Bolstered by large final-session percentage increases in both average and median, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Fall Mixed Sale ended Thursday with across the board increases in nearly every category except buy-back rate.
When the Oak Tree Racing Association hosts the 20th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25, more than $38 million in "economic output" will be generated in the Los Angeles area, according to a study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.
Without Funny Cide, Saturday's $250,000 Empire Classic, the featured race on a day filled with New York-bred stakes, pits veteran fan favorite Gander against Sanford Goldfarb's Well Fancied.
A Keeneland record Pick Six pool of $889,519.85 generated by a six-day carryover of $260,209.85, was paid out at the Lexington, Ky. track Thursday.
On the Fritz proved she was anything but when she rallied wide down the lane to score a head victory over Brown Eyed Beauty in Thursday's Clark County Stakes at Keeneland. Paige's Boo was 2 1/2 lengths back for third. The winner covered the 5 1/2 furlong turf distance in 1:02.92.
Excess Summer, getting ready for a start in the Seabiscuit Handicap on the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships undercard, blistered five furlongs in :56 4/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Thursday morning.
Thursday's business at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Part Two) turned over 1,185,300 guineas at an average of 11,077gns and a 7,000gns median, on a healthy day's trading that saw three lots exceed the previous record price of 47,000gns set 12 months ago by a Mind Games gelding.
Grade II winner Crafty C. T., third in last year's Napa Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) by only a length, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Gus Schoenborn Jr.'s Contemporary Stallions near Coxsackie, N.Y.
When Azeri was discovered to be suffering from a viral infection and raised white blood count following the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup (gr. II), trainer Laura de Seroux had doubts about making the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). But those doubts are now gone.
- By Jack Shinar
California Thoroughbred owner and breeder Michael Power is charged with one felony count of theft in connection with the sale of a horse that his accuser claims was never delivered.
Pennsylvania Sen. Robert "Tommy" Tomlinson, whose district includes Philadelphia Park in Bensalem, is planning to reintroduce a slot-machine bill as early as the week of Oct. 20, according to a report in the Bucks County Courier Times.
The defection of Sam-Son Farm's Strut the Stage from Sunday's $1.5-million Pattison Canadian International (Can-I) at Woodbine did nothing to diminish the field. Instead it opened the door for a field of 11 talented runners, including two additional Sam-Son runners, Portcullis, and the up-and-coming Shoal Water. Sam-Son Farmwon the Canadian International in 1991 with Sky Classic and the 1997 edition with Chief Bearheart.
If the 2003 Horse of the Year is going to come out of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, as it has in nine of the last 12 years, he or she will have to go out and earn it.
Amerman Racing's Adoration, gearing up for her next start in the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I), worked seven furlongs in 1:26 over a fast main track at Santa Anita Thursday morning.
Trainer Laura de Seroux is excited about the way reigning Horse of the Year Azeri is training up to the Oct. 25. Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
Graded stakes winner Fabulous Frolic will stand the 2004 breeding season for $1,500 as the property of Kevin Hansen at Eames Thoroughbreds near Malad, Idaho.
Congaree, who suffered a quarter crack earlier in the week, passed his first test by galloping well Thursday morning, but trainer Bob Baffert said they still won't know anything for sure until closer to the race.
The Jockey Club released the 2003 Report of Mares Bred on Thursday. The report, while not complete, shows less than a 1% decline in both the number of covering stallions and the number of mares bred over last year's figures.
With the defections of many of the leading 2-year-olds from this year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), there has been a great deal of talk recently about the atrocious record of Breeders' Cup Juvenile winners in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). But there is more to it than meets the eye.
Thoroughbred racing gained eight days and Standardbred racing lost eight days under a 2004 schedule approved Oct. 15 by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
The Equine Protection Network (EPN) kicked off a national horse slaughter awareness campaign in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana with billboards proclaiming, "Keep America's Horses in the Stable and off the Table!" The EPN also has launched a new website, SaveAmericasHorses.com to educate Americans about horse slaughter.
Five horse racing heroes have been selected as finalists for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's first annual White Horse Award, will be presented Oct. 23. The winner will be announced at the White Horse Heroes Luncheon at the track's Seabiscuit Court.
Spinning World, winner of the 1997 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), collected his first group I success in Melbourne Oct. 15 when jockey Damien Oliver had a grand day out at Caulfield with Special Harmony.
The Ohio Senate on Oct. 15 took a major step in approving video lottery terminals for the state's seven racetracks. The Senate, by 24-9 vote, approved a bill that would put the issue of VLTs before the public in the March 2, 2004 primary.
The only thing about Eclipse Award-winning jockey Tyler Baze that even remotely hints at the fact that he'll just be turning 21 on Oct. 19 is his appearance.
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