Articles posted March 16, 2001

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Hirsch to Be Honored at Derby Week Event by Kentucky HBPA

The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will honor Daily Racing Form's longtime executive columnist Joe Hirsch during the organization's inaugural "horsemen's reception" at the Kentucky Derby Museum from 5-8 p.m. on May 1, the Tuesday of Derby week in Louisville. The Kentucky HBPA will also use the occasion to present the organization's first Horsemen's Award to Butch Lehr, track superintendent at Churchill Downs. The HBPA said the award exemplifies "horsemen helping horsemen through humanitarianism and dedication."

Australia Denies Ban is Political

Australia Quarantine and Inspection Service media officer Carson Creagh denied AQIS was succumbing to political pressure with its import ban and denied that the decision was not based on scientific motivation, a charge levelled by Quentin Wallace and John Messara , the CEOs of International Racehorse Transport and Arrowfield Stud.

Australia Expands Ban to All of Europe

Australian quarantine officials reacted quickly to the confirmed case of Foot and Mouth disease in France by expanding its horse ban to the whole European Union. Australia's Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) stated the import ban would also apply to any other country in which foot- and-mouth disease is endemic, or in which there is an outbreak. This means Argentina was an immediate and automatic inclusion to those 'temporarily suspended'.

First-Year Sire Answer Lively Experiencing Fertility Problems

First-Year Sire Answer Lively Experiencing Fertility Problems

Answer Lively, the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and that year's Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male, is experiencing fertility problems in his first year at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. Dr. George D. Mundy, the farm's general manager and resident veterinarian, said on Friday only one of the first 12 mares bred to Answer Lively has been pronounced in foal.

Caressing to Return to Training

Caressing to Return to Training

Caressing, the Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly in 2000, will go back into training by the end of March, according to trainer David Vance. Winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (g. I), Caressing was scheduled to make her 2001 debut in the Honeybee (g. III) at Oaklawn Park March 10. However, she came down with a fever and a bad blood count, and went off her feed the week before the race.

Asmussen Celebrates 39th Birthday in New Role Out of the Saddle

Cash Asmussen, who turned 39 years old on Thursday, isn't ready to announce his retirement, though for the first time since 1982 he won't be riding in France when the flat racing season there kicks into high gear. Instead, he'll tend to the Asmussen family business in Laredo, Texas, working with young horses, planning matings, and helping brother Steve turn an already successful public stable into what Cash hopes will be an operation capable of winning any race in the world.

Asmussen Celebrates 39th Birthday in New Role Out of the Saddle

Cash Asmussen, who turned 39 years old on Thursday, isn't ready to announce his retirement, though for the first time since 1982 he won't be riding in France when the flat racing season there kicks into high gear. Instead, he'll tend to the Asmussen family business in Laredo, Texas, working with young horses, planning matings, and helping brother Steve turn an already successful public stable into what Cash hopes will be an operation capable of winning any race in the world.

Led By Muwakleh, Godolphin Sweeps UAE One Thousand Guineas

Muwakleh completed the second leg of the fillies Triple Crown in the Emirates with a devastating performance to win the first running of the $250,000 UAE One Thousand Guineas at Nad Al Sheba last Thursday night. The full sister to the 1999 Dubai World Cup winner Almutawakel, Muwakleh followed up her debut Moonshell Mile success of three weeks prior to land this with consummate ease.

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