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Grade I Winner Mass Media to Hill 'n' Dale

Grade I winner Mass Media will retire for the 2006 breeding season to Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky. where he will stand for a fee of $7,500 live foal as the property of Gary and Mary West, in whose colors he was campaigned.

Frankel Hits Right Notes With Sweet Lips

Sweet Lips rallied along the rail under Rene Douglas to tally a 1 1/2-length victory in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff at odds of 12-1 for trainer Bobby Frankel at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

Critical Crossroad

By Gary West -- The message echoed through the grandstand and spread through the crowd. In the stable area, people from Europe, California, Kentucky, and New York gladly picked up the message and passed it along. Now, if only the so-called leaders in Texas aren't deaf.

Local Entertainment

By Gary West -- So far it has been very amusing--all these folks boarding up the windows of their prejudices and then fleeing to the mountains of their preconceptions. And it could be entertaining indeed Oct. 30 when they have to scurry to escape the avalanche.

Mike Kane Elected President of Turf Writers

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Mike Kane of the Schenectady Daily Gazette was elected president
of the National Turf Writers Association, replacing Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal, whose two-year term expired.

Preakness Media Award Winners Announced

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Winners of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) media awards for coverage of last year's race includes Sean Clancy for his recap that appeared in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and photographer Jeff Snyder for a photo that ran in The Blood-Horse's Preakness results issue.

Written in Darkness

By Gary West -- When Jose Santos and Funny Cide left behind their rivals at Pimlico, and left even further behind the suggestions of impropriety, the jockey stood in the irons and kissed his right hand. He flashed the victory sign, and then he opened his hand to the world, as if to show again that it held nothing.

Kazoo Sharp in F.W. Gaudin Triumph

Kazoo established himself as a new shooter in Fair Grounds' sprint series, winning the $75,000 F.W. Gaudin Memorial Handicap in stakes-record time Sunday.

Dollar Bill Sharp in Clark Handicap Work

Mary and Gary West's Clark Handicap (gr. II) contender Dollar Bill turned in a sharp five furlong work Friday, leading a parade of horses that turned in solid preps for next week's stakes races that will close out the Churchill Downs Fall Meet.

Grade I Winner Buddha Retired

Buddha, a grade I winner for owners Gary and Mary West who won all three starts this year for trainer James Bond, has been retired because of a muscle problem in his back.

Shaws Creek Seeks Return to Form at Woodbine

Plate Trial. When you ask trainer John Ross how he'd like Jam Jar Racing Stable's Shaws Creek to perform in Saturday's $164,700 Col. R.S. McLaughlin Handicap (gr. III) at Woodbine, that's the first answer that comes to mind.

Jerkens, Smith, West Win NTWA Awards

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Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, longtime New York Racing Association press office employee Shirley Day Smith, and Dallas Morning News columnist Gary West have been named 2001 award winners by the National Turf Writers Association.

A Look Ahead at the Illinois Derby, Lady Hallie

Dogwood Stable's Distilled, one of the leading candidates for this Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby, worked five-eighths of a mile on a fast track Monday morning at his Hialeah Park homebase. The chestnut son of Hennessy covered the distance in 1:02 1/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15. The drill was one-fifth of a second quicker than that of A. P. Valentine, who prepped Monday for the Grade III Flamingo in 1:02 2/5: The connections of Secret Romeo will decide Monday afternoon whether or not to start in the Illinois Derby. Entries for the Grade II, mile and an eighth race will be drawn Tuesday.

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