Headlines for Thursday, October 19, 2006

  • Society Hostess Last to First in Franklin County

    Favored Society Hostess rallied from last place after a half-mile under jockey Garrett Gomez to win the $113,100 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes Thursday at Keeneland.

  • Wildcat Betty B the Choice in Safely Kept BC

    Grade I winner Wildcat Bettie B faces seven challengers on Saturday in the $200,000 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. The eight competitors have combined to finish in the money 45 times in 53 career starts and have 25 victories at the six-furlong distance.

  • Sweetnorthernsaint Wins in Return at Laurel

    Sweetnorthernsaint returned to the races Thursday for the first time since his runner-up finish in last May's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), easily outstepping two rivals to win a seven-furlong optional allowance test on the main track.

  • Meribel Slight Choice in Tight Valley View

    Arthur B. Hancock III and Catesby W. Clay's Meribel, a winner of three races in eight starts this year, could go favored in a deep field of 12 entered for the $125,000 Valley View (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland Friday.

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    Strong Contender Out of BC Classic; Bernardini Breezes

    John Oxley's Strong Contender, winner of the Super Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will skip the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. II) and will point for the Gulfstream Park meeting, with his main goal being the Donn Handicap (gr. I), trainer John Ward said Thursday.

  • Hollywood Story Drills for Third Crack at Distaff

    George Krikorian's millionaire Hollywood Story, getting ready for her next start in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, worked six furlongs in 1:14 over Santa Anita's fast main track on Thursday.

  • Aragorn to Stand at Lane's End

    Multiple grade I winner and millionaire Aragorn, who has won four consecutive graded stakes, will enter stud in 2007 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Hurricane Run Heads Coolmore's New Stallions

    Four group I winners--Ad Valorem, Aussie Rules, George Washington, and Hurricane Run--will be added to the Coolmore Stud stallion roster after their final outings in the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.

  • Jerardi, Ford, Jensen Take Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Honors

    Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News became a five-time winner and three newcomers earned top honors as Churchill Downs announced the winners of its 2006 Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest, which annually recognizes the best in print media coverage of America's greatest race.

  • Lexington Plane Crash Rescuers Receive White Horse Community Award

    Race Track Chaplaincy of America will present its annual White Horse Community Award to the Lexington, Ky., police officer and the two Blue Grass Airport public safety officers who rescued the lone survivor from the Aug. 27 Comair crash, during the Taylor Made Sales Agency White Horse Heroes Luncheon at Churchill Downs Triple Crown Room Nov. 2.

  • Gorella's Dam to be Offered at Tattersalls

    Exciting Times, the dam of this year's Beverley D. Stakes (gr. IT) winner Gorella, will be offered during the Tattersalls December sale, scheduled for Nov. 20-30 in England.

  • Roman Ruler tops 2006 list.

    Roman Ruler Tops Stallion List by Number of Mares Bred

    The Jockey Club reported Oct. 19 that 3,053 stallions covered 59,434 mares in North America during 2006, according to "Reports of Mares Bred" received through Oct. 12, 2006. Unlike in 2005 when four stallions covered more than 200 mares each, Roman Ruler led all stallions in 2006 with 197 mares bred, two more than El Corredor. Giant's Causeway and Stormy Atlantic each covered 191 mares.

  • Questroyal in New York Announces Fees

    Questroyal Stud, located in New York state, announced that <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4032305&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Tomorrows Cat</a>'s fee for 2007 will remain at $7,500.