Headlines for Sunday, September 30, 2007

  • Curlin (left) comes from behind in the stretch to catch Lawyer Ron in Gold Cup win.

    Curlin Edges Lawyer Ron in Gold Cup Thriller

    In a race reminiscent of Rags to Riches beating Curlin by a head in this year's Belmont Stakes, the Sept. 30 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park featured Curlin catching favored Lawyer Ron in the final yards for a neck win.

  • Dixie Chatter sings perfect tune in Norfolk win.

    Dixie Chatter Shouts Potential in Norfolk Win

    Dixie Chatter, slowed this season by treatment for a throat ulcer, produced the strongest effort of his career in winning the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) on the Santa Anita Cushion Track for trainer Richard Mandella.

  • Feel good mood continues as Midlantic yearling sale set to begin.

    Consignors, Fasig-Tipton See Strong Midlantic Sale

    Consignors and sale company officials are predicting the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale will break strong from the gate and hold a steady pace during its three-day run Oct. 1-3 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md.

  • Unbridled Belle gives Pletcher a pair of victories with this Beldame win.

    Double Score for Pletcher as Unbridled Belle Takes Beldame

    Trainer Todd Pletcher, fresh off winning the Sept. 30 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park with English Channel, came back and won the next race, the Beldame Stakes (gr. I), with Unbridled Belle. Pletcher couldn't just settle for the win in the Beldame; he also saddled the runner-up, Indian Vale.

  • Etched May Carve Out a Spot in Breeders' Cup Juvenile

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin enjoyed a big upset in winning the Sept. 29 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park against a stellar field with Lahudood. McLaughlin's less surprising winner earlier on the card, Etched, could be bound for the $2-million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.

  • Bravo May Be Back in Irons Soon, Says Agent

    Jockey Joe Bravo, who fractured his left clavicle bone in a Sept. 7 spill at Belmont Park, is a "week to 10 days" away from galloping horses, his agent, Drew Mollica, said Sept. 30.