Belgravia, a $2 million juvenile purchase earlier this year by Michael Tabor, John Magnier and Zayat Stables, tries graded stakes company in just his second start, Saturday's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.
British Columbia invader True Metropolitan will need to be at his best when he faces a quality field of seven rivals with a possible divisional championship at stake in Saturday's $150,000 Woodbine Slots Cup (Can-III) on the Toronto track's all-weather surface.
Centennial Farms' Reverberate, a colt expected to have a big future after his runner-up finishes in the Peter Pan and Jim Dandy (both gr. II) as a 3-year-old last year, tries once more to lock up his elusive first stakes victory in Saturday's $100,000 Stuyvesant Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
The Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, both operated by the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, were awarded a combined 280 racing dates in 2007.
Aqueduct's main track will be closed for racing and training Nov. 17-20 and will reopen for training on Nov. 21, the New York Racing Association announced Nov. 16.
Ivan Denisovich, stabled with Aidan O'Brien in Ireland, and Vega's Lord, conditioned by Peter Rau in Germany, are scheduled to arrive in Southern California Monday for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) after a flight from Europe, racing secretary Martin Panza confirmed Thursday.
Due to high winds gusting up to 40 mph, Hawthorne Race Course canceled its live racing program for Thursday.
A weanling filly from the first crop of Chapel Royal brought the top price of $180,000 during Thursday's session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
Trainer Graham Motion, who collected his first victory at Laurel Park in 1993, earned win number 1,000 Thursday at the Maryland track as well when Lucky Bachelor ($3.80) captured the eighth race.
Three of the top five finishers from the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) are among the 21 pre-entries for the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Nov. 25.
Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm announced that stakes winners Frisco Star and Unforgettable Max will stand in 2007 at Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions near Ocala, Fla.
Jade Hunter, whose daughter Azeri is North America's richest female earner, has arrived for stallion duty at Liberty Stud near Ghent, N.Y.
Proclamation, a group-winning miler from the Mr. Prospector sire line, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire County in England.
The Jockey Club of Canada announced finalists in the 2006 Sovereign Award Media categories. Winners will be announced at the 32nd annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Dec. 16.
- By Jack Shinar
Eddie King, ousted as treasurer of the Jockeys' Guild in 2004 and later stripped of his membership for challenging the previous administration's financial dealings, said he has rejected the new leadership's attempt to bring him back into the fold.
Atlantic City Racetrack, which has conducted only short, four-day meets in recent years, is poised to run a 20-day meet in 2008, as requested Nov.15 at a New Jersey Racing Commission meeting in Trenton, N.J.
The Daddy, a grade II winner who captured three of four lifetime starts, will stand the 2007 season at Eddie Martin's Martin Stables South near Reddick, Fla.
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