In what seemed like the hunch bet of the year, Miss Indiana went off as the 3-10 favorite in Friday night's $74,450 Miss Indiana Stakes at Hoosier Park. But Amanda's Crown and jockey Mike Morgan had other ideas, however, and the 11-1 shot rallied to post a 3 3/4 length triumph over 15-1 longshot Connies Travels.
The United States will have a strong contingent of seven horses at this year's Japan Cup (Jpn-I) and Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) invitational races at Tokyo racecourse next Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25, including horses trained by Hall of Fame conditioners Jonathan Sheppard, Neil Drysdale, Richard Mandella, and Robert Frankel.
Spain, who won the 2000 edition of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) and came within a head of repeating that feat this year, worked a sharp :59 4/5 over five furlongs in her final preparation for Thursday's $250,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
On Parade, one of the most highly anticipated fillies in years, will go for her second consecutive victory when she heads a field of six drawn for the grade III, $75,000 added Valley Stream at Aqueduct Sunday.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm outside Lexington announced that millionaire Geri will stand the 2002 breeding season for a fee of $5,000 live foal. Geri is one of three stallions, along with Theatrical and Jade Hunter, owned by the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust who were moved to Hill 'n' Dale since September.
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A 2-year-old Thoroughbred stabled at Churchill Downs before being euthanized last month was confirmed Friday to have West Nile virus, according to the Kentucky State veterinarian's office.
Democrats forced a new farm bill through a Senate committee Thursday after giving Southern senators more money for big farms and adding a dairy program that could raise retail milk prices. Provisions for loans that would aid farmers impacted by mare reproductive loss syndrome are included in the bill that cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Tiznow, 2000 Horse of the Year and two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner, has been retired to stud, majority owner Michael Cooper confirmed Friday. Cooper said the actual sale of the colt has not been finalized.
Customers of the Philadelphia Park Phonebet system can now use the Internet to make wagers. Greenwood Racing, which owns the Pennsylvania racetrack, has unveiled "Phonebet.com," a Web site for computerized betting. Users can watch live odds, the live race feed, and make bets simply by using their mouse.
Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book about the rags-to-riches story of a 1930s Thoroughbred champion and the colorful people associated with him, is a finalist for the "William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award."
Trainer Bobby Frankel, already odds-on to win his second consecutive Eclipse Award, will attempt to draw further away from his peers by starting up to nine horses in Hollywood Park's Turf Festival Nov. 23-25. In fact, he may corner the field in the Grade I Hollywood Derby, run for $500,000 at nine furlongs, by sending four horses to the post. Likely for the Nov. 25 Derby are Juddmonte Farms' Mizzen Mast, Amerman Racing's Blue Steller, Flaxman Holdings' Aldebaran, and the Niarchos Family's Denon.
Faced with a slumping local economy and notification from state officials that Indiana's growing budget deficit could leave it without money by mid-2003, Gov. Frank O'Bannon on Thursday night outlined a plan to keep the state from going broke.
Eighteen-year-old Imperial Falcon, a half-brother to stallions Devil's Bag and Saint Ballado, has been purchased by Danny Lake for stallion duty at his Cripple Creek Farm near Grant, Mich.
Leonard S. Coleman Jr. has been appointed to the Churchill Downs Incorporated board of directors. Coleman, who currently serves as president of the Newark Sports & Entertainment Inc., is best known as the former president of Major League Baseball's National League from 1994-1999.
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