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Lots of Action as Keeneland Sale Begins

Lots of Action as Keeneland Sale Begins

The opening session of the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale got off to a strong start Nov. 5 with a host of top-class broodmares and broodmare prospects selling for seven-figures during the first five hours of action.

Fleet Indian to Sell at Keeneland November

Fleet Indian to Sell at Keeneland November

Last year's champion older female Fleet Indian is scheduled to sell in foal to Storm Cat on the opening day of the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, will consign the 6-year-old mare, who is believed to be carrying a colt based on fetal sexing, on behalf of her owner, Paul Saylor.

Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron Ready for Classic

Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron Ready for Classic

Trainer Todd Pletcher is again in the eye of the Breeders' Cup storm. The Eclipse Award-winning trainer will saddle 11 runners, including Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron, both of whom are set to go 1 1/4 miles in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) during the two-day World Championship event Oct. 26-27 at Monmouth Park.

No Cinderella Story for Smarty Deb

No Cinderella Story for Smarty Deb

Despite being listed at 30-1 on the morning line and never having competed in a graded stakes event, Smarty Deb is anything but a Cinderella story for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Biancone Agrees to One-Year Suspension

Biancone Agrees to One-Year Suspension

Trainer Patrick Biancone agreed to a settlement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority that will prevent Biancone from training horses for one year. He will not be listed as trainer of record for any horses running in the Breeders' Cup Oct. 26-27.

OBS Mixed Sale Wraps Up With Mixed Results

OBS Mixed Sale Wraps Up With Mixed Results

When reviewing the action during the 2007 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale Oct. 8-12 in Central Florida, Tom Ventura, OBS general manager and director of sales, said it is difficult to compare the results with those of last year. This year, the sale had one less consignor-preferred session and one additional open session.

Son of El Prado Highlights Keeneland Day Four

Son of El Prado Highlights Keeneland Day Four

A striking son of El Prado sold for $750,000 to keep the train moving on the fourth day and the close of second catalog of the massive 15-day Keeneland September yearling sale. For the day, the sale company realized increases in gross, average, and median despite a drop in the number of horses sold.

First-Crop Sires Spice Up Keeneland September Sale

First-crop yearling sires always add an element of intrigue to any sale, but the class of 2007 adds an extra amount of interest to the Keeneland September sale due to fewer stallions sporting top-racing credentials and pedigrees with commercial appeal compared to the 2006 class.

Champion Capote Dead at 23

Champion Capote Dead at 23

Champion Capote, a son of Seattle Slew, was euthanized Aug. 24 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The 23-year-old pensioned stallion was buried at his home of the past 16 years.

Churchill to Stop Releasing Handle Figures

During a conference call to discuss second-quarter earnings, Robert Evans, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc., said the company would no longer release handle and attendance figures at the conclusion of race meets for its four racetrack properties.

Split Samples Mistakenly Tossed in Kentucky

The state veterinarian for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority mistakenly tossed out two split samples from two horses that had tested over the approved limit for the approved bleeder medication Salix. Because of the mistake, the investigation into the overages has been dropped.

Slew's Tizzy's Trainer: The Facts on Fox

Trainer Greg Fox could be the most educated man currently on the backside of Belmont Park. The young conditioner grew up in an academic home where his parents were well-respected college professors and he holds degrees from Boston and Tufts Universities.

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