The Kentucky Racing Commission has approved the sale of Red Mile Standardbred track to a group of eight Standardbred breeders from around the country. The new owners, who have also acquired the Tattersalls Sales Company, will make $3-million to $5 million in improvements to the Lexington, Ky., facility, which will be managed by former Churchill Downs executive vice president Dick Cummings…Golden Missile moved from sixth to first on the NTRA's Thoroughbred Poll this week. He displaced Behrens, now second, and Fusaichi Pegasus, now third. However, Fusaichi Pegasus remains atop the earnings list and the NTRA 3-year-old poll. Both Golden Missile and Red Bullet, second on the 3-year-old poll, race for Frank Stronach, whose stable has earned $5,025,968 and tops the owners' list by earnings…Fletcher C. Mauk has joined Mauk Equine Brokerage in Georgetown, Ky…A total of 888 2-year-olds are still eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes program, which begins with the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen divisions on Aug. 5…Slavic, a 13-year-old son of Danzig, was represented by his first winner from his first North American crop Saturday when Svetlana won a maiden race for 2-year-old imported fillies at El Comandante Racetrack in Puerto Rico. Slavic, who stands at Blue Ridge Farm in Upperville, Va., entered stud in Japan and stood his first North American season in 1997. The stallion was scheduled to leave the U.S. in early July to stand his fourth season at Wedgewood Stud in New Zealand… Eclipse Press, the equine book publishing division of The Blood-Horse, Inc., announced Monday that "Citation," the third book in the Thoroughbred Legends series, had been released. Ranked second in The Blood-Horse's "Top 100 Horses of the 20th Century, Citation had won 15 consecutive races, including a sweep of the Triple Crown, by the end of his 3-year-old season. Pohla Smith, racing columnist/sports copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and national racing writer for United Press International, authored "Citation." (More, Thoroughbred Legends)…Louise Kimball, owner of Kimstead Farm in Pepperill, Mass., and one of the founding members of the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders' Association in 1981, died in Pepperill on June 13. Kimball, a physical therapist before starting the forerunner of the Massachusetts Breeders' Association--The Yankee Thoroughbred Breeders,--stood some of the most influential stallions in the state from the mid-1960's until 1989, including Great Mystery and Last Dance, Unmistaken…Karate Miss won 1999 Michigan Thoroughbred of the Year honors during a ceremony Saturday night. Karate Miss recorded a perfect six wins in six starts at Great Lakes Downs and earned $184,015 for the year. A homebred racing for Farid and Joan Sefa, she was trained by Brenda Hill. Karate Miss was also the 1997 Michigan Thoroughbred of the Year.

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