A racy-looking bay filly by North America's leading first-crop sire, Songandaprayer, sold for $190,000 Monday to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling auction in Central Florida.
Lava Man, who was vanned off the track following a third-place finish in Sunday's Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, was reported in good shape Monday morning.
Three stakes winners head a prospective field of 10 for Saturday's grade I, $250,000 Del Mar Debutante at seven furlongs.
Danehill, who got beat by Sadler's Wells in the race to became the first stallion to sire 200 stakes winners, reached the 300 mark well ahead of his rival.
Charlotte Weber's Verbasle, dam of 2005 grade I winner High Fly, was euthanized Aug. 16 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute because of complications from laminitis.
New York Racing Association president Charles Hayward and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association president Richard Bomze announced Aug. 22 a trust account has been established to protect horsemen's purse money.
The Irish Turf Club has been granted planning permission to realign 1.1 kilometers (about 0.68 miles) of the major road to the north of the existing Curragh Racecourse, Ireland's most prestigious, enabling a redevelopment that will cost 70 million euros to go ahead.
Flower Alley and Reverberate, the respective first- and second-place finishers in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), worked at Saratoga Monday in preparation for Saturday's Travers Stakes (gr. I).
- By Ray Paulick
Continuing on a theme he struck during the Jockey Club Round Table the previous morning, Tim Smith, the president of the Friends of New York Racing, outlined the research group's preliminary findings and recommendations during a public forum Monday at Fasig-Tipton's Humphrey S. Finney sale pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Bob Baffert switched signals again Monday morning, working probable Travers Stakes (gr. I) favorite Roman Ruler under sunny skies at Saratoga.
Chief Seattle, the sire of Valdale Stakes runner-up Patty Seattle, has been relocated to Empire Stud in Hudson, New York, for the 2006 breeding season under an agreement with Darley.
Aptitude, a millionaire and grade I winner, sired his first winner when his son P R Indy won Aug. 17.
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