Articles posted August 25, 2007

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EI Outbreak Imperils Racing, Breeding

Catastrophe struck Australia's entire horse population - and in particular, the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries - with the blanket cancellation of all race meetings Aug. 25 after an outbreak of equine influenza.

Footprint Shows Way in Canadian Derby

Favored Footprint battled the 11-1 outsider Gandolf all the way before prevailing in the final stages under Real Simard to win the CAN$300,000 Canadian Derby (gr. III)at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Aug. 25.

La Traviata Hits High Note in Victory Ride Romp

Trainer Patrick Biancone has been telling people that his undefeated 3-year-old filly La Traviata is something special. After the way she demolished a field of talented sophomores despite stumbling badly at the start of the $114,700 Victory Ride (gr. III) at steamy Saratoga Aug. 25, many will take notice.

In Summation Settles for Draw in Arlington Sprint

In Summation Settles for Draw in Arlington Sprint

Coming off a grade I triumph on Polytrack at Del Mar last month, it was no surprise that In Summation won the $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint Aug. 25 at Arlington Park as the 3-5 favorite. What was unexpected is that he had to share the victory with the pacesetter Piratesonthelake, who earned a dead heat.

Molly Pitcher a Laugher for Hystericalady

Molly Pitcher a Laugher for Hystericalady

Favored Hystericalady took care of the drama to the $280,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) soon after the start. She controlled the pace and then drew away when asked by jockey Eddie Castro to score by 6 1/4 lengths at Monmouth Park Aug. 25.

Technology, Handle Revenue on Conference Agenda

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The 15th International Simulcast Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 17-19 will focus on the impact of 21st-century technology on the pari-mutuel industry and the wagering routine of North American bettors.

OBSC Open Sale: Strength in the Middle

Analysis of prices for horses sold at Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's open sale indicates decreased demand for yearlings at the very top and bottom when compared with the 2006 sale.

A Day At The Spa: Aug. 25, Happy Travers

Saratoga fans are the real deal. No irate ripping of tickets and cussing of jockeys here, at least, not often. The fans come to eat, to bet a few races, to catch a glimpse of great horses, to have a good time. They are a mix of partygoers, vacationers, tourists, and backyard barbeque chefs, with a few serious horseplayers thrown in for good measure.

Morning Line: Aug. 25, Travers Day

The gates at Saratoga open promptly at 7:00 a.m., and five seconds later the picnic areas are flooded by a rush of running fans. WIth limited space, the sections fill up quickly, and the mad dash to claim a table or a section of lawn looks like the beginning of a wild frat party.

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