The Jockey Club is predicting that the 2002 foal crop in Kentucky will be about 2,000 less than last year's figure, primarily because of mare reproductive loss syndrome, but the projected decrease isn't as large as earlier estimates.
Saturday, two months to the day that the great sportsman Ogden Phipps passed away at the age of 93, the feature race at Belmont will be run in his honor.
Among the probables for Saturday's grade I Ogden Phipps Handicaps are two grade I winners, Critical Eye and Raging Fever.
The New York Turf Writers Association is readying for its annual awards dinner, held this year on Aug. 19. Among this yera's honorees are Ogden Phipps.
A George IV Silver Gilt Cup and Cover has been donated by F. Gorevic & Son to serve as the permanent trophy for the newly renamed $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I).
Few stallions in recent memory have enjoyed more of an upswing in their reputation in such a short span as Our Emblem.
In honor of the recent passing of Ogden Phipps, the New York Racing Association decided Wednesday to rename the grade I Hempstead Handicap the Ogden Phipps Handicap.
Last fall, E. Allen Murray, and his wife, Audrey, took a chance on purchasing the young Kentucky stallion Our Emblem and standing him at their Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md. All Our Emblem has done since then is have his name thrust into the national spotlight as the sire of Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem and Triple Crown contender Private Emblem.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Handicapping 101 teaches things like pace, trips, and class, but does not cover what the late oddsmaker Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder used to refer to as the "intangibles." When it comes to handicapping the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the intangibles sometimes seem just as important as the measurable factors.
Five-year-old Traditionally, one of three grade I winners produced from champion Personal Ensign (by Private Account), has been purchased by Ballylinch Stud in Ireland.
Ogden Phipps, a former chairman of The Jockey Club whose homebred champions included Hall of Fame members Buckpasser, Easy Goer, and Personal Ensign, died this morning at approximately 1:30 at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., after a short illness.
Raging Fever and Cat Cay meet in the rubber match of their freshly minted rivalry Saturday when they square off in the $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Aqueduct.
Ogden Phipps' Traditionally, one of three grade I winners from unbeaten champion Personal Ensign, has been retired from racing
Ogden Phipps' homebred Cat Cay beat pacesetting Tugger by a head in Aqueduct's Friday feature, the 62nd running of the grade II, $150,000 Top Flight Handicap for fillies and mare
Trainer Shug McGaughey will saddle two in Saturday's $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares going one mile at Belmont Park.
Ogden Phipps' pensioned grade I producer Con Game was euthanized March 30 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., because of complications from the infirmities of old age.
Technology and its potential to revolutionize the Thoroughbred industry will be a major focus of presentations when The Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing convenes on Sunday, August 13.
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