A high buy-back rate and only one break-out horse were the key points Monday during the first session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star Park.
Retired California trainer William "Billy" Buck died of a heart attack March 23 at his home in Jamestown, Calif. Buck had spent the afternoon gardening.
Bits and pieces from around the industry.
Trainer John Ward's two Kentucky Derby 127 contenders, John Oxley's Monarchos and Hero's Tribute, arrived on the grounds at Churchill Downs at approximately 10:40 a.m. (EST) Monday.
Jack Diamond, who was Canada's Racing Man of the Year for 1976, died in his sleep March 25 at a Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, hospital.
- By Tom Keyser
On Wednesday, representatives of the Maryland Jockey Club will ask the state's racing commission for permission to cease racing at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park for parts of June and July so that Thoroughbreds can race at Colonial Downs. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association doesn't support the plan.
Tests conducted on juveniles that participated in under-tack shows prior to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March select auction did not detect any performance enhancing-drugs, but therapeutic medications were found in blood samples from three horses whose consignors had not reported the treatments, said Tom Ventura, general manager and director of sales for OBS.
A plan by Republicans in the New York Senate would pump an additional $7 million into the state's Thoroughbred breeding fund.
With the first case of foot-and-mouth disease confirmed in Ireland, and the British government now saying the situation will last for months, the scope of the highly contagious disease continues to widen.
Dark bay/brown gelding, foaled March 7, 1998, Glitterman--Miss Livie, by Devil's Bag
First-year stallions Fusaichi Pegasus and High Yield will join Coolmore's North America-Australia shuttle contingent this summer, as will Spinning World. Coolmore announced those additions to its Southern Hemisphere roster at Rosehill Gardens racetrack on Saturday, the same day as the running of the Coolmore Classic (Aust-I).
Steve Haskin, the award-winning turf writer and senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, updates his top Kentucky Derby contenders weekly. During his 29 years with the Daily Racing Form, Haskin became known for his insightful coverage of the Triple Crown races. Haskin won the Red Smith Award for Kentucky Derby writing in 1997, 1999, and 2000.and received the David Woods Award for best Preakness story in 1997. In 1999, he co-authored "Baffert: Dirt Road to the Derby" with trainer Bob Baffert and wrote the book, "Dr. Fager" for Eclipse Press' "Thoroughbred Legends" series in 2000.
Gin Talking, Maryland Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly of 2000, has been retired from racing because of ankle problems and is booked to Dixieland Band.
Romolo's Fritzi, who finished a well-beaten second in an Aqueduct allowance race Saturday as a prep for the Wood Memorial, came out of the race with a fracture of the right front knee, co-owner Barry Irwin of Team Valor said Monday.
A monster runaway victory in Kentucky, a track record in Florida, a stirring two-horse battle in the deserts of Dubai, and a four-horse blanket finish in Arkansas. After Saturday's fast and furious action on the Derby trail, racing fans all over the country will be craving a fix during next weekend's lull before the major stakes frenzies of Apr. 7 and 14.
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