Articles posted February 6, 2001

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Record OBSC Colt Has New Owner

An Irish River colt sold Tuesday for an Ocala Breeders' Sales Company record price of $900,000 already has a new owner. According to OBSC, agent Buzz Chace notified sales company officials that the colt will be owned by Raymond Dweck rather than Roger King, for whom he was initially purchased.

$900,000 Colt Sets OBS Record

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company sold its most expensive juvenile
ever, a $900,000 son of Irish River. But the market was down in several key
areas from a year ago at the select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder
Race Course on Tuesday (Feb. 6).

Former Owner Guilty of Embezzlement

A former leading owner at Rockingham Park has pled guilty to federal charges of embezzlement and tax evasion. Paul R. Blanchette will be sentenced in March and is expected to serve 57 months in prison on the federal charges, following a plea agreement reached since his arrest last April. He is also expected to change his plea to guilty on the state charges he is facing -- more than 100 counts of larceny -- when he returns to court this month. Blanchett is currently lodged in a Rhode Island federal prison.

Gulfstream Report: Captain Steve's Work of Art

When newly turned 4-year-olds Captain Steve and Albert the Great renewed their battle at Gulfstream on Feb. 3 in the Donn Handicap (gr. I), it was under far different circumstances. Primarily, with Giant's Causeway off to the breeding shed and Tiznow plying his trade back on the West Coast, Steve and Albert were the heavies in the 43rd renewal of the race that traditionally kicks off the year for the handicap division. And strategically, while the Donn would ultimately come down to a stretch battle between the pair, like Picasso painting in straight lines the two runners abandoned their recognized running styles and embarked on journeys that might offer hints into what 2001 might hold in store.

Santa Anita Report: Robbins on Other Side of Upset Fence

So much being horse of the year. Tiznow found out the Eclipse Award he received Tuesday for last year's exploits didn't mean much in Saturday's Strub Stakes at Santa Anita. Wooden Phone led most of the way in upsetting Tiznow by two lengths, giving trainer Bob Baffert a coast-to-coast sweep of the day's $500,000 races.

Irish River Colt Brings Record Price at OBSC Sale

Agent Buzz Chace, acting on behalf of Roger King, paid $900,000 for an Irish River colt during Tuesday's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. The price was a record for the sale. "I thought he was the best horse in the sale," Chace said. "He was graceful on the racetrack and he had great demeanor and presence back at the barn."

Gulfstream Guard Trampled and Killed

Hunter Pultz, 77, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was pronounced dead Monday at Memorial Medical Center in Hollywood, Fla. of internal injuries caused by a loose horse. Pultz had been employed as a winner's circle security guard by both Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park for ten years.

Stakes Winner David Retired

Stakes winner David has been retired from racing because of what trainer Mike Hushion said is a combination of "little problems." The 5-year-old horse is stationed at Richard Simon's Sez Who Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla., where he was taken to be prepared for a 2001 campaign. His last race was in August.

West Nile Virus Update

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory recently confirmed two additional equine clinical cases of West Nile virus (WNV), one in New Jersey and the other in New York. The New Jersey case involved a 4-month-old colt, the youngest horse ever known to have developed clinical illness due to WNV in the U.S.

Safe Delivery Tips

Most equine births are uneventful, but there are some steps you can take to make sure your mare's labor and delivery are safe and successful.

Press Box Reveries

By Morton Cathro -- After an absence of 50-plus years, I recently paid a visit to my old haunt, the press box at Golden Gate Fields. But the fresh paint and fresh faces of the new generation of writers couldn't prevent a wave of nostalgia from sweeping over me as I remembered the many oldtimers, and gazed down from the privileged perch at the track where, in my salad days, I had witnessed Turf history in the making.

Food for Thought

By Ray Paulick -- What if they gave a dinner and nobody ate? That question came to mind several hours after arriving at the beautiful Saenger Theater in New Orleans for the 30th annual Eclipse Awards Dinner on the evening of Jan. 30. Thirty years, and they still haven't got it right -- though they are getting closer.

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