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  • High Drama

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Keeneland sales director Geoffrey Russell said the action during the select sessions of the September yearling sale was "like theater, the best theater anybody's seen in a long time."

  • Jockey Guidry Takes Hurricane Relief Supplies to Louisiana

    Jockey Mark Guidry, who started a horsemen's hurricane relief fund at Arlington Park earlier this month, left Chicago on Monday with a truckload of supplies for hurricane victims in and around Lafayette, Louisiana.

  • Whitney winner Commentator will miss the rest of this season.

    Commentator Sidelined Until Next Year

    Tracy Farmer's grade I winner Commentator, who owns two of the year's fastest Beyer Speed Figures, has been taken out of training after re-aggravating a shin injury.

  • Race For Education Benefits Casner Scholarship

    The Third Annual Race For Education 5K Run, which for the first time this year includes a 10K run, will be held Oct. 8, in downtown Midway, Ky. The race, benefiting the Karri Casner Memorial Scholarship Fund, is sponsored by Taylor Made Farm, Central Bank, and RJ Corman Railroad Group.

  • Added Edge won the Razorback in his final career start.

    Canadian Champ Added Edge Retired

    Team Valor and Robert Wilson's multiple grade III winner Added Edge, who went unbeaten in four starts when voted champion 2-year-old colt in Canada, has been retired from racing. Stud plans have not been determined.

  • Bridgmohan Runs Away With Arlington Riding Title

    Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan earned his first outright career riding title at Arlington Park on Sunday, bringing home one final mount of the season to finish 50 wins ahead of his closest competitor.

  • Sorcerer's Stone Shows Arlington Wizardry

    Undefeated Sorcerer's Stone took a big step toward a start in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I) next month with a scintillating victory in the $198,500 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity (gr. III) on closing day at Arlington Park Sunday.

  • Wilson Guides Classic Stamp to Bell Canadian Win

    Woodbine's leading rider, Emma-Jayne Wilson, celebrated the first stakes victory of her career, guiding 7-1 shot Classic Stamp to a successful title defense in the 1 1/8-mile $316,536 Bell Canadian Stakes (Can-II) for fillies and mares.

  • Original Spin Flawless in Arlington Lassie

    Illinois-bred filly Original Spin, who races in the colors of the Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc., rallied four-wide in the stretch to win the $147,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Lassie (gr. III) by 4 ¼ lengths in her second career start.

  • Trainer Bobby Frankel

    Anxious Moments for Frankel As 'Leroi' Romps

    The astonishingly impressive win by super turf horse Leroidesanimaux excited everyone at Woodbine, Bobby Frankel included. However, the trainer didn't see the last furlong. Instead, he felt dizzy, nearly fainted, bowed his head, and tried to regather himself.

  • George Washington Wins National Stakes

    George Washington justified his early favoritism for the 2006 English Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) with a convincing two length win in the Laing O'Rourke National Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh on Sunday.

  • Jockey John Velazquez wins the Atto Mile aboard Leroidesanimaux, Sunday at Woodbine.

    Leroidesanimaux Roars to Atto Mile Crown

    Prior to Sunday's Atto Mile (gr. IT), the biggest knock on TNT Stud's Leroidesanimaux is that all of his previous North American wins had been relatively close races. In winning his eighth straight, the Bobby Frankel pupil took care of that with an authoritative performance on a soft course at Woodbine.

  • No Catching Bear's Kid in Summer Stakes

    Outsider Bear's Kid got loose on the front end and ran to victory in the $241,199 Summer Stakes (Can-II) for 2-year-olds going a mile on a soft turf Sunday at Woodbine.

  • Crimson Classic Sires First Stakes Winner

    Two-year-old King Cohl, owned by Betty L. Kaelin and trained by Forrest Kaelin, became the first stakes winner for stallion Crimson Classic when he captured the $41,500 Dr. Ernest Benner Stakes at Charles Town Saturday night.

  • Manoel Cruz Gets 1,000th North American Win

    Jockey Manoel Cruz rode his 1,000th winner in North America on Saturday when guiding George's Dance to victory in the thirteenth and final race at Calder Race Course.

  • George Washington Set for National Stakes

    A field of seven 2-year-olds is set to go post ward Sunday in the Laing O'Rourke National Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh, led by group I winner George Washington.

  • Vinnie Roe Denied 5th Straight St. Leger

    British raider Collier Hill denied veteran Vinnie Roe a fifth consecutive win in the Irish Field St. Leger (Ire-I) at the Curragh on Saturday.

  • Battle Chant Prevails in Schapiro Breeders' Cup

    Cheveley Park Farm's Battle Chant slipped between horses straightening away for home and bounded to victory Saturday the $150,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup on the turf at Laurel Park.

