Stakes winner Slew the Slewor, a half-brother to French champion and successful sire Groom Dancer, has arrived for stallion duty at Elizabeth Mateo's Premier Sporthorses near Alpharetta, Ga.
Millionaire Bourbon Belle has been retired from racing following surgery at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates near Lexington.
Grade I winner Honest Lady, who closed out her career with a runner-up effort in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), has arrived at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.
Racing and breeding news and information.
Citing competition for the Midwest wagering dollar from the reopening of Arlington Park, Louisiana Downs reported declines in total and on-track handle and a nominal decrease in attendance during the meet that ended Sunday.
A single no-guarantee season to leading sire Storm Cat brought $500,000 to top the Stallion Access auction at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks Nov. 10. The top price was $100,000 above the scheduled fee of $400,000 next year for the stallion, who stands at W.T. Young's Overbrook Farm near Lexington.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Senure rallied from last in the field of eight to win the $76,450 Steinlen Handicap by a half-length Sunday at Hollywood Park.
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.
Wednesday at Laurel Park
Dane Friendly earned his first career win, drawing off to a three-length win in the Premio Ribot (Ity-II) Sunday in Rome at the Campannelle. Over heavy turf, Dane Friendly completed the one-mile in 1:44.
Trainer Ken McPeek said Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) winner She's A Devil Due, who finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will bypass the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) November 25 at Churchill Downs. Instead, the conditioner said the 2-year-old daughter of Devil His Due will be given some time off and be pointed toward a spring campaign.
In his first race since May of 1999, 1998 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Reraise led at every call to win an allowance race by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Sunday at Laurel Park
1998 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Reraise returns from an 18-month layoff to run in a six-furlong allowance race Sunday at Hollywood Park. The Craig Dollase-trained 5-year-old gelding has won seven of eight career starts and will be ridden by Corey Nakatnai.
Elaine C. Bassford's 5-year-old Dynamic Trick earned his first graded stakes win at Laurel Park Saturday, when he held off the late rush of betting favorite Adcat to win the Laurel Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a neck in a blanket finish.
Zillah the Hun tracked early leader I'madrifter into the stretch, inherited the lead inside the final furlong as that rival veered in at the sixteenth-pole and fell after hitting the inside rail, and held off the late charge of Jumron Won to win the $97,500 California Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Bay Meadows.
lliquidity moved into contention while wide on the second turn and swept to the lead in the stretch to win the $176,100 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a half-length Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Gary A. Tanaka's Moonlady, making her first North American start, tracked the early leaders before gaining a commanding lead on the second turn to win the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. III) by three lengths over Playact Saturday at Aqueduct as horses who last raced in Europe filled the top two finishing positions.
Oklahoman John C. Oxley paid $975,000 for a Tale of the Cat weanling filly to top Friday's session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
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.
Saturday at Churchill Downs
Robert and Beverly Lewis' Chilean-bred mare Miss of Wales will attempt to earn her first North American stakes win in the $150,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Churchill Downs. Also entered in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up are Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner License Fee, Noble Damsel Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Gino's Spirits, and multiple stakes winners Illiquidity, White Beauty, and Lady Tamworth.
Graded stakes winner Adcat, a son of Storm Cat who has $415,597 in earnings, will enter stud for $5,000 live foal at Michael Sherman's Farnsworth Farms near Ocala, Fla.
Following a four-hour meeting Thursday with representatives of racetracks that have announced plans to defect from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Churchill Downs president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker said he was "encouraged."
Friday at Churchill Downs
The California Horse Racing Board finally has its quorum, and its newest member should be well prepared for the work ahead. On Thursday, Gov. Gray Davis named John C. Harris to the CHRB, which oversees the state's racing industry.
For the next two weekends, the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network will offer a pick-three wager linking turf races from Calder Race Course, Churchill Downs, and Hollywood Park. The wager carries a minimum bet of $1 and will link Calder's 11th race, Churchill's 10th race, and the fifth race from Hollywood Park.
The $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIT), the final turf stakes of the year in New York for fillies and mares, drew an overflow field of 14 with two also eligibles entered for Saturday's Aqueduct feature.
