Xtra Heat earned her 16th win in her 19th career start, leading all the way to win the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park Saturday.
After finishing on the board in a graded stakes in each of her last three starts, Exogenous made it to the Belmont Park winner's circle Saturday after upsetting the field of 3-year-old fillies in the $250,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) to earn her first career stakes win.
Godolphin's Fantastic Light avenged his defeat at the hands of 3-year-old sensation Galileo in July's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) with a thrilling head-length decision over that rival in Saturday's Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown.
In a strong promotion that links horse racing and gaming, Turfway Park will put its top 100 FasTrack Rewards program members on a private plane to Laughlin, Nev., for an all-expenses-paid junket in late November.
More than 2,5000 practitioners are expected for the 47th American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention Nov. 24-28 in San Diego, Calif.
Pimlico Race Course, known as the home of the Preakness Stakes in the spring, opens Thursday for a six-week fall meet that will conclude with the Maryland Million on closing day, Oct. 13.
Hal Earnhardt's El Corredor willed his way in front of Performing Magic in deep stretch then held off Figlio Mio to win Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for the second consecutive year.
Blazing Fury's impressive late run gave him a decisive 4 3/4-length victory over Fast City on Sunday in the $112,500 Saranac Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga. Earlier on the card, Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and Turfway Spiral Stakes (gr. II) winner Balto Star returned from a three-month layoff to win his turf racing debut.
Morshdi utilized a wide rally to win the fourth leg of the Emirates World Series, the UAE Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I).
Quarter Moon battled to the lead in the final furlong to win Sunday's Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh.
Though undefeated and a full sister to a champion mare, Tamara Princess is unlikely to make an appearance in a Breeders' Cup race.
Tranquility Lake made her return to turf a winning one with a one-length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT). The 6-year-old daughter of Rahy completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.94 on firm turf in winning the race for the second straight year.
New Farm and trainer Benjamin Perkins Jr. teamed up for their second graded stakes win in a matter of minutes Saturday, when 4-5 favorite Forest Heiress led at every call in the $150,000 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Next-to-last in the field of nine after the opening quarter-mile, New Farm's Delaware Township rallied from far back to win Saturday's $250,000 Forego Handicap (gr. I) by 1 1/4 lengths over Left Bank at Saratoga.
Trainer Juan "Paco" Gonzalez shipped Came Home to Saratoga to avoid running against Officer and the gambit proved successful Saturday when Came Home drew off to a two-length victory in the $200,000 Hopeful Stakes. The winning time of 1:21.94 marks the fastest running of the Hopeful at its present distance of seven furlongs.
Del Mar will honor The Thoroughbred Corporation's recently retired Point Given on Wednesday when the popular chestnut will be paraded prior to the fourth race of the track's closing day card.
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Team Valor has selected Iona College sophomore Marie Taylor as the recipient of its inaugural Valordictorian Award. The 19-year-old resident of Floral Park, N.Y., will be presented with a $25,000 check by Team Valor president Barry Irwin after the fifth race at Saratoga Friday.
Penn National Gaming has agreed to purchase the assets of the Bullwhackers Casino operations from Colorado Gaming and Entertainment Co., a subsidiary of Hilton Group, for $6.5 million in cash. The Pennsylvania-based company already has gaming holdings in Louisiana and West Virginia.
The grand prize for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Mystery Mutuel Voucher promotion has been increased from $1 million to $1.25 million, effective with the Nov. 23 promotion. In 2002, the NTRA will offer four Mystery Mutuel Voucher promotions successively worth an additional $250,000 until the grand prize is won.
John Hettinger, winner of a Special Eclipse Award in 2000, has been selected recipient of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Industry Service Award. Hettinger, owner of Akindale Farm in Pawling, N.Y., will receive the award at the TOBA National Awards Dinner Sept. 7 at Adena Springs Farm in Midway, Ky.
Nominations for the 11th Turf Festival at Hollywood Park in late November are up 25% from last year, officials said Tuesday. Six races worth about $2.1 million will be held Nov. 23-25 at the Inglewood, Calif., track.
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The California Horse Racing Board on Aug. 24 approved next year's calendar for Southern California, and for the first three months of 2002 for Northern California. Among the changes is an elimination of six-day racing weeks except for Del Mar.
Just over a year after suffering her first career defeat, Hallowed Dreams failed to keep her date at the winner's circle following a third-place finish in Sunday's $49,000 Monique Rene Handicap at Louisiana Downs.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's Tranquility Lake may head back to the turf for a repeat attempt in Saturday's Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar.
On Sunday at Del Mar, The Thoroughbred Corporation scored another grade I win with an impressive looking chestnut. One day after Point Given romped home in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Habibti won the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante by two lengths.
