Shanekite, who sired 16 stakes winners, was euthanized because of the infirmities of old age last Wednesday at Ron and Fran Stolich's Blooming Hills Farm near Clements, Calif.
Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo have reached an agreement to purchase 150 acres of the late Marvin Warner's Warnerton Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Several horses were out Monday morning in their final works for Saturday's $1 million Travers (gr.I), Saratoga's showpiece event. Both Nothing Flat and Quest breezed for trainer Nick Zito, and each was clocked in 1:03 2/5 on the Oklahoma Training Track in separate moves.
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Trainer Todd Pletcher said Monday that Left Bank was close to being released from a Massachusetts clinic and sent to owner Michael Tabor's Ashford Stud in central Kentucky.
WinStar Farm's Pompeii, who was being prepared by trainer Eliott Walden for a repeat win in the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, came down with a wrenched ankle and has been retired.
Acting as agent for Texas owner James McIngvale, J. B. McKathan went to $200,000 to acquire a son of Halo's Image during the early part of Monday's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's selected yearling sale in Ocala, Florida.
New York stallion Rage was represented by his first winner when his daughter Fresh and Sassy won Aug. 17 at Calder Race Course in her initial start.
The Nick Zito-trained pair of Quest and Nothing Flat each breezed five furlongs in the identical times of 1:03 2/5 over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track on Monday in preparation for Saturday's $1-million Travers Stakes. Also working Monday were Shah Jehan and Like a Hero.
The long vigil is over. After 14 weeks of battle, Sunday Silence died of heart failure Sunday, Aug. 19, brought on by infection in his leg and the debilitating effects of laminitis.
Like people have done for centuries, Yvonne Azeff made a visit to Saratoga Springs over the Aug. 17-18 weekend. Though the trip was intended to be therapeutic, Azeff didn't go for the water.
Sunline again exhausted all of the usual superlatives in collecting her fourth straight New Zealand Horse of the Year award. Voting numbers are not generally disclosed at awards in this part of the world, but from a panel of 42 judges made up of media and racing club administrators 26 of 41 ballots (63%) placed Sunline No. 1 and Ethereal No. 2, the other plumping for a tie.
As its 2002 southern roster is about to assemble, Darley has confirmed the purchase of Kelvinside Stud in the Hunter Valley as the base for its Australian breeding base from 2003.
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