Saying it was responding to the pleas of horsemen, TrackNet Media Group will offer Aug. 4 Claiming Crown racing at Ellis Park to arch-rivals TVG and Youbet.com, though a company executive said the move doesn't indicate a softening of the hard lines drawn by the parties.
Saratoga Race Course will honor retired champion mare Fleet Indian with the running of the first Fleet Indian Stakes for 3-year-old and up New York-bred fillies going 1 1/16 miles Aug. 1.
The Laurel Park fall stakes schedule was approved July 24 at the monthly Maryland Racing Commission meeting.
- By Ron Mitchell
A proposal to increase the length of time before a horse can race again after being scratched for veterinary reasons moved a step closer to reality July 23, when the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority approved a final draft version of the new regulation.
Admire Moon, winner of group I races this year in Japan and Dubai, has been sold by owner Riichi Kondo to Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin for a reported $33 million.
Lucky North, a 26-year-old son of Northern Dancer, was pensioned at Cam and Sherisse Ziprick's Ziprick Thoroughbreds near Russell, Manitoba, Canada, after failing to impregnate a mare the past breeding season.
The Prevention Council will host its first annual fundraising event, the "Dare to Dream Gala," with honorary chairpersons Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson at the Saratoga Polo Club Aug. 13. The gala will honor Jerry Bailey's victory over substance abuse.
Grade I winner Harlan's Holiday came through with his first stakes winner July 21.
Youbet.com has implemented self-described cost-cutting and revenue enhancement initiatives of about $5 million in an effort to offset lower revenue expectations from its IRG and United Tote subsidiaries, the company recently announced.
- By Ray Paulick
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By Richard Zwirn - Thoroughbred farms and stables are inundated with them this time of year. There are way too many to eradicate, as for every one you see, there are thousands you don't. Flies are survivors.
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