Business surged during the final session of the Fasig-Tipton Eastern fall yearling sale on Wednesday. But the rally wasn't enough to overcome the downward trend that had prevailed during the first two days of the Maryland auction. The overall figures for number sold, gross revenue, average price, and median price all were down from last year's figures.
Appealing Skier, whose first crop are juveniles of this year, will stand in 2002 at Ron and Carolyn Green's Green Willow Farm near Westminster, Md.
The third highest price ever for a yearling sold in Europe was realized Wednesday when a Desert Prince colt brought 2,300,000 guineas ($3,519,000) at the Tattersalls Houghton sale.
Deb Gore, who worked for Daily Racing Form for 17 years in the 1980s and 1990s, died Tuesday night after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 46.
Horse Mania, Ponies on Parade, Horse Fever. There is no doubt America has it, whatever name it goes by. The third (known) public art display featuring horses came out of the stable last week, and there's still plenty of opportunity to get an artsy horse of your own.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Officer got his first feel for Belmont Park this morning, jogging a lap with exercise rider Simon Harris aboard, the New York Racing Association press office reported. Officer, who has won all four of his career starts, will be a heavy favorite in Saturday's grade I, $500,000 Champagne at a mile and a sixteenth, one of four grade I races including the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup. Officer arrived at Belmont Park yesterday afternoon.
Ric Waldman, who manages the Windfields Farm stallions, said Wednesday Deputy Minister's stud fee for 2002 will remain $150,000, and the fee for Silver Deputy will be reduced to $40,000 from $75,000.
Presque Isle Downs, the Thoroughbred racetrack proposed for Erie, Pa., will be the subject of a Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission hearing Oct. 9. The hearing, at which the public will be afforded a chance to speak, will be held in Erie.
Pedigree Analysis for Senure
The first two major stakes of Keeneland's FallStars Weekend: the $500,000 WinStar Galaxy Stakes (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the turf, and the $400,000 Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) drew full fields as the Central Kentucky track kicks off its fall meeting Friday.
The following is this weekend's national and local TV schedule:
English and Irish Derby winner Galileo had a solid mile work over the all-weather track at Southwell Race Course Wednesday morning in preparation for his dirt debut in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Godolphin's Fantastic Light, who edged Galileo in the recent Irish Champion Stakes, also worked Wednesday morning over the stable's all-weather track.
A smaller catalogue led to a lower gross, but the major indicators were positive for Barretts at its October yearling sale. Held Oct. 2, the auction showed significant gains in average and median.
Pedigree Analysis for Noverre
Barry Irwin, the head of Team Valor, co-owner with Heiligbrodt Racing of Cashier's Dream, has already indicated the Oct. 6 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park is his filly's Breeders' Cup. In other words, the Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Service Stripe will be going all-out to win the 1 1/16-mile event as if the 2-year-old filly championship is on the line.
Researchers have not pinpointed the cause of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, but on Tuesday night they gave Central Kentucky farm managers some proactive steps in hopes of preventing its effects next year.
A research report from the laboratory at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky noted that it is well-established that early conceptus loss (the embryo and its associated extra-embryonic membranes) is a major source of reproductive inefficiency in domestic animals. Early preg...
Thoroughbred breeding stallions truly have joined the jet set. These four-legged Romeos are flying from one part of the world to another these days as they perform breeding duties on both sides of the equator. Hundreds of stallions from other breeds also have joined the jet set, but in less dramatic fashion. Because artificial in...
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