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Contrail Shows Grit to Earn Triple Crown Honours

Kyoto played host to the 3000-metre G1 Kikuka Sho on Sunday, and Contrail (Jpn) put his name in the record books as the eighth Japanese Triple Crown Winner and only the third to take the Japanese equivalent of the St Leger while undefeated. Symboli Rudolf (Jpn) (Partholon {Ire}) first accomplished that feat in 1984 and Contrail's sire, the late Deep Impact (Jpn), was the second in 2005. In marked contrast to his earlier wins, Contrail was tested all the way to the line, with recent allowance winner, the SP Aristoteles...

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Keeneland Track Announcer Becker Positive For COVID-19

Keeneland track announcer Kurt Becker has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the final day of the track's fall meet Saturday, according to a statement from the track. Churchill Downs's Travis Stone will replace Becker in the booth Saturday. According to the Keeneland release, Becker is experiencing only mild symptoms and is resting at home. "We look forward to his speedy recovery and to welcoming him back for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Nov. 6-7," the release says. Becker became the first (and only) announcer in...

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Breeders’ Cup Unveils #MyBreedersCup Initiative

The Breeders' Cup has unveiled #MyBreedersCup, a multi-pronged digital and social program designed to bring the best of the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships to fans around the world. Created in response to the recent decision to conduct the 2020 event without fans on-site due to COVID-19, the program provides fans with new opportunities to interact with the championship event remotely, from innovative digital viewing experiences to a virtual fashion contest and more. The 37th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships is scheduled to take place Friday, Nov. 6...

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Del Mar Releases Protocols for Owners Attending the Fall Meet

For the Del Mar Fall meet, which begins Saturday, Oct. 31, all CHRB licensed owners will be permitted on track for both morning workouts and afternoon races. Unfortunately, due to state and local guidelines, non-licensed guests are still not permitted. Owners wishing to attend the races should email or call Mary Forney, Executive Director of TOC ([email protected]) to secure access, and reservations can be made up until 24 hours before race day. To attend morning workouts, no advanced reservation is required. On race days, owners must show their license when...

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After Raising Purses, NYRA Hoping For Strong Winter Run at Aqueduct

It's racing during the frigid winter months at a blue-collar racetrack, so Aqueduct may not always be the easiest sell. But New York Racing Association (NYRA) officials are expecting a strong five-month run once the track opens Nov. 6, counting on robust purses to convince owners and trainers to choose the Big A over options like Gulfstream and Oaklawn. Typically, purses decrease once the fall meet at Belmont is over. Racing at Aqueduct handles less than it does at Belmont and there is a drop off in the quality. But...

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Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale Catalogue Out

The catalogue for the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale is now online. Moved from its normal November slot to Dec. 21 due to the current Level 5 COVID restrictions imposed by the Irish government, the sale has featured in the past the dams of 2020 Group 1 winners Lucky Vega (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), Thunder Moon (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}), Pretty Gorgeous (Fr) (Lawman {Fr}), Alcohol Free (Ire) (No Nay Never), and Tiger Tanaka (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}). The 2020 edition will see 270 mares and fillies go under the hammer...

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Saffron Beach Benched, BC Off Table

Saffron Beach (Ire) (New Bay {GB}), a Group 3 winner in two starts, will skip an intended engagement in the Breeders' Cup and will instead point to next year and the G1 English 1000 Guineas. Trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam, the chestnut won on debut at Newmarket in September and then saluted in the G3 Oh So Sharp S. there on Oct. 9. "She's going to have a rest now, before she comes back for the Nell Gwyn and the Guineas," said trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam. "The main reason we're not going...

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HWPA Derby Awards on Sky Sports Racing in December

The 2020 Horserace Writers and Photographers Association Derby Awards will be staged on Sky Sports Racing, the HWPA announced on Tuesday. Slated for Dec. 10, the awards programme, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will be hosted by Martin Kelly. Normally, the awards are held in London in front of 600 guests, but that is not possible due to COVID-19. "We are extremely grateful to Sky Sports Racing for agreeing to host the 2020 Derby Awards, and to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for their continued support," said HWPA...

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Tattersalls Ireland Moves Sales to December

The remaining 2020 Tattersalls Ireland sales have been postponed to December after the Irish government moved the country to Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions on Monday evening. The November National Hunt Sale will be held on Dec. 12-14. The November Flat Foal & Breeding Stock Sale, including a yearling section, is now set for Dec. 16, and the Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale will be conducted on Dec. 17. The three sales were originally slated for Nov. 9-13. "In these uncertain times we must plan as best as we can for further...

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Fasig-Tipton Announces COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Kentucky October Yearling Sale & November Sale

In advance of the upcoming Kentucky October Yearling Sale and The November Sale in Lexington, KY, Fasig-Tipton has announced the following COVID-19 protocols will be in place in accordance with Kentucky regulations: -Screening measures, including temperature checks and health screening questions, will be in place to gain admittance to the sales grounds for all staff, participants and attendees; -Cloth face coverings are required in accordance with U.S. CDC recommendations; -Participants will not be allowed to congregate. At least six feet of distance must be maintained between people; -Limited seating capacity...

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Goffs Moves November Foal, Breeding Stock Sales to December

In light of the Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Irish government on Monday, Goffs has been forced to shift most of its autumn sales calendar. The heightened restrictions mean it will not be legally permitted to hold sales at Kildare Paddocks from Oct. 21 to Dec. 2. After consultation with the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Tattersalls, new dates were selected for the Goffs November Foal and Breeding Stock Sales that will allow attendees to be at Tattersalls and observe the two-week Irish quarantine rules. The November Foal...

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ITBA Autumn Series of Online Workshops Announced

The ITBA Autumn Series of Online Workshops was revealed by the ITBA on Monday. The three workshops are free, as due to COVID-19 fees have been waved. The schedule is as follows: Workshop 1: Mental Health First Aid on Oct. 29 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Workshop 2: Introduction to Equisoft on Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Workshop 3: Introduction to ZOOM Online Meeting on Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on the workshops and to sign up, email [email protected]

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