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Chris's Thunder Retired After Leggio Win; To Be Bred to Charismatic

Owner Michael Schwartz announced the retirement of Chris's Thunder Saturday, shortly after the 5-year-old mare won the $60,000 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds. Chris's Thunder, who won five of her last six starts and each of her last five turf races, will be bred to Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Charismatic in January.

Peslier Wins Jockey Series; Bailey Fourth

Olivier Peslier rode a winner on both days of the 14th World Super Jockeys Series en route to winning the four-race series by 13 points over Yutaka Take Sunday in Japan. Peslier was tied for third behind Jerry Bailey and Australian Damien M. Oliver after Saturday's two series races but rallied Sunday to clinch the victory.

Longtime Jockey Agent Dominguez Dies

Juan A. Dominguez Sr. died Sunday morning after a brief illness. In Dominguez's long career as a jockey agent, he handled the book for riders such as Eddie Maple, Miguel Rivera, Ruben Hernandez, and Eclipse Award winning apprentice Ramon Perez.

Police Pursuing 'All Possible Suspects' in Antley's Death

A purported associate of the late jockey Chris Antley has been arrested on charges unrelated to the rider's death Saturday night. Antley was pronounced dead at his southern California home as a result of "severe trauma to the head." Timothy Wyman Tyler Jr., 24, of Dana Point, was being held in lieu of $45,000 bail on warrants involving drugs and driving under the influence, police said.

Timber Country to Dubai

U.S. classic winner and overseas stallion Timber Country will stand the 2001 season in Dubai. The 8-year-old son of Woodman will stand under a lease arrangement at Sheikh Mohammed's Emirates Stud Farm.

Aqueduct Report: Boston Party Wins Stakes Debut

Lenny Imperio employed his own brand of perseverance with Ann S. Fostock's Boston Party by saddling the 4-year-old 10 times, sans one added money appearance. Selecting the $83,900 Queens County for the Colonial Affair colt's stakes debut after a pair of swift one-turn allowance preps meant testing a field laden with considerable stakes experience.

Lion Hearted to Northview

Northview Stallion Station has purchased a 50% interest in Lion Hearted from Odgen Mills Phipps and will stand the graded stakes-placed son of Storm Cat at their facility near Chesapeake City, Md.

Hallowed Dreams Faces Tough Field at Fair Grounds

Hallowed Dreams, who won her first 16 career races before suffering her first loss this summer, has been installed as the 3-1 second-choice in the $60,000 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds. Four-time stakes winner Steal a Heart (5-2) is the morning-line favorite and the 122-pound co-highweight for the about 5 1/2-furlong turf race.

Bienamado Returns in Hollywood Turf Cup

John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery's Bienamado, unraced since a fourth-place finish in the Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT) in August, returns to the races Saturday at Hollywood Park, where he will face eight rivals in the $400,000 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IT). Also entered in the 1 1/2-mile turf race is Lazy Lode, the winner of the last two renewals.

Baffert Has Commanding Lead In Trainers' Standings

The Bob Baffert stable has accumulated purses of $11,258,315, making him the leader over Bobby Frankel by a wide margin in the trainers' standings for 2000. According to Equibase, Baffert has been represented by 136 winners, 21.5% of 633 horses, compared with the 88 winners (26.3%) from 335 starters for Frankel, whose stable has earned $10,428,686. Not far behind Frankel in third-place is D. Wayne Lukas, who has been successful with 15.1% of his 754 starters for earnings of $10,199,857. For complete standings, which can be sorted to show leaders by clicking on the desired column heading, go to Top Trainers

Jocks' Race to the Wire

With a month to go in the 2000 racing season, less than $50,000 in purse earnings separates this year's top two jockeys, Pat Day and Jerry Bailey. According to Equibase figures through Sunday, Day's earnings total $17,395,963, followed closely by Bailey with $17,348,245. It is a long way back to Shane Sellers, in third with $14,639,828. With a paucity of big-purse races remaining, it is likely the riding race will go to the wire. Day also leads Bailey by number of wins -- 267 to 245 -- but Bailey has the better success rate as he has been successful with 27.3% of his 899 mounts this year, compared with Day's 22.1% win percentage from 1,209 rides. For complete standings, which can be sorted to show leaders by clicking on the desired column heading, go to Top Jockeys

Committee Adds Five Grade I Races; All Downgrades at Lowest Level

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association had an early Christmas present of sorts for U.S. racetracks Thursday. After meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, the committee announced that five races have been elevated to grade I for their 2001 renewals, while all seven races downgraded were at the lowest level of graded status.

Commendable to Mill Ridge

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Dr. and Mrs. John Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. He won two of 12 starts and earned $907,470 for owners Robert and Beverly Lewis.

Vergennes Uncertain for Hollywood Turf Cup Start

The connections of Vergennes, who set the Remington Park turf course record for 1 3/8 miles when winning the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap in September, are uncertain the 5-year-old Dynaformer gelding will be able to participate in Saturday's $400,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) due to a bruised right front foot.

Green Dancer Pensioned

Prominent Central Kentucky stallion Green Dancer has been pensioned because of the infirmities of old age and will live out his retirement at Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.

Brave Act to Ireland

Brave Act, who earned $1,498,784 of his career total of $1,546,269 for Sidney Craig, has been sold and will stand the 2001 breeding season at A. F. O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland.

Former Leading Sire Halo Dies at Age 31

Halo, the leading North American sire in 1983 and 1989, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The horse, pensioned since 1997, was 31 years old. Among the 62 stakes winners sired by Halo were 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence and 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

Former Leading Sire Halo Dies at Age 31

Halo, the leading North American sire in 1983 and 1989, died Tuesday morning at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The horse, pensioned since 1997, was 31 years old. Among the 62 stakes winners sired by Halo were 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence and 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

Former Leading Sire Halo Dies at Age 31

Halo, the leading North American sire in 1983 and 1989, died Tuesday morning at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The horse, pensioned since 1997, was 31 years old. Among the 62 stakes winners sired by Halo were 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence and 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

Former Leading Sire Halo Dies at Age 31

Halo, the leading North American sire in 1983 and 1989, died Tuesday morning at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The horse, pensioned since 1997, was 31 years old. Among the 62 stakes winners sired by Halo were 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence and 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

Fair Grounds Meet Off to Solid Start

Despite intermitent rain and an important NFL football game featuring the local New Orleans Saints, opening week of racing at Fair Grounds produced increased attendance and handle from the previous year. Fair Grounds opened its 129th season of racing Thursday, with a crowd of 7,158, the third-largest crowd at Fair Grounds since the facility reopned in 1997 after it was destroyed by fire.

Marshall Jenney, Breeder of Danzig, Dead at 60

Pennsylvania horseman Marshall Jenney, who bred leading sire Danzig in partnership, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore after a brief illness. Jenney, who also bred English and Irish champion Mrs. Penny and millionaire Yankee Affair, was 60.

Stronach Pushing For Forum to Discuss NTRA's Future

Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach, in an open letter to the Thoroughbred industry, has made recommendations for a revised National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors, and also has called for a public forum for all members of the industry to discuss the NTRA's future.

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