Articles posted September 10, 2002

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Kentucky Cup Classic Up for Grabs

In a race absent of grade I winners, Saturday's $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park looks to be up for grabs with grade II winner and millionaire Dollar Bill leading the list of seven possible starters. Dollar Bill, who will be reunited with jockey Pat Day, is the starting highweight at 117 pounds.

Shine Again to Ruffian and Shiny Band to Floral Park

Trainer Allen Jerkens is planning an all-out weekend attack on Belmont Park when he sends out half-siblings Shine Again and Shiny Band, as well as Puzzlement, in separate stakes events. Shine Again is pointed toward Saturday's $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) and Shiny Band will contest Sunday's $100,000 Floral Park Handicap (gr. III). Puzzlement will start in Saturday's $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II).

Net Gain

By Ray Paulick -- The Sept. 9 announcement that the Berkshire Hathaway company NetJets has signed a multi-year agreement to sponsor the Breeders' Cup Mile is just the latest forward step involving the rebranded World Thoroughbred Championships since the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. starting doing business together under one roof in a marriage that appears to be working.

All Together Now

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By Dr. Jerry B. Black -- Having been involved the past two years with the formidable task of achieving a uniform racehorse medication policy in the United States, I was pleased to see that the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Gary Biszantz, would be adding an important voice to the cause during his "Plea for Uniformity" presentation at the recent Jockey Club Round Table.

All Together Now

  • TOBA

By Dr. Jerry B. Black -- Having been involved the past two years with the formidable task of achieving a uniform racehorse medication policy in the United States, I was pleased to see that the chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Gary Biszantz, would be adding an important voice to the cause during his "Plea for Uniformity" presentation at the recent Jockey Club Round Table.

Yearling Market Price Correction Continues at Keeneland's Second Session

Price correction within the yearling marketplace continued Tuesday as the gross and average prices fell during the second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The sales company reported 182 horses were sold for a gross of $50,145,000. The average price of $275,521 represented a 28.6% decline from the $385,721 average in 2001 when 197 yearlings grossed $75,987,000.

Lane's End Keeps A.P. Indy at $300,000 for 2003

A.P. Indy, who is having another good year at stud with eight stakes winners and the earners of $3.8 million, will stand in 2003 for the same $300,000 amount that he stood for in 2002, according to figures released by William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm.

Drought Causes Steeplechase Races to be Cancelled

Severe drought conditions were blamed for today's cancellation of two steeplechase races scheduled for Arlington Park on Sept. 15. The races, a $50,000 stakes and a $25,000 maiden race, failed to attract sufficient entries, and were canceled by mutual agreement between the track and the National Steeplechase Association.

Delta Downs adds $500,000 Stakes Race

Delta Downs, which added slot machines in February, is putting some of its increased revenue to good use with the newly created $500,000 Delta Jackpot, which will be contested on Dec. 21. The Delta Jackpot, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds, will be the richest Thoroughbred race ever offered at the Vinton, La., track.

Vinery to Stand Grade I Winner Yonaguska

Grade I winner Yonaguska, a $1.95 million auction 2-year-old, has been purchased by Tom Simon's Vinery from Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier, wife of Coolmore managing partner John Magnier, for stallion duty at the Lexington farm.

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