Articles posted October 30, 2007

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Gross and Average Increase at Barretts Sale

Gross and Average Increase at Barretts Sale

Cee's Elegance, a grade II winner of over $740,000 in foal to Salt Lake, was purchased by California breeders Pam and Martin Wygod for $140,000 to top the Oct. 30 second and final session of the Barretts Equine October mixed sale in Pomona, Calif.

PORTER ON PEDIGREES: Breeders' Cup Round-Up

PORTER ON PEDIGREES: Breeders' Cup Round-Up

At the end of a rain-soaked Breeders' Cup meeting, the Mr. Prospector line drowned all other sire lines, having be represented by six of the 11 winners. The Northern Dancer line scored twice, while three other lines tallied one apiece: Caro (IRE), Blushing Groom (FR), and Seattle Slew. Three of the winners were inbred within four generations to Northern Dancer (two of them) and Raise a Native, and four winners were inbred within five generations to Raise a Native.

State Lifts EHV-1 Quarantine for Half a Barn at Churchill Down

State Lifts EHV-1 Quarantine for Half a Barn at Churchill Down

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced in a statement Oct. 30 that it lifted a quarantine order for half of Barn 47 at Churchill Downs, which was placed under quarantine Oct. 26 because a horse was found to be infected with equine herpes virus (EHV-1).

Former Youbet CEO Resigns Board Position

Former Youbet CEO Resigns Board Position

Former Youbet co-founder and chief executive officer David Marshall has resigned his position as vice-chairman of the company's board of directors, according to an Oct. 30 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Commentary: To Market

By - Dan Liebman - There were many longtime industry participants at Monmouth Park Oct. 26-27 for the first Breeders' Cup World Championships spread over two days. But perhaps more importantly, there was a newcomer to the sport intently watching the goings on.

Commentary: Bye George

By - Esther Marr - I've only worked in the Thoroughbred industry for two years, so I don't pretend to know the history of horse racing to the extent of most people I encounter each day in my profession.

Eclipse Awards a No-Brainer This Year

Eclipse Awards a No-Brainer This Year

Start engraving the Eclipse Awards. This year's honors are all but a done deal. Despite the horrible conditions at Monmouth Park, the Breeders' Cup World Championships were surprisingly formful, with several favorites and leading contenders turning in dominating performances.

Barretts Mixed Sale Gets Off to Strong Start

Barretts Mixed Sale Gets Off to Strong Start

Stan Fulton's complete dispersal of horses of racing age dominated the first day of the Barretts' fall mixed sale Oct. 29. Five of Fulton's horses brought six figures, four of those surpassing the previous Barretts record of $125,000 for a horse of racing age.

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