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  • Downey Profile: Early Pace May Be Key in Queen Elizabeth II

    Three of our top four quick picks for Saturday's grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland came out of a strong grade I race at Belmont Park. The key to this race might be whether any of these can dictate a moderate pace and stay on to win.

  • Attilas Storm will compete in the Breeders' Cup Sprint before entering stud at JEH Stallion Station in New Mexico.

    Attila's Storm to Stand at JEH

    Attila's Storm, a 2007 graded stakes winner, will enter stud at Jim Helzer's JEH Stallion Station near Hondo, N.M., upon his retirement from racing.

  • Avenue of Flags to Hourigan in New Mexico

    Avenue of Flags, whose 23 stakes winners includes grade I winners Joey Franco and Notable Career, will stand at Hourigan Horse Farm near Anthony, N.M.

  • Awesome Gem

    Awesome Gem - Breeders' Cup Classic

    Despite the string of second-place finishes, Awesome Gem, who was bred in Kentucky by Runnymeade Farm Inc., Catesby Clay and Peter Callahan, has shown he can compete with the best. It gives Terry Finley hope he will surprise people in the Classic, even with such a deep field.

  • War Pass

    Cherokee Run's Crescendo

    The previous successes of Cherokee Run's progeny seem now to have been merely building momentum toward the weekend of Oct. 6-7 that arrived with almost tsunami force. Juvenile War Pass delivered a dominating performance to capture the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) and 3-year-old Zanjero took his earnings past the $1 million mark.

  • Political Force

    Political Force Arrives at Claiborne Farm

    Grade I winner Political Force arrived Oct. 11 at Claiborne Farm, where he will enter stud next year for $15,000 live foal. Political Force made his last start in the Sept. 30 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), in which he finished third to championship contenders Curlin and Lawyer Ron.

  • Master Command

    Master Command Retires to Taylor Made

    Master Command, a record-setting, multiple graded stakes-winning son of A.P. Indy, has been retired to Taylor Made Stallions, in Nicholasville, Ky. Purchased for $650,000 by Aaron and Marie Jones at the 2003 Saratoga Select Yearling sale, the flashy chestnut went on to win five graded stakes and earn $1,137,188.

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    Teuflesberg Surgery Successful; Prognosis Good

    Grade II winner Teuflesberg, who fractured both sesamoid bones in his left front leg in the Oct. 6 Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, underwent a successful surgery Oct. 11 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington and is on the way to what co-owner Donnie Kelly hopes will be a full recovery.

  • Dance Away Capote has two wins from three starts on the grass.

    Criminologist, Dance Away Capote Lead Athenia Field

    Criminologist has four turf victories this year. Dance Away Capote is the lone starter with a graded stakes win to her credit. Those two headline a field of six in the 30th running of the $100,000 Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares Oct. 13 on the Belmont turf.

  • Purses to Increase 12% for Aqueduct Fall Meet

    The New York Racing Association will again raises purses, this time for the 45-day Aqueduct fall meet that begins Oct. 24 and runs through Dec. 30. Projected purses will be the highest in recent memory for the fall meet.

  • Galileo Colt Tops Tattersalls Day Three

    Coolmore's John Magnier bought the top lot in Newmarket on day three of part one of the marathon Tattersalls October yearling sale, spending 750,000 guineas on a son of Galileo (Ire) Oct. 11.

  • Old Friends to Spearhead John Henry Memorial

    Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, announced the Thoroughbred retirement facility would partner with Bill Oster and the Kentucky Horse Park to create a privately funded memorial for John Henry, who was euthanized Oct. 8 due to the infirmities of old age. He was 32.

  • Shakespeare

    Shakespeare - NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile

    Any starter who makes it to the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park is an extraordinary story. But with all due respect to the rest of the starters, none makes a better fairy tale than Shakespeare, who has returned from a near career-ending injury to become one of favorites for the $2 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 27.

  • A lung inflammation will keep Fabulous Strike out of the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint.

    Fabulous Strike Out of Breeders' Cup Sprint

    Fabulous Strike, one of the pre-race favorites for the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park, will not make the race, trainer Todd Beattie said Oct. 11.

  • Dylan Thomas took the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fra-gr.IT) as a prelude to his Breeders' Cup start.

