Headlines for Thursday, October 9, 2003

  • Secret Romeo Returns in Michigan Sire Series

    The Michigan Sire Stakes, a showcase of the progeny of Michigan sires, highlights the Great Lakes Downs meeting Saturday night.<br>Secret Romeo, the reigning Michigan horse of the year, is one of several trying to defend last year's victory.

  • Hot Pace Figures in Maryland Million Sprint

    the defending champion of the $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint, one of the 11 added money races on Maryland Million Day Saturday at Laurel, but most of the attention has gone to trainer Ben Feliciano Jr., who starts a pair of hot frontrunners.

  • Stroll, Best of the Rest Lead Calder Festival of Sun

    Claiborne Farm's 3-year-old Stroll, shipping in from New York, and Bea Oxenberg's 8-year-old resident handicap star Best of the Rest are among a host of top class performers set to run on Saturday's $1.5 million Festival of the Sun program Saturday at Calder Race Course.

  • Tattersalls Yearling Sale Resumes Record Pace

    Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Part One) enjoyed another record-breaking session Thursday with the average price of 40,433gns up by 38% and the median of 30,000gns showing an increase of 25% over a year ago.

  • Clock Stopper On Time in Perryville

    Clock Stopper earned his first career stakes win Thursday with a sharp victory in the $108,300 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland.

  • Kicken Kris Looms Large in Lawrence Realization

    Brushwood Stable's Kicken Kris has never been the favorite in his 11-race career, but that is expected to change Saturday as the colt will be around odds-on in the 110th running of the $150,000 Lawrence Realization Handicap (gr. III), a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds.

  • Graded Winner Najran Retired

    Najran, who was a prime candidate for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) after winning the Oct. 3 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, has been retired from racing because of knee chips.

  • Melnyk Named to NYRA Board

    Eugene Melnyk has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association Inc.

  • Eurosilver to Skip Breeders' Cup; Najran Retired

    Buckram Oak Farm's Lane's End Futurity (gr. II) winner Eurosilver will be rested for a spring campaign and Phoenix Breeders' Cup (gr. III) winner Najran will be retired to the breeding shed trainer Nick Zito said Thursday.

  • Wando Put Away for Remainder of Year

    <br>Gus Schickedanz's 2003 Canadian Triple Crown winner, Wando, will not race again this year, trainer Mike Keogh today said Thursday.

  • Dean: Kentucky Diagnostic Lab Needs Assistance

    The dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky told several Kentucky lawmakers the school's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center is overburdened and under-funded.

  • Evening Attire, in his 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup victory.

    Evening Attire Added to BC Classic Field

    Evening Attire, winner of the 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) will be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), and is scheduled to leave for California on Oct. 21 or 22, trainer Pat Kelly said Thursday.

  • Falbrav, left, winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over Russian Rythm.

    British Star Falbrav May Run in BC Classic

    Although trainer Luca Cumani is still leaning toward the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), he is taking a long, hard look at the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) after the defections of some of the leading contenders.

  • Wagering Increases, Purses Fall in Third Quarter

    Total wagering during the third quarter of the year increased to $4,007,591,917, a growth of 3.38% over the same quarter last year. Third-quarter purses dipped 4.15%, to $306,800,417. Compared with third-quarter 2002, racing days declined slightly, with a total of 16 fewer days.

  • Record-breaking Diesis colt at Tattersalls October sale.

    Diesis Colt Breaks Tattersalls October Mark

    Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Part One) saw a new record price Wednesday night when the very last lot into the ring, a Diesis colt out of dual classic-placed Kitza, sold for a million guineas for Irish veterinarian Demi O'Byrne, buying for John Magnier and Michael Tabor.