Articles posted September 29, 2005

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Rock Hard Ten on Goodwood Trail to Classic

Pleasantly Perfect used the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) to prepare for his victory in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Tiznow took the same route in 2000. Now trainer Richard Mandella hopes the $500,000 stakes at Oak Tree Saturday can be a springboard to the $4 million Classic for handicap star Rock Hard Ten.

'Big Three,' Others to Renew NTRA Membership

The three major racetrack operators -- Churchill Downs Inc., Magna Entertainment Corp., and the New York Racing Association -- have confirmed along with other racing associations and horsemen's groups the renewal of their membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Women of the Year: Beldame (1904)

Beldame's three-year-old season was marked by a number of wire-to-wire scores, and it didn't matter if the races were short or long, on fast or off tracks, or against males or females. She started the season in the Carter Handicap in April 1904 at Aqueduct and led all the way to beat sixteen rivals, most of them older males, under a feathery 103 pounds.

Ashado Seeks Beldame Bounce Back

Saturday's $750,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) will be the moment of truth for several fillies looking ahead to the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). Most importantly, the 1 1/8-mile race should tell us if last year's Distaff winner and 3-year-old filly champ Ashado is heading back in the right direction after her sound defeat in the Personal Ensign (gr. I).

Solid Field for $1-Million Jockey Club Gold Cup

With Saint Liam pretty much established as the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), a competitive field of eight will line up for Saturday's $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) to determine who will pose the most serious challenge to the Woodward (gr. I) and Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner.

Flower Alley, Lava Man, Borrego Mix It Up in Gold Cup

With Saint Liam established as the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), a competitive field of eight will line up for Saturday's $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) to determine who will pose the most serious challenge to the Woodward (gr. I) and Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner.

Biancone, Pomeroy Set Their Sights on Vosburgh

A field of 10 horses has been drawn for Saturday's 66th running of the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I). The Patrick Biancone-trained Pomeroy, winner of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga, looks to add his name to a list of recent Vosburgh stars that includes Pico Central and Ghostzapper.

English Champion Zilzal Pensioned

Zilzal, England's 1989 Horse of Year who was favored in that year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), has been pensioned from stud duty because of the lack of demand for his services.

Keeneland Giveaways Tied to Movie Premier

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For the second time in two years, Keeneland's picturesque setting has provided the backdrop for a Hollywood movie. To celebrate the opening of Dreamer, the most recent movie filmed at the historic race course, Keeneland will offer several promotions inspired by the DreamWork's film.

Massachusetts Horse Industry Goes Dark for a Day

Led by a united New England Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association, and with the support of workers and officials at Suffolk Downs, the Massachusetts horse racing industry cancelled the live Sept. 28 card at the East Boston racetrack.

Eddington to Stand for $20,000

Eddington, who won this year's Pimlico Special Handicap (gr. I), will begin his stallion career in 2006 for a fee of $20,000 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.

Delta Downs' Race Meeting in Question

Louisiana horsemen are busy shuffling race meetings between Evangeline Downs and Louisiana Downs after Delta Downs became the second track in the state to suffer severe damage due to a hurricane. Delta Downs was scheduled to open its 88-day Thoroughbred meeting Oct. 21.

Churchill Downs To Salute Pat Day Nov. 12

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Retired riding legend Pat Day, the all-time leading jockey at Churchill Downs and a member of racing's Hall of Fame, will be honored when the home of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) salutes his career and contributions to racing with a special "Pat's Day" celebration at the track Saturday, Nov. 12.

Real Dandy Heads Wide Open Super Derby

Real Dandy, whose earnings for the year of $667,990 are more than the lifetime earnings of any of the other nine contestants in Saturday's Super Derby XXVI (gr. II), heads into the 1 1/4-mile Louisiana Downs race as the sole graded stakes winner of the group.

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