    O'Brien Likely to Have Pair of Breeders' Cup Starters

    Aidan O'Brien, who has been a dominant force in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, likely will have only two starters in this year's event, but they will be a formidable pair. O'Brien will send out Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fra-I) winner Dylan Thomas in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and Excellent Art in the NetJets Mile (gr. IT).

  • Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

    A consortium of major horse industry companies vying for the Thoroughbred franchise in new York began falling apart Oct. 10, as Magna Entertainment and Churchill Downs announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

  • Miss Finland is expected to contest the Cox Plate on October 27th.

    Miss Finland To Target Melbourne Cup

    Miss Finland (Redoute's Choice-Forest Pearl by Woodman) will contest the Aus$3.5 million Cox Plate over 10 furlongs at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne Oct. 27.

  • Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

    A consortium of major horse industry companies vying for the Thoroughbred franchise in New York began falling apart Oct. 10, as Magna Entertainment Corp., Churchill Downs Inc., and Delaware North announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

  • Biancone Granted Stay of Kentucky Suspension

    Trainer Patrick Biancone, suspended for one year for possessing on the grounds of Keeneland three sealed vials of alpha-cobratoxin (cobra venom), a Class A substance under the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Uniform Drug and Medication Classification Schedule, was granted a stay Oct. 10.

  • Augment comes into the Oak Tree Derby off a 2nd place finish in the Del Mar Derby.

    Oak Tree Derby: Augment Adapts to Grass for Gallagher

    Improvement has come quickly for Augment, especially since trainer Paddy Gallagher switched him to the turf this summer, including a surprising second-place finish in the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) last time out. The Aptitude gelding is sure to attract more attention in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita lawn Oct. 13.

  • Les Grands Trois Tackles Perryville Field

    Live Oak Plantation's Les Grands Trois has been the victor in all but one of his four career starts despite an on-again off-again training regimen due to physical issues. The son of Officer looks for his first graded stakes win in the $200,000 Perryville (gr. III) at Keeneland Oct. 13.

  • Kieren Fallon

    Lawyer Defends Fallon as 'Driven by Desire to Win'

    A lawyer for six-time British champion jockey Kieren Fallon told a London court Oct. 10 the suggestion Fallon deliberately tried to lose races was absurd. On the third day of trial, John Kelsey-Fry described his client as "a man driven by the desire to win." Prosecutors allege the jockey won five of the 17 races he was supposed to lose and cost the betting syndicate £338,000.

  • The Tin Man could opt to skip the Breeders' Cup and run at Hollywood in the Citation (gr.1) in November

    The Tin Man Doubtful for Breeders' Cup Turf

    The 9-year-old The Tin Man, second by a length in Oak Tree's Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 6, is likely to pass the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), trainer Richard Mandella said.

  • Summer Doldrums took the Colonial Turf Cup earlier this summer

    Hawthorne Derby: Summer Doldrums Hopes Experience Provides Edge

    Success may not follow Summer Doldrums all the time, but the son of Street Cry has been competitive in nearly all his 12 career starts, many of them in graded stakes competition. That back class will make him one of the horses to beat, as a field of 11 3-year-olds will try the $250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) Oct. 13, a 1 1/8-mile test on the turf.

  • Fair Weather Stan and Fearless Eagle renew their rivalry for the $200,000 Calder Derby

    Locals Dominate Dozen Entered in Calder Derby

    Fair Weather Stan and Fearless Eagle renew their rivalry as part of a full field entered for the $200,000 Calder Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (gr. IIIT) on the Florida track's turf course Oct. 13.

  • Pucker Up winner Dreaming of Anna tries to extend her 3-race winning streak in the Queen Elizabeth II.

    Dreaming of Anna Faces Stiff QE II Test

    Champion filly Dreaming of Anna will put her three-race win streak on the line and get her final prep for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 13 on Keeneland's Haggin Turf Course.

  • New Nonprofit to Aid Retired Thoroughbreds

    A newly formed non-profit organization, After the Finish Line, has been formed to provide funding assistance to Thoroughbred rescue organizations across the United States, the San Diego-based 501 (C) (3) announced Oct. 10.

  • Youbet Served Search Warrant by Federal Agents

    A federal search warrant was served at the California headquarters of Youbet.com Oct. 4 as part of a federal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas, the company has reported.