One of the immediate effects the passing of Prince Ahmed Salman will have on racing was the decision by Richard Mulhall and Bob Baffert, respective manager and trainer for the prince's The Thoroughbred Corp., to pull Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner War Emblem out of the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) on Aug. 4
On Thursday, Fasig-Tipton sales official proved they could increase the catalog for the Kentucky select yearling sale without sacrifing quality. The two-day sale offered 37.1% more horses, and the average price still increased over last year.
Multiple stakes winner Forest Secrets had the final tuneup for her start in the Go for Wand, NYRA held a successful open house, and the John T. Ward and Bobby Frankel stables ready for the 134th Saratoga meet.
Barely two months after realizing his dream of winning the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Prince Ahmed Salman died in his sleep of a heart attack Monday, July 22, at age 43.
As the owner of The Thoroughbred Corporation, Prince Ahmed Salman had dealings with many within the North American Thoroughbred industry. Those who worked with him remember him as an enthusiastic and passionate fan of horse racing.
A crowd of 1,500 attended dispersal sale of Fred Brown's Glen Avon Lodge horses Sunday in Australia.
- By Tom LaMarra
In the second round of "super tests" performed under the guidance of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force, there were no new positives for Class 1, 2, and 3 medications, according to a final report recently released. There were, however, 454 confirmations for therapeutic drugs.
As it has for the past 13 years, the Oceanside Stakes that is the traditional opening day feature at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has been split into two divisions due to the large number of horses drawn to the 1-mile turf test that is a prep for the Del Mar Derby.
- By Tom LaMarra
A National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association task force has found no evidence of criminal liability on the part of former officers and the executive director of an affiliate in connection with Century Consultants, a company formed to help Indian casinos land simulcast signals.
About 200 fans turned out to honor Seattle Slew as his final resting place was unveiled at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington July 19. The great racehorse and stallion died May 7, 25 years to the day of his Kentucky Derby triumph in 1977.
Millionaire Formal Gold was represented by his first winner July 21 when his daughter Risky Kitten won a 5 1/2 furlong race in 1:08 by 6 1/2 lengths at River Downs in her initial start.
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