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  • Dan Liebman<br>Executive Editor

    From Texas Tea

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - William S. Kilroy was racing a small, modest stable in Louisiana 30 years ago when he decided he wanted to enter the breeding side of the business. He approached a family friend with whom he had much in common, and the two hatched a plan to execute Kilroy's wishes.

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    Fallon's World

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Journalists live for good stories. More so, good quotes. So, when British jockey Kieren Fallon said the following, it was like music to a columnist's tone-deaf ears: "We all know you can't fix races. It doesn't happen. It does in a fairy-tale world but not in the real world."

  • John T. L. Jones Jr. in a paddock at Walmac Farm.

    Jones Sells Walmac to Son, Trussell

    John T.L. Jones Jr. has sold Walmac International to entities controlled by his son, John III, and his son's former partner in several horse ventures, Bobby Trussell. The deal, signed Sept. 10, involves the farm's property but no stallion interests.

  • Striking Out

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - If only the Aug. 21 ESPN telecast of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), Alabama Stakes (gr. I), and Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) had followed the baseball game between Colorado and Montreal rather than Richmond and Redmond.

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    Air It Out

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - In early September, the first meeting is scheduled to be held of the new task force examining the Thoroughbred sales arena. The group is being organized by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and is in response to the questions raised by the Alliance for Industry Reform (AIR) and its founder, Satish Sanan.

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    Horse Racing 2025

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- There are so many interest groups involved that this is probably not even a realistic vision. Sure, at such events as the Jockey Club Round Table and Arizona Symposium, many of racing's leaders do assemble. But after a few meetings, they return to their own little worlds.

  • Ghostzapper Blows Away Rivals in Iselin

    He went by them so fast they might have thought he was a ghost. Ghostzapper sat off the pace and then blew by to win the Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap at Monmouth Saturday by 10 3/4 lengths.

  • Afleet Alex Solid Favorite in Hopeful Stakes

    Afleet Alex, who has won his three lifetime starts by a combined 28 1/2 lengths, heads a field of seven juveniles in Saturday's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. It is the 100th running of the historic stakes.

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    Step Up to the Plate

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson recently died; his plaque doesn't mention he won the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with Volponi. Johnson not only trained the colt, but he and his family owned and more importantly to many of us, bred him as well.

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    Cowboy Up

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- About 10 years ago, Robert A. "Cowboy" Jones quit keeping track. But it's safe to say the number is more than 50,000. While others spend billions each year on diet books, diet pills, diet fads, and diet programs, Cowboy Jones lost 50,000 pounds in a sweatbox. Didn't cost him a penny.

  • Task Force To Study Sales Practices Announced

    In a press release issued Friday, The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association said it "will take a lead role" in the formation of a task force to study practices involving Thoroughbred sales as suggested by the Alliance for Industry Reform (AIR).

  • Glowing Tribute, Dam of Sea Hero, Dies at Age 31

    Glowing Tribute, the dam of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Sea Hero and six other major stakes winners, died Aug. 5 of colic. One of the top broodmares of recent times, the 31-year-old daughter of Graustark was owned by John R. Gaines at the time of her death.

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    Tired of Weighting

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- These days, the country's best older horses rarely line up and race against each other in handicaps. Trainers often decline to run if their charges are asked to carry weight, and racing secretaries know that. Since racing secretaries today aren't going to really weight horses, let's just do away with handicaps and move on.

  • Rogers Named Stallion Director at Taylor Made

    Byron Rogers, former bloodstock and stallion nominations manager at Arrowfield Stud in Australia, is the new director of the stallion division at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.

  • Unbeaten Afleet Alex extends winning streak to three with record-setting run in Thursday&#39;s Sanford Stakes.

    Afleet Alex Sets Stakes Record in Sanford

    Afleet Alex remained unbeaten in three starts with an impressive 5 1/4-length victory in Thursday's Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. The 2-year-old Northern Afleet colt set a stakes record in the process, running the six furlongs in 1:09.32. The previous record, 1:09 2/5, was set by Elocutionist.

  • Raymond M. Rogers, Former Santa Anita Official, Dies

    Raymond M. Rogers, who began at Santa Anita as track and plant superintendent and rose to the position of executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association, died July 8 in Pasadena, Calif. He was 87.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    Between the Lines

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> -- Among the comments heard at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale were two that were neither profound nor lengthy, but nonetheless quite significant. From Patrick Lawley-Wakelin: "People were more prepared this year." From Walt Robertson: "It is a good time to own a horse."

