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Last Friday, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Breeders' Cup Limited and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced that, based on initial results, the minimum goal for the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund has been doubled from $1 million to $2 million. The Heroes Fund was established to aid the families of New York firefighters, police officers, emergency services personnel and other victims in the surrounding communities who perished in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

In the past week, the NTRA has received pledges from Harry Mangurian ($1 million), Coolmore, Michael Tabor, jockey Michael Kinane and trainer Aidan O'Brien (10 percent of potential winnings in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships), Tracy Farmer (five percent of potential winnings by Albert the Great in The Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Breeders' Cup Classic), the Meadowlands/New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (Meadowlands Cup proceeds), Thoroughbred Charities of America ($50,000), Los Alamitos Racecourse ($20,000), Fasig-Tipton (commissions from its Oct. 30 sale at Belmont) and others.

"Based on these leadership commitments, we know our original goal already has been exceeded," said Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief Jr.

As part of the new goal, the NTRA announced that a live auction at the Breeders' Cup Charity Gala, to be held on Friday, Oct. 26, will be enhanced and replace previously scheduled entertainment. The savings and all other proceeds from the Gala will go to the fund.

As previously announced, the NTRA, Breeders' Cup and the New York Racing Association also will dedicate the World Thoroughbred Championships to the memory of those slain and to their survivors. NTRA and NYRA will contribute a portion of each paid admission from the Breeders' Cup to the Heroes Fund, along with a percentage of other revenue in connection with the event, a day of eight international, championship Thoroughbred races televised by NBC in the United States and by other networks throughout the world.

"Our neighboring communities were particularly hard-hit by this tragedy," said NYRA President Terence J. Meyocks, "and we want to offer as much assistance as possible. The initial response has been tremendous, and we strongly support increasing the original goal."

Added NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith, "All parts of the sport and industry from all parts of the country - and, indeed, the world - are contributing to various relief efforts at impressive and gratifying levels. Counting Keeneland's campaign for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, Sheikh Mohammed's generous $5 million contribution, our own efforts with NYRA, plus many others like the Maryland racetrack, horsemen and breeder coalition to benefit Pentagon attack victims, the sport and business of horseracing likely will contribute at least $8 million in total. And that number is growing."

A summary of programs and initiatives by the horseracing industry to assist in the relief efforts appears at

Formed in 1999, NTRA Charities is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) subsidiary of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. For more information on the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund or to make a contribution, contact the NTRA's Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or visit All contributions to the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund are tax deductible.


A majority of the leading North American-trained contenders for Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races at Belmont Park on Saturday, Oct. 27, will have their final preps in major stakes over the next two weekends at tracks throughout North America.

The $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational and $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Saturday will be run over the course and distance of this year's $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf and $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, respectively. The Turf is run at 1½ miles with the Filly & Mare Turf at 1¼ miles.

Trainer Bill Mott's first Eclipse champion runner was Theatrical (IRE), who won the 1987 Turf Classic and went on to capture the Breeders' Cup Turf at Hollywood Park. Mott saddled Fraise to finish second in the 1992 Turf Classic and first in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Gulfstream in his next start.

Mott appears to have a top prospect for both the Turf Classic and the Breeders' Cup Turf again this year with Centennial Farm's KING CUGAT, the probable favorite Saturday. The four-year-old son of Kingmambo finished second by three-quarters of a length last out in the 12-furlong Sword Dancer Invitational behind With Anticipation after checking repeatedly in the backstretch under regular rider Jerry Bailey. Official Equibase Past Performances for KING CUGAT

The $110,000 Saratoga yearling purchase had won the 11-furlong Bowling Green Handicap at Belmont in his previous start. Last fall, he finished 11th in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs after a troubled trip in which he clipped heels and raced wide from last place for more than a half-mile. Remarkably, he was beaten by only five lengths in a performance much better than it looks on paper.

