A colt from the first crop of Smarty Jones became the highest-priced horse sold so far this year at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale when he brought $170,000 Wednesday.
There can have been few days as momentous for Irish consignor Michael Downey, whose only two colts, by Captain Rio and Invincible Spirt, realized 300,000 guineas each the share a price record for Part 2 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale in England.
With all the talk about Bernardini and Lava Man following their final preps for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), the name Invasor suddenly has become a mere whisper among the shouting. But for the people of Uruguay, it is their hero who is still the rightful king of Thoroughbred racing.
Germance, beaten just once in her career in France, and Magnificent Song, who closed significant ground to capture her last two in New York, headline a solid field of 11 3-year-old turf fillies in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland Saturday.
Gorella, who missed winning last year's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) at Keeneland by a head while third, makes a return trip to the Lexington track for a try in the First Lady Stakes (gr. IIT).
William S. Farish will succeed James E. (Ted) Bassett III as a trustee of the Keeneland Association, the corporation announced Wednesday. Bassett, retiring from his position on the executive committee after 15 years, will remain a member of the association's board of directors.
Eugene Melnyk and Robert N. Clay have reached an agreement in principle for Melnyk Racing Stables' grade I winner Flower Alley to stand at Clay's Three Chimneys Farm in 2007.
In a meeting Oct. 9, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council committed $1.5 million to fund a three-year program with the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium that will research and determine appropriate withdrawal guidelines for therapeutic medications commonly administered to racehorses in training.
Japanese Horse of the Year Deep Impact, who finished third in this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) in front of a cheering throng of Japanese supporters, will enter stud at the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station for the highest syndication price ever for a Japanese stallion.
Fueled in part by all-source handle declines at such meetings as Del Mar, Arlington Park and Monmouth Park, overall wagering on United States racing in the third quarter of 2006 dropped by nearly $7 million.
Anabaa, sixth on the French sires list, will stand in 2007 at Dr. Tony Ryan's Castleton Lyons near Lexington.
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