The racing mule Idaho Gem, the world's first equine clone, made a favorable impression in his initial start on the California fair circuit, striding away to a 2 1/2-length win in a 350-yard allowance event at Stockton Wednesday.
Former basketball standout Bobby Hurley hopes his 3-year-old colt Stream Cat can do what many of his Duke squads didn't: win in Virginia.
Champion Deep Impact will make his last appearance in Japan late Saturday night in the Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-I) before embarking on an overseas trip to France for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 1.
Arlington Park's leading jockey Chris Emigh suffered a concussion Wednesday when Seadrift, his mount in the third race, stumbled near the three-eighths pole and threw him to the track.
Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Lawyer Ron returned to the track at Churchill Downs on Wednesday for the first time since he underwent surgery to remove a small bone chip from his right hind leg in mid-May.
Hollywood Park expects to be the first California racetrack to run on a synthetic-racing surface. The Inglewood facility announced June 21 that it will begin work with Equestrian Surfaces of the United Kingdom to replace the existing main track at the conclusion of the spring/summer meet on July 16.
Dr. Decter, a colt by Gold Fever out of Spectacularjenelle, by Spectacular Bid, went to Barclay Tagg for $150,000 to top the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2006 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age.
Grade I winner Labeeb died May 22 while standing his second season at Mick Goss' Summerhill Stud in South Africa.
Sunny's Halo will be re-interred at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, where he raced to his greatest triumph in the 1983 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
- By Tom Precious
Internet gambling on horse races would become legal under a measure given final approval by the New York State Legislature.
TVG will present live coverage of Saturday's $1 million Colonial Turf Cup from Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va. The telecast, which will air from 5-6 p.m. (est), will be simulcast on Fox Sports New York and Turner South.
Dream Team, a grade I winner and dam of champion sprinter Orientate, died June 7 from complications from foaling a Gone West colt two days earlier at Gainesway Farm (Antony Beck, president) near Lexington.
The Race for Education presented its first Valedictorian Award to Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor. Created to recognize exceptional support by a volunteer or board member, the award was presented to Irwin at the Thoroughbred Fraternity Party, held June 17 at the Kentucky Derby Museum to benefit The Race for Education and Klein Family Learning Center.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 477 yearlings for its Selected Summer Yearling Sale in Lexington, Ky., on Monday and Tuesday, July 17 – 18, 2006 beginning each day at 10 a.m.
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