After a four-week break, Cecil Peacock's dual grade 1 winner Brother Derek returned to Santa Anita's main track this past Saturday to begin preparations for a probable start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) on Aug. 6 at Monmouth Park, trainer Dan Hendricks revealed.
Hal and Patti Earnhardt's grade I winner Behaving Badly, runner-up to stablemate Pussycat Doll in the May 6 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 6, will make her next start in either the $150,000 A Gleam Invitational Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park or the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder Race Course, trainer Bob Baffert said.
A colt by Smoke Glacken consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, was sold for $220,000 to Joe Brocklebank, Agent For Jeff Singer Racing, to top Tuesday's opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2006 June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age.
Grade II winner Bending Strings, a homebred for John D. Gunther, arrived June 20 at her owner's Glennwood Farm near Versailles, Ky.
David Willmot, president and chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment Group, prides himself on protecting customers at his racetrack, and in June he implemented a new rule regarding shippers for major races at the Toronto track.
Veteran stallion Crafty Prospector, who underwent colic surgery June 13 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, was returned June 19 to Fred Seitz' Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky.
With Queen Elizabeth II in attendance, Royal Ascot officially reopened Tuesday after nearly two years of renovations. In the day's biggest races, Araafa cruised to victory in the St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I), American-bred Ad Valorem took the Queen Anne (Eng-I), and Takeover Target won the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-II).
Warrsan, a two-time English group I winner and German champion, died June 19 after a short illness following complications from a tumor.
Trainer Miguel Feliciano scored his 1,000th career victory in 7,316 starts in Thistledown's first race June 19 with Formal Pass. Jockey Ernesto Oro was aboard for the milestone win.
Delegates from 16 countries along with each country's associated veterinarians and observers met to exchange information pertaining to Thoroughbred racing, breeding, sales and general equine health at the bi-annual International Breeders Meeting May 30, 2006 in Tokyo.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Beginning in 1985, when the three Triple Crown host racing associations--Churchill Downs, the Maryland Jockey Club, and the New York Racing Association--joined together to form Triple Crown Productions, the series clearly began to benefit and grow. But the alliance has cracked, resulting this past year in separate television contracts and the loss of a title sponsor.
By Evan I. Hammonds - I don't recall the meeting when it was first discussed, but I remember volunteering. Looking for new avenues of coverage for racing's big events--the Triple Crown, the Breeders' Cup--on bloodhorse.com, the idea of a "blog" came up. "Blog," short for "Web log," is a relatively new concept and is still subject to debate for its actual purpose and application.
Stakes winner Silky Sweep came up with his first winner when his son, Sweeping Silk, won June 17 at Calder Race Course.
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