Ron Mitchell

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Hollywood Park Cancels All Turf Racing at Autumn Meet

Citing dissatisfaction with its newly-installed turf course, Hollywood Park announced Tuesday there will be no grass racing at the 31-day autumn meet that begins Nov. 9. The announcement said purses from the eight graded races scheduled for the meet will be redirected to overnight purses.

Dressed to Kill, Sharp Attack Out of Breeders' Cup

One day after pre-entries for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were announced, there were two defections Thursday. Dressed to Kill, a maiden pre-entered in the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), has been withdrawn from the 1 1/16-mile race after sustaining a fracture of the left front pastern bone.

Wildcat Heir's Breeze Tops Tuesday Workout Tab

Training activity among Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships contenders at Belmont Park was not nearly as hectic Tuesday as it was Monday, with only four main track works and one grass work. One of the most impressive works of the day was a five-furlong breeze by TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Wildcat Heir, whose clocking of :59 2/5 was the best among 21 horses working that distance.

Poor Little Sister Fetches $8,000 for Religious Order

Poor Little Sister, a weanling filly being sold to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor religious order in Albany, New York, brought a final bid of $8,000 from Mike McMahon of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds at Sunday's New York Breeders' Sales Company's auction at Saratoga Racecourse.

Ashado Bounces Back Into Winner's Circle

Ashado, last year's champion 3-year-old filly, rebounded nicely from her worst career defeat with a game triumph Saturday in the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park and will now move on to attempt to win the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), which she won last year.

Churchill Plans for 'Unique' Meet in Louisiana

As a result of damage to Fair Grounds Race Course from Hurricane Katrina, there will be no live racing there this year and plans are being made for a "unique" meet at Louisiana Downs in its place, according to Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker.

Eurosilver Retired Due to Injury

Eurosilver, winner of the 2003 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) and this year's Skip Away Handicap (gr. III), has been retired after being diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his left hind leg following a sixth-place finish in the Aug. 6 Whitney Handicap (gr. I).

Meeker Addresses Problems Facing Industry

Although competition from casinos and the desire to obtain alternative gaming at racetracks generate the most buzz about problems facing North American horse racing, Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker says there are other issues facing the industry that must be resolved.

Zito Humbled by Hall of Fame Induction

Trainer Nick Zito, the 57-year-old New York native who has won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) twice, is rarely at a loss for words. But in trying to express his feelings over the announcement he will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame this year, reacted, "I just don't know what to say."

Belmont Could Include Derby, Preakness Winners

Although the race is still three weeks away and the picture could change, the 137th renewal of the Belmont Stakes June 11 could serve as a rubber match between longshot Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo and the courageous Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex.

All's Quiet as Sun Rises Over Downs

As a bright morning sun broke through the darkness, all was quiet on the backside of Churchill Downs Saturday. And on the heels of a record crowd for Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), track officials were expecting another banner day for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Afleet Alex Looks Good in Final Derby Prep

Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex was the only contender for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) to put in his final workout Tuesday, and the son of Northern Afleet again showed his fitness by breezing a half-mile in :48 2/5 at Churchill Downs.

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