Wagering on Saturday's 10-race Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) program totaled an all-time Keeneland record $18,306,844. It topped by almost $1 million the previous record of $17,347,623 set during last year's Blue Grass program.
The horses have worked and the reviews are in for Tuesday's Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington.
The 2007-08 operating budget for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority will be a little lighter after 40% of its funding was removed by the state General Assembly.
Colts usually get most of the attention at juvenile auctions because they have a higher earning potential at the racetrack and they bring higher prices. But a number of fillies were generating a buzz prior to Tuesday's Keeneland April sale.
Keeneland enjoyed near perfect weather for the first under tack show for its sale of 2-year-olds in training on April 10. But the conditions were far from ideal Monday during the second and final preview before Tuesday's auction in Central Kentucky.
Suddenly, all the fast horses in this year's Run for the Roses don't seem that fast anymore.
Grade I winner Officer's first winner, Satulagi, scored April 17 at Yarmouth in England.
Graded stakes winner Three Wonders was represented by his first winner when his son Pete's Wonder won April 16 at Woodbine.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Brother Derek breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Santa Anita Monday.
Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy is holding its inaugural BGFC Golf Scramble Tournament May 22 at the Golf Club of the Bluegrass starting with lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, Britain's second biggest bloodstock auctioneers, has at last, after five frustrating years, been able to finalize plans for its future in the town of the same name.
Jockey Dean Sarvis will miss at least six to eight weeks of riding time due to injuries incurred in a racing accident at River Downs on Saturday.
Bargains are relative, of course, but the Australian Easter yearling sale which starts April 18 gained a wonderful 'hook' on its eve when Racing to Win landed the $2 million (Australian funds) Doncaster Handicap (Aust-I) at nearby Randwick.
Shuttle and former shuttle stallions achieved a 75% success rate in group I races in Australia April 16, accounting for three of the four winners.
First Samurai has been deleted from the graded earnings list after Monday's announcement that he won't be entered in the Kentucky Derby.
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