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KTOB Announces Kentucky-bred Champions

The board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders announced their Kentucky-bred champions and other award winners Wednesday morning. The winning connections will be honored at their annual luncheon April 25 at Keeneland.

Primal Force Named 2000 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year

Primal Force, the only mare to produce two Breeders' Cup winners, has been named Kentucky Broodmare of the Year for 2000 by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. Owned by Frank Stronach, Primal Force produced homebred Breeders' Cup winners Awesome Again and Macho Uno. The latter was named best 2-year-old male of 2000 by the organization.

Baffert Puts Captain Steve Return on Hold

Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Captain Steve will not be running against Horse of the Year Tiznow in the May 12 Pimlico Special (gr. I) as previously announced, trainer Bob Baffert said on Tuesday. "He looked so good when he came back from Dubai that I got a little ahead of myself pointing him for the race," Baffert said. "But he hasn't bounced back and doesn't look as good as I thought he was. I'm just not happy with the way he is right now. He's just not there."

Baffert Puts Captain Steve Return on Hold

Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Captain Steve will not be running against Horse of the Year Tiznow in the May 12 Pimlico Special (gr. I) as previously announced, trainer Bob Baffert said on Tuesday. "He looked so good when he came back from Dubai that I got a little ahead of myself pointing him for the race," Baffert said. "But he hasn't bounced back and doesn't look as good as I thought he was. I'm just not happy with the way he is right now. He's just not there."

Baffert Puts Captain Steve Return on Hold

Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Captain Steve will not be running against Horse of the Year Tiznow in the May 12 Pimlico Special (gr. I) as previously announced, trainer Bob Baffert said on Tuesday. "He looked so good when he came back from Dubai that I got a little ahead of myself pointing him for the race," Baffert said. "But he hasn't bounced back and doesn't look as good as I thought he was. I'm just not happy with the way he is right now. He's just not there."

Point Given Set to Arrive After Fast Workout; Fifty Stars Works

Probable Derby favorite Point Given is scheduled to arrive at Churchill late Wednesday morning after working a quick half-mile at Santa Anita on Tuesday. The work in :46 4/5 was the fastest of the day for 26 horses working at the distance. Meanwhile, working at Churchill Downs on a brisk and windy morning Tuesday was Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Fifty Stars, who finished second in the Lone Star Derby in his most recent effort. With jockey Donnie Meche aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen, the colt breezed a half-mile in :50.

Pleasant Colony Colt Tops at Keeneland 2-Year-Old Sale

With about one hour remaining in Keeneland's April sale of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday, top price of $650,000 had been paid by Emanuel and Laura de Seroux's Narvick International for a Pleasant Colony colt consigned by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables Inc. Three juveniles had fetched the co-second highest price of $400,000.

Show Horse vs. Racehorse

By Joe Riddell -- Are Thoroughbreds more unsound today than 50, 100, or 150 years ago? Most trainers will agree they are. There are many reasons, but the number one cause for this unsoundness is the way we are raising our young Thoroughbred athlete.

Lake William, Maiden Filly Post Santa Anita Upsets

With odds-on favorite Malabar Gold fading to finish out of the money, there were some larger than usual show prices for Monday's San Simeon Handicap, the Santa Anita Park closing-day feature won by Lake William. In the other stakes on the program, Starrer posted her first career victory in the Santa Paula Stakes on the program.

Attendance, Betting Drop Slightly at Santa Anita

An abnormally large amount of rainfall for the second season in a row resulted in slight declines in attendance and wagering at Santa Anita Park. The Southern California track reported the meet that concluded Monday had average daily handle (all sources) of $11,101,384, down 3.2 percent from last year.

Express Tour Shakes Off Minor Injury

Godolphin Racing's Express Tour, winner of the UAE Derby, is shaking off the effects of a foot bruise that has hampered his training in recent days at Churchill Downs. Godolphin assistant trainer Eric Coatrieux said the colt was "off for a couple of days" after he bruised his left front foot in training. Coatrieux expects the colt to return to the track on Tuesday.

From Lexington to Louisville for Turnberry Isle?

He's the last chance for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas to participate in the 2001 Kentucky Derby, but his trainer says Turnberry Isle will have to earn his way into the starting gate on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Irish-bred son of Deputy Minister is scheduled to run in Saturday's $325,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) at Keeneland and Lukas said Monday that a good performance by the colt in that 1 1/16-mile race could put him in the Kentucky Derby. If so, that would keep Lukas' record streak of Derby participation alive. The four-time Kentucky Derby winner has started at least one horse in every Derby since 1981.

Sexton Named Executive VP Of Arlington

Steve Sexton is the new executive vice president of Arlington Park. The announcement was made Monday by John Long, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") (Nasdaq: CHDN). Sexton will report directly to Scott Mordell, Arlington's president and chief executive officer.

The Horse Hosts Free Foot and Mouth Seminar

The Horse magazine will conduct a free seminar for horse owners and industry professionals addressing EPM, West Nile, and Foot and Mouth disease concerns. The April 27 event at the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor's Information Center coincides with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the same location. Speakers will include Dr. Bill Saville, of The Ohio State University, and Dr. Peter Timoney, of the Gluck Equine Research Center, in Lexington.

