Articles posted July 11, 2006

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Tattersalls Sale Off to Solid Start

A buoyant day one of Tattersalls' mixed July Sale was topped by 3-year-old Mermaid Island -- a half sister to group I Irish One Thousand Guineas winner Nightime -- who made 290,000 guineas when sold to Irish agent Hugo Merry, acting for Dean Fleming's Tyreel Stud in Australia.

Fresher Lost in the Fog Seeking Repeat in Carry Back Stakes

Unlike last year, when he made his sixth start in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. II), Lost in the Fog will be making only his third start of the year when he tries for a repeat victory in the six-furlong dash at Calder Saturday. The plan, according to trainer Greg Gilchrist, is to have a fresher horse for the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

Fresher Lost in the Fog Seeks 'Summit' Repeat

Unlike last year, when he made his sixth start in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. II), Lost in the Fog will be making only his third start of the year when he tries for a repeat victory in the "Summit of Speed" at Calder Saturday. He's entered in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) this year.

Barbaro 'Tolerating New Cast Well'

Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the New Bolton Center, reported Tuesday that Barbaro is resting comfortably after receiving his sixth cast yesterday since his accident at the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 20.

Horse Racing Safe as Internet Gambling Ban Passes

The United States House of Representatives passed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act July 11 by a vote of 317-93, but defeated an amendment that would extended the proposed ban on Internet gambling to horse racing and state lotteries by apparently superseding existing federal law.

Honey Ryder is Formidable Presence in Robert G. Dick Memorial

Glencrest Farm's Honey Ryder is the formidable presence in the $300,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders' Cup at Delaware Park July 15. The 1 3/8 turf affair for fillies and mares has attracted a field of nine. Scheduled as the sixth race, it has an approximate post time of 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Rebuilt Ellis Park Reopens for Live Racing July 19

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A rebuilt Ellis Park reopens for live racing July 19, only eight months after one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history damaged the racetrack facility and its stable area. The Henderson, Ky., track will conduct a 36-day race meet from July 19 through Labor Day, Sept. 4.

Cut Down to Size

By Ray Paulick - In light of the industry's reticence to hand over any real power to the NTRA, downsized expectations and downsized staffing make perfect sense.

TVG To Present Summit of Speed, Claiming Crown Live

TVG will present live, on-site coverage Saturday of the seventh annual Summit of Speed from Miami's Calder Race Course and the eighth annual Claiming Crown from Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. The Summit of Speed is part of the TVG Sprint Division, leading to the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), scheduled for Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

Human Error

By Christine Janks - There is no mystery to me why we are having all these breakdowns. Even one is horrific, but when I see breakdowns occurring on almost a daily basis, I feel that finally the time is right to point the finger back where it belongs.

Showing Up Does Not, But Virginia Derby Draws 12

Although the winner of the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup isn't "showing up" for Saturday's $1 million Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) at Colonial Downs, the field includes plenty in its 12-horse field including two Triple Crown starters and four Turf Cup returnees.

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