Headlines for Friday, November 23, 2001

  • Illnesses Result in Defections from Churchill Stakes

    Churchill Downs' closing day $200,000-added stakes races for 2-year-olds -- the Golden Rod (gr. II) for fillies and the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) -- have each attracted fields of six horses, although both races suffered late defections because of illness.

  • Britain's Betting Levy Board Helps Track Project

    Britain's Horserace Betting Levy Board has approved a £400,000 interest-free loan toward the construction of a new owners and trainers' facility and dining room which can be used as an entertainment suite at Pontefract Racecourse. The board also re-appointed Kirsten Rausing for a second three-year term as a director of the National Stud in Newmarket.

  • Timboroa, shown winning the Turf Classic, is one of four American horses seeking victory in the Japan Cup.

    U.S. Tries to End 10-Year Drought in Japan Cup; ESPN News Showing Race

    There are many questions going into Sunday's 21st running of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), whose nearly $4-million purse makes it one of the world's richest races. But first and foremost on the minds of many American racing fans is whether or not the four-horse U.S. contingent can break a 10-year victory drought in the 2,400 meter turf race.

  • Cat Cay (on the inside, mostly hidden), catches Tugger to win the Top Flight Handicap.

    Cat Cay Pounces on Tugger for Top Flight Win

    Ogden Phipps' homebred Cat Cay beat pacesetting Tugger by a head in Aqueduct's Friday feature, the 62nd running of the grade II, $150,000 Top Flight Handicap for fillies and mare

  • Ubiquity, with Craig Perret aboard, following his upset victory in the Clark Handicap.

    Mott-Trained Longshot Ubiquity in Clark Upset

    Ubiquity, a 4-year-old trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, was sent off at 18-1 odds to post a front-running upset victory in Friday's $452,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Full Fields for Matriarch, Hollywood Derby

    Trainer Neil Drysdale gave thumbs up for Crystal Music to be entered in the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes after the 3-year-old filly worked four furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf course in :48.40 under Alex Solis Thursday.

  • Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal is on a quest for an Eclipse Award.

    Val Royal on Eclipse Quest in Citation

    Bidding for an Eclipse Award as 2001 Turf Champion, Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal will be a solid favorite to capture Hollywood Park's grade II, $500,000 Citation Handicap on Saturday before shipping to Asia to compete in the $2.3-million Hong Kong Cup on Dec. 16.