After setting a record gross last year, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's December mixed sale rebounded in the number of horses bought back but fell drastically in gross, average, and median as the public auction market of 2003 comes to an end.
Sara Elizabeth "Betty" Headley, who owned Manchester Farm with her late husband, Duval Headley, died Dec. 13 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
Michael Gill, the nation's leading owner, has shipped in 17 horses to winter at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La. with trainer Gamaliel Vazquez. It marks the first time Gill has ever had a string of horses stabled on the grounds.
Grade I winner Birdonthewire will stand the 2004 season at Cal Fischer's Madera Thoroughbreds near Madera, Calif.
Construction on a 10,000 square foot hall, to be situated above Lone Star Park's trackside patio on the east end of the grandstand, began in early December.
- By Steve Haskin
Laura Hillenbrand's mega bestseller "Seabiscuit" and the hit movie that followed have reached far beyond the realm of Thoroughbred racing and become international treasures. But not even Hillenbrand was aware just how inspirational her book was until several recent e-mails from Iraq.
Three British awards ceremonies within a week honored people and horses from this year and the past.
Walter Haefner has retired his homebred grade I winner Dress To Thrill and will send the mare to Irish stallion Sadler's Wells.
TVG network is sponsoring a "Name That Colt Contest" in which the winner will share in the ownership of the February 2002 foal who is scheduled to begin his racing career in 2004.
Hadette, a mare in foal to Yes It's True, brought the top price of $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale Sunday at Lone Star Park.
Fourteen-year-old stallion Botanic was euthanized Dec. 12 at Bruce Kline and partners' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington because of complications from foundering.
Brazilian champion Straight Flush will stand his first season at stud at Dr. Lee Chatham's Chesterfield Farm near Queen Lake, Ariz.
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