Notes on daily activities of Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) hopefuls.
Sprint hopeful Bet On Sunshine was "very aggressive" this morning, according to assistant trainer Steve Williams. Also, notes on other Sprint entrants.
Notes on Thursday activities of horses entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Notes on daily activities for horses entered in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Stronach Stables' 2-year-old Light The Fuse filly underwent surgery on her right hind leg this morning at Rood and Riddle Clinic in Lexington, Ky. Lemon Drop Kid, Aly's Alley, Crimplene, Fantastic Light, and Muhtathir each worked toward their respective races.
A heavy-duty cable that runs the length of stretch at Churchill Downs will hold a camera that will give television viewers a European-style look at the Breeders' Cup.
The expanded wagering opportunities will be offered for the first time for the 2001 Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Aptitude returned to the races at Churchill Downs Sunday, winning a 1 1/4-mile allowance race by 2 3/4 lengths.
Likely Breeders' Cup Distaff favorite Riboletta turned in her final major work with a five-furlong breeze in 1:00 3/5 under exercise rider Jose Cuevas Sunday after the renovation break. Also working Sunday were Nasty Storm, Dollar Bill, Raging Fever, Cindy's Hero, City Zip, Collect the Cash, and Crimplene.
Bet On Sunshine breezed the distance in 1:00 4/5 over a "fast" track Sunday in a move that came shortly after the mid-morning break for track maintenance. Also working were a trio of Todd Pletcher-trained horses, including Sprint hopefuls Trippi and More Than Ready.
Sir Micheal Stoute's Breeders' Cup duo of the Aga Kahn's Kalanisi (Turf) and Highclere's Petrushka (Filly & Mare Turf) were on the Churchill Downs turf course Sunday for what was scheduled to be a routine six-furlong work -- but little went according to plan. After three days of quiet canters and gallops over the grass course, Kalanisi unleashed a display of fractious and stubborn behavior worthy of the best of Classic contender Fusaichi Pegasus.
Chindi beat Smolderin Heart by 1 1/2 lengths in the $113,700 Ack Ack Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and older Sunday on opening day of the fall meet at Churchill Downs.
Fusaichi Pegasus completed his serious training for the 1 1/4-mile Breeders Cup Classic (gr. I) with a seven-furlong breeze in 1:27 4/5 over a "fast" track Sunday at Churchill Downs.
Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) winner Thunder Bertie, a Churchill Downs-based contender for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, worked a sharp five furlongs Saturday to complete her serious training for the race. Other juveniles working toward Breeders' Cup races were Macho Uno, Holiday Thunder, and Xtra Heat.
Carolyn Chapman and Theresa McArthur's Caller One completed his serious training for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint with a five-furlong breeze Saturday at Churchill Downs. Also working were Surfside, Lu Ravi, and Gander.
Juddmonte Farms' Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Aptitude will return to the races at Churchill Downs Sunday, opening day of the track's fall meet.
Obviously, the only thing harder to predict than who will win the eight Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 is what the weather will be like in Louisville, Ky., on that date.
Richard Mulhall, general manager of Prince Ahmed bin Salman's The Thoroughbred Corp., is optimistic about the stable's chances for a repeat victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
Under a dense blanket of fog, all three of trainer Christophe Clement's Breeders' Cup hopefuls worked on the turf Thursday morning at Belmont Park. New York Racing Association clockers caught Forbidden Apple (Mile) going a half-mile in :49. Stablemates Ciro and Craigsteel, both bound for the Turf, each worked five-eighths, galloping out three-quarters.
Churchill Downs reports strong third quarter revenue and earnings gains, but warns the gains could be offset by the end of the year. Penn National also reports strong revenue and earnings.
Breeders' Cup Sprint hopeful Five Star Day cleared a couple of major hurdles on Wednesday. The Beau Greely trainee was named as one of the 14 preferred entrants in the Sprint and he turned in a solid training move in his next-to-last work before the Breeders' Cup.
Her reputation has been tarnished a bit after surprising back-to-back losses in the Personal Ensign (gr. I) at Saratoga and the Three Chimneys Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland, but a workout on the Churchill Downs turf Wednesday by Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Heritage of Gold showed trainer Tom Amoss that she can still be a major force on Breeders' Cup Day.
