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  • Perfect Drift 'On Schedule' After Breeze

    Perfect Drift, pre-entered in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at the 'sloppy' Churchill Downs Training Center in 1:01 1/5 Saturday morning.

  • MEC Has Partner for Gulfstream Park 'Village'

    Magna Entertainment Corp. and Forest City Enterprises have entered into a partnership on the proposed Village at Gulfstream Park, a retail, entertainment, and residential development that will dovetail with racing and gaming operations at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., racetrack.

  • Rain Does Not Deter Breeders' Cup Workouts

    Despite the driving rain that inundated Belmont Park Saturday morning, trainers continued to work their horses in preparation for next Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Humoristic Leaves Backers Smiling in Violet

    Outsider Humoristic took the lead on the top of the turn for home and held off the late charge of 6-5 favorite Delta Princess to win the $150,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) Friday night on the turf at the Meadowlands.

  • Trainer Ferraro Collects 1,000th Career Win

    Trainer M. Anthony Ferraro earned his 1,000th career victory on Friday at Finger Lakes in New York when 2-year-old Go Stan Israelite won the day's first race by a nose.

  • Albany Conference Focuses on Reforms

    The racing and gaming law program of the Albany Law School's Government Law Center will host a New York racing industry working group conference on Nov. 15 at the Albany Law School.

  • Ellis Park's Paul Kuerzi to Step Down

    Paul Kuerzi, who has served as vice president and general manager of Ellis Park since 1999, has announced plans to leave the Henderson, Ky., track at the end of the year.

  • Asi Siempre Captures Valley View By Nose

    Heavily favored Asi Siempre rallied from far back Friday at Keeneland to win the $125,000 Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies by a nose.

  • Larry The Legend Moves to Warren's

    1995 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Larry The Legend now stands at Warren's Thoroughbred Farm in Hemet after being moved from the shuttered Mira Loma Thoroughbred Farm.

  • Roman Ruler Blazes in Four-Furlong Move

    Roman Ruler worked four furlongs Friday morning in a bullet :46 1/5 in his final local blowout before the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) on Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

  • HRTV Presents Post Position Draw Wednesday

    HorseRacing TV will present live coverage of Belmont Park's post position draw for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Wednesday beginning at 8 a.m. (PDT).

  • Wilko on Comeback Trail to Strub Series

    Wilko, upset winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) who has been out of action since the Triple Crown, breezed three furlongs Friday morning at Hollywood Park in :38 3/5 in his first step toward a return to the races in the Strub series.

  • St Averil Faces Full Field in First Try for Motion

    Grade II winner St Averil makes his first start for trainer H. Graham Motion in the $150,000 Cliff Hanger (gr. IIIT) Saturday night at the Meadowlands, the final graded stakes of the track's 2005 meet.

  • Preemptive Strike Out of BC Steeplechase

    Polaris Stable's Preemptive Strike, the likely pacesetter and one of the three main contenders in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) at the Far Hills Races in Far Hills, N.J., was scratched Friday with a foot abscess.

  • The Classic and The Cup

    Cigar created an enduring link between the Breeders' Cup Classic and the Dubai World Cup by winning both races, a feat attempted by many but matched only by Pleasantly Perfect.

  • The Diva Poised to Win Cox Plate

    Makybe Diva is a heavy 6-4 pre-post favorite to add the $3-million (Australian funds) W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) on Oct. 22. Bookmaking firms nationally reported an avalanche of money for the Diva on the eve of the race.

  • RMTC Addresses Withdrawal Guidelines

    The Board of Directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) commissioned Dr. Rick Sams of Ohio State to develop an action plan, timeline, and research priorities to establish guidelines for withdrawal times for therapeutic medications commonly used by racetrack veterinarians.

  • Vella on His Own with Knights Templar

    Four years ago, when he was the farm trainer for Frank Stronach at Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla., Danny Vella had the satisfaction of seeing former pupils Perfect Sting and Macho Uno win Breeders' Cup races. At this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Vella is seeking an even bigger thrill--training a winner of his own.

