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Breaking the Curse: Not Just for the Boys

A lot of talk this week has centered on Street Sense's attempt to break the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I)/Kentucky Derby (gr. I) curse, but there is a little known fact that Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winners have also suffered their share of bad racing luck on the first Friday in May.

Curlin Has Asmussen Dreaming of Derby Once More

When 2007 began, trainer Steve Asmussen was having Triple Crown dreams about a colt named Tiz Wonderful. Those dreams were dashed when the son of Tiznow injured his right front tendon and was sent to the sidelines, and it looked as if Asmussen would be watching the spring classics alongside his talented runner.

Group Seeking License to Build Track in Kentucky

Former Walmac International Farm owner John T.L. Jones Jr. is heading a seven-member partnership seeking Kentucky's last available racetrack license from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to construct a Quarter Horse track in the southeastern portion of the state.

California Buyers Pace First OBS March Session

The opening session of the 2007 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March select 2-year-olds in training sale benefited from the appearance of a large contingent of West Coast trainers and bloodstock agents, with California residents walking away with the session's top-priced colt and filly.

Pieces Coming Together for Solid OBS March Sale

After establishing a record gross, average and median last year, Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's general manager and director of sales Tom Ventura is confident of another stellar sale when the two-day select 2-year-olds in training sale kicks off March 27 at the Central Florida auction house.

Hot Horses Drawing Attention at Ocala March Sale

Trainers and bloodstock agents from across the country converged on the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's grounds March 25 to inspect the 520 horses catalogued for the annual selected 2-year-olds in training sale March 27-28 in Central Florida. Here's a look at some of the leading prospects.

Nader Discusses New Position with HKJC

The Hong Kong Jockey Club named Bill Nader, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association, as its executive director of racing. The HKJC made the announcement March 15, and Nader is expected to assume his new position April 23. He agreed to serve in his new role for a minimum of three years.

Asmussen Case Remains in Dispute in New Mexico

The New Mexico Racing Commission denied a settlement proposal from an attorney representing trainer Steve Asmussen, who is battling a six-month suspension after one of his horses tested positive for a prohibited Class 3 drug in March.

Norman Gets Six-Month Suspension in Louisiana

Trainer Cole Norman was suspended for six months and fined $1,000 by the Delta Downs stewards after two horses he saddled in the Jean Lafitte Stakes Nov. 3 at Delta Downs tested in excess of the permitted levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2).

Filly & Mare Turf Preview: Still On Board

The 2006 Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) is shaping up to be an exciting event. The 1 3/8-mile race is expected to pit the older, globe-trotting, European superstar Ouija Board against up-and-coming 3-year-old sensation Wait a While, who has won stakes on both dirt and turf this season.

Keeneland Sale Opens With Increases in Average, Median

After breaking from the gate a bit slowly, the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale quickly picked up speed, led by the purchasing power of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, to post increases in average and median price despite the gross and number of horses selling showing a slight decline.

Trainer Albertrani Has Bull's-Eye on Back

Tom Albertrani is entering the fourth weekend of August with a huge bull's-eye on his back. The trainer will send out Balletto in the Personal Ensign (gr. I) Friday and the following afternoon will saddle Songster and Bernardini in the King's Bishop (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I), respectively.

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