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News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled by NTRA Communications, (212) 907-9280.

OFFICER RIGHT BACK ON THE BEAT

Fresh off last Saturday's fifth-place finish as the favorite in the $1,000,000 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the previously undefeated two-year-old colt Officer is scheduled to run again this Saturday at Santa Anita in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile, a race restricted to California breds.

"It was a last minute deal," said Officer's trainer, Bob Baffert, "but I thought about it when he came back and he wasn't tired after that race."

Asked if he was opening himself up for criticism for running Officer back in seven days, Baffert said, "No, I don't care about criticism. I know my horses."

ROBBINS FAMILY TO RECEIVE COMMISSIONER'S CUP

Dr. Jack Robbins, his wife, Margaret, and their four sons -- Jay, Tom, Don and David -- will receive the Commissioner's Cup, annually presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) to honor an individual or group for extraordinary contributions to the NTRA and the Thoroughbred industry. The Robbinses will be honored in a ceremony at the fourth annual Western Conference on Racing, Friday, Nov. 2, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Santa Anita Park. Previous Commissioner's Cup recipients include R.D. Hubbard (2000), the Honorable Ken Maddy (1999) and Clement L. Hirsch (1998). More

FASIG-TIPTON TO AUCTION STALLION SEASONS, OTHER ITEMS FOR HEROES FUND

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that stallion seasons to Point Given, Artax, Unbridled's Song and Free House, as well as equine art and packages for major sporting events in 2002 will be auctioned by Fasig-Tipton on Friday, Nov. 9, to benefit the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund. The Heroes benefit auction, featuring a cocktail reception at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky, Inc. dining room, is part of the Stallion Access sale that begins at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The sale of items to benefit the Heroes Fund is expected to begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. (ET). More

KEENELAND SALES FEATURED IN UPCOMING A&E PROGRAM

Keeneland's world-famous July Selected Yearling Sale will be featured in an upcoming episode of Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden, scheduled to premier on the Arts and Entertainment Network November 3 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

For the show, Joan Lunden and her crew go behind the scenes to meet the people who buy, sell, train and race Thoroughbred racehorses. The program takes you to this year's Keeneland July Selected Yearling Sale for a glimpse into Thoroughbred sales with Keeneland consignors Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales and members of the Taylor Family of Taylor Made Farm. Viewers will experience all the excitement of a top Thoroughbred auction, where bidders spend millions of dollars vying for the next Thoroughbred champion.

The program also will include a closer look at this year's Belmont and Preakness Stakes winner, Point Given, as well as Point Given's trainer Bob Baffert, owner Prince Ahmed bin Salman of The Thoroughbred Corporation and jockey Gary Stevens. There will also be a behind-the-scenes look at the photo finish room, the track announcer, the official starter who releases the horses from the gate and the track veterinarian at Del Mar.

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

November 3 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

November 4 NTRA 2Day at the Races; Iroquois Stakes (Churchill Downs); Wells Fargo Bank California Cup Classic, California Cup Mile, California Cup Distaff (Santa Anita Park); Golden State Futurity (Los Alamitos); 6:30-7:00 p.m., ESPN2

November 7 Racehorse Digest, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

November 10 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

November 14 Racehorse Digest, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

RACING TO HISTORY

Nov. 1, 1944: Racing returned to Hollywood Park after a three-year hiatus, which followed the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Nov. 1, 1938: Before a crowd of 40,000 spectators, Seabiscuit, under jockey George Woolf, defeated odds-on favorite War Admiral in the Pimlico Special, run as a winner-take-all match race with a purse of $15,000.

Nov. 1, 1947: Man o' War died at Faraway Farm, Lexington, Ky. He lay in state for three days before being ceremoniously buried on Nov. 4.

Nov. 2, 1968: John Nerud-trained Dr. Fager, carrying 139 pounds, won the last race of his career, the seven-furlong Vosburgh Handicap at Aqueduct, by six lengths. Dr. Fager was subsequently named champion handicap horse, champion sprinter, turf champion and Horse of the Year.

Nov. 2, 1985: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won his first Breeders' Cup race, the Juvenile Fillies, with Twilight Ridge, whose entrymates Family Style and Arewehavingfunyet finished second and eighth, respectively.

Nov. 2, 1991: Dance Smartly won the Breeders' Cup Distaff and passed Lady's Secret as racing's then all-time leading female Thoroughbred money-earner, with $3,083,456.

Nov. 2, 1991: The Breeders' Cup Pick 7, a wager linking the seven Breeders' Cup races, was inaugurated. Wagering on the Pick 7 alone, excluding wagers made on the individual Breeders' Cup races, was $8,526,985.

Nov. 3, 1923: Tanforan, in suburban San Francisco, opened for a 25-day, non-betting meet.

Nov. 4, 1927: Bateau was disqualified from her third-place finish in the Pimlico Futurity after her jockey, Earl Sande, used the filly to ram the future Kentucky Derby winner, Reigh Count, into the rail. Sande subsequently was suspended for his action.

Nov. 4, 1998: Michael Rowland became the 88th rider in North America to reach 3,000 career wins when he piloted Bells Gladiator to victory at Thistledown.

Nov. 4, 2000: Total wagering on the 10-race Breeders' Cup Day program at Churchill Downs was a record $108,598,136.

Nov. 5, 1988: Miesque became the first horse to win two consecutive Breeders' Cup Championship races when she won the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.