  • Joey P., Picnic Theme Win in New Jersey Festival

    John Petrini's Joey P. wore down pacesetter War's Prospect in the stretch to win the $100,000 Friendly Lover Handicap at Monmouth Park on Saturday before a crowd of 13,018 on the third annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival, a day dedicated to horses bred in the Garden State.

  • Estate Collection Finds Extra in Ky. Cup Sprint

    The undefeated Estate Collection, making his stakes debut, set a lively pace for jockey Patrick Valenzuela in the Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park Saturday but refused to give in late, winning by three-quarters of a length over 23-1 Humor At Last.

  • Miss Fortunate Proves Luckiest in Turfway BC

    Lyon Stables' Miss Fortunate closed strongest of all to defeat Sheer Luck and Whoopi Cat in an exciting finish to the $175,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at Turfway Park Saturday.

  • Folklore cruises to victory in the Matron, Saturday at Belmont Park.

    Legend-Making Folklore Dominates Matron

    Bob and Beverly Lewis' homebred Folklore became the early favorite for the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) when she routed the field by 14 lengths in Saturday's $300,000 Matron (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Royal Copenhagen Surges Late in Pucker Up

    Royal Copenhagen, a French-bred filly owned by Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois, rallied from far back to overtake prohibitive favorite Singhalese inside the sixteenth pole to win the $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a half-length Saturday at the suburban Chicago racecourse.

  • Shaniko Shakes Loose in Kentucky Cup Classic

    Even-money choice Shaniko, given a confident hand ride by Rafael Bejarano, disposed of pacesetter Ball Four approaching the furlong pole and drew off to a commanding 4 1/2-length victory in the $342,500 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park Saturday.

  • Smokey Glacken glided to a two-length victory in the Floral Park Handicap,  Saturday at Belmont.

    Smokey Glacken Fires in Floral Park

    Susan and John Moore's favored Smokey Glacken assumed command soon after the start and glided to a two-length victory in the $109,000 Floral Park Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Belmont Park, her first graded stakes win since November 2003.

  • Catalano Breaks Own Mark for Arlington Wins

    Wayne Catalano, Arlington Park's leading conditioner in three of the last four years, saddled three winners Friday to break the mark he established three years ago for training victories in a season at the Chicago track.

  • Wilson Can Put Stamp On Big Woodbine Meet

    Emma-Jayne Wilson, Woodbine's leading rider, teams with a familiar partner, Classic Stamp, in the $336,000 Bell Canadian Stakes (Can-II), one of two undercard features on Sunday's Atto Mile (Can-I) program at the Toronto oval.

  • Fourstardave winner Leroidesanimaux puts streak on the line in Sunday&#39;s Atto Mile.

    Leroidesanimaux Favored for Atto Mile Crown

    Leroidesanimaux puts his seven-race winning streak on the line as the 9-5 morning line favorite against eight opponents in Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile (Can-I) at Woodbine.

  • India One to Beat in Matron at Belmont

    With Saratoga's still prestigious Spinaway Stakes downgraded from a grade I to a grade II, New York will host its first grade I stakes for 2-year-old fillies Saturday.

  • Gators N Bears Highlights Jersey Festival

    Graded stakes winner Gators N Bears seeks redemption for his only loss at Monmouth Park in the $100,000 Friendly Lover Handicap Saturday, part of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival.

  • Closing Argument

    Closing Argument Retired, to Stand in Florida

    Closing Argument, the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up, has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty for the 2006 breeding season at Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions in Ocala, Florida.

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey, said Afleet Alex is jogging again.

    Dual Classic Winner Afleet Alex Now Galloping

    Trainer Tim Ritchey, after getting the OK from Dr. Larry Bramlage, sent Afleet Alex out for his first gallop Friday morning at Belmont Park. Ritchey, who spoke earlier in the day with Cash is King Stable managing partner Chuck Zacney, said he's pleased with the way the colt has been progressing.

  • KEEP chairman Brereton C. Jones.

    KEEP Supports Casinos at Licensed Racetracks

    The Kentucky Equine Education Project announced its support Sept. 16 for a referendum to amend the state constitution to allow for casino gambling at licensed racetracks. But details of the plan won't be in the form of legislation until Jan. 1, 2006, and officials admitted the final document will be subject to revision.

  • Dr. Ben F. Roach of Parrish Hill Farm Dies

    Dr. Ben F. Roach, whose many stakes winners as a breeder include Horse of the Year Charismatic and inaugural Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Princess Rooney, died the morning of Sept. 16 at age 86 at the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, Ky.