A few months after it was slapped with a $10,000 fine over its last promotional mailer, the New York Racing Association is trying again.
Tattersalls rebranded October Yearling Sale (Part One) started on a high Tuesday, with records being posted all round. The top-priced yearling, a French-bred colt by Kingmambo out of Irtifa set a new record for the sale.
Ashford Stud announced a major reduction in the 2004 fees for young stallions Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant's Causeway, both of whom stood the past breeding season for $125,000.
New York Racing Association officials said it appears losses were kept relatively low from a September incident in which at least a dozen wagering outlets failed to stop taking bets after a Belmont Park race had begun.
A pair of expected runners in Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland hit the track on Monday and Tuesday.
Multiple stakes-winner Champali will lead a field of six in Thursday's $100,000-added Perryville Stakes (Presented by Budweiser) at Keeneland, going on the Beard turf course distance of seven-furlongs, 184 feet.
Oussama Abou-Ghazale, owner of Wild Spirit, has informed trainer Bobby Frankel that he is leaning toward running the Chilean-bred 4-year-old filly in the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I), Frankel said Tuesday.
Successful stallion Cherokee Run will undergo a rise in stud fee from $20,000 to $40,000 for the 2004 breeding season at Darley at Jonabell near Lexington.
Federal investigators are interviewing top Maryland lawmakers, as well as lobbyists, and members of the state's racing industry about Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and his role as chairman of the Democratic Legislative Committee, a fundraising arm of the national Democratic Party.
Horseman P. Noel Hickey and his wife, Margaret, have sold 153 acres of their 300-acre Irish Acres Farm near Ocala, Fla., for $1.54 million to a trust headed by real estate developer Steve Rudnianyn.
Aidan O'Brien, who has captured Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races the past two years, with High Chaparral and Johannesburg, is planning to return this year with several top-class horses, and hopes to be represented in four races.
Stall applications for the upcoming 2003-04 Tampa Bay Downs' meeting have soared to 2,855, 25% higher than last year's applications for the track's 1,378 available stalls. The 93-day meet opens Dec. 13 and runs through May 2, 2004.
When one thinks of horses and television it's natural to conger up yesteryear and Mr. Ed, but not this week on NBC. "Ed" the television show, will feature a trip to the races, a hypothetical racetrack, Jasper Park, actually filmed at Monmouth Park in August. The episode airs Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
Bird Town, a candidate for champion 3-year-old filly, has been retired from racing.
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