Headlines for Wednesday, September 29, 2004

  • Belleski and Corey Nakatani, right, collar Intercontinental and David Flores to win the Sen. Ken Maddy on opening day of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita.

    Belleski Nips Intercontinental in Maddy 'Cap

    Belleski successfully dueled with Intercontinental to remain unbeaten on the Santa Anita Park sod in the $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT), winning by half a length before 10,665 on-track fans on opening day of the Oak Tree meeting.

  • Cal Cup Matron Next for Dream of Summer

    Dream of Summer, winner of six of eight career races including her last five in a row, will pass Sunday's $250,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and be pointed to the $150,000 California Cup Matron, trainer Juan Garcia said Wednesday.

  • Ashado Casts Big Shadow Over Cotillion

    Starlight Stables standout filly Ashado is expected to be a heavy favorite over eight rivals in Saturday's $250,000 Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Philadelphia Park.

  • Eddington Likely Choice in Big M's Pegasus

    Willmott Stables' Eddington, third in the Travers (gr. I) in his last start, drew post six for Friday's $300,000 Pegasus Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds on opening night at the Meadowlands.

  • Solid Demand at Goffs on Day Three

    Newmarket-based Richard O'Gorman, now an important member of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley team, provided the highlight on day three of Goffs' Orby Sale in Co Kildare, Ireland, on Wednesday.

  • Buyers inspect horses at New York Thoroughbred Breeders' sale in Saratoga.

    New York Breeders Sale Finishes Strong

    The inaugural New York Breeders' Sale Company's fall mixed sale broke new ground for Empire State breeders, owners, and consignors at the Sept. 29 close of its two-day run at Saratoga Race Course. The sale grossed $1,234,100 with 186 hips selling for an average of $6,361. The median was $2,600.

  • Pleasantly Perfect, in his 2004 Pacific Classic victory.

    Pleasantly Perfect To Stand at Lane's End

    Pleasantly Perfect, fifth on the all-time money list and a leading contender for Horse of the Year, will enter stud in 2005 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • What a Girl

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - David Greathouse can't remember who it was that first told him Battle Creek Girl was for sale. It was the winter of 1980 and Greathouse and his brother, John Jr., were looking to purchase some fillies off the racetrack to breed to stallions at their family's Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Adobe Gold, starts from the rail in the Indiana Oaks.

    Stellar Jayne, Capeside Lady Rumble in the Heartland

    Spendthrift Farm's big gray Stellar Jayne and So Madcapt Stable's New York-bred Capeside Lady were installed as the co-highweights for the 10th running of the $400,000 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) at Hoosier Park Oct. 1.

  • NTRA, Magmic Launch Wireless Video Game

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup Ltd. and Magmic., announced the launch Wednesday of the first officially-licensed horseracing wireless video game in North America, "Breeders' Cup 2004."

  • Top broodmare Battle Creek Girl.

    Prominent Broodmare Battle Creek Girl Dead

    Battle Creek Girl, whose six stakes winners include Canadian champion Wavering Girl, died Aug. 25 at age 27 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm from complications from the infirmities of old age.

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    Staying Motivated

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - An article about Dubai published in the Chicago <i>Tribune</i> travel section July 4, 2004, states that the ruling Maktoum family's oil riches bring in about $250 million a day, or roughly $1 billion every four days.

  • Evan I. Hammonds

    Weird Tales

    <i>By Evan I. Hammonds</i> - Gonzo journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson coined the phrase, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." The wacky, win-at-any-cost world of sports today is plenty weird and offers multiple examples on a weekly, if not daily, basis that make the phrase one of fact, not speculation.

  • Peace Rules won this year&#39;s Suburban Handicap.

    Grade I Winner Peace Rules Retired

    Peace Rules, a multiple grade I winner and multi-millionaire, has been retired from racing following the discovery of a filling in his left front leg.

  • Royal Cat Colt Tops CTBA Yearling Sale

    A colt from the first crop of Royal Cat, a winning son of Storm Cat, was purchased by trainer Jeff Bonde for $47,000 to top Tuesday's Northern California Yearling Sale conducted by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Sales.