Flush with success from its recent record-breaking September yearling sale, the Keeneland Association board of directors on Wednesday approved a decrease in its sale commission from 5% to 4.5%.
Tom Simon's Vinery Kentucky released its stallion roster and scheduled fees for the upcoming breeding season. Topping the fees is again Red Ransom, who has a $75,000 fee for next year.
Saturday's "Breeders' Cup Preview" from Belmont Park will be televised live on the NBC network from 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET.
Barn notes from Churchill Downs include notable workouts and plans for top horses.
Notes from Belmont Park for Staurday's Breeders' Cup Preview card.
More people attended Turfway Park's 23-day meet that ended Oct. 6, but they held onto their money. The Florence, Ky., track reported a 3.4% increase in on-track attendance, but a 4.5% decrease in on-track handle.
Shuttle stallion Anabaa has been withdrawn from stallion service at Australia's Widden Stud several days after his first-crop European filly Amonita became a group I winner.
The Aga Khan's Sinndar, recent winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), has been retired to enter stud next year at his owner's Gilltown Stud in Ireland.
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Notes from Belmont Park on contenders for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Preview Day.
The October yearling sale conducted in Newmarket, England by Tattersalls began on a strong note Tuesday, with the company reporting 25% gain in average.
With a larger number of horses cataloged and sold, the average price at Barretts Equine Ltd.'s October yearling sale declined.
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Flame Thrower rested near the back of his stall, oblivious to the small crowd milling about in the shedrow.
Smooth Player took advantage of a fast early pace to defeat Speaking of Time by three lengths in Monday's $204,600 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
By John W. Russell -- When top trainers are accused of running horses on illegal medication, racing is inviting the same negative publicity as the Olympics, and it can't afford to be regarded with the same skepticism.
Jonabell Farm stallion Affirmed is recovering from successful surgery on his left front pastern, according to a statement from the Lexington, Ky. farm.
Lightning Paces lit up the board with an upset victory in the Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs.
Racing and breeding news and information.
Wednesday at Keeneland
Using an impressive burst of speed on the second turn, Arabian Light rallied from far back to win the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) by three lengths Sunday at Keeneland.
Golden Eagle Farm's homebred 2-year-old filly Notable Career set all the fractions en route to a four-length win in the $200,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) Sunday at Santa Anita. Euro Empire finished second, a neck ahead of Cindy's Hero.
Mash One, sidelined since winning the Oak Tree Turf Championship Handicap (gr. IT) at Santa Anita last October, returned to successfully defend his title in the race now known as the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (gr. IT).
Arthur I. Appleton's homebred Forbidden Apple collared pacesetter Affirmed Success in the stretch en route to winning the $250,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) by a neck Sunday at Belmont Park.
Stronach Stable and Elfreida Stronach's Collect the Cash tracked 4-5 favorite Gaviola through moderate fractions before taking the lead in mid-stretch to win the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) by 3/4 lengths Sunday at Keeneland.
North East Bound took the lead after six furlongs run in 1:09.46 and pulled away down the stretch for a 3 1/2-length victory Saturday in the $400,000 Meadowlands Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Forty One Carats established a Calder Race Course track record of 1:08.95 for six furlongs Saturday in a 1 3/4-length victory in the $300,000 Smile Sprint Stakes.
Tranquility Lake led all the way under jockey Eddie Delahoussaye to win the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT) by a length over Spanish Fern Saturday at Santa Anita. Over firm turf, Tranquility Lake completed the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.98 after running the final quarter-mile in :22.63 seconds.
Sunday at Hawthorne Race Course
Three weeks later and with an extra furlong to race, the results remain the same as Flame Thrower reprised his wire-to-wire performance from last month's Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) to win the one-mile $200,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) by a neck over the late-charging Street Cry Saturday at Santa Anita. In the seven-furlong Futurity, Flame Thrower just lasted to best Street Cry by a head.
Age proved no impediment to 9-year-old gelding John's Call, who led all the way Saturday in the $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. Jean-Luc Samyn was the winning rider in both of the day's premier turf events, taking both the Turf Classic and the co-featured Flower Bowl Handicap (gr. IT).
Dust On the Bottle, last after the opening quarter mile and sixth after a mile, rallied through the stretch to win the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. III) by a length Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Sent off at nearly 39-1, the Glenn Hild-trained 5-year-old paid $79.40 for the win.
Jostle took the lead on the far turn and galloped to a 4 1/2-length victory Saturday in the $200,000 Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park. Ridden by Mike Smith, Jostle lagged behind the pace for much of the 1 1/16 miles before making her move on the far turn, proving herself the best in the field of seven 3-year-olds fillies.
Despite a troubled trip, Jadada rallied from just off the pace to win the $214,800 Fayette Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Keeneland. Sterling Stud's 5-year-old son of Jade Hunter completed the 1 3/16 miles in 1:54.92 under Shane Sellers to complete his first graded stakes win.
Shadwell Stable's Altibr rallied in deep stretch to win the $451,200 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) Saturday, breaking the stakes record and equaling the Keeneland record for a mile on turf in the process. Over firm turf, Altibr completed the mile in 1:33.72. In October 1995, Very Special Lite completed a mile on turf at Keeneland in 1:33 3/5 while winning the Bryan Station Stakes.
Usually a stalker, Dream Supreme went to the early lead and held off the late charge of Finder's Fee to win the $107,300 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. III) by two lengths Saturday at Belmont Park. The Bill Mott-trained 3-year-old daughter of Dixieland Band completed the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.86 over a fast track and may make her next start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Racing at Ascot, in England, was canceled after the first race Saturday due to a coded bomb threat.
Jockey Corey Nakatani, sidelined since August 26 with a broken collarbone, is scheduled to work horses at Santa Anita this weekend. The rider is hoping to get his doctor's clearance to ride starting next week.
Saturday at Keeneland
Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC) announced Friday that Lonny Powell, vice president of racing operations for the company and president and chief executive officer of Santa Anita Race Track, has resigned those positions but will remain with the company as a chief advisor.
Defending champion Spanish Fern and Tranquility Lake head a field of six entered in Saturday's $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. Earlier in the day, undefeated Flame Thrower heads a field of eight entered in the $200,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II).
Rose of Zollern scored a 2 1/4-length front-running victory in Belmont Park's Friday feature race, a $55,000 allowance sprint for fillies and mares. It was the third consecutive win on the day for jockey Jerry Bailey.
Churchill Downs' president Alex Waldrop will oversee all company operations in Kentucky. Former Ellis Park president Jeffery Smith will take over the transition of Arlington International Racecourse into the Churchill family, but remains head of Hoosier Park.
The $1.5 million Canadian International (Can-I) will have a distinctly European feel as at least five European shippers are expected to arrive at Woodbine within a week for the Oct. 15 event.
By Tim McCarthy, Thoroughbred Sports Network -- There are many graded turf stakes races carded across the country on Columbus Day weekend, and after the sun sets on Monday, some prime picks for the championship day's grassy events are likely to be discovered.
Friendly Lover will relocate to Adena Springs Kentucky for the 2001 breeding season the farm announced Friday.
Oscar Dishman Jr., died Sunday at Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, Ky., the Louisville-Courier Journal reports. Dishman was 77.
Snow Polina and Happyanunoit, the first- and second-place finishers, respectively, from the Beverly D Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International in August will face each other again in the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Belmont Park.
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