Unlike Monday's opener, in which only two horses were sold in excess of seven figures, the second session of Keeneland's July Selected Yearling Sale was strong from start to finish. For the entire two-day sale, Keeneland reported 87 yearlings were sold for a total of $42,385,000. The sale average of $487,184 represented a decline of 31.4% from 2001 when 89 horses were sold for a total of $63,212,000 and an average price of $710,247.
Lane's End Farm sold the only two yearlings to bring over $1 million at the Keeneland sale on Monday, but it will not sell any horses at the auction on Tuesday.
- By Tom LaMarra
A petition calling for a new election of the president and board of directors of the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has circulated in the wake of the resignation of Dr. Alex Harthill as president of the more than 6,000-member organization.
In a move that removes a potential restriction on the future relocation of the Los Angeles County Fair's racing dates, the fair association announced it has purchased controlling interest of Barretts Equine Ltd., which conducts the top 2-year-olds in-training auction in the state each March.
Mickey and Karen Taylor announced that a memorial service and an unveiling of a sculpture of unbeaten Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew will be held July 19 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
Jack G. Jones Sr., who owned Mineola Farm near Lexington with his wife, Helen, died July 12 in a Lexington nursing home
- By Tom LaMarra
Magna Entertainment has plans to transform Maryland's premier Thoroughbred racetracks into "destination entertainment centers," and apparently expand off-track wagering in the state. At this time, though, officials are reluctant to discuss details.
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has released preliminary results from a collaborative project involving the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, the UK Department of Veterinary Science, and the Hagyard Davidson McGee Equine Hospital. This project investigated the potential of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) to cause fetal loss when administered to mares in the late stages of pregnancy.
Trainer Bobby Frankel has reconsidered retiring his grade I-winning mare Starine.
New Phoenix Stable and Susan Roy's Sarava, who won this year's Belmont Stakes at 70-1 and was expected to compete this summer at Saratoga, has fractured a cannon bone and will be on the sidelines until probably next year.
Lines of Power, sire of 22 stakes winners, was euthanized in mid-June from complications from the infirmities of old age
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- The late Howard Battle will be missed, not only at the many racetracks where he worked and by the many younger officials he mentored. His reach extended around the racing world.
By Reiley McDonald -- Despite the growing number of retirement facilities for Thoroughbreds, space is limited and only a small percentage that need help are accommodated.
Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) winner Buddha will not start in either the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) on Aug. 4 or the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Claiborne Farm stallion Danzig came up with his 100th graded or group stakes winner when his son Burning Sun won the July 14 Prix Eugene Adam (Fr-II) at Maisons-Laffitte.
Trudy McCaffery and Ron Anson have been elected by the members of the Thoroughbred Owners of California to serve on the organization's board of directors. Ron Charles, Jack B. Owens, and Donald Valpredo were re-elected to the board.
The Louisiana Racing Commission will take action Aug. 16 on a feasibility study to determine if the state needs more racetracks. There are four now, but plans have been floated for three more.
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