Articles posted November 8, 2007

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Field Size an Issue at Delaware

Delaware Park, one of Thoroughbred racing's pioneers in terms of combining racing and video gaming, ended its 2007 meet Nov. 4 with declines in total handle and field size, though purses paid increased about $1 million.

Prairie Dates Set; Horsemen Balk

Prairie Dates Set; Horsemen Balk

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Nov. 8 approved a plan by Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino for a 2008 racing season over the objections of Thoroughbred interests that wanted a longer spring meet.

Alexander Tango Dies at Farm

Alexander Tango, winner of the Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park in September, died in a freak accident at the O'Callaghan family's Woods Edge Farm near Lexington.

Mahubah's Corner: Sierra Sunset

Mahubah's Corner: Sierra Sunset

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) can be a big temptation for the owner of a promising colt that has not yet proven himself to rank with the best. Some yield; others, usually proving wiser, aim for lesser targets, allowing their youngsters to continue their development under less pressure. The latter strategy paid off nicely when Sierra Sunset picked up his third victory and second straight stakes score in the California Cup Juvenile Nov. 3.

Fran's Valentine Dead

Fran's Valentine Dead

Fran's Valentine, the only horse to be disqualified from first in the history of the Breeders' Cup, was euthanized in early October because of the infirmities of old age.

Video: Keeneland Nov - Day 4 Wrap

Video: Keeneland Nov - Day 4 Wrap

As the Keeneland November sale continues, Ron Mitchell discusses the market with Tom Thornbury, associate director of sales.

New Projects to Study Laminitis

Two projects focusing on the equine disease laminitis will be launched soon using funds raised by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in memory of the late 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro. The projects, at more than $100,000, will be conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University.

CDI Keeping an Eye on the Future

CDI Keeping an Eye on the Future

Churchill Downs Inc. reported a 7.1% increase in net revenue for the third quarter of 2007, but realized a 62.9% decline in net earnings, as the company's chief executive voiced hope for the future on a variety of fronts during a Nov. 8 conference call.

New York Franchise Still a Question

New York Franchise Still a Question

With a franchise expiration date of Dec. 31 fast approaching, it still remains very unclear who will be in control of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in 2008 and beyond.

Japanese Quarantine Agreed Upon

Japanese Quarantine Agreed Upon

Quarantine protocols will be enacted to enable Japanese horses to compete in the 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races.

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