Siren Lure, a sprint specialist who has won five of seven 2006 starts, meets Eclipse Award winner Declan's Moon in Saturday's $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood at Hollywood Park as the 2004 champion 2-year-old returns to the races following a 3 ½-month layoff.
Specifically, the dam of this year's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Speciosa, topped the third session of the Tattersalls December mare sale Nov. 29, bringing a session high price of 1.85 million guineas (about $3.8 million) from John Warren Bloodstock as trade continued in record-breaking fashion.
Happy Ticket, who started her racing career with nine consecutive wins, has been retired from racing and will be sent to the Greathouse brothers' Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky.
Tropical Storm, who is closely related to successful sire Hennessy, has been relocated to John T.L. Jones III and Robert Trussell's Walmac Farm near Lexington.
Old Forester, a course-record setter at Gulfstream Park and a graded stakes winner, will stand in 2007 at John Carey's T.C. Westmeath Stud near Shelburne, Ontario, Canada.
Appealing Skier, a three-time grade II-winning sprinter/miler, has been moved to Henry Hanson's Hanson's Thoroughbreds near Adrian, Minn.
Porto Foricos, sire of Canadian champion My Vintage Port, has been relocated to Val Murrell's Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La.
- By Tom LaMarra
Breeders' Cup officials visited Monmouth Park in New Jersey for a tour Nov. 28, but they said it wasn't because the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority-operated racetrack was in danger of losing the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships as published reports had suggested.
Portland Meadows plans to install Instant Racing machines during its current 2006-07 meet under a plan recently approved by the Oregon Racing Commission.
Kieren Fallon may not ride again following the latest setback to his high-profile career -- a six-month ban from the French racing authorities for failing a drugs test.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sales will be held Aug. 6-7, bringing the sessions forward by one night as compared to years past.
Daylami, whose international championships include an Eclipse Award as top grass male in 1999, has been sold to South African interests.
Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is a possible candidate for Sports Illustrated's 2006 Sportsman of the Year award. The winner will be announced Dec. 4 and featured in the Dec. 11 issue of the magazine.
War Emblem, champion 3-year-old male of 2002 after winning the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), was represented by his first winner Nov. 26.
Jockey Joe Crispin has been nothing short of spectacular since his return to racing this past summer and on Tuesday at Portland Meadows the 46 year old rider tied a record by winning seven races in one day.
Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), continues to improve following the removal of his right hind leg cast on Nov. 6, according to his medical team.
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