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  • Grade I Winner Latin American to Victory Rose

    Grade I winner Latin American, who has sired 21 runners that have won or placed in stakes, has been relocated to Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds near Vacaville, Calif.

  • Arlington Horsemen 'Pass The Boot' for Katrina Victims

    Arlington Park horsemen and their families and fans came together Sept. 9 to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations collected will be put into the R. T. C. A. Illinois Horsemen's Relief Fund.

  • Kentucky Cup Fields Take Shape

    As expected early in the week, fields for Turfway Park's Kentucky Cup Day of Champions Saturday remain a matter for discussion. Still, some trainers' plans have begun to jell.

  • CDI Locates More Louisiana Employees after Hurricane

    Churchill Downs Inc. is now in contact with more than 70% of its 500 Louisiana employees who scattered to areas around the country in the evacuation of New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina's arrival.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Shelter from the Storm

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Horse racing people have heart. If that was ever in doubt, look no further than the extraordinary steps countless owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, veterinarians, racing officials, fans, and others have taken in response to the terrible devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

  • The Nuckols Brothers

    <i>By Alfred H. Nuckols, Jr</i> - On Sept. 2, an era in the history of Central Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding ended with the death of Charles Nuckols Jr. "Uncle Chas" to me and "Charlie" to his many friends, he was the last of a generation of Thoroughbred breeders known throughout the industry as "the Nuckols Brothers."

  • Ghostzapper to Begin Stallion Career at $200,000

    Ghostzapper, last year's Horse of the Year after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) in track-record time, will begin his stallion career for a fee of $200,000 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Shawanda Brilliant in Prix Vermeille Triumph

    Brilliant Irish Oaks (Ire-I) winner Shawanda turned in another scintillating performance when winning the Prix Vermeille Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) on Sunday at Longchamp.

  • Stellar Jayne continues toward BC return with smooth Ruffian win.

    Stellar Jayne Hardly Rusty in Ruffian Romp

    In spite of her relative inactivity this season for her new connections, Stellar Jayne looked right on target for the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) next month with her front-running score in Sunday's $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Unbeaten Shakespeare gets first graded stakes victory with track-record win in Belmont BC &#39;Cap.

    Shakespeare No Farce; Lowers Belmont Mark

    The undefeated Shakespeare blew past grade I winner Meteor Storm in mid-stretch en route to his first graded stakes victory, a track-record win in the Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf Sunday.

  • Silver Train on track in impressive Jerome win.

    Chugging Silver Train Leaves High Fly Grounded

    The sprinter Silver Train made short work of the field in the $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) at one mile for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Sunday, going gate to wire while pulling away from favored High Fly in the late stages.

  • Sweet Stream Gets Rider for Melbourne Cup

    Sweet Stream, the French-based mare who booked passage to the Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) with a convincing victory last week in the Park Hill Stakes (Eng-II) in England, will be ridden Nov. 1 at Flemington by veteran jockey Greg Childs.

  • 'Alex' Auction Items to Benefit Katrina Victims

    Along with the connections of 3-year-old champion Afleet Alex, the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has announced a fundraising plan to benefit hurricane relief efforts.

  • Giant&#39;s Causeway colt sure to raise a few eyebrows among September buyers.

    Keeneland's Hot Horses: Monday's Select Session

    The select sessions of the Keeneland September yearling sale are a lot like the Keeneland July auction used to be, featuring many of the very best yearlings that consignors have to offer. Following are some of the horses in Monday's select session that are attracting the attention of consignors and buyers.

  • Saint Liam Will Train Up To BC Classic

    Saint Liam, the authoritative winner of the Sept. 10 Woodward (gr. I) at Belmont Park, will make his next start in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge (gr. I) on Oct. 29, according to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.

