Due to a "moderate sized" splint on the inside of his right foreleg, Kinsman Farm's Bellamy Road will miss the rest of this year and be readied for a 2006 campaign, according to a statement released Monday.
Churchill Downs Inc. Tuesday announced the company had reached a preliminary arrangement with the leadership of the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association ("LAHBPA") on details for a shortened Fair Grounds race meet from Nov. 19, 2005, to Jan. 22, 2006, for a total of 37 race dates.
It's hard to say what was the weirdest part of this past weekend -- the Woodward, with only three legitimate starters; the amount of money wagered, or rather thrown away, on Rick Dutrow's rabbit entry; or the paltry 41 starters competing in the seven graded stakes.
Here's a review of the top priced ($1 million or more) sellers during session 2 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
J. J.'s Cowboy, whom Les Nichols rode from Texas to New York City to raise money for 9/11 victims, was euthanized Sept. 6 at Nichols' farm near Celeste, Texas.
The Oak Tree Racing Association, internationally acclaimed equine artist Fred Stone, and a number of the nation's top jockeys will join forces at Santa Anita Oct. 1, to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Senor Speedy, a prominent New York sprinter in the early 1990s, will stand at Dave and Cheryl Stejskal's Fox Hill Farm near Crete, Neb.
Turfway Park president and CEO Bob Elliston spoke to members of the national turf media about Saturday's Kentucky Cup Day Festival.
- By Tom Precious
Federal prosecutors have dropped their longstanding criminal case against the New York Racing Association, which officials said cooperated in reforming past episodes of wrongdoing that could have cost it the franchise to operate the tracks.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Roses in May, whose five victories in six races last year included Turfway Park's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II), and Lothenbach Stables' Mayo On the Side, upset winner over Azeri in the Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, have been honored by members of Kentucky Thoroughbred Media as the Kentucky-based "Horses of the Year" for 2004.
- By Tom LaMarra
Offshore wagering services issued statements Sept. 13 expressing unhappiness with the way rebate shops were portrayed in a report that led to dismissal of charges against the New York Racing Association.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will conduct an auction seminar at Keeneland Sept. 16, a dark day for the September yearling sale.
A donation of $1 million to a newly created "Delaware Good Neighbor Fund," designed to provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, has been made by the Rickman family, the owners of Delaware Park.
Vanguarda, a 3-year-old filly by Sekari, led from the start to win the Gran Premio Polla De Potrancas (Arg-I) at Palermo in Argentina on Saturday to not only record her first stakes victory, but also her first win ever.
Teresa Mc, a California champion as a homebred for John Harris, died recently at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., because of a ruptured artery.
Grade I winner Latin American, who has sired 21 runners that have won or placed in stakes, has been relocated to Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds near Vacaville, Calif.
Arlington Park horsemen and their families and fans came together Sept. 9 to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations collected will be put into the R. T. C. A. Illinois Horsemen's Relief Fund.
As expected early in the week, fields for Turfway Park's Kentucky Cup Day of Champions Saturday remain a matter for discussion. Still, some trainers' plans have begun to jell.
Churchill Downs Inc. is now in contact with more than 70% of its 500 Louisiana employees who scattered to areas around the country in the evacuation of New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina's arrival.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Horse racing people have heart. If that was ever in doubt, look no further than the extraordinary steps countless owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, veterinarians, racing officials, fans, and others have taken in response to the terrible devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
By Alfred H. Nuckols, Jr - On Sept. 2, an era in the history of Central Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding ended with the death of Charles Nuckols Jr. "Uncle Chas" to me and "Charlie" to his many friends, he was the last of a generation of Thoroughbred breeders known throughout the industry as "the Nuckols Brothers."
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