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PENSKE AUTO CENTERS AND BREEDERS' CUP REACH AGREEMENT
Penske Auto Centers announced today that it has formed a strategic marketing alliance with the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited. Under terms of the agreement, Penske Auto Centers gains entitlement rights to the $1 million Penske Auto Centers Breeders' Cup Sprint and to the series of races that comprise the World Thoroughbred Championships Sprint Division.
It also becomes the exclusive automotive service provider of the NTRA. "It's truly a unique opportunity to be the exclusive automotive service provider of the World Thoroughbred Championships Sprint Division," said Jim Wheat, President and CEO of Penske Auto Centers. "This strategic marketing alliance provides an opportunity for Penske Auto Centers to reach a whole new viewing audience through major television outlets such as CNBC, NBC and the ESPN family of networks. Research indicates that the audience of loyal horse race enthusiasts is second only to auto racing and it continues to grow each year. As a result, more than 50 million automobile and truck owners will associate the rich heritage of the Breeders' Cup and National Thoroughbred Racing Association with the Penske Auto Center name."
"We are delighted to welcome Penske Auto Centers to Thoroughbred racing," said Breeders' Cup President and NTRA Vice Chairman D.G. Van Clief Jr. "Given Penske Auto Centers' longstanding association with speed sports like auto racing, its involvement is a natural fit within the Sprint Division of the World Thoroughbred Championships. We believe this partnership will significantly bolster the World Thoroughbred Championships brand within the sports marketplace, and offer many cross-promotional opportunities to both sides."
SHEIK MOHAMMED DONATES $5 MILLION TO RELIEF EFFORTS
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum -- the Crown Prince of Dubai, the Minister of Defense of the United Arab Emirates and one of the world's most prominent buyers, breeders and racers of Thoroughbreds -- has pledged $5 million to a disaster relief fund organized by Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Keeneland was just about to begin the second day of its September Yearling Sale when the terrorist attacks took place.
"We think this was a cowardly act against civilians, and we are 100% against it," Sheikh Mohammed told The Blood-Horse magazine. "We are 100% with America, and we will do anything we can to get these people, to get justice."
Horses expected to start in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for Sheik Mohammed's Godolphin Stable include Fantastic Light, a leading contender for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic; E Dubai, also a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Classic; and Imperial Gesture, a possible starter in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
"Sheikh Mohammed was deeply touched by the tragic events and the recovery and relief efforts that followed," said Keeneland President Nick Nicholson. "His donation is a wonderfully generous display of leadership and humanity.
"The unmistakable conclusion is simple, yet profound," said Nicholson. "Across the planet, despite our differences, those things we have in common are much greater than those that separate us."
Those who wish to donate to the Keeneland fund, whose monies will be forwarded to the Red Cross Relief Fund, may do so by calling 800-456-3412.
BREEDERS' CUP WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS TO STAY PUT IN NEW YORK
Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited have affirmed plans to conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. More
COOLMORE/TABOR HORSES TO RUN FOR NY HEROES FUND
Coolmore principal John Magnier and fellow Thoroughbred owner Michael Tabor today announced that they will contribute 10 percent of any of their horses' winnings from the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at New York's Belmont Park to the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund, announced last week by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). Coolmore's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, and jockey Michael Kinane also have pledged 10 percent of their winnings.
Magnier/Tabor horses expected to start in the World Thoroughbred Championships include Galileo (IRE), a leading contender for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, Mozart (IRE), a Penske Auto Centers Breeders' Cup Sprint prospect, and Johannesburg, a possible starter in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
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.
"We are deeply grateful for this leadership support from John and Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien, Michael Kinane and the rest of the Coolmore team, and, by extension, from the Irish racing community," said D.G. Van Clief Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Limited.
ALBERT THE GREAT ALSO TO RUN FOR NEW YORK'S HEROES
Thoroughbred owner Tracy Farmer announced that his top Classic Division horse, Albert the Great, will be running with a mission when he goes to post in the two biggest races remaining in the Belmont Park Fall Championship Meet: the Grade I, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Grade I, $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
Farmer said that five percent of Albert the Great's earnings in both races would be donated to the NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund.
The Jockey Club Gold Cup, for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter, will be run on Saturday, October 6th. The Breeders' Cup Classic, also at 10 furlongs, will be run on Saturday, October 27th as part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships consists of eight races in different divisions with $13 million in purses and awards.
Although a Kentucky native, Farmer has been involved in New York racing for a number of years. Since leaving the University of Cincinnati early, he invested in several diverse enterprises. He once owned several banks. He has also developed and still owns shopping centers. He has traded commercial real estate and owns automobile dealerships in Louisville, Ky., Atlanta, Ga. and Port Charlotte, Fla. Farmer also owns the 150-acre Shadowland Farm near Midway, Ky., which he bought in 1993.