Ex-Claimer Upsets Steeplechase Champion All Gong

Electron, who began the year in a $20,000 claiming race, spoiled the seasonal debut of reigning steeplechase champion All Gong in Saturday's $100,000 Coca-Cola/UPS Atlanta Cup at Kingston Downs. An 8-year-old making his first National Steeplechase Association grade I start, Electron took the lead from Greek Hero after three fences and repulsed a strong bid from Eclipse Award winner All Gong (David Bentley) in the stretch to win by a half-length under jockey Craig Thornton. Masamadas (Cyril Murphy) was third. The winner covered the 2 3/8 miles in 4:41 2/5.

Ben L. Bear Dead

Veteran horseman Ben L. (Ted) Bear died April 10 at age 73. Bear, who served as trackside minister at Del Mar, campaigned graded stakes winner Pacificbounty in partnership.

Alannan's Victory Tribute to Late Trainer's Work

Eaglestone Farm's Alannan scored an impressive four-length victory in the $270,750 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes at odds of 17-1. The race marked the first time the 5-year-old Conquistador Cielo horse has started since being transferred from the barn of the late John Tammaro II to Carl Nafzger.

Powerful Stretch Run Gives Astra Santa Barbara Victory

The Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Astra unleashed a furious stretch run to defeat Beautiful Noise and five other older fillies and mares in Saturday's $250,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita. Kent Desormeaux booted home the 5-year-old Theatrical mare after running the 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.33 on a firm turf course.

Oaklawn Park Report: Balto Star Repeats

Those who thought Balto Star's romping win in the March 24 Spiral Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park was a fluke better think again. It appears Balto Star is indeed a star. Under Mark Guidry, Balto Star danced away from what was thought to be a competitive field of 11 3-year-olds April 14 in the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (gr. II). Finely tuned by trainer Todd Pletcher, Balto Star went fast early and late and drew off to a 4 1/2-length win in the slop. He covered the nine furlongs in a solid 1:49.04.

Say Florida Sandy Rebounds in Bold Ruler

Say Florida Sandy rebounded Saturday from a fifth-place finish in the Westchester Handicap (gr. III) last weekend to win Aqueduct's $100,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths over a troubled Delaware Township. The win is the third from six starts on the current year for the 7-year-old New York-bred.

Lafayette Winner Griffinite Bound for Lexington

Paraneck Stable's recent Lafayette Stakes (gr. III) winner Griffinite will race next in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) on April 21 at Keeneland, according to trainer Jennifer Pedersen. "He had been training awesomely," Pedersen said. "We were very happy for the win, but we knew that it was a just a prep for the Lexington. He came out of the race full of himself. He knows he won."

North East Bound Equals Stakes Record in Maker's Mark Mile

Julian DeMarco and Richard Disano's North East Bound won a duel with Strategic Mission and then held off the closing drive of favored Brahms to win the Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) on Keeneland's Good Friday card. The winner, ridden by Jose Velez Jr. for trainer William Perry, equaled the stakes record of 1:34 2/5 and was just 1 1/5 seconds off the course standard of 1:33 3/5. A 5-year-old gelding by D'Accord, North East Bound paid $13.80, $4.80, and $4.00. Brahms paid $3.20 and $2.80 and Strategic Mission held on for third, returning $3.80. Quiet Resolve, Exchange Rate, Northcote Road, Inkatha (FR), and Morava completed the order of finish.

North East Bound Equals Stakes Record in Maker's Mark Mile

Julian DeMarco and Richard Disano's North East Bound won a duel with Strategic Mission and then held off the closing drive of favored Brahms to win the Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) on Keeneland's Good Friday card. The winner, ridden by Jose Velez Jr. for trainer William Perry, equaled the stakes record of 1:34 2/5 and was just 1 1/5 seconds off the course standard of 1:33 3/5. A 5-year-old gelding by D'Accord, North East Bound paid $13.80, $4.80, and $4.00. Brahms paid $3.20 and $2.80 and Strategic Mission held on for third, returning $3.80.

International Champion Dahlia Euthanized

Millionaire Dahlia, who earned an Eclipse Award and twice was England's Horse of the Year, was euthanized April 6 at age 31 at Gerald Ford's Diamond A Farm near Versailles, Ky. The daughter of Vaguely Noble had been pensioned since 1996 and was buried at the farm. "She was a grand mare with great presence," said farm manager Ted Carr.

Add Bassinet to List of Stakes With New Sponsors

The flurry of recent stakes sponsorships continued Thursday with the announcement that the $100,000 Bassinet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at River Downs will be supported by Pepsi-Cola for at least three years. Last year's Bassinet was won by Caressing, who eventually was named champion 2-year-old filly of 2000.

Banshee Breeze and Her Storm Cat Colt Dead

Eclipse Award winner Banshee Breeze and her newborn Storm Cat colt died April 11 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington. Boarded at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., Banshee Breeze was taken to the clinic April 8 with a torsion of the uterus. She underwent surgery that afternoon, and additional surgery the following day. The colt, born 19 days premature, was delivered by way of a Caesarean section the second day. The condition of both mare and foal deteriorated, and Banshee Breeze was euthanized two days later. The colt died shortly after.

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