Rivals Saturday may include Trillium Stable's JOHN'S CALL, Edmund Gann's TIMBOROA (GB), Robert Schaedle and Bonnie Heath Farm's HONOR GLIDE, John Chandler's CETEWAYO, Ecurie Fabien Ouaki's BONAPARTISTE (FR), Ronald Nicholson and Caesar Kimmel's BLAZING FURY, B. Jenney's WITH THE FLOW and Godolphin Racing, Inc.'s MUTAFAWEQ. Official Equibase Past Performances for JOHN'S CALL; TIMBOROA (GB); HONOR GLIDE; CETEWAYO; BONAPARTISTE (FR); BLAZING FURY; WITH THE FLOW; MUTAFAWEQ

The 10-year-old gelding John's Call won the Turf Classic last year before finishing third to Eclipse champion Kalanisi (IRE) in the Breeders' Cup Turf, beaten by only a half-length. Trained by Tom Voss, the son of Lord at War (ARG) bled when finishing last in the Sword Dancer and has been placed on the anit-bleeding medication Lasix.

The Turf Classic has had considerable impact on the Breeders' Cup Turf over the years, beginning in 1986 when Manila won both races, becoming the first American-trained runner to win the Turf after European-trained Lashkari (GB) and Pebbles (GB) won the first two editions.

The solid favorite in the Flower Bowl is expected to be Edouard de Rothchilds' four-year-old filly ENGLAND'S LEGEND (FR). Trained by Christophe Clement, the daughter of two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner Lure ran away to a 7¾-length victory in Arlington Park's coveted Beverly D. Stakes in her last start, her third straight victory. Official Equibase Past Performances for ENGLAND'S LEGEND (FR)

Her most formidable rival may be Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum's LAILANI (GB). Trained by Edward Dunlop, the three-year-old daughter of Unfuwain has won all of her six starts this year, including the prestigious Nassau Stakes at Goodwood in early August. Official Equibase Past Performances for LAILANI (GB)


A listing of the upcoming major stakes races this week:

Road to the Breeders' Cup Classic

Sept. 28 - $500,000 Meadowlands Cup at Meadowlands. Run at 1 1/8 miles for three-year-olds and up.

Sept. 29 - $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown. Run at 1 1/8 miles for three-year-olds.

Road to the Breeders' Cup Turf

Sept. 29 - $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park. Run at 1½ miles on turf for three-year-olds and up (see preview above).

Sept. 30 - $1.5 million Canadian International at Woodbine. Run at 1½ miles on turf for three-year-olds and up.

Sept. 30 - $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship at Santa Anita. Run at 1½ miles on turf for three-year-olds and up.

Road to the Breeders' Cup Distaff

Sept. 29 - $200,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita. Run at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares.

Road to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Sept. 29 - $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park. Run at 1¼ miles on turf for fillies and mares (see preview above).

Sept. 30 - $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. Run at 1¼ miles on turf for fillies and mares.

Sept. 30 - $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita. Run at 1¼ miles on turf for fillies and mares.

Road to the Breeders' Cup Mile

Sept. 29 - $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot (England). Run at one mile on turf for three-year-olds and up.

Road to the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Sept. 29 - $250,000 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita. Run at one mile for two-year-olds.

Sept. 29 - $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park. Run at one mile for two-year-olds.

Road to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

Sept. 30 - $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita. Run at one mile for two-year-old fillies.


Race: $500,000 Super Derby (GI), 3yos, 1¼ miles
Track: Louisiana Downs
Margins: Half, 3, 4
Winning Connections: Owner: Bertram, Elaine & Richard Klein; Trainer: Bernie Flint; Jockey: Lonnie Meche
Time: 2:06 1/5 (muddy)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Classic - Bertram, Elaine and Richard Klein's three-year-old OUTOFTHEBOX appeared to be going down the Kentucky Derby trail this winter after finishing second to Monarchos in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. However, the Bernie Flint-trained son of Montbrook badly injured a foot on the first turn of the Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah as the odds-on favorite. Sidelined for three months, the $135,000 colt, purchased as a two-year-old in the February Ocala Breeder Sales, had a start each in July, August and early September prior to Sunday's Super Derby at Louisiana Downs going a mile-and-a-quarter. For the first mile of the Super Derby, Godolphin Racing, Inc.'s Travers Stakes runner-up E DUBAI ran like the 1-to-2 favorite he was, as Outofthebox trailed early in the field of eight. However, jockey Lonnie Meche got Outofthebox rolling in the far turn, and he wore down the favorite over the muddy track. Assistant trainer Steve Flint attributed much of Outofthebox's success in his last two starts-he had won an allowance race at Saratoga impressively-to the addition of blinkers. Official Equibase Past Performances for OUTOFTHEBOX; E DUBAI

