Headlines for Saturday, October 28, 2006

  • Keeneland Reports Record Attendance, Wagering

    Keeneland reported record attendance and a 12.3% increase in total wagering at the 17-day fall race meeting that ended Oct. 28, its first with a new Polytrack surface.

  • Texcess, left, edges out Cheroot to win the California Cup Classic.

    After 2 Years, Texcess Strikes in California Cup

    Texcess, winless since capturing the $1 million Delta Jackpot as a 2-year-old in December 2004, ended his long drought with a smart victory in the $250,000 California Cup Classic Saturday at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meeting.

  • MacDynamo makes a laugher out of BC Grand National at Far Hills.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D621906%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    McDynamo 22-Length Winner of BC 'Chase

    Star steeplechaser McDynamo captured a fourth consecutive Breeders' Cup Grand National (NSA-I) Saturday at the Far Hills Races, leaping past Hall of Famer Lonesome Glory atop American steeplechasing's career earnings list in the process.

  • Ah Day Draws Off in Japan Racing Association

    Jockey Mario Pino kept Ah Day in a holding pattern until two furlongs from the finish line, tapped him with the whip when he was ready and drew off to a commanding four-length victory in the $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park.

  • Ah Day Draws Off in Japan Racing Association

    Jockey Mario Pino kept Ah Day in a holding pattern until two furlongs from the finish line, tapped him with the whip when he was ready, and drew off to a commanding four-length victory in the $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park.

  • Lava Man, O'Neill Contingent, Ship to Churchill

    Lava Man, a leading contender for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), and Great Hunter, winner of Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) and a major contender for the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I), led the Doug O'Neill contingent that arrived at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

  • Eccentric Gets His Way in Fayette Victory

    Gary Tanaka's overlooked Eccentric slipped through along the inside to overtake Ball Four in the final furlong to win the $150,000 Fayette (gr. III) on Polytrack by three quarters of a length on closing day of the Keeneland fall meet Saturday.

  • Flamethrowintexan Wins Turf Debut at Bay Meadows

    Washington invader Flamethrowintexan went gate to wire in his turf debut to win the $141,250 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a head over favored Fantastic Spain Saturday on the turf in San Mateo.

  • European Stars to Begin Arriving Sunday

    Two of three flights that will carry international contenders to Churchill Downs for the Breeders Cup World Championships are scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Oct. 29.

  • Panel Calls Urgent Meeting On NYRA Bailout

    With New York Racing Association officials threatening to seek bankruptcy protection, state officials are rushing to complete a deal by Oct. 30 to get government bailout money flowing to the financially ailing NYRA.

  • Happy Ticket, U D Ghetto Work at Churchill

    Stewart Madison's homebred Happy Ticket put in her final major preparation for the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) as she worked five furlongs in 1:03 4/5 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs.

  • Meehan Gives Red Rocks 'Fantastic Chance'

    It doesn't take long for trainer Brian Meehan to disabuse one of any notion that John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) candidate Red Rocks will arrive at Churchill Downs as a mere traveling companion for his more heralded, Classic-bound stablemate David Junior.

  • Miesque's Approval Drills at Calder for BC Mile

    Live Oak Plantation's Miesque's Approval, who is being readied for the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) by trainer Marty Wolfson, worked four furlongs at Calder Race Course in :49 2/5 early Saturday morning.

  • Lemons Forever Ships to Keeneland to Work

    Trainer Dallas Stewart took advantage of Keeneland's all-weather track Saturday morning, shipping Lemons Forever from Churchill Downs for her final work in preparation for the Emirates Airling Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). The 3-year-old filly went five furlongs in :59 4/5.

  • BC Classic entrant Perfect Drift works Saturday morning at Trackside.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D624152%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Perfect Drift, the Old Warrior, Tunes Up for Classic

    Perfect Drift, the old warrior who finished third in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), turned in his final prep for this year's 1 1/4-mile race with a five-furlong workout Oct. 28 at Churchill Downs' Trackside training center in Louisville.