Fans, owners, trainers and jockeys are all invited to contribute to the Heroes Fund. All contributions are tax-deductible and can be sent to: NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund c/o Bessemer Trust N.A., ATTN: Robert Elliott, 630 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10111. Wire-transferred funds can be sent to Bessemer Trust Company N.A., Federal Reserve Symbol, ABA# 0260-0875-6, user name: Bessemer Tr NYC-for account NTRA Charities.
BAZE RIDES 7,500TH WINNER
By piloting Valid Double to victory in last Saturday's third race at Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo, Calif., jockey Russell Baze registered his 7,500th career victory. The 43-year-old Hall of Fame rider is the fourth winningest jockey in history, trailing only Laffit Pincay Jr. (9,216 wins), Bill Shoemaker (8,833) and Pat Day (8,069) on the all-time victory list.
TEN-YEAR-OLD BOY HOPES FOR BIG WIN ON SATURDAY
Patrick Engelhardt, 10-year-old son of River Downs track publicist John Engelhardt, recorded his first success as a Thoroughbred breeder on June 21 when the two-year-old colt Watch Me Fire captured a maiden race on that day's River Downs program in Cincinnati. Since then, the muscular chestnut has captured the $30,000 Loyalty Stakes at Thistledown in stakes record time and run a close second in another stakes race at the North Randall, Ohio oval. On Saturday, Watch Me Fire will face the biggest test of his young career when he goes to post in the Grade III, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway Park.
"We breed about one horse a year and keep our fingers crossed," stated the elder Engelhardt. "By putting Patrick's name on the papers, he really got into it. More people should do it. Even though he doesn't own the horse, he takes as much interest in him as if he did."
When Patrick's horse wins, his father gives him $20.00 cash out of his breeders' award share, with the rest going into a college fund. And should his horse win on Saturday, it is expected that the fifth-grader will get not only the $20.00, but a bad case of Kentucky Derby fever as well.
Highlights of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes, as well as live coverage of the $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic from Turfway Park, can be seen on "The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" telecast from 5:00-5:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2.
September 22 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
September 22 The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Kentucky Cup (Turfway Park), 5:00-5:30 p.m., ESPN2
September 26 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
September 29 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
September 29 Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge; Norfolk Stakes (Santa Anita), Arlington-Washington Futurity (Arlington Park), 8:00-9:00 p.m., CNBC September 30 Canadian International (Woodbine), 4:35-4:45 p.m., ESPNEWS
October 2 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
October 3 Thoroughbred Classics, Spinster Stakes, 6:30-7:00 p.m., ESPN Classic
Sept. 20, 1965: Jockey Jorge Velasquez made his American racing debut, riding for owner Fred W. Hooper, at Atlantic City Racecourse. He won with his first mount, aboard Keypoint, in the sixth race, at 8-1 odds.
Sept. 20, 1976: Two-year-old Seattle Slew made his racing debut, winning a six furlong maiden race by five lengths at Belmont Park. His zesty workouts prior to the race made Seattle Slew the 2-1 favorite and he was the public's choice in both his subsequent races that year. After only three starts (including the Champagne Stakes) in the space of 27 days, Seattle Slew was voted champion two-year-old colt for 1976.
Sept. 20, 1980: Before a crowd of 23,000 spectators, four-year-old Spectacular Bid won the Woodward Stakes in the world's richest walkover. To the surprise of trainer Bud Delp and owners Harry, Teresa and Tom Meyerhoff, "Bid" was awarded only $73,300, which was half of the winner's share of the purse, but all that was allowable under the track's rules. There had not been a walkover in a major U.S. stakes race since Coaltown won the Edward Burke Handicap on April 23, 1949.
Sept. 20, 1999: Storm Cat's stud fee was raised from $200,000 to $300,000.
Sept. 21, 1938: A hurricane disrupted racing at Rockingham Park, which ended the day's program after the sixth race. Thirteen barns were destroyed during the storm.
Sept. 21, 1940: For the first time in the history of photo finishes a triple dead heat for first place was recorded, at Willow's Park, Victoria, British Columbia.
Sept. 21, 1973: Secretariat had his first workout on a turf course, going a half-mile in :48 3/5 at Belmont Park.
Sept. 22, 1988: Stuart Symington Janney Jr., owner of Ruffian, died at age 81.
Sept. 22, 1996: Larry Ross trained the top four finishers in a seven-horse field for the Washington HBPA Stakes at Emerald Downs.
Sept. 23, 1998: Clay Puett, who invented the electric starting gate more than 60 years ago, died at age 99.
Sept. 23, 2000: The 13-day Keeneland September Sale concluded with gross sales of $291,827,100, topping the previous mark of $233,020,800 set last year.
Sept. 24, 1943: The Jockey Club announced the creation of The Jockey Club Foundation, which was established to aid indigent members of the racing community.
