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BIG BOYS TO SQUARE OFF IN WOODWARD
Only five will go postward in Saturday's Grade I, $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park, but it's as tough a quintet as one would ever want to see.
Attempting to defend his Breeders' Cup Classic title is 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow. The four-year-old colt has only run three times since his big score last fall, and the Woodward will be his first start since taking the Santa Anita Handicap in early March. Back problems have prevented Tiznow from racing more frequently this year, but as it comes down to crunch time, the son of Cee's Tizzy is ready for action.
"He's been training very well," said Tiznow's trainer Jay Robbins. "I think I have him fit enough. My main concern will be how he handles the surface."
The white-hot trainer Bobby Frankel will saddle a Chilean bred in the Woodward, John and Jerome Amerman's Lido Palace. His rivalry with Albert The Great reaches stage three in the Woodward with the score tied at one win apiece.
Albert The Great won the Suburban here in the spring, a track he is 6-for-7 over, but Lido Palace evened things up with a two-length victory in Saratoga's Grade I Whitney Handicap. Albert The Great spotted Lido Palace eight pounds in the Suburban and nine pounds in the Whitney. All will carry equal weights, 126 pounds, in the Woodward under the weight-for-age conditions.
"My horse is picking up weight and I can't see how that helps him," Frankel said of Lido Palace. "I hope Tiznow and Albert The Great go at it early and Lido Palace is there at the end."
Trainer Joe Orseno was relieved to get Red Bullet back on the track. Away from the races for just over a year, the 2000 Preakness winner showed his class by defeating an allowance group this past July at Saratoga.
"It was painful not being in some of the bigger races earlier in the year," Orseno said. "But now we have a fresh, fit and very sound horse whereas some of the others have been running hard all year."
The field for the Woodward from the rail out is: Red Bullet (jockey: Gary Stevens), Tiznow (Chris McCarron), Lido Palace (Jerry Bailey), Albert the Great (Jorge Chavez) and Country Be Gold (Robbie Davis).
The Woodward Stakes will be shown live on ESPN2 on its "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" telecast from 5:00-5:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. Also on the telecast will be taped coverage of that day's Man o' War Stakes, a major turf stakes on the Saturday Belmont card.
TOP EUROPEAN RACE TO AIR LIVE SATURDAY ON ESPNEWS
The Irish Champion Stakes, a mile-and-a-quarter turf race from Leopardstown, Ireland that serves as the fifth leg of the Emirates World Series, will air live this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on ESPNEWS. The race features a rematch between Irish superhorse Galileo and Fantastic Light, the runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf. Galileo and Fantastic Light finished first and second, respectively, in the July 28 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes from Ascot.
Taped coverage of the Irish Champion Stakes can be seen on Sunday from 7:00-7:30 p.m. (ET) as part of ESPN2's NTRA 2Day at the Races program.
THE JOCKEY CLUB RELEASES 2000 BREEDING STATISTICS
The Jockey Club today reported, as of August 31, 2001, that 4,554 stallions covered 64,338 mares in North America during 2000. These coverings have resulted in 36,005 foals of 2001 being reported to The Jockey Club on Live Foal Reports received as of August 31. More
OFFICER WINS DEL MAR FUTURITY, ELIGIBLE FOR $1.3 MILLION BONUS
By winning yesterday Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar, the undefeated two-year-old colt Officer, owned by The Thoroughbred Corporation, has become the second horse to qualify for up to $1.3 million in bonus money as part of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge, a series of races for two-year-olds at top tracks around the country. The Challenge leads up to the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be run at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. on October 27 and to be televised live from by NBC.
The Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge will award $250,000 to the owner of any horse who wins one of the series' seven designated races plus the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile. If the horse has been sold at public auction, the consignor is eligible to receive a $50,000 bonus. If that same horse goes on to win the Kentucky Derby next year, the owner will earn an additional $1 million bonus.
The next leg of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge is the Sept. 16 Futurity Stakes at New York's Belmont Park. The Futurity Stakes will be televised live on CNBC. On Sept. 1, Came Home, owned by John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery, became the first horse to qualify for the Bessemer Trust bonus money by winning the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga.
JOCKEY WINS 14 IN A ROW
Jockey Tim Moccasin set a new North American record by riding 14 consecutive winners last week at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Moccasin, 23, began his streak on Fri., Aug. 24 when he won the last three races on the Marquis card. The next day, he won all seven races in which he rode. The next Thoroughbred race card at Marquis wasn't held until Sat., Sept. 1, but despite the inactivity, Moccasin didn't miss a beat. He won the first three races on the card that day, giving him 13 straight wins. In the fourth race, Moccasin's mount was scratched. He then won the fifth race, though aboard Intricate Stitch for win number 14. The streak ended in the next race, however, the sixth race, when Moccasin's mount came in fourth. Born in Cochin, Saskatchewan, Moccasin officially began his riding career at Marquis Downs in 1994 when he turned 16. Since then, Moccasin has won 55 races from 316 starts, good for total purse earnings of $105,794.