Pin Oak Stable's homebred Broken Vow posted a two-length win over First Lieutenant in Sunday's $350,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. II) at Monmouth Park.
Though trainer Allen Jerkens may not like his "Giant Killer" nickname, the moniker is unlikely to go away as long as he keeps sending out high-priced winners in high-class races. Jerkens struck again Sunday when jockey Jean-Luc Samyn guided Shine Again through a gap along the rail at the top of the stretch and held off a late run from Country Hideaway to win Sunday's $250,000 Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Johannesburg remained unbeaten while giving trainer Aidan O'Brien another group I success in Sunday's Prix Morny Casinos Barriere at Deauville. Also at Deauville Sunday, 2000 French Derby winner Holding Court won the Grand Prix de Deauville Lucien Barriere (Fr-II).
Timboroa held off defending Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Northern Quest and Super Quercus to win the $250,000 Del Mar feature as Bobby Frankel-trained horses filled the top three finishing positions in the 1 3/8-mile turf test at Del Mar Saturday.
Bet On Sunshine, the 7-10 favorite, beat pacesetter Tic N Tin by a nose Saturday to capture the $100,000 Arlington Sprint Handicap for the third straight time.
The horse nicknamed "The Big Red Train" rolled through Saratoga Saturday, solidifying his chances at a championship season with his fourth straight grade I victory in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Bobby Frankel earned another grade I victory Saturday when Squirtle Squirt went wire-to-wire to win the $200,000 King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga. For Frankel, the win marks his third grade I stakes victory of the Saratoga meeting.
Erdenheim Farm's Dr. Kashnikow earned his first stakes win Saturday's at Saratoga, taking the $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) by three-quarters of a length.
Kinsman Stable's Dream Supreme, an nine-time winner in 14 starts, looms the odds-on favorite in Sunday's $250,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga. A field of five was entered in the grade I test at seven furlongs.
The Allen E. Paulson Living Trust said Wednesday all horses trained by Simon Bray have been moved to the barn of Laura de Seroux and other trainers. Just four days before, Bray saddled Startac to an upset victory in the grade I Secretariat Stakes on the turf at Arlington Park.
A Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships preview video and DVD will be made available to the general public in October, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. said Tuesday.
Harrisand never has raced on the dirt, but his two Travers Stakes workouts at Saratoga have his connections thinking he at least likes it.
Former president Bill Clinton and golf pro John Daly were among those invited to a charity golf tournament Monday at Magna Golf, a private course owned by Magna International in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. The Globe and Mail of Toronto reported that money raised during the tournament would go to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, in a statement released Aug. 19, said it "firmly believes" the owner of New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. should be the operator of New York's Thoroughbred racing franchise, in this case the New York Racing Association.
California-bred Irisheyesareflying tracked pacesetter Handy N Bold through moderate fractions, then drew away from that rival in the stretch to win Sunday's $250,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) at Emerald Downs.
Distant Music will attempt to keep Juddmonte Farms' hot streak in high-class 1 1/4-mile races intact in Tuesday's Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York on Tuesday. This weekend, Juddmonte Farms homebreds won the Alabama Stakes (gr. I), Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), and Pacific Classic (gr. I) -- each a 1 1/4-mile event.
Aptitude overwhelmed his rivals in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on Sunday, giving trainer Bobby Frankel a winner of a big race on each coast.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Skimming set the pace as expected, shook off a surprise challenge from longshot Dig For It, and then drew away to a 5 1/2-length victory over Dixie Dot Com in Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar. Skimming's win, his second straight in the 1 1/4-mile contest, gives trainer Bobby Frankel his sixth victory in just the 11th renewal of the race.
Louis A. Asistio's Kalookan Queen benefited from a slow start by favored Go Go, then outdueled that rival through the stretch to win Sunday's $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar.
It took some help from the stewards, but Vahorimix remained unbeaten on paper in France this year with a win via the disqualification of Proudwings in Sunday's Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville. It marks the second French group I win on the year for Vahorimix in which he finished second on the course.
Satish Sanan and Mrs. John Magnier's Bach tracked the pace then held off Jammaal to win the Royal Whip Stakes (Ire-II) on Sunday at the Curragh, giving the 4-year-old his first group stakes win.
Golden Apples, making her first start outside her native Ireland, stormed down the stretch to earn her first stakes win in Saturday's $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT). Sent off at 21-1, Golden Apples returned $44, $12.80, and $8 in helping to create a $180,094 pick six carryover into Sunday's guaranteed $1-million pick six.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Victory Ride was vanned off the Saratoga track Saturday after being pulled up during a morning work. The 3-year-old daughter of Seeking the Gold, who won the July 28 Test Stakes (gr. I) in her most recent start, suffered a condylar fracture of her right front leg.
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