A 5-year-old stakes winning mare who was being sold as a broodmare prospect brought a top price of $120,000 during Thursday's session of Keeneland's January Horses of All Ages Sale.
Graded stakes-placed Brushed On has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Everett and Evelyn Schoenborn's Clermont Farm near Germantown, N.Y.
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Central Kentucky stallion Affirmed, who underwent surgery on his left front pastern joint at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington in the fall, is back at the clinic. The 26-year-old stallion was sent there on Jan. 8 from the Bell family's Jonabell Farm near Lexington. It is questionable whether he will be able to begin breeding when the season begins Feb. 15.
Nick Zito, who has trained a pair of Kentucky Derby winners, was suspended for 15 days and fined $1,000 by the New York Racing Association on Thursday after a banned substance was found in one of his horses. Zito appealed the penalties, meaning they do not immediately take effect.
The New York Racing Association and the Southern Racing Cooperative have settled a simulcast contract dispute that will return the NYRA signal to the 11-member track cooperative. The cooperative includes Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Race Park, and Retama Park in Texas; Oaklawn Park in Arkansas; Emerald Downs in Washington; Prairie Meadows in Iowa; Tampa Bay Downs in Florida; and the Downs at Albuquerque, Ruidoso Downs, SunRay Park, and Sunland Park in New Mexico.
The death of jockey Chris Antley has been ruled an accidental overdose by the Los Angeles County coroner. In a report finalized Thursday, the coroner attributed Antley's death to multiple drug intoxication. Initially, Pasadena, Ca., police ruled the jockey's death a homicide after finding his body face down in a hallway of his Pasadena home Dec. 2. Four drugs were found present in Antley's body, according to toxicology tests performed by the coroner.
Northern Baby, a 25-year-old son of Northern Dancer and sire of 40 stakes winners, has been pensioned at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. Northern Baby first stood in Europe before being moved to Stone for the 1982 breeding season. Northern Baby, who covered 22 mares in each of the past two breeding seasons, sired the earners of $22 million.
For the ninth consecutive year and the 10th time overall, Sadler's Wells topped the English/Irish sire list by progeny earnings, and in the process, surpassed 19th Century English great St. Simon as the No. 1 sire by number of titles.
Graded stakes winner Badge, who ran third in the 1999 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla.
- By Tom LaMarra
The NTRA Services wagering hub in Oregon registered a 35% increase in handle in the third quarter of 2000 compared with the year-earlier period. According to Oregon Racing Commission figures, the betting hub, operated on behalf of the TV Games Network, handled $4,283,997 in the third quarter of 2000, up 35% from the hub's first three months of operation in 1999.
A 9-year-old son of Danzig, My Friend Max will stand the 2001 season at D.R. Caldwell's Double Dam Farm near Folsom, La., for a fee of $2,500 live foal.
With the torrential rains which fell overnight Wednesday and the prospect that Breeders' Cup Classic champion Tiznow might opt to stay in the barn, 11 four-year-olds passed the entry box Thursday morning for Saturday's 49th running of the grade II, $250,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes.
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