RL Stables' Runaway Dancer closed from far back to score a 38-1 stunner by a neck over European invader Labirinto in Friday's $139,250 Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/2 mile on the Santa Anita turf course.
The 27-day "Fall Festival of Racing" kicks off at historic Churchill Downs Sunday with a battle of middle distance stars in the $150,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
Jockey Alex Solis registered his 4,000th career win aboard speedy King Robyn Friday in the $110,800 Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Santa Anita downhill turf course.
Commendation took charge with an eighth of a mile remaining and drew away to a decisive victory in the $112,800 Bourbon County Stakes Friday at Keeneland.
Jockeys Diane Nelson and Javier Castellano both spent Friday recovering from a Thursday spill at Belmont Park that sent them both to North Shore Hospital. Nelson is to undergo surgery to repair two bone fractures in her left ankle and expects to be sidelined for at least three months. Castellano may ride Saturday.
Fans at Aqueduct for opening day Wednesday of the Big A's 44-day fall meeting will notice that New York City's track is undergoing changes. But while these changes are being made, the racing will continue, capped by HolidayFest (Nov. 27-30) and the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 29.
As in past Breeders' Cups, there are longshots galore in this year's World Thoroughbred Championships. Finding them, however, is another matter. This year, the task will be more challenging than usual.
Gary A. Tanaka's Sarafan, runner-up in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT), was scratched out of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
It was a bit of the good news, bad news story for the 2-year-old colt Capitano in the Oct. 5 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. He finished a solid second, defeating seven other juveniles.
He was considered ordinary as a young horse, but Storming Home now ranks among racing's elite. The 5-year-old son of Machiavellian is the probable favorite for Saturday's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita.
Tom VanMeter II hopes he has the bases covered in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). A principal in Eaton Sales along with Reiley McDonald, VanMeter has sold many "home run" runners, but he has two of his own on deck for the $1-million race for 2-year-old fillies: Be Gentle and Victory U.S.A.
All the time, trainers map out a schedule for a horse. Sometimes it works out. Other times it doesn't. And when it does work out, there is always one very important thing at work.
If Breeders' Cup history repeats itself at this year's World Thoroughbred Championships, bet on sunny weather and horses who have raced previously at Santa Anita.
Millionaire and grade I winner Captain Bodgit is scheduled to be relocated to Tim Little and Anne Morgan's Mill Creek Farm near Stillwater, N.Y., where he will stand for $5,000.
Tap the Admiral, a grade II winner for Pont Street Stable, was euthanized Oct. 19 because of colitus X, a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract.
A company specializing in surveillance systems reported Thursday to the California Horse Racing Board on the success of an experimental program that included two digital cameras monitoring activities in the stable area at Del Mar last summer.
The first horse Bill Heiligbrodt owned ran in the 1989 Breeders' Cup. It was a memorable experience, but not a good memory. On Saturday, Heiligbrodt and his wife, Corrine, hope for better memories.
Mark Rhodus, former farm manager of Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky., died Sept. 26 in Lexington.
Distorted Humor, sire of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide, will stand in 2004 for $50,000 at Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Millionaire Malek will be relocated to Patricia Youngman's Pepper Oaks Farm near Santa Ynez, Calif.
The Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm announced a 2004 fee of $125,000 for Unbridled's Song, up from $100,000.
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