Headlines for Tuesday, October 26, 2004

  • Pleasantly Perfect Half-Brother Tops Tattersalls Session

    Swagger Stick (Cozzene), a half-brother to Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Pleasantly Perfect (Pleasant Colony), topped day two of Tattersalls' Autumn Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket Tuesday when bought for 220,000gns to race in the US.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Slot the Vote

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Comedian George Carlin would have you believe that "paper or plastic" and "aisle or window" are the only real choices in America these days. With important national, state, and local elections coming up Nov. 2, I beg to differ.

  • Racing Needs Independent Agency

    <i>By Barry Irwin</i> -- Racing is at a crossroads on many fronts these days. The New York Racing Association has its back up against the wall. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is in a leadership transition. The Thoroughbred Championship Tour is trying to get off the ground. Purses face erosion from off-shore betting schemes. But the single greatest problem facing the game--how to restore integrity to the race itself--is not receiving the attention it so desperately requires.

  • Mid-Atlantic Tracks, NYRA Strike Signal Deal

    The MidAtlantic Cooperative and the New York Racing Association have struck an agreement that will allow cooperative members and their wagering facilities to import the Aqueduct signal effective Oct. 27.

  • Dodge Classic challenger Azeri arrives at Lone Star.

    Azeri's Team Gambles With Run in Classic

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Tuesday that 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri would challenge males in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) rather than face fillies and mares in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Marquetry to Hill 'n' Dale; Fee $7,500

    Marquetry, sire of two Breeders' Cup winners, arrived Tuesday at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington from Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.

  • Cheiron Leads Way as Barretts Mixed Sale Opens

    Cheiron, who captured the Snow Chief Stakes earlier this year at Hollywood Park, sold for $165,000 Monday to top the opening session of the Barretts October mixed sale in Southern California.

  • Funny Cide, Balletto Work in New York

    Funny Cide, the New York-bred dual classic winner of 2003, breezed a half-mile in 46 4/5 at Belmont Park Tuesday, with trainer Barclay Tagg declaring that "Funny Cide is doing better than he ever has in his life."

  • Trainer Allen Jerkens and son, Jimmy, worked their Breeders&#39; Cup entries on Tuesday morning.

    Jerkenses' Horses, Bwana Charlie Work; Quiet Honor

    Despite a Monday afternoon thunderstorm that dumped up to five inches of rain on the Dallas area, the Tuesday morning work tab at Lone Star Park was busy, with workouts by four contenders in Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.