Bidding was hot during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale Nov. 5 in Lexington.
- By Ray Paulick
William S. Farish cited five current developments that give him optimism about the future of the Thoroughbred industry during his remarks as the honor guest at the Thoroughbred Club of America's 75th annual testimonial dinner, held at Keeneland Nov. 2.
An equine ambulance was delayed in getting to Fleet Indian after the mare injured her left front suspensory ligament during the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) because Churchill Downs personnel were following state regulations regarding ambulances on the track.
Favored Leonnatus Anteas kept his record unblemished, taking Sunday's (U.S.)$261,014 Coronation Futurity at Woodbine, a key event on the road to the 2007 Queen's Plate.
Under a patient ride from Patrick Valenzuela, odds-on choice Proudinsky seized the lead at the eighth pole and drew away in the final strides to win the $100,000 Bay Meadows Derby (gr. IIIT) on the lawn Sunday.
Jay A. Lieberman's Sabellina won a head bob by a nose over English invader Silca's Sister following a terrific stretch duel between the two Sunday in the $171,750 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the Churchill Downs turf course.
Within minutes, the news switched from a grand Victoria Derby (Aus-I) win on Nov 4 as to whether Efficient would attempt to break a 65-year drought for 3-year-olds in the Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) three days later.
Victoria Derby Day at Flemington boasts no less than five grade I events and three of the four Derby support races fell to offspring of Danehill sons Nov. 4.
The owners and trainers of the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships winners turned out in full force to share their thoughts and plans for the future at the annual press breakfast Nov. 5.
With Makybe Diva retired, the Nov. 6 Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) appears a free-for-all. The champion mare won the Cup three years in a row, but that crown will go to another horse this year.
Jockey Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori, who rode Ouija Board and Red Rocks to victory during the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Thoroughbred Championships, was named recipient of the annual Bill Shoemaker Award during a press breakfast the following morning at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Tom Albertrani said Sunday morning that he was "disappointed" by the second place finish by Bernardini, the 11-10 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, but that the 3-year-old colt did not disgrace himself.
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