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  • Gwaihir Tops Hawthorne Derby

    A group of 10 3-year-olds passed the entry box for Saturday's Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT), one of the season's last major stakes races restricted to sophomores. Al and Saundra Kirkwood's European import Gwaihir is the highweighted entry at 117 pounds.

  • KEMI and Race for Education to Hold Texas Hold' Em Tourney

    Kentucky Equine Management Internship Program, Inc. (KEMI) and The Race For Education will hold the inaugural Horsemen's Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament. The $1,000 per seat tournament will be held Nov. 6 at Sal's Italian Chop House in Lexington, Ky., and will accommodate 110 players.

  • Distinctive Pro Pensioned; Dr. Blum Dead

    Distinctive Pro, one of New York's top sires for years, has been pensioned from stallion duty at Howard and Susan Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y.

  • Balto Star, edging Dynever to win the Meadowlands Cup.

    Countdown to the Cup: Time for that 'Old Meadowlands Magic'

    And you thought all the important preps for the Breeders' Cup Classic -- Powered by Dodge (gr. I) had been run. Well, sitting out there all by itself, virtually unnoticed among the morass of major stakes this past weekend was the $500,0000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II), just waiting to conjure up another live Classic longshot.

  • CHRB Sets Dec. 2 Hearing for Consortium Changes

    The California Horse Racing Board has scheduled a public hearing Dec. 2 at Hollywood Park to consider amendments that would bring current regulations into line with recommendations made by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

  • Tizbud comes back for try at second Cal Cup Classic.

    Out a Year, Tizbud Back for Cal Cup Classic

    Tizbud, a full brother to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, attempts to duplicate his victory last year in the $250,000 California Cup Classic Saturday as the Oak Tree Racing Association presents the 15th annual championship day of racing for state breds at Santa Anita Park.

  • Santa Anita-placed winner Katdogawn (pink) eyeing start in FM Turf.

    Katdogawn Could be Breeders' Cup Bound

    Multiple grade II winner Katdogawn, getting ready for a possible start in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT), worked five furlongs in :59 3/5 under jockey Kent Desormeaux at Santa Anita Wednesday morning.

  • Cliff Hanger Boasts Contentious Field of 11 Turf Rivals

    Friday night's $200,000 Cliff Hanger Handicap (gr. IIIT) is certain to come up a tough event, especially with a full field of turf runners set to go 1 1/16 miles at Meadowlands, including several that have been knocking heads in stakes all year

  • Yes It's True's Fee Upped to $25,000 in 2005

    Syndicate manager Robert Clay announced today that the 2005 stud fee for millionaire Yes It's True, Three Chimneys' newest stallion, will be $25,000 live foal at the Midway, Ky, farm.

  • Friendly Michelle will contest Raven Run.

    Friendly Michelle to Press for Raven Run Win

    Ed Friendly's Prioress (gr. I) winner Friendly Michelle tops a field of 10 3-year-old fillies entered for the sixth running of the $200,000 Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) Friday at Keeneland.

  • Graded Winner Ocean Terrace to Highclere

    Ocean Terrace, a graded stakes winner from only five starts, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Jeffry Morris' Highclere near Lexington.

  • Dooley Named Track Announcer at Fair Grounds

    John G. Dooley has been named track announcer at Fair Grounds Race Course for the 2004-05 season. Dooley has been announcer at Arlington Park for the last five seasons. Arlington's season runs from May until September, allowing him to announce at both tracks.

  • Favorite Trick will stand in Florida.

    Favorite Trick, Alke to Cloverleaf in Florida

    Favorite Trick, the first 2-year-old Horse of the Year since the great Secretariat, and 2004 graded stakes winner Alke will stand next year at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.

  • TOBA Announces Quarterly Newsletter

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) has renewed its quarterly newsletter, now called <i>The TOBA Times</i>, that will update its members and others on TOBA programs and initiatives.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    The Shipping News

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - For whatever reasons--there are surely many--this could be the first time in the history of the Breeders' Cup that no starter that last raced in England makes the trip for one of the event's turf races. If that is the case, it will be a shame.