Race: $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (GII), 3yos & up, 1 1/8 miles
Track: Turfway Park
Margins: Neck, 8¼, ¾
Winning Connections: Owner: Morton Fink; Trainer: Niall O'Callaghan; Jockey: Larry Melancon
Time: 1:47 4/5 (fast)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Classic - Morton Fink's five-year-old GUIDED TOUR didn't make much of an impression when he finished up the track in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, but what a difference a year makes. Saturday at Turfway Park, the Hansel gelding wore down a stubborn three-year-old BALTO STAR to win the Kentucky Cup Classic by a neck. It was the third straight Grade II victory for Guided Tour, following an upset tally over Captain Steve in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in June and a romp in the Washington Park Handicap last out at Arlington Park in July. Winning trainer Niall O'Callaghan did not commit to running in the Classic but said it would be seriously considered. Anstu Stables' three-year-old Balto Star, who won the Spiral Stakes in the spring at Turfway by nearly 13 lengths, most likely will be pointed for the Breeders' Cup Mile. The Glitterman gelding won his only start on turf last out going one mile at Saratoga in wire-to-wire fashion. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Balto Star was a slight choice in Saturday's race over Guided Tour and set the pace until caught in deep stretch. More than eight lengths separated the leaders from their rivals in the six-horse field. Official Equibase Past Performances for GUIDED TOUR; BALTO STAR

Race: $150,000 Jerome Handicap (GII), 3yos, one mile
Track: Belmont Park
Margins: 5½, nose, 2¾
Winning Connections: Owner: Godolphin Racing, Inc.; Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey: John Velazquez
Time: 1:34 2/5 (fast)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Classic - Godolphin Racing, Inc.'s EXPRESS TOUR was the best two-year-old in South Florida last year, sweeping Calder's Florida Stallion Stakes series for trainer Marty Wolfson. Owner-breeder A.C. (Butch) Silva was made an offer he couldn't refuse from the Maktoum family's Godolphin enterprise for the son of Tour d'Or, who reappeared next winning the $2 million United Arab Emirates Derby in Dubai in late March. Sent to the Kentucky Derby off the one prep, Express Tour finished an unthreatening eighth behind Monarchos and then last of six in the Riva Ridge Stakes on Belmont Day. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor prescribed time off, and his patience was rewarded on Saturday at Belmont Park when Express Tour won the Jerome Handicap by 5½ lengths in 1:34 2/5, after reeling off the first six furlongs in 1:09 flat. Assistant trainer Tom Albertrani indicated that the colt might run on Breeders' Cup Day at Belmont, but most likely in the Stuyvesant Handicap on the undercard. Another alternative would be the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct four days later. Official Equibase Past Performances for EXPRESS TOUR

Race: $200,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes (GIII), f & m, 1 1/16 miles
Track: Turfway Park
Finishing Order: 1-TRIP, 2-PRECIOUS FEATHER, 3-SPAIN
Margins: 3, ¾, half
Winning Connections: Owner: Claiborne Farm; Trainer: Frank Brothers; Jockey: Craig Perret
Time: 1:42 2/5 (fast)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Distaff - The Thoroughbred Corp.'s SPAIN won the Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes last year as a three-year-old prior to her stunning 55-to-1 upset in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Saturday, the daughter of Thunder Gulch was the 13-to-10 favorite to win the Turfway race again but finished third after being forced wide in both turns to be beaten by nearly four lengths by Claiborne Farm's TRIP. The four-year-old homebred daughter of Lord at War (ARG) is trained by Frank Brothers and had won both of her previous two races over the Turfway track. Winner of the Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap in June, her victory Saturday was the biggest of her career. Brothers ruled out a start in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, indicating the most likely option would be the Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap on Nov. 3. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was disappointed with Spain's trip but remains optimistic about her bid for another run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Spain came into the race after a fourth-place finish in the seven-furlong Ballerina Handicap at Saratoga in late August, her first start in nearly five months. Official Equibase Past Performances for SPAIN; TRIP

