The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors earmarked $100,000 contributions in both 2007 and 2008 to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.
- By Ryan Conley
A day after announcing new initiatives to reduce debt, Magna Entertainment Corp. hosted an earnings conference call Aug. 10 that was deemed by one financial analyst to be "irregular."
The defection of Better Talk Now means that English Channel is the class of the field in the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT).
Twenty-three horses were nominated -- with 13 considered likely -- for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at 1 1/4 miles on the Del Mar Polytrack Aug. 19, including defending champion Lava Man.
The untimely loss of Hennessy will not only leave a void at Coolmore's Ashford Stud, but for breeders in both hemispheres looking for speed and versatility.
Nearing the midpoint of its 43-day season with a new Polytrack racing surface in place, Del Mar officials reported increases Aug. 10 in handle and attendance -- and no catastrophic breakdowns on the synthetic main track.
Two owners of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Curlin have been ordered into custody by a federal judge.
For the first seven starts of her career, Exchanging Fire won but one race. Now, six starts and four wins later, the 3-year-old filly is rolling toward her first graded stakes victory as she headlines a field of six in the Monmouth Park Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. IIIT) Aug. 12.
With the news that Better Talk Now has been scratched from the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT), English Channel is expected to be the heavy favorite Aug. 11.
Buyers and sellers look back on a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale yearling market that suffered declines in gross revenue, average price, and median price.
Better Talk Now trainer Graham Motion announced Aug. 10 that the 8-year-old gelding was being scratched from the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) at Saratoga this weekend due to a left front ankle injury that was suffered in a race last month. The injury, which occurred in the United Nations Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont June 9, seemed to be under control until Friday, when it began to fill with fluid.
A memorial service for longtime trainer Warren Stute has been scheduled for Aug. 17 in the Turf Club Chandelier Room at Santa Anita. Stute, who had suffered several strokes, died at 85 on Aug. 9 at his home in Arcadia.
- By Mark Popham
The children of the late Robert Sangster recently announced plans to sell the international bloodstock empire that he established.
West Point Stable's Flashy Bull, winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in June, has been retired from racing because of a crack in a sesamoid in his left front ankle.
Coolmore's talented stallion Hennessy reportedly died of an apparent heart failure Aug. 9 at Haras La Mission in Argentina. The 14-year-old son of Storm Cat had shuttled to South America for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
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