Monceaux Stable's 4-year-old French-bred filly Naissance Royale finished a game third last out in the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine Oct. 22, and her good current form may send her out the favorite in a full field of fillies and mares entered in Saturday's $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder.
A record-breaking year at Tattersalls finished Nov. 30, with the Newmarket, England-based company showing a 233 million guineas turnover in 2006.
- By Ron Mitchell
Northern California-based jockey Russell Baze tied Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time win record of 9,530 when he rode Christie's Fame to victory in the sixth race at Bay Meadows Nov. 30.
Brant Laue's 4-year-old Gun Salute and Live Oak Plantation's 3-year-old Can't Beat It face off in the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT), one of four stakes races set for Saturday's "Grand Slam I" card at Calder Race Course.
It's No Joke, a two-time graded stakes winner by Distorted Humor, will enter stud at Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm Stallions near Versailles, Ky.
Keeneland has cataloged a record 2,933 lots, including four stallion shares, for its 2007 January horses of all ages sale.
- By Tom LaMarra
Ohio's Thoroughbred tracks will race 24 fewer days in 2007 in keeping with a plan to increase average daily purses and boost field size by offering fewer races. The schedule, agreed to by tracks and horsemen's groups, will be voted on Dec. 15 by the Ohio State Racing Commission.
Love of Money, who won the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in his first added-money start, will enter stud alongside his sire, Not For Love, at Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, Md.
Russell Baze had to wait through dark days Monday and Tuesday, and now he will have to wait at least one more day in his quest to become racing's all-time winningest rider.
- By Tom LaMarra
Empire Racing Associates, which made a bid for the franchise to operate three New York racetracks, released a plan Nov. 30 to protect the historic charm of Saratoga Race Course and strengthen racing there. The plan will form a major part of the proposal Empire Racing will take to the state legislature in January, officials said.
Willie Clark, who at one time was the oldest jockey to win a race, died Nov. 25 in Charles Town, W.Va.
- By Tom LaMarra
Delaware is taking a harder line on use of erythropoietin and similar blood-doping agents.
TVG has launched a year-round fantasy horseracing game on its website, TVG.com, and on Foxsports.com, the network announced Nov. 30. TVGfantasy.com will offer fans the opportunity to own and manage their own virtual stable consisting of horses, trainers, and jockeys. The site went live Thursday, Nov. 30, with game play beginning Dec. 26.
The effort to bridge the digital divide for children of the Thoroughbred industry took a giant step forward with a recent fundraiser to benefit Tubby's Clubhouse. Hosted at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington, the event raised $65,000 via items sold at a live auction; proceeds from stallion seasons and a generous matching grant from the Ro Parra Family Foundation.
Equine Affaire, a North American horse exposition, will return to Fairplex Park near Pomona, Calif. Feb. 1-4 with a line-up of clinics, demonstrations, and seminars.
Millionaire Futural, who won the 2001 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) and San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II) and has most recently been running at Hastings Park, is being retired to Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky.
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