Race: $300,000 Vosburgh Stakes (GI), 3yos & up, seven furlongs
Track: Belmont Park
Finishing Order: 1-LEFT BANK, 2-SQUIRTLE SQUIRT, 3-BIG E E
Margins: Neck, 1, 4½
Winning Connections: Owner: Michael Tabor; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: John Velazquez
Time: 1:20 3/5 (fast)

Road to the Penske Auto Centers Breeders' Cup Sprint - Michael Tabor's four-year-old LEFT BANK has been threatening to become a top-class performer on several occasions over the last two seasons for trainer Todd Pletcher. Saturday at Belmont Park, the four-year-old French Deputy colt won the Vosburgh Stakes by a half-length after wearing down David Lanzman's odds-on favorite SQUIRTLE SQUIRT. The rest of the runners in the seven-furlong fixture trailed by nearly 10 lengths. A $600,000 Fasig-Tipton February purchase as a two-year-old, Left Bank is peaking at the right time and will be wheeled back in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, as will Bobby Frankel-trained three-year-old Squirtle Squirt. Official Equibase Past Performances for LEFT BANK; SQUIRTLE SQUIRT

Race: $147,500 Kentucky Cup Sprint (GII), 3yos, six furlongs
Track: Turfway Park
Finishing Order: 1-SNOW RIDGE, 2-CITY ZIP, 3-DREAM RUN
Margins: Neck, 5¼, 9½
Winning Connections: Owner: Overbrook Farm; Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas; Jockey: Pat Day
Time: 1:09 1/5 (fast)

Road to the Penske Auto Centers Breeders' Cup Sprint - Trainer D. Wayne Lukas has had a starter in the Breeders' Cup Sprint nearly every year and won the race in 1988 with Eclipse champion Gulch. The Hall of Fame horseman appears to have a solid candidate for this year's renewal in Overbrook Farm's three-year-old SNOW RIDGE after his neck victory over 3-to-5 favorite CITY ZIP in Saturday's Kentucky Cup Sprint at Turfway Park. A $420,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, Snow Ridge is a son of Tabasco Cat and had won a 'three other than' allowance at Saratoga by six lengths in his previous start. Charles Thompson and partners' City Zip remains on course for the Breeders' Cup, according to trainer Linda Rice. Official Equibase Past Performances for SNOW RIDGE; CITY ZIP

Race: $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile (GIII), 2yos, 1 1/16 mile
Track: Turfway Park
Margins: 1½, 8, 3
Winning Connections: Owner: Select Stable; Trainer: Kenny McPeek; Jockey: Tony D'Amico
Time: 1:43 3/5 (fast)

Road to the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile - Trainer Kenny McPeek sent out Tejano Run to finish third behind Timber Country in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Juvenile after the colt had won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile and the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. Saturday at Turfway, the trainer saddled Select Stable's two-year-old REPENT to win the Kentucky Cup Juvenile in only the colt's third career start. The son of Louis Quatorze was a $230,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling purchase, the most McPeek ever has spent on a horse for a client. Sunday morning, McPeek indicated he would most likely train Repent up to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Official Equibase Past Performances for REPENT

Race: $95,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies, 2yo fillies, one mile
Track: Turfway Park
Margins: 5½, 1¾, 6¾
Winning Connections: Owner: Kenneth English & Alan Braun; Trainer: Bob Holthus; Jockey: Joe Judice
Time: 1:3/7 1/5 (fast)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - Kenneth English and Alan Braun's two-year-old filly PLAYING 'N GOLD has given her connections something to think about after the daughter of Honour and Glory drew away to win the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies by 5 1/2 lengths at Turfway Saturday. Trained by veteran horseman Bob Holthus, the filly, purchased for $87,000 at the February Ocala Breeder Sales as a two-year-old, had won the Ellis Park Debutante by four lengths in her previous start and seems to appreciate a distance of ground. The race was her first around two turns. Official Equibase Past Performances for PLAYING 'N GOLD

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