Nov. 5, 1988: Julie Krone became the first female jockey to compete in the Breeders' Cup when she rode Darby Shuffle to a second-place finish in the Juvenile Fillies race.

Nov. 5, 1988: Ogden Phipps' four-year-old filly Personal Ensign concluded her racing career with a 13-for-13 lifetime record when she edged Winning Colors by a nose to win the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs. She was the first American racehorse to retire undefeated in major competition since Colin in 1908.

Nov. 6, 1946: Three fillies from Argentina arrived at Newark Airport, having made a journey of 8,250 miles, the then-longest flight ever for horses.

Nov. 6, 1973: Secretariat was paraded before 33,000 fans at Aqueduct, as his final appearance at a racetrack before retirement to stud at Claiborne Farm.

Nov. 6, 1993: The Breeders' Cup was simulcast to England for wagering purposes for the first time.

Nov. 6, 1993: Lure became the fourth horse to win consecutive Breeders' Cup events when he won the Breeders' Cup Mile. The three other runners with consecutive victories were Miesque, Bayakoa (ARG) and Morley Street (IRE), the latter a two-time winner in the steeplechase division.

Nov. 7, 1998: Skip Away finished sixth to Awesome Again in the Breeders' Cup Classic and was denied the title of racing's all-time leading money earner. Skip Away was retired after the race with earnings of $9,616,360, second to Cigar, whose earnings total $9,999,815.

Nov. 7, 1998: Jockey Richard Migliore gained his 3,000th career victory, winning aboard Belle's Appeal in the second race at Aqueduct.

Nov. 8, 1997: Favorite Trick won the Breeder's Cup Juvenile, concluding an 8-for-8 two-year-old campaign. Favorite Trick would later be voted 1997 Horse of the Year.

Nov. 8, 2000: The New York Racing Association announced that it would begin using the color-coded saddlecloths adopted by many other racetracks around the country.

Nov. 9, 1957: Wheatley Stable's Bold Ruler, with Eddie Arcaro aboard, won the Trenton Handicap in a wire-to-wire victory over Gallant Man and Round Table in a three-horse race. Bold Ruler was subsequently named Horse of the Year off this performance.

Nov. 9, 1972: Secretariat worked seven furlongs in 1:25 4-5 at Garden State Park in preparation for the final race of his two-year-old season, the Garden State Stakes on Nov. 18.

Nov. 9, 1988: Laffit Pincay Jr. became the second jockey in history to win 7,000 races when he won the seventh race at Hollywood Park aboard Phone Bid.

Nov. 9, 1998: A world-record-equaling bid of $7 million was made by Jayeff B Stable for the broodmare Korveya at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The only other broodmare sold for $7 million was Miss Oceana, who went through the auction ring in 1985.

Nov. 9, 2000: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and CBS Sports announced an agreement to broadcast the "NTRA Champions" series featuring the best older horses in the country on both dirt and turf.

Nov. 10, 1978: Jockey Patrick Valenzuela won his first career race, aboard Parker Petite, at Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Nov. 10, 1984: The inaugural Breeders' Cup was run at Hollywood Park. The highlight of the seven Breeders' Cup races, the Classic, pitted Wild Again, Gate Dancer and Slew o' Gold, who was the odds-on favorite despite having a well-publicized hoof injury. After a furious drive to the wire, which involved considerable bumping among the three horses, Wild Again prevailed, but Gate Dancer was disqualified from his second-place finish for interference and was placed third, behind Slew o' Gold.

Nov. 11, 1973: Secretariat was flown to Claiborne Farm to begin his stud career.

Nov. 11, 1978: At age four, 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew won his last race, the Stuyvesant Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, by 3 1-4 lengths.

Nov. 12, 1904: Four-year-old Machine Gun carried 159 pounds, believed to be the highest impost in a winning effort on the flat, at Riccarton in New Zealand. Time for the five-furlong race was :58.

Nov. 12, 1999, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a driving force behind American racing, died in Mill Neck, N.Y., at age 87.

Nov. 14, 1997: Jockey Eddie Arcaro, a 1958 Racing Hall of Fame inductee and the only two-time winner of the Triple Crown, died of cancer at his home in Miami at age 81.

WEEKEND STAKES RACES (unrestricted stakes worth $75,000 and up)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Honey Bee Handicap, 3yo fillies, $200,000, Grade III, 1 1/16 M, Meadowlands

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $200,000, Grade II, 1M, Churchill Downs
Maple Leaf Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $175,000, Grade III, 1 M, Woodbine
Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap, 3&up, $150,000, Grade III, 1M (T), Hawthorne
Turnback the Alarm Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M, Aqueduct
Pocahontas Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, 1M, Churchill Downs
Remington Green Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Remington Park
Holly Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, 6F, Meadowlands
Rushing Man Stakes, 3yo, $100,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Meadowlands

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Las Palmas Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $250,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M (T), Santa Anita Park
Iroquois Stakes, 2yo, $100,000, Grade III, Churchill Downs
Bay Meadows Derby, 3yo, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M (T), Bay Meadows
Miss Grillo Stakes, 2yo fillies, $75,000, 1 1/8 M (T), Aqueduct

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Morvich Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 6 F (T), Santa Anita Park

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Pilgrim Stakes, 2yo, $75,000, 1 1/8 M (T), Aqueduct

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