Blood-Horse Staff

Opposing Styles Win Keeneland's Saturday Stakes

Keeneland's graded stakes races Saturday displayed a study of contrasts. About an hour after 9-year-old Bet On Sunshine closed from last place in the $166,470 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) to earn his 21st victory from 41 starts, 2-year-old Siphonic led from start to finish in the $281,728 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Stakes (gr. II).

Exogenous Survives Inquiry to Win Beldame

Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) winner Exogenous survived a stewards' inquiry to earn her second straight grade I victory, winning Saturday's $750,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. After describing an "S" shape while weaving her way to the wire -- bumping Spain repeatedly in the process – Exogenous completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.20, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Flute.

China Visit Bests Jim and Tonic at Longchamp

Godolphin scored a win in the Prix du Rond-Point Casino Barriere de la Rochelle (Fr-II) at Longchamp Saturday -- one day before they send out favored Sakhee in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) -- when China Visit held off Jim and Tonic for the one-length victory. China Visit, a 4-year-old son of Red Ransom, completed the mile in 1:44 4/5 on ground listed as "very soft."

Hearing Set for Proposed Erie Racetrack

Presque Isle Downs, the Thoroughbred racetrack proposed for Erie, Pa., will be the subject of a Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission hearing Oct. 9. The hearing, at which the public will be afforded a chance to speak, will be held in Erie.

Houghton Yearling Sale Off to Good Start

The 2001 Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale in Great Britain got off to a good start Tuesday night when two horses sold for more than a million guineas. Average for the first day was 254,937 guineas ($391,000), up a bit from last year, while the median of 170,000 guineas ($242,000) was up 31% on last year's corresponding session. Overall, 32 lots were sold for 8,158,000 guineas ($12.5 million).

Turf Paradise Owner's License Revoked

The Arizona Department of Racing has revoked the license of Turf Paradise owner Jerry Simms, the Arizona Republic reported. Regulators cited his alleged ties to organized crime and involvement in a California bribery scandal.

Horse Owners Buy New York Harness Track

In what seems to be a mini-trend in Standardbred racing, a group of horsemen will purchase Vernon Downs in upstate New York for more than $9 million pending approval by the racetrack's shareholders and the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. The deal has been approved by the board of directors, track president Justice Cheney said.

Churchill Downs Inc. Employees Lend a Hand

Churchill Downs Inc. will contribute $69,103.28 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to benefit the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. The $69,103.28 donation is comprised of employee contributions from the company's six racetracks and nine off-track betting facilities in Kentucky, California, Florida, Illinois, and Indiana. The contributions were matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the company.

Hialeah Wants Help to Support On-Site Training

Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti has asked six organizations to each contribute $270,000 toward the cost of keeping the facility open for winter training. If they don't, Brunetti apparently will pull the plug on an endeavor that began only weeks ago.

Express Tour Romps in Jerome Handicap

Godolphin's Express Tour alternately pressed and set the early pace en route to winning Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Under John Velazquez, Express Tour completed the one-mile race in 1:34.57 on a fast track.

Trip Upsets Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes

Claiborne Farm's homebred Trip earned her second career graded stakes win, upsetting the field to win the $200,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Turfway Park. Under Craig Perret, the 4-year-old filly completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.47 on a fast track in winning by three lengths.

Cup Officials: Championships On for Belmont Park

Breeders' Cup officials on Monday afternoon affirmed plans to conduct the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park in New York. Rumors have circulated recently that Breeders' Cup was discussing a possible move in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York City.

On to Arc for Undefeated Filly Aquarelliste

Daniel Wildenstein's French Oaks (Fr-I) winner Aqarelliste remained undefeated Sunday by winning the Prix Vermeille Hermitage Barriere (Fr-I) by a short neck over Diamilina at Longchamp. On good turf at the French course, Aquarelliste completed the 1 1/2 miles in 2:29 2/5 under jockey Dominique Boeuf.

Hawk Wing Gives O'Brien Another Group I Win

Mrs. John Magnier's Hawk Wing rallied from last under jockey Michael Kinane to win Sunday's Aga Khan's Stud National Stakes (Ire-I), giving trainer Aidan O'Brien his 16th group I win of the year. On good to firm turf at the Curragh, Hawk Wing completed the seven furlongs in course-record time of 1:20.9.

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