Tuesday's eighth session of the Keeneland September sale brought the auction house past the halfway point of its 14-day yearling showcase. Buttressed by continued high buyer demand, market strength was again on display with increases in all categories when compared to the same session last year.
English sire Robellino, a racetrack contemporary of Storm Bird and sire of three classic winners, has been pensioned from stallion duty at Littleton Stud because of his advanced age.
Zia Park will kick off its inaugural 44-day season Friday with an 11-race card of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing, with the opening day program highlighted by the $50,000 Premier Stakes for Thoroughbreds at six furlongs.
There are two ways of looking at this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, especially the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I). It is either a depleted group of horses that doesn't measure up to most Breeders' Cups or there is still plenty left to provide a championship-caliber afternoon of racing.
With 2006 a little more than three months away, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to push for membership renewals and seek new members in advance of its annual meeting, scheduled for Oct. 10-12 in Lexington.
Unbeaten Rare Brick, sire of 27 stakes winners, and multiple graded stakes winner Semoran will stand in 2006 at Dr. Joe Carter's Oklahoma Equine Hospital near Washington, Okla.
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who has been plagued by a recurring sore back since early July, will be given some time off on the advice of veterinarians, and will point for a winter campaign at Gulfstream Park, trainer Barclay Tagg said Tuesday.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - The bidding duel between Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed and Ireland's John Magnier for the $9.7-million sale-topping Storm Cat--Tranquility Lake colt wasn't the only drama at Keeneland in the opening days of the annual September yearling auction.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - Keeneland sales director Geoffrey Russell said the action during the select sessions of the September yearling sale was "like theater, the best theater anybody's seen in a long time."
Jockey Mark Guidry, who started a horsemen's hurricane relief fund at Arlington Park earlier this month, left Chicago on Monday with a truckload of supplies for hurricane victims in and around Lafayette, Louisiana.
As residents of Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida are being urged to stay at home and off the roads today by local officials because of the approaching Tropical Storm Rita, Calder Racecourse announced it would be closed Tuesday for simulcasting.
As Gulfstream Park enters into its self-proclaimed "new era in racing," it will be doing so without one of the key members of its management team.
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