Like War Emblem in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the Keeneland July select yearling sale stumbled out of the starting gate. By every economic measure, the opening session on July 15 failed to keep pace with last year.
Proud Citizen underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fractured left front shin he suffered while finishing unplaced in the Belmont Stakes.
Bud C. Rapp, a trainer for four decades before his retirement in 1993, died July 13 at a Hot Springs, Ark., area hospital.
Overbrook Farm official Ric Waldman announced that an agreement in principle has been reached with Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables to stand grade I winner Snow Ridge at Padua near Summerfield, Fla.
Churchill Downs and labor union leaders reached a deal July 13 that will allow the racetrack to receive $7.5 million in tax breaks and help finance a major renovation project.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association will offer a seminar July 25 to assist breeders in filling out loan applications for funding tied to mare reproductive loss syndrome. The money is available through a federal law enacted in 2001.
- By Tom LaMarra
Magna Entertainment will hook up with Joe and Karin De Francis to own and operate Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course under a $117.5-million deal announced July 15. At least a partial sale of the two Maryland racetracks has been rumored for months.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's July select yearling sale faces hurdles in trying to continue last year's success when Its average price of $96,671 increased by 26% from 2000, and reached its highest point since 1984.
The combined mutuel handle of $8,883,212 at Calder Saturday for the "Summit of Speed" program was an all-time record for the Calder meet.
Grade II winner Globalize (Summer Squall--Sugar Hill Chick, by Fit to Fight) has been moved from Creston Farms in California to Rick Taylor's Special T Thoroughbreds near Temecula in the Golden State.
- By Tom LaMarra
The New York Racing Association has issued a policy whereby horses that receive shock-wave therapy cannot race for at least 10 days after treatment. Earlier, the California Horse Racing Board ordered restrictions on shock-wave therapy effective July 24.
Saturday's Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes served as Monmouth Park's last major prep for the $1-million Haskell Invitational, with this year's top 3-year-olds prepping for the 35th renewal of the race on August 4.
Howard Battle, whose four decades in racing included stints as racing secretary at Keeneland and a host of other prestigious tracks, died July 14 at his Lexington home from complications from cancer.
The Storm Cat colt Van Nistelrooy, who was sold for $6.4 million at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale, won July 14 at the Curragh in his debut.
The yearling selling season kicks off in Kentucky Monday with the opening of the Keeneland July select yearling auction. The average price at the sale has increased for seven consecutive years, and last year's figure of $710,247 was the highest ever recorded at any yearling auction in the world. But keeping up that pace might not be easy in 2002.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie (Texas) concluded its sixth Thoroughbred season Sunday with significant across the board gains in every average daily attendance and handle category. On closing day, trainer Steve Asmussen set a track record with seven wins.
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