Eclipse Award winner Stevie Wonderboy had a small chip taken out of his right front ankle a week ago, said trainer Doug O'Neill. The 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner had been doing well on the comeback trail, but came out of his last work with a slight filling.
Jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, a dominating duo in Bay Area horseracing for two decades, teamed for three winners at Bay Meadows Sunday as Baze zeroes in on the Laffitt Pincay Jr.'s all-time victory mark of 9,530.
Woodbine jockey Constant Montpellier was suspended for 150 days and fellow rider Patrick Husbands was slapped with a 60-day ban for a jockeys' room fight on Nov. 11.
Michael Moran's McDynamo clinched his third steeplechase Eclipse Award with a determined victory in the $150,000 Colonial Cup (NSA-I) at Springdale Race Course Sunday.
John Imbriale, the New York Racing Association's backup track announcer until his retirement in early 2005, will return as Aqueduct's winter announcer in 2007.
Unbeaten Discreet Cat, headed to Saturday's Hill 'N' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct, breezed a bullet five furlongs over Belmont Park's fast main track Sunday morning in :59 -- the fastest of 34 workouts at the distance.
Trainer Richard Mandella reported Sunday from Santa Anita that The Tin Man, the 123-pound high weight for the $400,000 Citation Handicap Friday, would skip the grade I test at 1 1/16 miles on grass.
Passing the test with a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 2/5 on the turf Sunday, Brother Derek may have earned his first start on grass in the $500,000 Holllywood Derby (gr. IT) next Sunday.
- By Ray Paulick
Hollywood Park planned to conduct a full card of racing on its Cushion Track Sunday, one day after jockeys complained late in the day about "waves," or clumps of synthetic material, that a track official said were caused by problems with the equipment used to maintain the new surface.
An internationally broad base of buyers spent a near-record $313,843,800 for 3,147 lots during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which concluded Sunday.
- By Claire Novak
With just one week remaining until the end of Churchill Downs' fall meet, members of the Louisville jockey colony are making plans for the upcoming winter months.
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