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Cotton Blossom Gets Pletcher Started at Spa

Things haven't changed much at Saratoga Race Course, where the 138th season opened Wednesday. Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez were back in the winner's circle after Cotton Blossom won the $111,300 Schuylerville (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies before a crowd of 27,346.

Cotton Blossom Gets Pletcher Started at Spa

Things haven't changed much at Saratoga Race Course, where the 138th season opened Wednesday. Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez were back in the winner's circle after Cotton Blossom won the $111,300 Schuylerville (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies before a crowd of 27,346.

Private Vow Makes Amends in Ky. Jockey Club

Mike McCarty's Private Vow, who ran last in a disastrous Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) effort last month, rolled to a 2 1/4-length win over six rivals in the $222,400 Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) for 2-year-olds on closing day at the Churchill Downs fall meet Saturday.

Bull Market Continues at Keeneland Sale

The bullish bloodstock auction market continued at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington, Ky. on Thursday as the gross receipts and average and median prices soared over the comparable session one year ago.

Broken Vow to Stand at Pin Oak in Kentucky

Grade II winner Broken Vow has been retired from racing following his runner-up effort in the Oct. 27 Fayette Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland and will enter stud at Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Fayette Stakes To Close Keeneland Meet

The $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. III) will drop the curtain on Keeneland's 2001 fall meeting. Nine colts and geldings to take the post in the nine-furlong event, which will be headed up by Pin Oak Stable's Broken Vow.

Include to Return in Meadowlands Cup

Friday night's $500,000 Meadowlands Cup (gr. II) is expected to draw a field of five to seven horses with a list of solid credentials for the mile and an eighth test. The one with the most impressive resume is Robert Meyerhoff's Include.

Broken Vow to Stand at Pin Oak

Broken Vow, who won the Aug. 26 Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. II) at Monmouth Park for his third consecutive stakes win and his fourth in his last five starts, will enter stud in 2002 at Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Broken Vow Tops Likely Field for Iselin Handicap

Sunday's $350,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap (G2) is likely to draw a field of five or six older horses with widely varying profiles. Some, like Sir Bear, are old pros in the stakes ranks with nothing to prove. Others, like First Lieutenant, are looking for their first added-money score and credibility in the handicap ranks.

Zonk Upsets Delaware Oaks; Broken Vow Wins

Longshot Zonk rallied from just off the pace to upset Saturday's $261,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) at odds of nearly 30-1 in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park. Earlier on the card, Broken Vow earned a one-length win in the $97,000 R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes and Amourette upset 21-10 favorite Aiglonne in the $154,500 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Include Draws Post 2 for MassCap

Robert E. Meyerhoff's Include, winner of the May 12 Pimlico Special (gr. I), has been installed the 7-5 morning-line favorite after drawing post two for 62nd running of the Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Suffolk Downs.

MassCap Hopefuls Work

Include, who is the leading candidate for favorite in Saturday's Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II), breezed a half-mile in :47 flat on Tuesday. The workout, the fastest that day at the distance was at Include's home track of Laurel Park. He was to leave the track for Boston Tuesday evening.

MassCap Hopefuls Work

Include, who is the leading candidate for favorite in Saturday's Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II), breezed a half-mile in :47 flat on Tuesday. The workout, the fastest that day at the distance was at Include's home track of Laurel Park. He was to leave the track for Boston Tuesday evening.

Officials Shake Bushes for MassCap Nominees

It may be early, but the connections of rising star Broken Vow and multiple grade 1 stakes winner Sir Bear have indicated their short-term goals will likely include the grade 2 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs June 2. Track officials will visit two racetracks this weekend to line up nominees for New England's marquee event.

Gulfstream Park Report: Sir Bear Back on Top

It had been a trying couple of months for Barbara and Al Smollin and their trainer, Ralph Ziadie. Pointing toward the Feb. 3 Donn Handicap (gr. I) since last summer, Ziadie was forced to scratch Sir Bear when he refused his feed and began acting uncomfortable after workouts leading up to the race. That behavior was a first in the 8-year-old gelding's career that has now encompassed 57 races and 18 wins, including 10 in stakes. Ziadie monitored his condition daily, and refused to speculate on what his next move would be. He even entered Sir Bear in the Feb. 28 $67,575 Cryptoclearance Handicap, ultimately won by Madeleine Paulson and Jenny Craig's Rock and Roll. "I truly don't know," was all the usually gregarious 62-year-old would say when asked when Sir Bear would be ready.

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