As the Ballydoyle brain trust assembles its massive army and attempts to sort out who will run in which Breeders' Cup race, there is one decision that requires very little thought. And that is, Hawk Wing belongs in the Classic, regardless of whether or not stablemate Rock of Gibraltar runs.
Tom R. Durant's Most Feared, who dominated rivals in the grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 28, breezed three-quarters of a mile in 1:14 1/5 Thursday morning at Arlington Park in preparation for the Oct. 26 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) on World Thoroughbred Championships Day.
Repent, who disappointed as the favorite in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, will be given some time off due to what trainer Kenny McPeek calls a "suspicious tendon" in his left front leg.
Came Home, the leading point leader for the Breeders' Cup Classic, turned in a sharp seven-furlong work in 1:25 3/5 at Santa Anita Thursday morning with jockey Mike Smith aboard. Trainer Paco Gonzalez described the work as "perfect."
Longchamp's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) is considered the 12-furlong championship of Europe, but it has never produced a John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf winner.
No BC for Balto Star, Harlan's Holiday still on target for Classic...Owsley BC-bound for Filly & Mare Turf...Next starts in place for Regal Sanction and Snake Mountain.
There should be no doubting Rock of Gibraltar for the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) now. Any questions about the talents of the 'Rock' had to have been quickly dispelled after Sunday afternoon, when Landseer, a victim of Rock of Gibraltar once this year and once last year at two, won the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT).
Kalookan Queen will be pointed to the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, along with stablemate Kona Gold, according to Aase Headley, wife of Kalookan Queen's trainer, Bruce Headley.
Xtra Heat arrives, will gallop up to BC Sprint...Two Item Limit Works Toward Distaff...Fraulein settles in.
Ten jumpers, including the race's two previous winners, pre-entered for the Oct. 19 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I).
The Breeders' Distaff actually is quite simple this year: Azeri vs. the East.
When they go to the post for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), the likely favorite will be Sky Mesa.
The final preps for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf helped solidify and confuse the status of some of the major players. That's par for the course, though, because in three previous editions, the winner had won her previous start only once.
Sure, a solid favorite has been established, but there are still many questions to be answered in the week's time before pre-entries are taken Oct. 15 for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
They're all in the books now. All the prep races for the Breeders' Cup Sprint have been sprinted, and the field for the six-furlong contest is coming into focus.
Trainer Patrick Biancone arrived at Arlington Park on Monday with a strong contingent of juveniles ready to contest the Oct. 26 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and one looking toward the Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Classic field pretty much set; full field likely...Pleasantly Perfect leaps into Classic picture following impressive win in Goodwood BC Handicap...Lido Palace will not be supplemented...Medaglia d'Oro in sharp 6-furlong work...Arrival schedule for Classic horses
There has been much discussion regarding the decision to change the 2002 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Filly distance to 1 1/8 miles instead of one mile, which was the original distance of the two juvenile races, first run at Hollywood Park.
In the latest Breeders' Cup odds from British bookmaker William Hill, Travers winner Medaglia d'Oro and dual classic winner War Emblem are the joint 5-1 favorites for the Classic.
Xtra Heat, who beat the boys in the Oct. 6 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Keeneland, arrived at Arlington Park, the site of the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, on Sunday and is resting comfortably in her new surroundings.
With 36 victories going into the weekend's action, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella won't list 2002 among his greatest years. But as it winds down, he'll have Sunday at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting to make it better.
Making his first United States start, Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Landseer may have landed a spot in the Breeders' Cup Oct. 26 by winning the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland Sunday
Godolphin's Marienbard, with Frankie Dettori riding, came off the rail in the straight to win the 81st running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp by less than a length over French Derby champion Sulamini.
Godolphin has won graded stakes four of the last five weekends; Imperial Gesture keeps string alive in Beldame.
Finding room along the rail, Toccet shot past Icecoldbeeratreds in the final sixteenth of a mile for a 1 1/2-length win in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Gary A. Tanaka's Golden Apples, with Patrick Valenzuela riding, steered clear of trouble on the outside and went on to tally a one-length victory over Voodoo Dancer in the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree Saturday.
Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Xtra Heat withstood some quick early pressure and turned in her first career victory over males by three lengths Saturday in the 150th running of the $250,000 Phoenix (gr. III) at Keeneland.
Arlington Park has put 500 additional seats for the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on sale to the public. The seats were previously set aside as part of the allotment for large groups or sponsors, according to Breeders' Cup spokesman Damon Thayer.
French Derby winner Sulamani and English Derby champion High Chaparral are the top contenders for Sunday's $1.58 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe's most prestigious horse race. Sakhee, last year's Arc winner, went on to finish second in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
The Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap for sprinters, the Yellow Ribbon for fillies and mares, and the Norfolk Stakes highlight Saturday's card at Santa Anita that has Breeders' Cup implications.
Janis Whitham's Affluent is scheduled to return to the races Oct. 5 in Keeneland's grade II WinStar Galaxy Stakes, one of the top final preps for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Oct. 26 at Arlington Park. In California, last year's Filly & Mare Turf winner, Banks Hill, is set to go in the grade I Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita Park the same afternoon.
Azeri did her part in winning Wednesday's Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, and now it's up to Edward P. Evans' Summer Colony to match her or do her one better when she takes on six talented fillies and mares in Saturday's $750,000 Beldame Stakes.
There will be something conspicuous by its absence at this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship, and that's the famed babies in blue, also known as the Godolphin 2-year-olds. Last year, the California-based stable ran one-two in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), and were represented by two colts in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Khalid Abdullah's homebred Oasis Dream, sent off at 6-1, pulled away to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) Thursday afternoon at Newmarket.
Maturing filly stamps herself as the one to beat in Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Horses headed for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park, Oct 26, will have their final major tuneups on both sides of the Atlantic this weekend as Longchamp, in Paris, presents Europe's most important 12-furlong race, the $1.5 million (est) Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), and Santa Anita offers the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial at 10 furlongs (gr-IT). Both races are for 3-year-olds and up.
How the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) shakes out will largely be determined this week when the country's top fillies and mares enter their final preps for the Oct. 26 championships.
This is the weekend we've been waiting for: the three major North American preps for the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
The last round of preliminaries for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) takes place coast-to-coast this weekend, but we may not learn as much as we'd like about the top contenders.
The sky will not be the limit should the 'Sky' exacta hit Saturday at Keeneland in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II). The heavy favorite in the race will be Sky Mesa and the second choice will probably be Lone Star Sky.
The current favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), Storm Flag Flying, gets her final tune up before the World Thoroughbred Championships Saturday when she heads the field in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Ballingarry, impressive winner of last Sunday's Canadian International Championship, has been sold by Mrs. John Magnier for an undisclosed seven-figure price to a partnership consisting of Sidney Port, Marsha Naify, and the husband and wife team of Emmanuel and Laura De Seroux.
Arlington Park has joined forces with local, state and federal law enforcement and government agencies to devise and implement a series of safety and security procedures for the 19th running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002.
Evening Attire turns in big effort in JC Gold Cup...Repent, Macho Uno disappoint as favorites...Hawk Wing defeated again...Goodwood, Meadowlands Cup on tap...3-year-olds dominate BC point leaders...Tenpins game in Arlington score
Michael Tabor's Zavata breezed five furlongs over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Monday morning in about 1:03, according to trainer Patrick Biancone. The Phone Trick colt will be one of the favorites in Saturday's grade I, $500,000 Champagne 1 1/16 miles.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup Limited, and Guinness announced Monday that an agreement in principle has been reached for Guinness to become a sponsor of NTRA/Breeders' Cup and the $13 million Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
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