Brutally Frank returned from a three-month layoff and beat favored Lumberman by three-quarters of a length Thursday in the $61,000 Royal Haven Handicap at Aqueduct.
Breeders' Cup lost ground in the battle to improve television ratings this year, and for the fifth consecutive year set a record low.
Aaron and Marie Jones' millionaire Riboletta, who would have figured strongly in the battle for Horse of the Year honors if she had won the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), has been retired from racing because of a suspensory injury suffered during the race.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that California-based equine practitioner Dr. Jack K. Robbins and Thoroughbred owner/breeder Gary Biszantz have been named to the NTRA's Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced Thursday that $1-million in research funds were raised by the auction of seasons at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association today unveiled preliminary findings from consumer research on Thoroughbred owners. The study was commissioned by TheGreatestGame.com, a research, marketing, advertising, television and Internet-based program operated by the NTRA and sponsored by Keeneland and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), as well as other industry organizations.
Globe-trotting millionaire Running Stag will enter stud for a fee of $10,000 live foal at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway. The 6-year-old horse raced for Richard Cohen and was bought privately by Adena Springs.
Voters in Laredo, Texas on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative that allow live racing to return to South Texas at a racetrack and entertainment center proposed by the Asmussen family. Voters also approved allowing the facility to conduct simulcasting.
No appointees sprung out of the woodwork at the California Horse Racing Board's meeting Wednesday in Sacramento. That left Golden Gate Fields on hold.
Thoroughbred racing and breeding information
TRN International has begun showing races from the top Thoroughbred tracks in the U. S., including the Churchill Downs' Simulcast Network (CDSN), to international markets.
As new chairman of the New York Racing Association, horse owner and breeder Barry Schwartz has taken swift action to make changes sought by the tracks' racing fans and patrons. In a letter posted on the NYRA Website, Schwartz said the changes are a result of feedback to an online survey conducted by NYRA.
Ten-year-old stallion Desert Secret has been purchased by Eastridge Farms and will stand at that Hemet, Calif., farm starting in 2001.
California breeder-owner Cecilia Straub-Rubens, whose colt Tiznow took a major step toward Horse of the Year honors with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), died the night of Nov. 7 at a Newport Beach hospital.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who closed out his career with a sixth-place finish in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will stand for $150,000 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
While the presidential race was too close to call, that was not the case with gaming-related referendums in three states. In Massachusetts, dog tracks apparently scored a victory as a referendum to ban greyhound racing was headed toward defeat. In other gambling issues, Arkansas voters rejected casino gambling and in Maine a proposal to permit video lottery terminals at tracks failed.
Topped by the $4.2 million bid from Shadwell Estate Company for Magical Allure, a grade I winning General Meeting mare in foal to Storm Cat, the number of horses selling for seven figures continued to rise during Tuesday's session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. With 11 horses selling for $1-million or more Tuesday, the seven figure transactions totaled 39 during the first two days of the sale. During the 1999 record- breaking sale, 29 horses brought final bids in excess of $1-million.
Congress will reconvene Nov. 14, and language tied to the protection of interstate simulcasting and account wagering remains alive.
The money comes from wagering in Kentucky, primarily the Louisville market, through the TV Games Network.
By Robert Clay -- Recently, a few people in our industry decided to no longer participate in the NTRA process. The timing of their decision is an indication they are more interested in destroying the unity than growing the pie.
Racing only three days after winning the SAAB Quality Handicap (Aust-II), 6-year-old gelding Brew stormed to the lead with an eighth of a mile to go for a 1 1/2 length victory in the AUS$3-million Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) on Tuesday.
The 32nd Oak Tree Racing Association meeting at Santa Anita ended Monday with an increase in total handle despite a decline in on-track attendance and handle from last season. The meeting's total combined average daily handle of $9,760,972 was up 2.7 percent over 1999 while on-track average daily attendance for the 27-day meeting was 11,170, a decline of 4.1 percent from last year. Average daily on-track handle also declined to $2,352,124 down 1.2 percent from last year.
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