Headlines for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

  • Belmont Fall Meet Posts Significant Gains

    Strong business trends continue on the New York Racing Association circuit with significant gains in purse, handle and attendance figures registered in the recently concluded 2007 Belmont Park Fall Championship meet.

  • War Monger Comes From Back to Take Rutgers

    Peter Vegso's War Monger was in last place after a half-mile, but made a decisive move along the far turn and rallied to take the $100,000 Rutgers University Stakes by a length-and-a-half on the Monmouth Park turf Oct. 24.

  • Bill Mott sends out morning line favorite Namaste's Wish in the Epitome Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park Friday.

    12 Fillies Hope to Be the Epitome on Friday

    Live Oak Plantation had high hopes for Namaste's Wish when they purchased her for $600,000 as a yearling last year. After a couple of disappointing starts to open her career, it seems as if the Pulpit filly is on her way to fulfilling those expectations. She headlines a field of 12 in the one-mile $250,000 Epitome Breeders' Cup Stakes on the Monmouth Park turf Oct. 26.

  • Cynthia Phipps

    New York Breeder/Owner Cynthia Phipps Dead

    Cynthia Phipps, longtime breeder/owner and chairwoman of the Animal Medical Center, died Oct. 24 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a result of injuries suffered in an early morning fire in her Manhattan, N.Y., apartment.

  • Johnny Murtagh

    Murtagh Muses on His Breeders' Cup Chances

    The Europeans felt more at home around the Monmouth Park quarantine barn the morning of Oct. 24, thanks to the clouds and rain that became heavy at times. None of the British or Irish trainers with Breeders' Cup runners had arrived, so leading Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh held center stage. He has four excellent rides in the 11 Breeders' Cup races Friday and Saturday.

  • Some San Diego Area Fire Evacuees Return Home

    Southern California horse and farm owners were beginning to gather information on their animals and property Oct. 24 in the wake of the wildfires that have hit the area. Fires continue to rage, but some evacuees were being allowed back into their homes.

  • Boca Grande will try to break a five-race losing streak in Friday's Inside Information Breeders' Cup Stakes.

    Talkin About Love Looking For Another N.J. Score

    Despite having her five-race win streak broken last month, Talkin About Love will be a formidable foe in the $250,000 Inside Information Breeders' Cup Stakes at Monmouth Park Oct. 26, a test for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16-miles on the main track.

  • Todd Pletcher

    Pletcher Reviews Breeders' Cup Starters

    Two days before the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships, trainer Todd Pletcher reviewed his 11 starters and shared his thoughts on the upcoming races, including possible scratches should the surfaces turn up wet or yielding due to weekend showers.

  • Out-of-Competition Tests Negative on BC Horses

    The random out-of-competition testing of Breeders' Cup World Championships participants for Epogen (EPO) and total carbon dioxide (TCO2) have all returned negative, officials announced Oct. 24.

  • The versatile Purim faces a full field in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. 1T).

    Tom Proctor Relaxed for Purim's Mile Run

    If the relaxed confidence of trainer Tom Proctor could be passed on to his Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) candidate Purim, then the 5-year-old will have a major advantage over his rivals come the $2 million race at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.

  • Octave would be Jack and Laurie Wolf's second Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. 1) winner.

    Distaff Owners Seek to Double Their Fun

    Jack and Laurie Wolf and John and Jerry Amerman will all be looking for their second victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff when they send out Octave and Balance, respectively, Saturday at Monmouth Park.

  • Breeders' Cup Will Showcase Solid 3-year-old Crop

    There are five top 3-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), but there are strong 3-year-old contenders in at least three other World Championship races.

  • Wednesday Morning Line: A Little Damp Around the Edges

    It's 10 a.m. Time for the first group meeting of the "Big Event Team" put together by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. In all 22 agents are prowling the backstretch of Monmouth Park 24/7 looking for evil doers.