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  • Azeri wins Overbrook Spinster in her first-ever race at Keeneland.

    Smooth Azeri Her Old Self in Spinster

    The champion Azeri, approaching her 2002 form when she was Horse of the Year, put on a show in her first start at Keeneland while winning the $500,000 Overbrook Spinster for fillies and mares under wraps Sunday.

  • Yougottawanna Pointed to Cal Cup Classic

    Perennial Bay Area training champion Jerry Hollendorfer is pointing Yougottawanna to the $250,000 California Cup Classic, marquee race for California Cup XV presented by the Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita on Saturday.

  • Champagne winner Proud Accolade will go in BC Juvenile.

    Proud Accolade Confirmed for BC Juvenile

    Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed that Champagne (gr. I) winner Proud Accolade would make his next start in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park.

  • Lady Tak, ridden by jockey John R. Velazquez, captures the Gallant Bloom Stakes, Sunday at Belmont Park.

    Lady Tak Lords Over Gallant Bloom

    The brilliant sprinter Lady Tak, with a confident John Velazquez in the saddle, disposed of pacesetter Molto Vita coming off the turn and cruised to a two-length victory as the heavy favorite in the $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares.

  • Stay Forever (left) with Eddie Castro aboard won the WinStar Galaxy, Sunday at Keeneland.

    Patience Pays for Stay Forever in Galaxy

    Florida shipper Stay Forever, making her first start in three months, came from behind to edge fellow closer Super Brand by a half-length in the $500,000 WinStar Galaxy (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the Keeneland turf Sunday.

  • Presidentialaffair under jockey Stewart Elliott wins the Maryland Million Classic, Saturday at Pimlico.

    Presidentialaffair Romps in Million Classic

    Presidentialaffair left little doubt as to which horse was best in the $190,000 Maryland Million Classic at Pimlico Race Course. Last year's runner-up in the 1 3/16-mile event galloped to a resounding 1 3/4-length victory as the 7-5 favorite.

  • Musical Chimes, center, out bobs Buckland Manor, inside, obscured, and Singletary, outside, to win the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, Saturday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

    Musical Chimes 1st Filly to Win Oak Tree Mile

    The 4-year-old filly Musical Chimes, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, squeezed between horses in a spectacular stretch run to win a frantic finish by a nose over Buckland Manor in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Cuvee, winning the Kentucky Cup Sprint last year.

    Cuvee Added to Sprint Lineup; Lady Tak Possible

    Cuvee, one of the top juveniles of 2003, is on track for a start in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, trainer Steve Asmussen said Saturday. Asmussen said 4-year-old filly Lady Tak also remains an outside possibility for the Sprint.

  • Sightseek and Javier Castellano cruise home in the Beldame Stakes, Saturday at Belmont.

    Sightseek Exits on Perfect Beldame Note

    Juddmonte Farm's Sightseek ended a spectacular career in a gallop Saturday afternoon, waltzing off to a repeat victory in the $750,000 Beldame (gr. I) for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

  • Mr O'Brien and Eibar Coa win the Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap, Saturday at Belmont Park.

    Plenty of Room for Mr O'Brien's Kick in Kelso

    Skeedattle Stable's Mr O'Brien found his closing kick again after four straight losing races, taking Saturday's $270,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at a mile on the Belmont Park Widener turf course.

  • Nothing to Lose joins Roses in May and Kitten's Joy to give Ramsey Farm a triple threat at this year's Breeders' Cup.

    Ramseys Have Nothing to Lose on Cup Day

    Nothing to Lose dominated the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Saturday at Keeneland to give owner/breeders Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey a third contender for the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held in three weeks at Lone Star Park near Dallas.

  • Proud Accolade remains perfect with Champagne win.

    Pletcher Pops Champagne with Proud Accolade

    Unbeaten Proud Accolade, ridden confidently in his stakes debut by John Velazquez, dealt heavy favorite Afleet Alex his first loss with a half-length victory in the $500,000 Champagne (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Nimble Balletto On Her Toes in Frizette

    Darley Stable's Balletto rallied late after ducking away from wavering leader Sis City near the eighth pole to win the $500,000 Frizette (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.

  • Mustanfar takes the Sycamore BC in style.

    Mustanfar Dazzles Sycamore BC Turf Foes

    With an eye-catching move in mid-stretch, 3-year-old Mustanfar defeated older horses for the first time in his career, capturing the $150,000-added Sycamore Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) in fine style Saturday on the Keeneland turf course.

  • Lenatareese Takes Step Up in Pebbles 'Cap

    Lenatareese, who has overcome wide trips to win both her turf starts, was one of nine 3-year-old fillies entered in Monday's $100,000-added Pebbles Handicap (gr. IIIT), the Columbus Day feature at Belmont Park.

  • Chris McCarron will assume modified role on Santa Anita management team.

    McCarron to Step Down as Santa Anita's G.M.