Two of the big guns from the powerful roster of stars from the stable of Frank Stronach, Golden Missile and Perfect Sting, tuned up for their big events on Breeders' Cup Day with solid works at Churchill Downs Wednesday.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Cat Thief, winner of the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic, is coming to hand at the right time.
Arlington International, Chicago's premier racetrack, is reverting to the name it had before the facility was destroyed by fire in the 1980s. Along with the new name, Arlington is sporting a new logo.
Lu Ravi and Super Quercus worked at Churchill Downs on Sunday in preparation for their respective Breeders' Cup races. On Saturday at Churchill, Caller One, Dollar Bill, and Thunder Bertie were on the track for morning works.
Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) fifth-place finisher Platinum Tiara shipped from Keeneland to Churchill Downs on Thursday morning. The Brave Raj Stakes winner will begin preparing for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Friday, according to trainer Joe Waunsch and owner Rob Murphy.
Nominees to the five Fall Meet stakes races scheduled for Breeders' Cup Week at Churchill Downs feature top American runners, plus a strong representation of European-based horses. A total of 245 horses were nominated to the five races in the opening six days of the Fall Meet, Oct. 29-Nov. 25.
He has been a fixture at Churchill Downs since the 1970's, but veteran Bernie Flint has had only a sideline view of the track's biggest events.
Flint, whose 272 training wins at Churchill Downs puts him seventh on the track's all-time victory list, has never saddled a starter in the Kentucky Derby (GI) and has started only one runner (Dr. Bizzare, 6th in the 1988 Juvenile) in the four visits by the Breeders' Cup to his home track.
"I don't believe in bringing one over that doesn't stand a chance," said Flint. "I have never done it before. I've always been careful."
Flint's credo means you should pay close attention to a two-year-old daughter of 1995 Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch named Thunder Bertie.
On Oct. 13, Churchill Downs unveiled the official logo for Kentucky Derby 127.
A compilation of news and notes from the racing industry.
Racing and breeding news and information.
Barn notes from Churchill Downs include notable workouts and plans for top horses.
Racing and breeding news and information.
Formal bidding on New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. began Thursday. Organizations have until Nov. 10 to submit a formal bid for the nation's most lucrative OTB franchise.
Mark Stanley's Ecton Park will be on the sidelines for the rest of the year and pointed for a 2001 campaign.
Churchill Downs is looking into expanding the number of possible wagering interests in the Kentucky Derby to 20, eliminating the need for horses to run as part of a mutuel field.
Breeders' Cup Limited has released the wagering menu, race order, and post times for this year's championship day races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. The race order is unchanged from last year and the wagering menu includes the $5-million Ultra Pick Six and two additional wagering options.
Indiana Horse Racing Commission has been asked to reconsider its denial of an operating license for Indianapolis Downs
A special committee will decide which New York City Off-Track Betting suitors can formally bid to purchase the OTB franchise. New York City Mayor Rudolph Guliani is expected to appoint the committee by the end of the week.
During a special meeting Friday, Churchill Downs shareholders approved issuance of up to 4.4 million shares of the company's stock to Duchossois Industries Inc.
Breeders' Cup Ltd. is in the process of formulating a security plan for its 2000 championship series, scheduled for Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs
Although the biggest players in North American racing are among the bidders for the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, the New York Racing Association reportedly has the inside track to purchase the company.
The Illinois Racing Board Tuesday gave unanimous approval to plans for a merger that will make Churchill Downs Inc. the sole owner of Arlington International Racecourse.
Churchill Downs announced Friday it has selected Louisville, Ky.-based Luckett & Farley to develop a master plan for renovation and improvement of the track's facilities and land.
Arlington International Racecourse asked the Illinois Racing Board to approve a June 1 start for its 109-day, 2001 racing season to put the area's premier track in a better position to bid for a future Breeders' Cup series.
Churchill Downs reported Wednesday that net revenues increased 57% to $131.9 million and net earnings rose 34% to $18.3 million during the second quarter of fiscal year 2000.
Boosted by strong off-track simulcast wagering and stable on-track attendance and handle, total wagering on the spring meet at Churchill Downs rose 18% to an all-time high of $507,477,692.
Edward Evans' 2-year-old homebred filly Gold Mover remained undefeated after winning the $112,300 Debutante Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Edward Evans' undefeated homebred filly Gold Fever will make her next start as the likely favorite in the 100th running of the $100,000-added Debutante Stakes.
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