Headlines for Friday, October 4, 2002

  • Burning Roma (2) wins the $400,000 Meadowlands Cup.

    Burning Roma Scores Meadowlands Cup Upset

    Burning Roma moved to the front down the backstretch and never looked back, winning the 25th renewal of the $400,000 Meadowlands Cup (gr. II) on Friday night by 3/4 of a length.

  • Came Home Sizzles in Seven-Furlong Drill

    Pacific Classic and Santa Anita Derby winner Came Home took another step forward to the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, working seven furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Friday morning in 1:24.80 under regular rider Mike Smith.

  • Westerly Breeze battles high winds to take the Alcibiades.

    Westerly Breeze Takes Sloppy Alcibiades

    The question in the grade II Walmac International Alcibiades (gr. II) at Keeneland Friday was who would relish the off going. The answer was Westerly Breeze and Ruby's Reception.

  • Raging Fever Hooks Shine Again Once More

    With the Ruffian debacle behind her, Edward P. Evans' Raging Fever drops back to six and a half furlongs in Sunday's Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park, where she'll face her arch rival Shine Again.

  • Composure Working Well for Oak Leaf Stakes

    Mike Smith hasn't been aboard Composure since she broke her maiden by four lengths at Del Mar on Sept. 7. But along with the filly's connections, he's been keeping a watchful eye on her.

  • Jockey Castillo Injured in Belmont Stretch Spill

    Jockey Heberto Castillo Jr. was taken to North Shore University Hospital after his mount, A Moment in Dixie, ducked into the rail during the stretch run of the ninth and final race Friday afternoon at Belmont Park.

  • Congaree, D'wildcat Top Oak Tree Mile

    Congaree and D'wildcat, two horses trying to establish their credentials for the Breeders' Cup Mile, will meet Saturday in the $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.

  • 500 More Breeders' Cup Seats Made Available

    Arlington Park has put 500 additional seats for the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on sale to the public. The seats were previously set aside as part of the allotment for large groups or sponsors, according to Breeders' Cup spokesman Damon Thayer.

  • Turfway Handle Flat On-Track; Total Decreases

    Turfway Park concluded its 2002 fall meet the evening of Oct. 3 with litle change in total on-track handle compared with the 2002 meet. Total handle fell 5% because of a decrease in out-of-state wagering.

  • Beat Hollow, right, running to victory in the Arlington Million.

    Beat Hollow Tries Keeneland Turf

    A pair of grade I contests highlight Keeneland's FallStars Weekend Sun., Oct. 6. The $600,000 Shadwell Keeneland Mile features the star of the American turf this year, Beat Hollow, who comes in off his fame win in the Arlington Million (gr. I).

  • English Derby winner High Chaparral among favorites for Arc.

    French, English Derby Winners Top Arc Field

    French Derby winner Sulamani and English Derby champion High Chaparral are the top contenders for Sunday's $1.58 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe's most prestigious horse race. Sakhee, last year's Arc winner, went on to finish second in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • TVG Expands 'The Finish Line'

    To offer in-depth, post-race coverage of the large number of Breeders' Cup prep races on tap this week, TVG's weekly magazine show, "The Finish Line," will expand from one to two hours this Sunday (October 6), and will air in a new time slot, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET, the network announced.

  • Exceller Fund Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

    The Exceller Fund is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The Exceller Fund is an Internet group that raises money to rescue Thoroughbred and other horses who would otherwise be sent to slaughter.

  • Report: Wagering, Purses Rise

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Equibase Company LLC today unveiled a new, quarterly industry report from Equibase, "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators," that covers total wagering in the United States and Canada on U.S. races, purses and race days with prior-year comparisons.

  • Sir Barton Painting Gets Conservation Grant

    The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has received a $3,500 conservation grant award from the Lower Hudson Conference of Historical Agencies & Museums for conservation of the 1919 painting Sir Barton by Franklin Brooke Voss.

  • Perfect Drift, foreground, winning the Spiral Stakes.

    'Ferry' Meets Perfect Drift in Indiana Derby

    Wiseman's Ferry, the Lone Star and West Virginia Derby (both gr. III) winner, has been installed the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's Indiana Derby (gr. III), and the son of Hennessy will face 11 rivals including Triple Crown runners Perfect Drift and Easyfromthegitgo.

  • First Winner for Group II Winner Romanov

    Romanov, a group II winner in Europe and grade I-placed in North America, was represented by his first winner Oct.3 when his son Flashy Roman won at five furlongs at Woodbine.