September 6 Thoroughbred Classics presented by the NTRA, Woodward Stakes, 7:00-7:30 a.m., ESPN Classic
September 7 Thoroughbred Classics presented by the NTRA, Woodward Stakes, 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic
September 7 Thoroughbred Classics presented by the NTRA, Woodward Stakes, 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN Classic
September 8 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
September 8 Irish Champion Stakes (Leopardstown, Ireland), 11:00 a.m., ESPNEWS
September 8 The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Woodward Stakes and Man o' War Stakes (Belmont Park), 5:00-5:30 p.m., ESPN2 September 9 NTRA 2Day at the Races, Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap (Belmont Park), Emerald Downs Breeders' Cup Derby (Emerald Downs), Endine Stakes (Delaware Park), Sam Houston Futurity (Sam Houston Race Park), Irish Champion Stakes (Leopardstown, Ire.), 7:00-7:30 p.m., ESPN2
September 12 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
September 15 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
September 16 The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, The Matron Stakes (Belmont Park), 3:00-4:00 p.m., ESPN
September 16 Bessemer Trust 2-Year-Old Challenge; Futurity Stakes (Belmont Park), Del Mar Futurity (Del Mar-taped from 9/5); 4:00-5:00 P.M.; CNBC
September 19 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 7, 1970: Bill Shoemaker surpassed John Longden's then-record of 6,032 wins when he piloted Dares J to victory at Del Mar and became the world's winningest jockey.
Sept. 8, 1990: Bill Shoemaker scored his first stakes victory as a trainer when he sent a five-year-old mare, Baldomero (IRE), to victory in the Osunitas Handicap at Del Mar.
Sept. 8, 1999: The Emirates Racing Association announced that the 2000 renewal of the Dubai World Cup would be worth $6 million.
Sept. 10, 1999: Churchill Downs Incorporated completed its purchase of Hollywood Park Racetrack and Casino, including approximately 240 acres of land at the site in Inglewood, Calif.
Sept. 11, 1976: In the third race at Latonia, jockey John Oldham and his wife, Suzanne Picou, became the first husband and wife riding team to compete in a parimutuel race together. Oldham finished second aboard Harvey's Hope and Picou rode My Girl Carla to an 11th-place finish.
Sept. 11, 1982: Jockey Earlie Fires had his 3,000th career win, aboard Volga Ace, in the fourth race at Arlington Park.
Sept. 12, 1944: A dead-heat for win and show occurred in the eighth race at Hawthorne.
Sept. 12, 1970: Nijinsky II won the St. Leger Stakes and became the 15th winner of England's triple crown. He is the last horse to have won the English triple.
Sept. 12, 1973: Fully recovered from a virus that had beset him at Saratoga, Secretariat worked five furlongs in :57 as his last preparation for the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap.
Sept. 12, 2000: A colt by Storm Cat was purchased for $6.8 million at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. It was the highest price paid for a yearling since 1985.
Sept. 13, 1974: D. Wayne Lukas won his first Thoroughbred stakes victory, saddling his own three-year-old colt, Harbor Hauler, in the second division of the Foothill Stakes at Pomona to earn $6,312.
Sept. 13, 1989: Jockey Pat Day won eight of the day's nine races at Arlington International Racecourse. In his only loss, Day finished second on Wayne's by George.
Sept. 14, 1853: West Australian won the St. Leger Stakes by three lengths and became England's first Triple Crown winner.
Sept. 14, 1959: The new $32 million Aqueduct, operated by the New York Racing Association, opened.
Sept. 15, 1876: Isaac Murphy, one of the nation's greatest black jockeys, had his first career win, aboard Glentina, at the Kentucky Association meet in Lexington. Then known as Isaac Burns, Murphy later adopted the surname of his grandfather.
Sept. 15, 1973: Secretariat won the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap in the then-world record time of 1:45 2/5 for 1 1/8 miles. He defeated his stablemate, Riva Ridge, by 3½ lengths. The winner's share of the purse, $150,000, made Secretariat a millionaire.
Sept. 16, 1972: Sent off at odds of 1-5, Secretariat won the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park by 1 3/4 lengths, creating a minus show pool at the track of $4,985.
Sept. 16, 1978: For the first time in history, two Triple Crown winners met in a race, the Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park. Seattle Slew, the 1977 Triple Crown winner, defeated Affirmed, the 1978 Triple Crown winner, by three lengths.
Sept. 16, 1991: Jockey Jose Santos won his 2,000th career victory, aboard Sunny Sara at Belmont Park.
Sept. 16, 2000: Keeneland successfully executed the Thoroughbred industry's first-ever Internet auction, selling four horses on-line for a total of $109,500. There were more than 200 buyers and agents registered to bid.
Sept. 17, 1973: Penny Chenery announced that Secretariat would make his inaugural start on the turf in the Oct. 8 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park.
Sept. 18, 1920: Carrying the top weight of his career, 138 pounds, three-year-old Man o' War won the Potomac Handicap, conceding 24 pounds to his nearest rival, Paul Jones, and 30 pounds to the second-place finisher, Wildair.
Sept. 18, 1943: The U.S. Army occupied the grounds of Hollywood Park as part of the war effort.
Sept. 18, 1999: Jockey David Gall retired as the fourth winningest rider of all time with 7,396 victories to his credit.
Sept. 19, 1943: Rider Eddie Arcaro returned to racing after a 12-month suspension that resulted from his attempt to injure a fellow rider in the Cowdin Stakes the previous year.
Sept. 19, 1942: Alsab, runner-up in the 1942 Kentucky Derby, beat 3-10 favorite Whirlaway, the 1941 Triple Crown champion, by a nose in a $25,000 match race at Narragansett Park. The match was arranged after Alsab was scratched from the Narragansett Special, a race won by Whirlaway one week earlier. Narragansett's president, James Dooley, offered to contribute the track's share of the mutuel handle, plus breakage, to the Army and Navy Relief Funds, making attendance at the race a patriotic gesture. Alsab and Whirlaway met twice more that year, with Whirlaway winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 3, and Alsab besting him in the New York Handicap on Oct. 10.
Sept. 19, 1997: Chelsea Zupan set an Emerald Downs record by winning seven consecutive races at the Auburn, Wash. oval. Zupan won four on September 18th and three on September 19th. The feat was a national record for consecutive victories by a female rider.
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