    Eighteen months after his appointment, Chris McCarron will step down as general manager of Santa Anita Park. He will remain in a management role as vice president of industry relations for parent company Magna Entertainment Corp.

  • NetJets Mile winner Six Perfections among likely European contingent to this year's Breeders' Cup.

    Most BC Euro Challengers to Arrive Oct. 25

    The International Racing Bureau informed Lone Star Park officials that the main charter shipment for horses competing in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has been provisionally booked to arrive in Dallas on Monday, Oct. 25.

  • Blues' Trip to Breeders' Cup at Stake Sunday

    Bluesthestandard could use Sunday's $250,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park as a springboard to his second consecutive appearance in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Lone Star Park in Texas on Oct. 30.

  • Pimlico Meet Extended; Laurel to Reopen Dec. 26

    The Maryland Jockey Club announced Oct. 8 that it intends to extend the current Pimlico meet until mid-December, with the re-opening of Laurel Park scheduled for Dec. 26. The current Pimlico stand was tentatively scheduled to end on Nov. 2.

  • Two BC Works Planned for Pleasantly Perfect

    Richard Mandella plans at least two more workouts at Santa Anita for Pleasantly Perfect before the defending Breeders' Cup Classic champion moves to Lone Star Park for defense of his crown on Oct. 30.

  • Tattersalls' October Sale Reaches Halfway Mark

    Part one of Tattersalls' new-look October Sale realized a total $93.68 million (52,631,500guineas) for 512 head sold at an average of $182,976 (102,795gns) and median of $124,600 (70,000gns). The clearance rate was 72%.

  • Runaway Model (8) wins Alcibades with last-second surge along the outside.

    Runway Model Tight Fit in Darley Alcibiades

    With a last desperate surge on the far outside, 17-1 Runway Model emerged with a head victory over Sharp Lisa and In the Gold in a blanket finish to Friday's $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies at Keeneland.

  • Champali wins the Phoenix Breeders' Cup at Keeneland.

    Champali Wins Phoenix BC at Keeneland

    Champali and the nation's leading rider by wins, Rafael Bejarano, won the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Friday.

  • NYRA chairman and CEO Barry Schwartz to resign at year's end.

    Schwartz to Resign as CEO of NYRA at Year's End

    Barry Schwartz, chairman and chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association, said he would resign effective Dec. 31 and "hand the reigns to someone new who can focus vigorous energy" on setting the future course of the association.

  • On-Hiatus Kentucky Drug Council Being Reconstituted

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, which hasn't met since last October, is being reconstituted under the administration of Gov. Ernie Fletcher and its new members will be announced soon, according to individuals close to the situation.

  • Azeri makes Keeneland debut in Sunday's Overbrook Spinster Stakes.

    Azeri to Make Keeneland Debut in Spinster Stakes

    Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year, has crisscrossed the country piling up 16 victories in 22 starts thus far in her career. She never has raced at Keeneland, but that will change Oct. 10 when she takes on six fillies and mares in the $500,000 Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at the Lexington racetrack.

  • Bedanken goes in Sunday's WinStar Galaxy at Keeneland.

    Field of Nine Head to Post for WinStar Galaxy

    Bedanken will lead a field of nine into the gate for Sunday's $500,000 WinStar Galaxy Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland. The 5-year-old mare will be looking for her fourth win of the year from seven starts in the 1 3/16-mile turf contest.

  • Record Price Paid at Perth Sale

    Following hot in the footsteps of last week's record result for a breeze-up 2-year-old, in Perth, Australia, Gray Williamson of Mungrup Stud in Western Australia paid a Perth sale record A$125,000 (U.S.$91,000) for a colt by Australia's highest priced stallion Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek) at the Magic Millions Horses-In-Training Sale at Belmont Park racecourse.

  • Rossini to Stand at Darley at Jonabell

    Rossini, a half-brother to leading sire Elusive Quality, has been purchased by Sheikh Mohammed and will stand the 2005 season at Darley at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. His fee has not been set.

  • TVG To Offer Wraparound Breeders' Cup Coverage

    TVG will offer extensive pre-and post-2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships coverage, beginning on Saturday, October 23, with the first of six, one-hour airings of "The Works."

  • Kentucky Notebook: The Only Thing Better Than Keeneland in the Spring

    Thirty-two times a year. Thirty-three if we're lucky. A scant 6 weeks and two days when local residents figure out how to get out of at least a half-day of work to make it to the track. You plan your route to the track to avoid the traffic, plan again later in the day to avoid it going home.

  • Musical Chimes Tests Males in Oak Tree Mile

    Musical Chimes, poised for a possible return trip to the Breeders' Cup, will challenge males for the third time for trainer Neil Drysdale in Saturday's $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf.

  • Parade Magazine Features Smarty Jones

    Smarty Jones, the gutsy colt whose quest for a Triple Crown was sidetracked by Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is the subject of a short item in the Oct. 10 issue of <i>Parade</i> magazine, which is supplement inside many Sunday newspapers.