Sept. 25, 1866: Jerome Park, named for its founder, Leonard W. Jerome, opened in the Bronx, N.Y. The track was a magnet for New York's fashionable society, and the first to attract women in large numbers. Even the racehorses were fashionable, with ribbons of their owners' colors braided into their manes and tails. Jerome, seeking to emulate the British racing system, also established the American Jockey Club, precursor to the present Jockey Club, formed in 1894.
Sept. 25, 1948: Fans at Atlantic City Racecourse filed onto the track after the 3-2 favorite in the fourth race, Even Break, dwelt in the starting gate as the race went off. A total of $71,414 was refunded to the angry crowd of bettors.
Sept. 26, 1942: The Jockey Club stewards revoked Eddie Arcaro's license for one year after his display of "rough riding" aboard odds-on favorite Occupation in the Cowdin Stakes on Sept. 19. In the Cowdin, Arcaro deliberately drove his horse into another, Breezing Home, knocking his jockey, Vincent Nodarse, into the infield. Nodarse and his mount had crowded Arcaro at the start of the race, almost causing him to be unseated.
Sept. 27, 1894: Aqueduct Racetrack opened its doors. The building was torn down in 1955 and the new Aqueduct was reopened on Sept. 14, 1959.
Sept. 27, 1924: In the second of his three specially staged International races, the French colt Epinard was again defeated, this time by a nose to Ladkin, at Aqueduct. A crowd of 40,000 witnessed the race.
Sept. 27, 1947: Armed, then the world's leading money-winning Thoroughbred, met 1946 Kentucky Derby winner Assault in the first $100,000 winner-take-all match race, held at Belmont Park. Armed earned an easy victory over Assault, who was not in peak racing condition.
Sept. 28, 1960: Forty years after Man o' War won the Lawrence Realization Stakes by 100 lengths in the record time of 2:40 4/5, Kelso equaled his time in the same event.
Sept. 28, 1983: Atlantic City Racecourse and The Meadowlands became the first U.S. tracks to engage in simulcasting. The previous year, Woodbine and Fort Erie in Canada had been the first to experiment with simulcasting.
Sept. 28, 1996: Jockey Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori won seven-of-seven races at Ascot, a single-day wins record in England. His win streak was estimated to have cost English bookmakers £30 million and to have caused the closing of as many as 40 bookmaking shops, which suffered heavy losses after paying off winning punters.
Sept. 28, 1996: Jockey Dave Gall had his 7,000th career win, at Fairmount Park aboard A. J. Onray. He was the fourth rider to attain 7,000 wins.
Sept. 29, 1973: With Meadow Stable's Riva Ridge scratched because of rainy weather, his stablemate Secretariat was left to compete in the 1½-mile Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. Prove Out, trained by Allen Jerkens, beat the 3-10 favorite Secretariat, who faded after 1¼ miles to finish second by 4½ lengths. Another Jerkens trainee, Onion, had defeated Secretariat in the Whitney Stakes on Aug. 4 at Saratoga.
Sept. 30, 1898: Jockey Tod Sloan rode five consecutive winners at England's Newmarket racecourse.
Sept. 30, 1922: After a six-year hiatus, racing returned to Chicago with the reopening of Hawthorne Park. The popular gelding Exterminator, winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby and the then-second-leading money winner of all time, made a special appearance, racing solo against the track-record time of 2:04 3-5 for 1 1-4 miles. He completed the distance in 2:10.
Sept. 30, 1969: Jockey Kathy Kusner won her first career race, at Pocono Downs. Kusner, a former rider with the U.S. Equestrian Team, had sued to obtain a jockey's license in Maryland in 1968. She won her case but was subsequently sidelined by a broken leg suffered in a training accident.
Sept. 30, 1981: Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. had his 5,000th career win, aboard Wander in the seventh race at Santa Anita Park.
Sept. 30, 1990: Bill Shoemaker had his first graded stakes win as a trainer when Baldomero (IRE) won the Grade III Golden Harvest Handicap at Louisiana Downs.
Sept. 30, 1995: Jockey Craig Perret, 44, gained his 4,000th career victory, at Turfway Park, riding Heloise to victory in the eighth race.
Oct. 2, 1943: Belmont Park hosted "Back the Attack" day in support of the war effort. Admission was by purchase of $25 or $100 war bonds. Approximately $25 million was raised.
Oct. 2, 1981: At age 17, Behavin Jerry, the oldest Thoroughbred in racing competition, set the record for most career starts by a Thoroughbred, 307. Behavin Jerry began his career as a two-year-old in 1966 and raced every year thereafter through 1978. He took two years off, 1979-80, and returned to racing at age 17 in 1981.
Oct. 2, 1995: Jockey Mike Smith won his 3,000th career race, aboard Old Chapel, in the seventh race at Belmont Park.
Oct. 3, 1942: With a victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Whirlaway, ridden by George Woolf, became the first Thoroughbred to amass more than $500,000 in lifetime earnings.
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