City Zip will attempt to become the first horse since Dehere in 1993 to sweep Saratoga's juvenile stakes when he faces 11 rivals in Saturday's $200,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). The Hopeful is also the first leg in a new bonus series offered by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
Monday's $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. IIT) is both the last race of the Saratoga meet and the first race of a national pick-three wager on "America's Day at the Races." The final two legs of the pick-three are the Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) from Arlington International and the Del Mar Handicap (gr. II).
Brief racing and breeding news items.
A five- to seven-horse field is expected for Del Mar's Sunday co-feature, the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Lemon Drop Kid continued preparing for the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), completing a six-furlong drill over the main track in 1:13 1/5, handily, at Saratoga on Thursday. At Del Mar, Early Pioneer worked a mile in 1:39 2/5, handily.
Fusaichi Pegasus completed his second three-furlong work in less than a week Wednesday at Hollywood Park.
Nine 2-year-old fillies were entered in the $200,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I), but Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Harmony Lodge will skip Friday's Saratoga feature.
Thursday at Monmouth Park
Grade I winner Stephen Got Even was retired from racing due to an injury the colt sustained while training toward a start in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I). The 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy--Immerse, by Cox's Ridge, will stand in 2001 for a fee of $30,000 live foal at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Shadow Caster, the longest shot in the field for the Forego Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga, zipped through the stretch to stun graded stakes winners Intidab and Successful Appeal, winning Wednesday's feature race by a length. Those two rivals, along with Iron Punch, followed Shadow Caster over the line and forced a photo for second, won by Intidab.
License Fee breezed four furlongs over the turf training course at Saratoga Wednesday in preparation for Monday’s $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. IIT), in which she will likely face Stronach Stables’ turf distaff star Perfect Sting.
The Pacific Racing Association, operators of Hastings Park Racecourse, and the Ontario Jockey Club have agreed to spend the next 120 days looking at the feasibility of involving the OJC in British Columbia's horse racing industry.
Millionaire Stephen Got Even was retired to stand stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, KY.
Although Runnin Horse Farm’s Rize emerged from his front-running upset victory in Sunday’s Iselin Handicap (gr. II) without any problems, the gelding’s career is on hold as offers pour in to owners Les Steiner and Peter Lombardi.
Wednesday at Ellis Park
Brief racing and breeding news items.
Although the biggest players in North American racing are among the bidders for the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, the New York Racing Association reportedly has the inside track to purchase the company.
Final testimony and closing arguments were heard in Broward County, Fla., court Monday in the lawsuit brought by Robin Martin against former fiancée Steve Weiner concerning ownership of the 8-year-old gelding Val’s Prince.
David Hutson, who one year ago announced his Silverleaf Farm was on the market, will sell the 635-acre Thoroughbred farm at auction on Oct. 14.
Valhol, who was disqualified from victory in the 1999 Arkansas Derby, won an allowance event at Delaware Park Tuesday in his first start since last summer.
The Illinois Racing Board Tuesday gave unanimous approval to plans for a merger that will make Churchill Downs Inc. the sole owner of Arlington International Racecourse.
By Nan Mooney -- Most racetrack insiders have their own peculiar way of viewing the world. But a crucial viewpoint appears to be getting lost. Everyone on the inside is so busy looking sideways, they seem to have forgotten about all of us on the outside looking in.
John and Betty Mabee’s General Challenge will miss this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs after coming out of Saturday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar with what trainer Bob Baffert described as a “wrenched” right front ankle.
Jockey Pat Day and trainer Todd Pletcher wrapped up their respective divisions of the 2000 Visa 3-Year-Old Championship Series Saturday in Saratoga, joining Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who had clinched the equine title earlier this month.
The Scientific Atlanta Cup will be awarded during the International Simulcast Conference Oct. 2-4 in Minneapolis.
The first Internet auction at Keeneland will have three sessions—Sept. 16, 20, and 25—for horses that fail to bring their reserve prices during the September yearling sale. Each session will begin at 8 a.m. and close in intervals beginning at 4 p.m. on the auction date.
Serena’s Song’s first foal -- Serena’s Tune, by Mr. Prospector -- won her debut race Sunday at Del Mar. Under Kent Desormeaux, the Neil Drysdale trainee, owned by James A. and Alice Sapara, led at every call en route to a seven-length victory over three other maiden juvenile fillies, completing the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.31.
