Headlines for Wednesday, October 25, 2000

  • Trio of Mott-Trained Breeders' Cup Horses Work at Belmont

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, a model of consistency himself, sent three of his eight Breeders' Cup hopefuls to the main track at Belmont Park Wednesday morning, and the trio came back with identical results. Hap (Mile) and Vision and Verse (Classic) both breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, with King Cugat (Mile) going a half in :48 3/5 and galloping out in -- you guessed it -- 1:01 2/5.

  • Five Star Day Breezes; Other Cup Hopefuls Work

    Breeders' Cup Sprint hopeful Five Star Day cleared a couple of major hurdles on Wednesday. The Beau Greely trainee was named as one of the 14 preferred entrants in the Sprint and he turned in a solid training move in his next-to-last work before the Breeders' Cup.

  • Heritage Of Gold Works Over Turf Course

    Her reputation has been tarnished a bit after surprising back-to-back losses in the Personal Ensign (gr. I) at Saratoga and the Three Chimneys Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland, but a workout on the Churchill Downs turf Wednesday by Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Heritage of Gold showed trainer Tom Amoss that she can still be a major force on Breeders' Cup Day.

  • Left Bank, ridden by John Velazquez, captures the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct Wednesday.

    Left Bank Sizzles in Discovery Handicap

    Michael Tabor's Left Bank led throughout Wedenesday's $103,499 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) to easily win the 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds by 2 1/4 lengths over Perfect Cat on opening day at Aqueduct.

  • Ends Well Euthanized

    New York stallion Ends Well was euthanized at Gus Schoenborn Jr.'s Contemporary Stallions near Coxsackie the morning of Oct. 25.

  • Riboletta's Dam Purchased by Jones

    Brazilian-bred Riboletta, who has won several grade I stakes this year for owners Aaron and Marie Jones, will be joined in North America later this fall by her dam and younger full sister.

  • Riboletta, shown here winning the Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park in mid-October, is one of the big stars pre-entered in the 2000 Breeders' Cup.

    Breeders' Cup 2000 Preview: Play Ball!

    As the folks at the Breeders' Cup get out their piggy banks and prepare to stuff in $3,060,000 in supplementary fees, horses across America and Europe begin their march on Louisville. And when the last of the travelers arrives at Churchill Downs, there will be a total of 135 horses parading to the track each morning wearing purple Breeders' Cup saddlecloths.

  • Classic Preview: Sophomore Show

    The $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) picture has been changing faster than the autumn leaves. While new, vibrant colors keep appearing in the 3-year-old division, the older horses seem to be withering and falling harmlessly to the ground.

  • Distaff Preview: The Big Check

    That collective gasp was the connections of the <i>other</i> Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) entrants when owners Aaron and Marie Jones decided to pony up the $400,000 to supplement <b>Riboletta</b>. The big check they wrote changed the whole complexion of the race.

  • Mile Preview: Mile Markers

    From Europe's 17 Breeders' Cup wins, it isn't surprising to find that seven have come in the Turf (gr. IT) and seven in the Mile (gr. IT).

  • Sprint Preview: Speed Trap

    Gather the world's best sprinters and what do you expect? Well, fast fractions naturally. Because every member of the field is capable of running so quickly, it makes the Breeders' Cup Sprint a difficult race to handicap.

  • Juvenile Preview: Teachers' Pet

    "No child shall be left behind" -- one presidential candidate's sound bite -- fails to work in the Thoroughbred classroom, as 19 of those pre-entered at the head of the juvenile class of 2000 have proven to be in the accelerated program.

  • Juvenile Fillies Preview: History Lesson

    In the 16 previous editions of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), 10 of the winners had made their most recent start at either Belmont or Keeneland. This year, two undefeated fillies who last competed at those two racetracks appear headed for showdown at Churchill Downs Nov. 4.

  • Turf Preview: Grab Bag

    But a national division once boasting the potential of Royal Anthem, Dark Moondancer, Chester House, and Bienamado now finds itself pining for a star, and with no local standout or foreign phenomenon to brandish. This year's running of the Turf is totally up for grabs.

  • Robert and Bea Roberts, sold Saints Cup as part of 1999 dispersal.

    Jury Begins Hearing Saints Cup Testimony

    A jury in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday began hearing opening statements in the Saints Cup case. The buyers, alleging fraud, are seeking to have their $850,000 purchase price rescinded. The sellers contend the buyers' agent did not exercise due diligence when he bought the colt.