Articles posted November 14, 2012

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Storm Crossing brings $75,000 at Keeneland November

Hip No. 3094, the juvenile filly STORM CROSSING (Tiznow), brought a winning bid of $75,000 from Ashview Farm to top Wednesday's ninth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. Consigned by Lane's End, agent, the Kentucky-bred bay lass was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Animal Kingdom to use Gulfstream Park Turf as prep for Dubai World Cup

Trainer Graham Motion developed a plan that almost landed his charge Animal Kingdom an historic victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile in the colt's first start in 259 days. Team Valor International CEO Barry Irwin termed the second-place finish to Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan "a great feat of horsemanship."

Santa Anita releases winter stakes schedule

Santa Anita, which will embark upon its 76th winter/spring meeting on December 26, has announced it will offer a total of 41 graded stakes over the course of its 71-day meet, beginning with the opening day Malibu and La Brea which will serve as the first of nine Grade 1 events. Both stakes will offer purses of $300,000 and will be run at seven furlongs.

Centre Court takes center stage in Mrs. Revere

Centre Court, who developed into one of the nation's leading three-year-old grass fillies over the summer after belatedly breaking her maiden during the Churchill Downs spring meet, returns to that venue for Saturday's Grade 2, $175,000 Mrs. Revere. Although she will have to face 11 rivals, Centre Court figures to be a strong favorite in the 1 1/16-mile test that highlights the lone "Downs After Dark" program of the Fall Meet.

Colonial Cup attracts solid field minus Pierrot Lunaire

Saturday's Grade 1, $100,000 Colonial Cup, the 2 3/4-mile fixture at Springdale Racecourse in Camden, South Carolina, is the last major contest of the 2012 steeplechase season and often plays a role in deciding the year's Eclipse Award winner. However, it was announced last week that leading divisional earner Pierrot Lunaire, who captured both the Grade 1 Grand National and Grade 1 Lonesome Glory this fall, would skip the Colonial Cup.

Overanalyze headed to Kentucky Jockey Club

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday that Repole Stable's Overanalyze, a pre-entrant for Saturday's Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, is now being pointed to the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on November 24 as part of the Stars of Tomorrow II program.

Groupie Doll could go in Cigar Mile

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Groupie Doll was scheduled to go to trainer Buff Bradley's farm in Frankfort, Kentucky, earlier this week, but plans changed and the four-year-old filly daughter of Bowman's Band remained at Churchill Downs to prepare for a possible start in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on November 24.

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