Blood-Horse Staff

Meadowlands Numbers Decline; Improvements Planned

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.

Captain Steve Highweighted for Clark

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.

Muntej To Start in Hollywood Derby

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).

Keeneland November Sale Concludes with Record Average

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.

Swept Away Earns Her Second Safely Kept Win of the Year

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.

It's Official: War Chant Being Retired to Stud

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.

Churchill Declares Dividend, Sets Up Charitable Foundation

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.

Surfside, Cash Deal Work at Churchill

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.

Good Game Heads Mrs. Revere Field

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.

Bevo in Bullet Work; Cigar Mile Likely Next Start

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.

Live Webcasts Planned For Arizona Symposium

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.

Spain Breezes Toward Holiday Weekend Start

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).

Brian Sweeney Dies of Heart Attack

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.

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