  • Milkshakes and Miracles

    <i>By Morton Cathro</i> - The recent death of a world-renowned scientist and the current flap over medications and "milkshakes" have combined to stir memories of one of the more sensational and far-reaching episodes in the annals of the American Turf.

  • Trainer John Servis, has another phenom in his barn.

    Servis Has Another Young Phenom in His Barn

    It appears as if Smarty Jones has passed the baton to another young phenom residing in trainer John Servis' barn. His name is Rockport Harbor, and this grand-looking colt can flat-out run, as evidenced by his effortless 7 1/2-length victory in an allowance race at Philadelphia Park Oct. 12, his second brilliant score in as many starts.

  • Jockey Jerry Bailey.

    Jockey Jerry Bailey Has Mounts Thursday at Belmont

    Jockey Jerry Bailey is listed on Belmont Park's Thursday card after a brief hiatus to heal a broken wrist. Bailey returned to working horses last week after recovering from a broken left wrist sustained in a fall from a ladder while preparing his Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, home for Hurricane Francis.

  • Former DRF Executive Could Land Top NYRA Job

    The New York Racing Association is close to naming a new president, and sources say Charles Hayward, the former chief executive officer of the <i>Daily Racing Form</i>, is in line to take over at a crucial time in the racing entity's history.

  • Eurosilver returns after seven-month layoff.

    Eurosilver Returns in Perryville

    Buckram Oak Farm's homebred Eurosilver will return to the track after a seven-month layoff in Thursday's $100,000 Perryville Stakes--Presented by Budweiser at Keeneland for 3-year-olds. The colt will join nine others going seven furlongs and 184 feet.

  • Lear Fan

    Gainesway Stallion Lear Fan Pensioned

    Lear Fan, one of the nation's leading turf sires, has been pensioned from stallion duty at Gainesway Farm near Lexington because of declining fertility.

  • Grade I Winner Stroll Retired

    Grade I winner Stroll, one of the most successful middle distance turf runners the past two years, will enter stud at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. His fee is $7,500 live foal.

  • Bago to Miss Classic, Readied for 2005 Campaign

    Bago, the winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) who was expected to be one of the top European representatives in this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will miss the Oct. 30 races at Lone Star Park.

  • Tale of the Cat colt topped OBSC sale session.

    Tale of the Cat Colt Tops OBSC First Session

    Weanlings have been driving the market at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Fall Mixed Sale in recent years, and Monday's opening session of the 2004 auction indicated the trend was set to continue.

  • Pleasantly Perfect Continues to Prepare for Classic Defense

    Multi-millionaire Pleasantly Perfect worked a mile in 1:38 1/5 in company with stablemate Sanfran at Santa Anita Monday in preparation for his defense of his Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) – Powered by Dodge title at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30. Regular rider Crystal Brown was in the irons for the move.

  • Roman Ruler Works Toward Juvenile; No Breeders' Cup for Senor Swinger

    Multiple grade II winner Roman Ruler, getting ready to make his next start in the Oct. 30 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), worked :35 2/5, breezing, at Santa Anita on Sunday under Dana Barnes. But according to trainer Bob Baffert the bay son of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4338487&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Fusaichi Pegasus</a> went much slower and easier in his first published move since winning the Oct. 3 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II).

  • Boston Glory Probable for Breeders' Cup Juvenile

    Eagle Oak Ranch's Boston Glory, second to division leader Roman Ruler in the Oct. 3 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita in his last start, will most likely make his next start in the Oct. 30 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), trainer Eoin Harty said.

  • Alternative Gaming Push, Ellis Park Results Impact Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs Inc. announced Monday that it is revising its earnings outlook for the third quarter of 2004 and further lowering its outlook for the full year to reflect increased spending on alternative gaming efforts and special, non-cash impairment charges for Ellis Park due to softness in business at that racetrack.