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French Charmer May Soar in Flying Pidgeon

Double S Stable, Ken Avanzino, and Joe Sullivan's French Charmer will be the starting highweight for this Saturday's $100,000 Flying Pidgeon Handicap at Calder Race Course. A full field of 12 has been entered for the 1 1/8-mile turf contest that will go as the fifth race on the card.

OBS Mixed Sale Wraps Up on Positive Note

Bolstered by large final-session percentage increases in both average and median, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Fall Mixed Sale ended Thursday with across the board increases in nearly every category except buy-back rate.

Study Puts Breeders' Cup Impact at $38 Million

When the Oak Tree Racing Association hosts the 20th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25, more than $38 million in "economic output" will be generated in the Los Angeles area, according to a study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.

On the Fritz Takes Clark County

On the Fritz proved she was anything but when she rallied wide down the lane to score a head victory over Brown Eyed Beauty in Thursday's Clark County Stakes at Keeneland. Paige's Boo was 2 1/2 lengths back for third. The winner covered the 5 1/2 furlong turf distance in 1:02.92.

Field Set For Pattison Canadian International

The defection of Sam-Son Farm's Strut the Stage from Sunday's $1.5-million Pattison Canadian International (Can-I) at Woodbine did nothing to diminish the field. Instead it opened the door for a field of 11 talented runners, including two additional Sam-Son runners, Portcullis, and the up-and-coming Shoal Water. Sam-Son Farmwon the Canadian International in 1991 with Sky Classic and the 1997 edition with Chief Bearheart.

De Seroux Excited about Azeri

Trainer Laura de Seroux is excited about the way reigning Horse of the Year Azeri is training up to the Oct. 25. Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

Congaree Gallops; Still Day to Day

Congaree, who suffered a quarter crack earlier in the week, passed his first test by galloping well Thursday morning, but trainer Bob Baffert said they still won't know anything for sure until closer to the race.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Jinx a Farce

With the defections of many of the leading 2-year-olds from this year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), there has been a great deal of talk recently about the atrocious record of Breeders' Cup Juvenile winners in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). But there is more to it than meets the eye.

Group Begins Campaign to Stop Slaughter

The Equine Protection Network (EPN) kicked off a national horse slaughter awareness campaign in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana with billboards proclaiming, "Keep America's Horses in the Stable and off the Table!" The EPN also has launched a new website, SaveAmericasHorses.com to educate Americans about horse slaughter.

Five Nominated for White Horse Award

Five horse racing heroes have been selected as finalists for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's first annual White Horse Award, will be presented Oct. 23. The winner will be announced at the White Horse Heroes Luncheon at the track's Seabiscuit Court.

Ohio Senate OKs VLT Ballot Question for 2004

The Ohio Senate on Oct. 15 took a major step in approving video lottery terminals for the state's seven racetracks. The Senate, by 24-9 vote, approved a bill that would put the issue of VLTs before the public in the March 2, 2004 primary.

Keeneland Pick Six Swells to $260,209

With no winning Pick Six tickets sold on Wednesday at Keeneland, the carryover pool for Thursday has swelled to $260,209, a track record.

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