Horse of the Year campaign with a victory in allowance company at Hialeah.
Friday at Calder Race Course
A pair of D. Wayne Lukas-trained fillies topped the Churchill Downs work tab Thursday morning. Surfside went five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 and Cash Deal went the same distance in :59. Also working at Churchill Thursday were three horses trained by Elliott Walden -- Brahms, Meetyouatthebrig, and Golden Temper.
Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Good Game heads a 12-horse field entered in the $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Saturday at Churchill Downs. Impending Bear, second in the Valley View, also returns in the Mrs. Revere, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.
Peter Callahan's Bevo worked five furlongs around "dogs" at Belmont Park Thursday morning in 1:00 2/5, the fastest work of the day at the distance. The 3-year-old is entered in both the $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. II, Aqueduct, Nov. 23) and the $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I, Aqueduct, Nov. 25), but trainer Bill Badgett said the Prospector's Gamble colt is more likely for the Cigar Mile.
The TV Games Network wants to pay $5 million to one lucky winner plus thousands in cash and merchandise to others as part of its inaugural online contest launched Thursday. The racing and wagering network will award the money if an individual selects eight winners on the 2001 Kentucky Derby Day program.
In a major change, Penn National Race Course has decided to racee Thursdays instead of Sundays in 2001.
The University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program is teaming with NaviSite Inc. to deliver live Webcasts of sessions from this year's Symposium on Racing. Racing fans and professionals can watch over 16 hours of live video footage from the Symposium on Racing in real-time via their desktops at www.ag.arizona.edu/rtip.
Millionaire and grade I winner More Than Ready, who is scheduled to enter stud in 2001 at Vinery near Lexington, will close out his career in the Nov. 25 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
Churchill Downs has announced a pricing schedule for tickets to the 127th renewals of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in 2001 that includes an increase in the price of general admission to the two events and an increase in the price of reserved seating for the Kentucky Derby.
John T.L. Jones Jr's Walmac International announced that multiple grade II sprint winner Successful Appeal will enter stud at Walmac-South near Ocala, Fla., and stand for $5,000 live foal.
Ed Duffy, chief operating officer for the National Jockey Club, has decided to relinquish the day-to-day control of operations at Sportsman's Park/Chicago Motor Speedway in order to concentrate on and devote more time to other aspects of the multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility.
Ogden Phipps' Easing Along won a one-mile allowance race by 2 1/4 lengths under a hand ride Wednesday at Aqueduct and will likely be pointed to a start in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II).
Thursday at Churchill Downs
Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) winner Manndar and Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) winner Walkslikeaduck each worked five furlongs Wednesday at Hollywood Park. Also working Wednesday morning were Lady at Peace, Caffe Latte, Tribunal, and Purely Cozzene.
Michael Tabor's Yonaguska, who finished 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in his most recent start, will be a $5,000 supplemental entry to Sunday's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park, according to assistant trainer Randy Bradshaw.
Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Spain breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs Wednesday as she continues to prepare for a Churchill Downs Thanksgiving weekend stakes race. The 3-year-old daughter of Thunder Gulch has been nominated to both the Falls City Handicap (gr. III, Churchill Downs, Nov. 23) for fillies and mares and the Clark Handicap (gr. II, Churchill, Nov. 26).
Horseman Brian Sweeney, whose many positions in racing included a stint as executive vice president and general manager of the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, died Nov. 14 of an apparent heart attack at the San Gabriel Country Club in California.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Tiznow is getting new owners following the death of majority owner Cecilia Straub-Rubens. Her daughter, Pamela Ziebarth, and son, trainer Kevin Cochran, will be the new partners of co-owner Michael Cooper in Tiznow.
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