A Deputy Commander colt brought $475,000 Tuesday to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
A half-sister to champion Afleet Alex was born March 10 at Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Farm near Lexington.
Manhattan Model, a 2-year-old bay Smoke Glacken--All Too Well filly, brought $105,000 and topped the the fourth annual 2-year-olds in training and paddock sale March 13 at Evangeline Downs and Casino in Opelousas, La.
Tampa Bay Downs officials announced Tuesday that purses will be increased by $500 per overnight race, bringing average daily projected overnight purses to a new all-time record level of $133,000 per day, eclipsing last year's record of $121,000 per day or 10 percent($12,000). The increase will be effective March 25.
Robert J. Amendola has retired his grade II winner Bank Audit and booked her to Distorted Humor.
John Oxley's Strong Contender, one of what is shaping up to be a full field of contenders for the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park, has had plenty of experience with Polytrack and trainer John T. Ward Jr. figures that to be a plus for Saturday afternoon's race.
Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and Churchill Downs announced March 21 that ticket applications for the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships are now available. The 23rd Breeders' Cup, consisting of eight grade I races with purses and awards totaling $14 million, will be held Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Grade II winner Top Account, who has sired nine runners that have won or placed in stakes, has arrived for stallion duty at Buzz and Kathie King's Little King Ranch near George, Washington.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - The movement for reform in the business of bloodstock sales began in earnest nearly two years ago when Florida Thoroughbred owner and breeder Satish Sanan rallied support for a code of ethics, elimination of dual agency, and increased transparency. Sanan, in a letter to this publication, said "kickbacks and other fraudulent behavior are something the industry professionals know about, participate in, and encourage, but turn a deaf ear to when someone brings it to their attention."
- By Steve Haskin
By Steve Haskin - Mom's Command has slipped through the cracks again. After having her name on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2005, the 1985 New York filly Triple Crown winner was conspicuous by her absence this year.
"I'm not fighting the world here," said Jess Jackson, the California winemaker whose lawsuit against his former bloodstock advisers heated up last week.
A Congressman from Kentucky said legislation that would amend the Interstate Horseracing Act to provide workers' compensation insurance for jockeys, backstretch workers, and trainers could be ready for consideration in about four weeks.
The Adena Springs juvenile auction established a sale record for gross revenue Monday night in Central Florida while reducing its buy back rate significantly.
Frank Stronach held back five well-bred colts from his Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training sale Monday in Central Florida, saying he plans to "syndicate them and offer them to people to buy into them" for racing purposes.
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