Articles posted September 5, 2003

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Stevens' Return Spoiled by Excess Summer

Excess Summer and jockey Julie Krone spoiled the return to competition of Gary Stevens Friday, less than three weeks after he was injured in a spectacular spill in the Arlington Million (g. IT), breezing to an easy triumph in the featured $92,825 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Well Fancied Repeats in Belmont Fall Opener

Sanford Goldfarb and Stewart Hoffman's Well Fancied became the first back-to-back winner of the General Douglas MacArtur Handicap, powering to a 5 ½-length victory Friday afternoon in the seven-furlong race for New York breds that opens the 38-day Belmont Park Fall Championship Meet.

David Copperfield Retired to Hopewell

David Copperfield, a grade III turf winner who has not started this year, has been retired and will stand in 2004 at Rick Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky. No stud fee was announced for the 6-year-old son of Halo.

Mineshaft Could Hit Solid 'Rock' in Woodward

Mineshaft Could Hit Solid 'Rock' in Woodward

With Saratoga still fresh in everyone's mind, Belmont's first big "Fall Preview" weekend is already here. On paper, Mineshaft looks virtually unbeatable in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), but pay very close attention to Northern Rock, who should be rolling along on an uncontested lead.

Indiana Tracks Submit Requests for 2004 Dates

With a exceptions, the 2004 racing calendar for Indiana Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing could closely resemble this year's program, though Thoroughbred dates would increase slightly under the proposals.

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