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  • Ouija Board points toward FM Turf.

    Ouija Board Made the Chalk in Filly & Mare Turf

    The burning question of whether or not Lord Derby's Ouija Board would go in the V05 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf or the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (both gr. IT) ended at the draw for the World Thoroughbred Championships Wednesday morning when she was entered in the Filly & Mare Turf and was made the 8-5 morning-line favorite.

  • Proctor Looks for Another Distaff Upset

    When Tom Proctor won the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in 1994, his One Dreamer paid $96.20. If Indy Groove wins the Distaff – Presented by Nextel Saturday at Lone Star Park, Proctor said she might pay twice that.

  • Biancone Says Azeri Will Win Classic

    There are at least two trainers who think the correct move with Azeri is to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) rather than the Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I). One is D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Azeri. The other is Patrick Biancone.

  • For Lone Star Park officials, hosting their first Breeders' Cup is both a joy and a test.

    For Breeders' Cup, Yet Another Host Site Test

    Given the money and time that go into preparing a racetrack for the Breeders' Cup, it would seem inappropriate to use the word "test." But when the World Thoroughbred Championships is held Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park, it will be just that.

  • Pleasantly Perfect Half-Brother Tops Tattersalls Session

    Swagger Stick (Cozzene), a half-brother to Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Pleasantly Perfect (Pleasant Colony), topped day two of Tattersalls' Autumn Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket Tuesday when bought for 220,000gns to race in the US.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Slot the Vote

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Comedian George Carlin would have you believe that "paper or plastic" and "aisle or window" are the only real choices in America these days. With important national, state, and local elections coming up Nov. 2, I beg to differ.

  • Racing Needs Independent Agency

    <i>By Barry Irwin</i> -- Racing is at a crossroads on many fronts these days. The New York Racing Association has its back up against the wall. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is in a leadership transition. The Thoroughbred Championship Tour is trying to get off the ground. Purses face erosion from off-shore betting schemes. But the single greatest problem facing the game--how to restore integrity to the race itself--is not receiving the attention it so desperately requires.

  • Mid-Atlantic Tracks, NYRA Strike Signal Deal

    The MidAtlantic Cooperative and the New York Racing Association have struck an agreement that will allow cooperative members and their wagering facilities to import the Aqueduct signal effective Oct. 27.

  • Dodge Classic challenger Azeri arrives at Lone Star.

    Azeri's Team Gambles With Run in Classic

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Tuesday that 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri would challenge males in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) rather than face fillies and mares in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Marquetry to Hill 'n' Dale; Fee $7,500

    Marquetry, sire of two Breeders' Cup winners, arrived Tuesday at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington from Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.

  • Cheiron Leads Way as Barretts Mixed Sale Opens

    Cheiron, who captured the Snow Chief Stakes earlier this year at Hollywood Park, sold for $165,000 Monday to top the opening session of the Barretts October mixed sale in Southern California.

  • Funny Cide, Balletto Work in New York

    Funny Cide, the New York-bred dual classic winner of 2003, breezed a half-mile in 46 4/5 at Belmont Park Tuesday, with trainer Barclay Tagg declaring that "Funny Cide is doing better than he ever has in his life."

  • Trainer Allen Jerkens and son, Jimmy, worked their Breeders&#39; Cup entries on Tuesday morning.

    Jerkenses' Horses, Bwana Charlie Work; Quiet Honor

    Despite a Monday afternoon thunderstorm that dumped up to five inches of rain on the Dallas area, the Tuesday morning work tab at Lone Star Park was busy, with workouts by four contenders in Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Richter Scale Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Opening Session

    Trainer Laura de Seroux went to $230,000 for a bay colt by Richter Scale in the final hour of Monday's opening session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton fall yearling sale at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.

  • Trainer Neil Drysdale, withdrew Sarafan from Breeders&#39; Cup consideration due to an injury.

    Sarafan, Stay Forever Defect From Breeders' Cup

    Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships lost two more participants Monday when Sarafan was withdrawn from the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) due to an injury and Stay Forever was taken out of the VO5 Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Lane's End Sponsors HRTV's BC Coverage

    Lane's End Farm is the presenting sponsor of HorseRacing TV's six-day coverage of the 21st renewal of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships from Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, TX, beginning Tuesday and continuing through Sunday.

