Headlines for Thursday, October 2, 2003

  • Millennium Dragon May Breath Fire in Kelso

    Darley Stable's Millennium Dragon, a two-time winner on the Belmont Park Widener Turf course, has an edge in Saturday's $350,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at a mile.

  • Rochester Bids for Sycamore Repeat

    Augustin Stable's Rochester, who returned to form in the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Kentucky Downs, securing the victory after the disqualification of Art Variety, will try to repeat last year's win in the $150,000 Sycamore Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Keeneland.

  • Chapel Royal, heads field for Champagne Stakes.

    Rogues and Royals Among Champagne Challengers

    Chapel Royal, the East's leading 2-year-old throughout the spring and early summer, will be out to prove he is more than a sprinter in Saturday's grade I, $500,000 Champagne at 1 1/16 miles. Seven rivals, including Birdstone and Notorious Rogue, will stand in his way.

  • Brancusi Scratched from Thursday Turf Start

    Brancusi, scheduled to make his first start in Thursday's fourth race since finishing 16th and last in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), was scratched from the one-mile turf race.

  • Dimitrova an Early Arrival for Breeders' Cup

    Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) winner Dimitrova arrived in Southern California late Wednesday night from New York and was safely bedded down in barn 68 at Santa Anita to begin preparations for her next start in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) on Oct. 25.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Anybody's Ballgame

    A wide-open field of 11 passed the entry box for Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II), the first of three stakes on day two of Keeneland's 17-day fall meeting. The race is a key prep for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) as several of the 2-year-olds in the field will be testing two turns for the first time.

  • Salix-Only Policy on Race Day Advocated for Kentucky

    The chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission has advocated a Salix-only policy on race day in the state, and said he would schedule meetings around the state to get feedback. Currently, five medications are permitted on race day in Kentucky.

  • Shadwell Turf Mile Has Touch of the Blues

    Touch of the Blues, the venerable 6-year-old horse trained by Neil Drysdale, headlines Saturday's Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland. Saturday marks day two of the meets Fallstars Weekend with a host of races with World Thoroughbred Championships implications.

  • Sightseek One to Beat in Beldame

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel loves the position he is in with Juddmonte Farms' multiple grade I winner Sightseek. After 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri had her 11-race win streak snapped last weekend in California, the case could be made that Sightseek is better.

  • Dynaformer's Fee Boosted to $75,000

    Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm announced a $25,000 boost in the fee for Dynaformer, who will stand in 2004 for $75,000.

  • Ex-Racehorse Sale to be Held at Fairmount Park

    The annual Fairmont Park paddock auction of ex-racehorses is planned for Saturday. More than 90 horses will be offered without reserve, however the seller has the option of calling no sale if they feel the price is low.

  • Two Colts Bring $30,000 Each at Louisiana Sale

    Two colts, one by Zuppardo's Prince and one by Just a Cat, brought $30,000 each to top the Sept. 29 yearling auction conducted by the Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana.

  • Pleasant Minstrel to Three Way

    Pleasant Minstrel, a son of Pleasant Colony and a half-brother to stakes winners Navesink and Efficient Frontier, will stand his first season at Three Way Farm near Nashville, Ill.