Jockey Anibal Prado notched his 1,000th career victory as Philadelphia Park on Sunday, when he guided Run Judge Run to a neck-length victory in the track’s sixth race.
Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) winner Richter Scale, the 123-pound highweight for Wednesday’s $250,000 Forego Handicap (gr. II), will break from post position 10 in the ten-horse field entered for the 6 1/2-furlong race at Saratoga.
Jockey Mark Guidry missed his Sunday mounts at Arlington International Racecourse as the result of a spill at the Chicago-area track on Saturday. Guidry was treated and released from Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill., after he was thrown to the track when his mount, Lex a Million, broke down at the half-mile pole during the seventh race on Saturday.
Augustin Stable's No Matter What split horses to surge to the lead and then held off Theoretically in deep stretch as horses making their North American racing debuts filled the top three finishing positions in the $250,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) Sunday at Del Mar.
X-rays taken of Pleasant Breeze following his 2 3/4-length win in Sunday's Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) showed no signs of a fracture, according to trainer H. James Bond.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s odds-on favorite Performing Magic edged ahead of 22-1 longshot Mister Deville in the final strides to win the $300,000 Remington Park Derby (gr. III) by a neck Sunday at Remington Park.
Rize, the starting lightweight at 112 pounds, drew off through the Monmouth Park stretch to a nine-length win in the $350,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. II).
Even-money favorite Pleasant Breeze, left alone on an easy lead by his six rivals in the $283,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Saratoga, repulsed J.R. Holmes' challenge and drew off through the stretch to a 2 3/4-length victory. After the win, though, Pleasant Breeze was vanned off the track.
Jockey Rene Douglas earned career victory 2,000 in the third race Sunday at Calder Race Course.
Should City Zip be entered into Saturday's $200,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) as expected, he will attempt to become the first horse since Dehere in 1993 to sweep Saratoga’s three major stakes races for juveniles.
Silent Eskimo raced just off the pace set by Perlinda and held on through the stretch to win the $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) by 3/4 lengths Saturday at Ellis Park.
Jockey Mark Guidry was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill., after he was thrown to the track when his mount, Lex a Million, broke down on the backstretch during the seventh race at Arlington International Racecourse. Track officials said Guidry was conscious and alert.
Jockey Corey Nakatani was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital for X-rays Saturday after his mount, Candace in Paris, clipped heels with Elderberry turning into the stretch and fell. Nakatani suffered a fractured left clavicle in the spill.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was fined $500 on Saturday for what stewards called "a display of temper" after the Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 19.
Skimming made all the pace before kicking clear of Tiznow and General Challenge at the top of the stretch to win the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) by two lengths Saturday at Del Mar.
Theresa's Tizzy rushed to the early lead under Laffit Pincay Jr., dueled with Hookedonthefeelin after that rival assumed a narrow lead, regained the lead in the stretch, and held off the late rush of Nany's Sweep to win the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) by a neck.
James B. Tafel's Unshaded split horses on the second turn and dueled outside Albert the Great through the stretch, pulling to the lead in the final strides to win an exciting renewal of the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) by a head Saturday at Saratoga.
James T. Scatuorchio's More Than Ready, five wide as they straightened for home, closed gamely down the center of the track to win the $200,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Saratoga.
Guided by jockey Jerry Bailey, betting favorite Hap saved ground along the hedge, rallying through the stretch to win the $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) by 3/4-lengths Saturday at Saratoga.
Richter Scale heads the likely field for Wednesday’s $250,000 Forego Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga. The Forego was won last year by Crafty Friend when contested at seven furlongs and will be run at 6 ½ furlongs this year.
David and Holly Wilson’s Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Early Pioneer, who skipped Saturday’s Pacific Classic (gr. I) after missing some training time due to a minor foot problem, put in a seven-furlong work at Del Mar Friday.
Nine sophomore fillies, including Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan's Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) winner Kumari Continent, are entered to run in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) Sunday at Del Mar.
The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) on Friday approved Magna Entertainment Corporation’s proposed purchase of the Bay Meadows Operating Company.
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