  • My Snookie's Boy Tops Discovery Line-Up

    My Snookie's Boy, who spent most of the summer chasing Lion Heart in the Long Branch (gr. III) and Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth, returns after a freshening for Wednesday's $100,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds, the season-opening stakes at Aqueduct.

  • Connections of Ticker Tape Return to Tattersalls

    The connections of grade I Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup and grade I American Oaks heroine Ticker Tape (by Royal Applause), bought for 100,000 guineas at last year's Tattersalls autumn horses In training sale, collected a juvenile by the same sire at the opening session of the 2004 auction.

  • Afleet Alex, following his workout at Lone Star Park Monday morning.

    Afleet Alex Lives Up to Name in Monday Work

    Afleet Alex, the 2-year-old colt who amuses himself by playing with a blue rubber ball suspended in his stall at Lone Star Park, showed his affinity for the Grand Prairie track Monday when he zipped five furlongs in :58 2/5.

  • Pleasantly Perfect, Perfect Drift Arrive at Lone Star

    Diamond A Racing Corporation's Pleasantly Perfect, who will attempt to defend his title in the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), arrived at Dallas' Love Field at 10:15 (CT) Monday morning from California, and was loaded for bear after arriving at the barn.

  • Birdstone, one of three Classic contenders already at Lone Star Park.

    Countdown to the Cup: Action is Hot and Heavy

    The action was hot and heavy going into Breeders' Cup week, with 26 pre-entered horses working on Oct. 24, an influx of horses arriving from all parts of the country and Europe, and a serious injury to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Ready's Gal.

  • Lucky Lionel Lass Hello Lucky Wins Anoakia

    Hello Lucky, a Florida-bred filly who had finished no better than third in three graded stakes, put things together in Sunday's $85,350 Anoakia Stakes at Oak Tree as she held off late-charging longshot No Bull Baby to win by ¾ of a length.

  • Pleasantly Perfect Sizzles in Workout

    Pleasantly Perfect, seeking to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered (gr. I) worked seven furlongs in company Saturday on a "good" track in a bullet 1:23 4/5 under Crystal Brown.

  • Humaita Nips Aud in Dowager Duel

    Humaita edged Aud at the finish of a long stretch duel to win the $150,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes Sunday going 1 1/2 miles on soft turf at Keeneland.

  • Sulamani Likely to Retire After Canadian Smasher

    In what was his likely his last race, Godolphin's Sulamani added to his hefty list of accomplishments when he notched his sixth group or grade I win under a hand ride from Frankie Dettori in the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International Sunday at Woodbine.

  • I Thee Wed Wins Nearctic Calvary Charge

    Pin Oak Stable's I Thee Wed, the second-longest shot on the board, captured the $282,750 Nearctic Handicap (Can-II) for turf sprinters Sunday at Woodbine.

  • Commercante All Business In E.P. Taylor

    Commercante overtook favored Punctilious in deep stretch to win the $607,500 E.P. Taylor (Can-I) for fillies and mares at foggy, showery Woodbine Sunday for her first North American stakes victory.

  • Birdstone got his first look at the main track at Lone Star Park Sunday.

    Birdstone Gets First Feel of Lone Star

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone had his first gallop over the Lone Star Park track Sunday after arriving Saturday afternoon on a private charter from Albany, N.Y. that also brought three other Nick Zito-trained horses.

  • Sense of Style, on track at Lone Star Park Sunday.

    Sense of Style Looks Good in Workout; Ready's Gal Out

    Sense of Style, the 2-year-old filly whose unbeaten record ended when she finished fifth in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) turned in her final prep for the Breeders'Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Sunday when she breezed five-eighths of a mile in :59 4/5.

  • Fantasticat Works at Churchill to Prep for Classic

    Trainer Bobby Barnett insists it wasn't planned but admits it's an eerie coincidence his 2004 Breeders' Cup contender Fantasticat now occupies the stall at Churchill Downs that once housed Answer Lively, the horse he trained that won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and went on to be named 2-year-old champion.

  • Tattersalls Sales to Offer 2,000-Plus Horses

    The catalogues for both the Tattersalls foal and breeding stock sales in England are out now and can be viewed online at www.tattersalls.com. The foal sale has 1,115 lots and is scheduled for Nov. 24-27. The breeding stock auction has 1,207 lots and will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.