Articles posted October 27, 2007

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Channeling Success

English Channel is a dream come true for a small, 13-mare Central Kentucky Thoroughbred nursery named Keene Ridge Farm. The 170-acre farm has not only produced a Breeders' Cup winner but may also have a turf champion.

Hillside Helps Get Funky Find Winning Style in Morvich

Hillside Helps Get Funky Find Winning Style in Morvich

Grade II winner Get Funky, shopping for his first victory in nearly seven months for trainer John Sadler, outfought the upstart Relato Del Gato through the lane before prevailing by a neck in Oak Tree's $110,000 Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Santa Anita's hillside turf course Oct. 27.

Wagering Declines on 2007 Breeders' Cup

Wagering Declines on 2007 Breeders' Cup

A total of $111,903,685 was wagered from all sources on the 11-race Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships card at Monmouth Park Oct. 27, according to preliminary data, a decline of 20.3% from the all-time record set at Churchill Downs last year.

Second Lightning Strike for Kip Deville's Breeder

Kip Deville is further proof that a truly good horse can come from anywhere. The 4-year-old winner of the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) is the second Oklahoma-bred horse to win a Breeders' Cup World Championship race. The first was the outstanding mare Lady's Secret, who won the Distaff in 1986.

English Channel Breaks Through in Turf

English Channel Breaks Through in Turf

English Channel pulled away from a tight pack coming out of the final turn and exploded through the stretch to win his first $3 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) in three tries, beating a field that included European star Dylan Thomas.

First Shadwell Homebred Grabs a Breeders' Cup Title

First Shadwell Homebred Grabs a Breeders' Cup Title

Lahudood is the first homebred Breeders' Cup World Championship winner for the powerful Shadwell Stable. Prior to the daughter of Singspiel's victory Saturday in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. I), Shadwell's best finish as breeder had been Sakhee's second place in the 2001 Classic.

Indian Blessing Thoroughly Homebred

Indian Blessing, winner of the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), is thoroughly a product of the racing and breeding program of Hal and Patti Earnhardt III, who raced not only the filly's sire but also her stakes-winning dam.

War Pass Marches to Juvenile Victory

War Pass Marches to Juvenile Victory

Once more, War Pass has proven that no one can run with him. Robert LaPenta's undefeated colt set a fast pace on a sloppy Monmouth Park strip and took command early on the far turn, finishing up nicely to register a 4 3/4-length in the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 27.

Actin Good Behaves in Pegasus Stakes

Actin Good Behaves in Pegasus Stakes

When trainer Bobby Dibona saddled Actin Good for the $250,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) on the Breeders' Cup undercard at Monmouth Park Oct. 27, he respected the horse more than the bettors who sent him off at odds of 10-1. Actin Good rewarded Dibona's faith with a gutsy frontrunning performance, fighting through a neck-and-neck stretch duel with Now A Victor to take the 1 1/8-mile event by a neck.

El Segundo Thunders to Cox Plate Victory

El Segundo Thunders to Cox Plate Victory

This year's WS Cox Plate (Aus-I) at Moonee Valley Oct. 27 proved as stunning as the equine influenza problem in Australia has been devastating. The Australian Weight For Age heavyweight championship, this year worth AUS$3 million, was taken out by the brilliant El Segundo (Pins-Palos Verdes), who was ridden a treat by Luke Nolen in a staggering 46.5 seconds.

Saturday Morning Line: The Elite Eight Awaits

Gerald Errichetti, Laura Von Glahn, and Connie O'Connell stop by the clubhouse dining room to inquire of the guest list. Volunteers with the Breeders' Cup VIP Escort Team, they're getting their assignments straight.

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