  • River's Prayer Breezes Fast for Belmont Matron

    California invader River's Prayer, a newcomer to Belmont Park, breezed a fast four furlongs in :46 4/5 Saturday morning in preparation for Saturday's $300,000 Matron (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

  • Classic Win for Fifth Overture in Seaway

    Fifth Overture put together her fourth win in a row with a three-length victory in the $175,800 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) for fillies and mares Saturday at Woodbine.

  • Attraction Back On Top In Coolmore Matron

    The champion Attraction showed her old sparkle when leading all the way to capture the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown on Saturday.

  • Saint Liam sets up for BC Classic with sound run in Woodward win.

    Saint Liam Gets Help, Gallops in Woodward

    Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. figured all he needed in order to get Saint Liam home on top in Saturday's $490,000 Woodward (gr. I) was to put a little pace pressure on Commentator, who upset his star in the Whitney (gr. I). Dutrow's strategy worked to perfection as Saint Liam galloped home an easy winner at Belmont Park.

  • Luas Line wins Garden City &#39;Cap.

    Luas Line Finds Garden Spot at Belmont

    Irish invader Luas Line found Saturday's modest offering of three opponents in the $260,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) much more to her liking than her previous American visit. She buried odds-on choice My Typhoon in the stretch for an easy victory on the Belmont Park lawn.

  • In The Gold fastest in Gazelle.

    In the Gold Sparkles in Gazelle Victory

    Battle-tested In the Gold, given a confident ride by Gary Stevens, outlasted odds-on favorite Leave Me Alone to win the $245,000 Gazelle (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Oratorio Collars Motivator, Wins Irish Champion

    Oratorio appears to have Motivator's number. In July, the Danehill colt handed Motivator his first defeat in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I). On Saturday, the Coolmore colt went two-for-two against the Vodafone Derby (Eng-I) winner, with a gutsy half-length victory in the $1.25 million Baileys Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown.

  • TOBA Honors Stronach and the Melnyks

    Frank Stronach of Adena Springs and Eugene and Laura Melnyk were the big winners during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's national awards dinner Friday night at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.

  • Four-time grade I winning filly Alexander Goldrun among hopefuls in Saturday&#39;s Baileys Irish Champion Stakes.

    All-Star Line-Up Faces Off in Irish Champion

    An all-star cast, led by this year's Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Motivator and 2004 Irish Champion (Ire-I) winner Azamour will be lining up for Saturday's running of the Baileys Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

  • Dettori to Ride Sr. Leger Favorite Scorpion

    Scorpion heads a field of seven for Saturday's group I Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster Race Course. This will be the smallest field to face the starter since 1992, when the great filly User Friendly defeated six rivals.

  • California Relief Campaign Tops $250,000

    The "Racing With Heart" fundraising campaign being conducted by the California horseracing industry will continue indefinitely at various racetracks and wagering locations throughout the state in support of victims of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Roman Ruler training up to BC Classic.

    Roman Ruler Leads Trio of Baffert Workers

    Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Roman Ruler, third in the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) in his last start, led Friday's Santa Anita workout brigade of Bob Baffert-trained runners looking toward the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • High Fly resumes flight in Sunday&#39;s Jerome Handicap.

    High Fly Ready to Take Off in Jerome

    Grade I winner High Fly, 10th in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (gr. I) before heading to the sidelines, returns to action in the $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Sunday.

  • Shakespeare Steps Up in Belmont BC 'Cap

    The undefeated Shakespeare makes his graded stakes debut in the $200,000-added Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) Sunday at Belmont Park, taking on a field that includes grade I winner Meteor Storm and grade II winner Greek Sun.

  • Stellar Jayne ends two-month hiatus in Sunday&#39;s Ruffian.

    Stellar Jayne Shows Up in Ruffian

    Stellar Jayne, aimed by her new owners toward the 2005 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), makes her first start in more than two months in the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park Sunday.

  • Preliminary OK Given Bay Meadows Plan

    The Bay Meadows development plan gained approval from the San Mateo Planning Commission at its Sept. 8 meeting and has been sent to the City Council for consideration later this month.