Representatives of the horse industry are among those lobbying to protect their interests as the United States Congress considers sweeping immigration reform.
Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York said individuals may not realize the economic importance of the horse industry to Empire state, and that even she was "a little surprised" when she saw the results of the most recent American Horse Council national economic impact study.
The popularity of Louisiana-breds fueled Tuesday's increases at the Fasig-Tipton Texas auction of 2-year-olds in training.
The American Horse Council board of trustees is considering a proposal that would place under the organization's umbrella a coalition working on the issue of unwanted horses.
As an added attraction on Illinois Derby Day (gr. II) April 8, Hawthorne Race Course will present a pair of ostrich races in which fans in attendance will have a rooting interest.
A field of ten 3-year-olds passed the entry box for Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course. With some serious graded stakes earnings and a May 6 date at Churchill Downs on the line, El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) winner Cause to Believe alights on the Cicero, Ill., track looking for a third straight added-money score.
Cecil Peacock's Brother Derek, California's top hope for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the favorite in this week's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and Lael Stable's Barbaro, the unbeaten winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I), are the top two choices in the morning line for this week's final pool of Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW).
Amerman Racing's Balance, the favorite for Saturday's $500,000 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland following grade I victories in the Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita, looms as a solid favorite when the final pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW) launches its four-day run April 6.
ABC Sports, which will be televising the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) from Belmont Park in New York June 10, has announced it will be expanding the telecast to two hours. The program will air from 5 p.m.-7p.m. ET.
HorseRacing TV (HRTV), a television network distributed nationally by cable system operators and DISH Network, announced April 4 that veteran cable affiliate sales executive Chris Swan has been named senior vice president of distribution and business development.
Team Valor's Irridescence, who was withdrawn from the recent Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) after a paddock accident at Nad al Sheba March 25, has recovered from the incident and will make her next start on April 23 in Hong Kong.
Mayo On the Side, a grade I winner over Azeri, delivered her first foal, a Speightstown filly April 2 at Steve Davison's Twin Creeks Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Platinum Princess, who closed out her career with a stakes win, has been retired from racing to become a broodmare at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Hospitality, security policies, and procedures in place at Churchill Downs in recent years for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) will reflect one small change for this year's 132nd renewals of the races May 5 and 6.
Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III's First Samurai, winner via disqualification of the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) in his most recent start, continued his preparation for Keeneland's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) with a strong seven-furlong work Monday at Churchill Downs.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Unlike human sports, Thoroughbred racing doesn't conduct surprise tests between starts in search of blood-doping drugs. By relying only on race-day tests, that leaves the regulators of our sport living in yesterday's world.
Dual agency without disclosure is fraud and it is against the law! We would like to make it clear that the signers of this document do not tolerate this, and that we never have and never will participate in these activities.
Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Monday that its agreement with Toll Bros Inc., under which the developer would purchase 157 acres of real estate in Florida, has been terminated by the buyer.
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