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NTRA Launches $10,000 Breeders' Cup Online Challenge

The Breeders' Cup Challenge, an Internet- and e-mail-based sweepstakes to promote the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, was launched Sept. 18 at ntra.com. The promotion offers participants the opportunity to win a guaranteed $10,000 grand prize for selecting the most correct winners among the eight Breeders' Cup races at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.

Super Derby Field Taking Shape

A potential field of eight is taking shape for Louisiana Downs' Super Derby XXIII (gr. II), to be run Sept. 21. For the first time the race will be run at 1 1/8 miles instead of the traditional classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.

Breeders' Cup Possible for McGaughey's Ky. Cup Winners

Trainer Shug McGaughey watched Saturday's Kentucky Cup "day of champions" on TVG from his Belmont Park office in New York. But his absence from Turfway Park did nothing to diminish his enthusiasm on the day after his charges, Pure Prize and Trip, accounted for the grade II, $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic and the grade III, $200,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Local Delicatessa a Spot for Pucker Up Surprise?

Barr H. Inman's Delicatessa, dismissed as a longshot in early projections and sure to be overlooked in the wagering, will be making her grass debut in Saturday's Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old distaffers at 1 1/8 mile over the Arlington Park lawn.

Carson Hollow Faces Gold Mover in Floral Park

Carson Hollow, a 3-year-old making her first start since suffering a defeat to You by a nose in Saratoga's Test (gr. I), takes on Gold Mover, one of the nation's top older female sprinters, in the $100,000 Floral Park (gr. III) Saturday at Belmont Park.

Vindication Heads Ky. Cup Juvenile

Hoping to follow the success of the last two Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) winners, Point Given and Repent, eight 2-year-olds have been entered for the first two-turn graded event for juveniles of the year.

Dollar Bill Favored to Get Ky. Cup Cash

Dollar Bill, winless in stakes competition this year, but with several strong graded placings, was installed the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) to be run at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky.

Sprinter Shine Again Stretches Out in Ruffian Handicap

Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens will flip-flop his two top fillies in this Saturday's two filly and mare stakes at Belmont Park. Jerkens will send the grade I-winning sprinter Shine Again in the 1 1/16-mile Ruffian Handicap and her younger half-sister Shiny Band, winner of the one-mile Shuvee Handicap, in the six-furlong Floral Park Handicap.

Kentucky Cup Classic Up for Grabs

In a race absent of grade I winners, Saturday's $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park looks to be up for grabs with grade II winner and millionaire Dollar Bill leading the list of seven possible starters. Dollar Bill, who will be reunited with jockey Pat Day, is the starting highweight at 117 pounds.

Shine Again to Ruffian and Shiny Band to Floral Park

Trainer Allen Jerkens is planning an all-out weekend attack on Belmont Park when he sends out half-siblings Shine Again and Shiny Band, as well as Puzzlement, in separate stakes events. Shine Again is pointed toward Saturday's $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) and Shiny Band will contest Sunday's $100,000 Floral Park Handicap (gr. III). Puzzlement will start in Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II).

Take Charge Lady Will Have All She Can Handle

Take Charge Lady will make her first start since May 25, and she will have to do it against tough rivals like Bella Bellucci and Imperial Gesture, part of a strong field for the $250,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 mile for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.

Mr. Mellon to Join Del Mar Derby Field

Mr. Mellon, winner of the Arlington Park Handicap (gr. II) and trained by W. Elliott Walden, was scheduled to arrive Wednesday for Saturday's $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Two Former Miami Mile Winners Meet at Calder

Stanley Ersoff's Band Is Passing, the $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner in 2000, and Randy Mills' Unite's Big Red, who won it in 1998, both as 4-year-olds, return for Monday's Labor Day renewal at Calder Race course at one mile on the turf.

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