Doug Arnold of Buck Pond Farm announced he has purchased multiple Irish group stakes winner Bernstein and will stand the 3-year-old son of Storm Cat for $10,000 live foal at his Versailles, Ky., farm starting in 2001.
LOUISVILLE, KY -- Following is the daily report on the horses running in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, the fifth race of the Breeders' Cup Championship to be run Saturday, Nov. 4, at Churchill Downs.
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.
English and U.S. stakes winner Anjiz will stand the 2001 breeding season at Solred Farms near Reddick, Fla.
Following is the daily report from Oct. 30 on the horses running in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, the first race of the Breeders' Cup Championship to be run Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Racing and breeding news and information.
Millionaire River Keen and graded stakes winner Optic Nerve have arrived at Michael and Debra Lischin's Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y., where they will stand the 2001 breeding season.
In a transaction valued in excess of $14 million, Coolmore Stud has entered into an agreement with Celtic Pride Stable under which the Irish breeding nursery will control the breeding career of A P Valentine.
Trainer Bobby Frankel reported Boatman, a son of Irish River, developed filling in an ankle and would be unable to compete in the Breeders' Cup Turf. As a result of the Juddmonte Farms runner's defection, Subtle Power, trained by Bill Mott, drew in.
In the ultimate Halloween hunch play, the aptly named Grim Reaper scored a runaway 12 1/2-length victory in the third race at Suffolk Downs on Monday afternoon.
Five possible starters in Saturday's oversubscribed Breeders' Cup Classic worked over the main track at Churchill Downs Monday morning.
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).
The barns emptied Sunday morning as local Breeders' Cup contenders finished local preparations prior to shipping east for Saturday's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs. Trainer Bob Baffert worked his entire Kentucky-bound contingent Sunday morning.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Aptitude returned to the races at Churchill Downs Sunday, winning a 1 1/4-mile allowance race by 2 3/4 lengths.
Likely Breeders' Cup Distaff favorite Riboletta turned in her final major work with a five-furlong breeze in 1:00 3/5 under exercise rider Jose Cuevas Sunday after the renovation break. Also working Sunday were Nasty Storm, Dollar Bill, Raging Fever, Cindy's Hero, City Zip, Collect the Cash, and Crimplene.
Bet On Sunshine breezed the distance in 1:00 4/5 over a "fast" track Sunday in a move that came shortly after the mid-morning break for track maintenance. Also working were a trio of Todd Pletcher-trained horses, including Sprint hopefuls Trippi and More Than Ready.
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.
Edmund A. Gann's Timboroa upset the $141,650 Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) Sunday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, completing the 1 1/2 miles in 2:29.91 over firm turf while winning by 2 1/2 lengths.
Thursday at Churchill Downs
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.
Jockey Jorge Chavez won the $112,500 Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT) for the second straight year, riding front-running Wild Heart Dancing to a half-length victory Sunday at Aqueduct. Chavez won the Athenia last year aboard Antoniette.
Aaron and Marie Jones' Three Chimneys Spinster Stakes (gr. I) winner Plenty of Light will miss the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) due to a minor leg injury.
Fusaichi Pegasus completed his serious training for the 1 1/4-mile Breeders Cup Classic (gr. I) with a seven-furlong breeze in 1:27 4/5 over a "fast" track Sunday at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. was thrown from his horse Sunday, falling heavily to the track near the end of the seventh race at Aqueduct. Two races later, Mike Luzzi was dumped from his mount shortly after leaving the starting gate.
Gainesway Farm stallion Broad Brush, who stood for $100,000 in 2000, will stand for a private fee in 2001.
1999 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Montjeu will make his final career start in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Saturday at Churchill Downs trainer John Hammond told Reuters on Sunday.
Despite overnight rains, four Breeders' Cup aspirants worked at Santa Anita Saturday morning before being shipped to Louisville on flights Monday or Tuesday.
Millionaire Lost Code and Hay Halo, a half-brother to Broad Brush, will stand the 2001 breeding season at Legacy Farm near Bluemont, Va.
Sunday at Santa Anita
Under jockey Edgar Prado, Breeders' Cup Sprint hopeful Successful Appeal breezed five furlongs in 59.45 at Belmont Park Saturday morning according to New York Racing Association clockers. Meanwhile, shipping plans are set for other New York-based Breeders' Cup hopefuls.
Two of Godolphin Racing's Breeders' Cup contenders took a spin on the Churchill Downs turf course Saturday morning. Muhtathir and Diktat, both entered in the $1 million Mile, were workmates in an easy six-furlong breeze.
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.
Carolyn Chapman and Theresa McArthur's Caller One completed his serious training for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint with a five-furlong breeze Saturday at Churchill Downs. Also working were Surfside, Lu Ravi, and Gander.
All Gong took control while racing on the backstretch for the final time to win the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) by 3 1/4 lengths over Popular Gigalo Saturday at Far Hills Races.
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.
Godolphin Racing's Canadian International (Can-I) winner Mutafaweq will not run in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), according to trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
Texas Glitter remained perfect while racing on turf, leading all the way to win the $100,000 Laurel Dash Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a nose Saturday at Laurel Park.
Atelier scored a seven-length victory in Aqueduct's Saturday co-feature, the $113,200 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares 3 years old and up.
Charge d'Affaires, coming off a nine-month layoff, won the $100,000 Knickerbocker Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct for the second straight year on Saturday.
Kiss A Native won the $250,000 Pegasus Handicap on Friday night, beating Cool N Collective by five lengths in the race for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands. Pine Dance finished third.
In response to 22 racetracks announcing their intention to withdraw from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, commissioner Tim Smith and a number of board members issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to the organization and its goals.
Saturday at Keeneland
Juddmonte Farms' Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Aptitude will return to the races at Churchill Downs Sunday, opening day of the track's fall meet.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Mighty has been retired from racing and will stand the 2001 breeding season at Walmac Farm, according to trainer Frank Brothers.
Lemon Drop Kid worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Friday morning in preparation for what is expected to be his final career race, the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Fillies Jostle, Platinum Tiara, She's A Devil Due, and 5-year-old mare Beautiful Pleasure worked at Churchill Downs Friday in preparation for their respective Breeders' Cup assignments.
The bulk of Southern California-based Breeders' Cup aspirants will be flown east on two H.E. Sutton charters Monday and Tuesday, according to regional manager Mary Knight.
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.
Executives from 22 racetracks are abandoning the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, saying the organization provides more competition than benefits.
Obviously, the only thing harder to predict than who will win the eight Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 is what the weather will be like in Louisville, Ky., on that date.
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