  • Exciting Story Euthanized at Lane's End Texas

    Exciting Story, who was a Canadian champion at two (1999) and won the Met Mile (gr. I) at four, was euthanized recently at Will Farish's Lane's End Texas farm, where he stood at stud.

  • Ballingarry Returns for Arlington Handicap

    Ballingarry, well known at Arlington Park because of his two wins in the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) there, will start as the highweight in Saturday's Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Shipper Toasted Heads Arlington Classic Field

    Sid Port's Toasted, who ships in from California, figures to be the slight choice Saturday in the $200,000 Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) at suburban Chicago's Arlington Park.

  • Meteor Storm Takes Manhattan Handicap

    Reserved early, Meteor Storm and Jose Valdivia Jr. came flying down the outside of the course to win the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday on the Belmont Park turf.

  • Intercontinental takes the Just a Game on the Belmont undercard.

    Intercontinental Gets Free, Wins Just a Game

    Intercontinental broke poorly and had to check down the backside, but once Jerry Bailey found racing room, she spurted to the lead and won the $250,000 Just a Game Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Speightstown Rolls To Win In True North Handicap

    John Velazquez was on some speedballs Saturday at Belmont. A race after he guided Bear Fan to a track record going 6 1/2 furlongs, he took Speightstown on a tour-de-force at six furlongs.

  • Bear Fan Sets Track Record in Vagrancy

    Smarty Jones will have to do a lot to win as impressively as Bear Fan. The 5-year-old mare set a track record in taking the Vagrancy (gr. II) by nine lengths in the first of six consecutive graded stakes today at Belmont Park that will culminate with a run for the Triple Crown.

  • Servis Not Worried About Belmont Distance

    Trainer John Servis is not worried about Smarty Jones getting the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) distance of 1 1/2 miles. But just a few months ago he was worried about the colt going 1 1/4 miles.

  • Callaway Named Scholarship Winner

    Christopher Fielding Callaway was named today the 2004 Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Sports Writing Scholarship winner to Vanderbilt.

  • Well-matched Group in Miss Preakness

    A well-matched field of 3-year-old fillies should make for both competitive betting and racing in the Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III) Friday at Pimlico.

  • Jerry Bailey and Stroll win the Woodford Reserve.

    Stroll Strolls to Woodford Reserve Win

    Stroll had won a grade III and grade II. Now he has a grade I on his resume, winning Saturday's $453,900 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs by 2 1/2 lengths the race prior to the Kentucky Derby (gr. IT).

  • Mayo on the Side (5) nips Azeri by a nose in a thrilling finish to the Humana Distaff.

    Azeri Upset in Humana Distaff

    Azeri came back time after time, but it wasn't enough. Mayo on the Side and Pat Day got by at the end to win the Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • Lunarpal runs away with the Three Chimneys Juvenile, Saturday at Churchill Downs.

    Lunarpal Easy Winner of Three Chimneys

    Favored Lunarpal made it look easy, coasting home by five lengths in the $115,400 Three Chimneys Juvenile on the Kentucky Derby day undercard.

  • Ashado rolls to victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

    Ashado Wins Kentucky Oaks

    In a good betting race, the public was right in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), with favored Ashado winning the 130th running of the top race for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Churchill Downs.

  • Kitten&#39;s Joy and Jerry Bailey win the Crown Royal American Turf.

    Kitten's Joy Remains Undefeated on Grass

    Kitten's Joy remained unbeaten on turf in five starts with an impressive 2 1/2-length victory Friday at Churchill Downs in the Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds.

  • Handicapper Chuck Badone Dies of Cancer

    Chuck Badone, who was Lone Star Park's first morning line oddsdmaker and fan education manager until he retired in 2001, died Thursday in Phoenix of cancer.

  • Trainer Michael Dickinson, right, with current Derby favorite Tapit.

    Bettors Settle on Smarty Jones as Favorite

    The crowd at Churchill Downs has established Smarty Jones as the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite. In the advance wagering at 2:30 p.m.--with post time at 6:04--Smarty Jones is the 4-1 choice.