Blood-Horse Staff

Top of the League Out of JF

Stronach Stables' Juvenile Fillies hopeful Top of the League reportedly cracked a cannon bone while galloping Tuesday morning. According to TVG, the Joe Orseno trainee is already en route from Churchill Downs to Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic near Lexington for treatment.

Haskin's Report: Looking Back, Moving Forward

As we head into Breeders' Cup week, we have plenty to look back on and plenty still to look forward to until the big day this Saturday. The two marquee names, Fusaichi Pegasus and Riboletta, completed their final works on Sunday, and that same morning the announcement was made that defending European Horse of the Year Montjeu is on the plane and heading to Kentucky for the Turf (gr. I).

Eventful Morning for Kalanisi and Petrushka

Sir Micheal Stoute's Breeders' Cup duo of the Aga Kahn's Kalanisi (Turf) and Highclere's Petrushka (Filly & Mare Turf) were on the Churchill Downs turf course Sunday for what was scheduled to be a routine six-furlong work -- but little went according to plan. After three days of quiet canters and gallops over the grass course, Kalanisi unleashed a display of fractious and stubborn behavior worthy of the best of Classic contender Fusaichi Pegasus.

Chindi Upsets Ack Ack

Chindi beat Smolderin Heart by 1 1/2 lengths in the $113,700 Ack Ack Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and older Sunday on opening day of the fall meet at Churchill Downs.

Juveniles Work Toward Breeders' Cup

Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) winner Thunder Bertie, a Churchill Downs-based contender for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, worked a sharp five furlongs Saturday to complete her serious training for the race. Other juveniles working toward Breeders' Cup races were Macho Uno, Holiday Thunder, and Xtra Heat.

Pincay Reaches 9,000 Win Milestone; Wins Five on the Day

Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. earned career victory 9,000 Saturday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, winning his third race of the day aboard Chichim in the Louis R. Rowan California Cup Distaff Handicap to reach the milestone. After accomplishing that feat, the veteran rider then added two more winners to bring his total for the day to five.

Wild Zone Moving to Texas

Wild Zone, whose first crop are juveniles and include stakes winner Wild Hits, will be moving to Texas to stand the 2001 breeding season. Wild Hits has stood since his retirment at Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky. He will stand at Millennium Farm near Belton Texas.

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