Articles posted August 26, 2005

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Drop In Demand Blamed for Deauville Dip

L'Agence Francaise president Phillipe Augier blamed buyers' selectivity and reduced home-based demand for a drop in figures at the Deauville, France company's flagship August yearling sale which took place Aug. 21-24.

Many Can Make Case In Del Mar Handicap

Laura's Lucky Boy and Sarafan, the first two finishers in the Escondido Handicap earlier this month, renew their rivalry in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 3/8 miles on the turf Sunday.

Field of 10 Shoots for Iselin Score

An evenly matched field of 10 will take the gate for Sunday's $250,000 Phillip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. III) at Monmouth Park. The field is led by co-highweights Cherokee's Boy and Purge, both carrying 118 pounds.

Kela to Stand at Margaux Farm

Kela, a grade I-winning sprinter who ran second in last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) to champion Speightstown, has been retired and will stand at Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky., in 2006.

Kentucky Scholarships Generate Talk of Gaming

An Aug. 26 presentation on the status of the Kentucky lottery and a scholarship fund that derives money from it led to a call for more funding, even if it means legislators would have to approve expanded gambling to generate the revenue.

Legislators Back Away From Drug Rules--For Now

A lawsuit filed by the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association over the move to stricter race-day medication rules has led a legislative subcommittee that has tackled the issue to back away--at least for now.

Auction to Benefit Ryerss Farm

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The Ryerss Farm Auxiliary has scheduled the Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines' Fifth Annual Benefit Auction for Sunday, Oct. 16 from 2-5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Injured Jockey Bravo Plans September Return

Joe Bravo, who is still atop the Monmouth Park jockey standings despite not having ridden for more than a month, hopes to resume riding in early September. Bravo has been sidelined since suffering various injuries in a spill at Monmouth Park on July 21.

A.P. Indy's Son Mingun to Lane's End

Group stakes winner Mingun, a 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of the mighty Miesque has been retired from racing and will enter stud next season at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His opening fee will be $7,500 live foal.

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