Articles posted August 26, 2004

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Daughter of Monarchos Tops Final OBS Session

A $90,000 daughter of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos topped the third and final session of the Ocala Breeders Sales Company's August yearling sale. The filly was purchased by M.S.T.S. out of the Summerfield consignment of Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck.

Plate Winner Headed for Pennsylvania Derby

Chiefswood Stables' Queen's Plate winner Niigon will make his next start in the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park on Labor Day Sept. 6, trainer Eric Coatrieux decided Thursday.

Soaring Free Top Choice for Play the King

Coming off a record-shattering performance in the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes at seven furlongs, Sam-Son Farm's Soaring Free returns to his favorite turf course at Woodbine Saturday for the $173,400 Play the King Stakes (Can-III).

Park Avenue Ball Vs. Pletcher Trio in Sapling

Park Avenue Ball, winner of the local Tyro Stakes on July 31, tries graded stakes company for the first time in Saturday's $100,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park. Lining up with him in the gate will be a three-prong attack from trainer Todd Pletcher and Flash Stakes (gr. III) winner Primal Storm.

Maryland Racing Shifts to Timonium

The Maryland State Fair at Timonium will host eight days of Thoroughbred racing, featuring two stakes Aug. 28 through Labor Day, Sept. 6. The two stakes for Maryland-breds are the $50,000 Alma North and the $50,000 Taking Risk Stakes.

FTBOA Wants Racetrack in Ocala, VLTs

The board of directors for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has formulated an ambitious legislative agenda that would bring live racing to Ocala and get video lottery terminals installed at the state's racetracks.

Not So Smart

By Gary McMillen -- Sometimes it takes a thorn to get rid of a splinter. Like a Maryland blue crab dropped out of a basket, I scurried to the safety of my office. There were questions I needed to ask myself. Smarty Jones did not give me what I wanted but maybe he gave me what I needed.

McGinniss Book on P.G. Johnson, Volponi a Winner

Joe McGinniss, whose previous books include Fatal Vision and The Selling of the President, 1968, is the author of a wonderful new racing book published by Simon & Schuster titled The Big Horse which tells the story of Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson and the 2003 campaign of Volponi. It is a heartwarming, inspiring story that will have you laughing out loud.

Carry Back Features 12 Sophomore Sprinters

The field for Saturday's $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds, part of the "Summit of Speed" at Calder Race Course, took on a much more wide open appearance when trainer Todd Pletcher withdrew Forest Danger.

Smarty Jones Update: 'He's Doing Super'

Despite published reports that Smarty Jones had suffered a low-grade fever and a slightly elevated white-blood count, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner is doing fine and is scheduled to work at the end of next week as he prepares for the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

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Victory U.S.A., one of the stars in the Bob Baffert barn, put in her final work Monday morning toward Saturday's 36th edition of the San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old fillies with an eye toward the Grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on Saturday, August 21.

Kentucky Considers Drug-Testing Proposal

The Kentucky Horse Racing Association, at its next meeting Aug. 16, hopes to consider an upgraded drug-testing plan offered by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

Dubai Millennium Returns

In his first outing since winning the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) In March, Godolphin Stable's Dubai Millennium heads the eight-horse field that will contest today's Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I).

Blood-Horse Publications Launches Initiative to Educate Legislators about Thoroughbred Industry

In an effort to educate Kentucky residents and legislators on the importance of the horse industry to the Commonwealth's economy, Blood-Horse Publications is providing each member of the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives with an annual subscription to The Blood-Horse, the company's flagship publication and the oldest continually published North American Thoroughbred magazine.

Maryland Horse Forum to Lay Groundwork for Future of Equine Industry

Today, nearly 250 leaders in Maryland horse racing, recreational and competitive riding, training, boarding stables, veterinary services, agriculture, tourism, and support industries are gathering to lay the groundwork to strengthen the equine industry well into the future. Initiated by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., and developed by a committee of the Maryland Horse Industry Board, the forum provides a way for participants to identify solutions to challenges facing the equine industry.

Haskin on Smarty Jones: One Final Look

Blood-Horse senior correspondent Steve Haskin was at Philadelphia Park on Saturday, Aug. 14 for Smarty Jones' farewell appearance. He reports on the ceremony and reflects on the colt's meteoric rise to stardom and untimely retirement.

Farms Negotiating For Derby Winner

Stud farms interested in standing Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus currently are in the process of making their offers to representatives of owner Fusao Sekiguchi.

Grass Career Among Options for Beautiful Pleasure

John Oxley's Beautiful Pleasure, the 1999 champion older filly or mare in North America, is among 73 distaffers nominated to the $500,000 Beverly D. Handicap (gr. I), a 1 3/16-mile grass test that will be run at Arlington International Aug. 19.

Kentucky Quarter Horse Industry Joins with KEEP

The Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, state affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association--the largest breed registry in the world--and the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association, have joined forces with the Kentucky Equine Education Project to build a broad-based, educational and grassroots initiative for the state's horse industry.

MEC Sells Great Lakes Downs in Lease-Back Deal

Magna Entertainment Corp. has sold Great Lakes Downs in a lease-back deal that will allow it to operate a live Thoroughbred meet at the western Michigan facility and pursue plans for Michigan Downs, a proposed racetrack in the Detroit metropolitan area.

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