  • West Virginia Rolls Into Empire Classic

    Spite the Devil and West Virginia, the first two finishers in last year's Empire Classic at Belmont Park, return for Saturday's renewal of the $250,000 race, the centerpiece of the $1 million New York Showcase Day for state breds.

  • Valenzuela Excused Through Weekend

    Stewards at Santa Anita excused injured jockey Patrick Valenzuela on Thursday from all of his commitments through Sunday's race card, one day after he failed to call in prior to taking off his mounts.

  • Leave Me Alone, 'Glitter Clash in Raven Run

    Mitchell Ranch's grade I winner Leave Me Alone tops a contentious field of a dozen 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's $300,000 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Distorted Humor's Fee Upped to $150,000

    Distorted Humor, who stands at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., is the newest member of the six-figure club.

  • Dressed to Kill, Sharp Attack Out of Breeders' Cup

    One day after pre-entries for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were announced, there were two defections Thursday. Dressed to Kill, a maiden pre-entered in the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), has been withdrawn from the 1 1/16-mile race after sustaining a fracture of the left front pastern bone.

  • Lost in the Fog, winning the King's Bishop, is favored in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

    Lost in the Fog Works at Golden Gate; Ships Saturday

    Undefeated 3-year-old Lost in the Fog worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 handily Thursday morning at Golden Gate Fields in his final drill for the $1-million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • Written Testimony, Video Archive of Congressional Hearing on Jockeys

    Bloodhorse.com has posted the written materials submitted by 12 of the 13 individuals who testified under oath before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on the subject of "Thoroughbred Horse Racing Jockeys and Workers: Examining On-Track Injury Insurance and Other Health and Welfare Issues."

  • Breeders' Cup 2001: A Day of Heroes

    The 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, held only 45 days after the World Trade Center attack, came to symbolize the human spirit and the courage and determination of the Thoroughbred...

  • Budget Increases for Gulfstream; Magna Secures Loan

    Magna Entertainment announced late Wednesday that the cost of rebuilding Gulfstream Park has escalated, forcing the need to secure a loan from the general contractor performing the work.

  • SIRIUS to Provide Exclusive Radio Coverage of Breeders' Cup

    SIRIUS Satellite Radio, which provides sports radio programming, broadcasting the play-by-play of more than 350 pro and college teams, announced Thursday that it will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Championships, Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

  • Maryland Stewards Suspend Three More Riders

    <br>The Maryland Racing stewards have suspended jockeys Horacio Karamanos, Abel Castellano, and Stewart Elliott for riding in a careless manner at Laurel Park last week. Stewards Bill Passmore, Phil Grove and John Burke have suspended 11 riders since the fall meeting began on Sept. 7.

  • Hamilton Takes Rest of the Year Off, Rodriguez Out with Leg Injury

    Jockey Steve Hamilton, the third leading rider at the major Maryland tracks this year, has decided to take off the remainder of 2005. The 32-year-old captured the Pimlico spring meeting for the second straight year and has 107 victories at Pimlico and Laurel Park this year.

  • AAEP's 'On Call' Program Assists With NBC Telecast

    Equine veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners' "On Call" program will assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park.

  • The Jockey Club: 58,739 Mares Bred in 2005

    The Jockey Club released their Report of Mares Bred in 2005 Thursday morning and report that 58,739 mares were covered by 3,097 stallions this year. The released data is reports that have been received through Oct. 13.

  • Grade II Winner Quero Quero Retired

    Quero Quero, a California grade II winner and half-sister to two-time champion sprinter Housebuster, has been retired from racing and is booked to A.P. Indy.

  • Arrowfield Buys Interest in Starcraft

    Arrowfield Stud announced that it had negotiated the purchase of an interest in Australian champion Starcraft. While terms had been agreed upon after Starcraft's win in the Sept. 24 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I), the ownership change will not take place until after Starcraft's Breeders' Cup appearance.

  • Sensation won the Astarita in her last start.

    Thursday Work Tab Light; Sensation Breezes

    With the morning sun rising in the distance, trainer Stanley Hough sent 2-year-old filly Sensation to the track at Belmont Park Thursday morning in her final serious workout for the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr.I).