The three-day St. Leger yearling sale in Doncaster, England, concluded Aug. 30 with gains across the board for the 10th consecutive year, Doncaster Bloodstock Sales reported.
After undergoing minor surgery to correct a breathing problem, the New York-bred Gimme Credit appears ready to go for trainer Tim Hills in the $150,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Monmouth Park turf Sept. 1.
New York: Either love it or hate it. There is no doubt what side of the fence High Finance falls on. The 4-year-old colt has started five times in the Empire State, and won four races. In nine other career tries, the Kentucky-bred has won just once. Go figure.
If the 2007 racing season ended right now, it would be hard to argue against Kodiak Kowboy as the champion 2-year-old male. With four straight wins under his girth, he is the most accomplished colt to emerge so far this season. Kodiak Kowboy is by Posse, who has has five stakes winners so far from 59 named foals of racing age, 29 of which have started and 13 have won. Three of Posse's stakes winners are out of mares from the Mr. Prospector sire line. Another pattern that has been frequently tried with Posse is inbreeding to Northern Dancer.
Todd Pletcher is not expecting another Saratoga track record, but the nation's leading trainer is looking forward to another big effort from Lawyer Ron in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 at Saratoga.
With no standout apparent in the 3-year-old turf division in Southern California this summer, trainer Julio Canani could well hold the trump card in the $400,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 2 with the French import Stoneside.
- By Tom LaMarra
The New York Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold a meeting Sept. 12 to review Gov. Eliot Spitzer's anticipated recommendation regarding the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.
Trainer Patrick Biancone has been ordered by Kentucky racing stewards to serve a 15-day suspension after a horse under his care tested positive for prohibited drugs. Biancone remains under investigation following a search of his barns earlier this year.
As the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga approaches, the seven starts by 2-year-old Zev during the 1922 Saratoga meet are an indicator of just how much Thoroughbred racing has changed.
Sir Percy, a Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner and English champion at 2 and 3, has arrived at Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud near Newmarket, England
- By Esther Marr
Thistledown, the Ohio racetrack that has shaved about 50 racing dates off its schedule since 2005, has requested another major reduction for 2008 to maintain profitability.
Ridgewood Ranch, the historic Northern California home of the legendary Seabiscuit and his owner, Charles Howard, will conduct a special tour for the general public Sept. 15 with proceeds to benefit Geva, Inc., a Thoroughbred rescue foundation located in Sonoma County, Calif.
The Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association has published "Buying Sales Yearlings, Plain & Simple," the third installment in its series of educational booklets.
- By Claire Novak
Turf writers are an infamously hardened and cynical bunch. We take all information not only with a grain of salt, but with the entire shaker and a pinch thrown over the shoulder for good measure. We want the truth, but it is so rarely handed to us that when it is, we have a hard time beliving it. Still, few other sports writers are so dedicated to the game they cover, and while we may appear apathetic at times, we want the best for racing.
Milk It Mick, an English champion at 2 and U.S. grade I winner, will enter stud at David Scott and Sarah Stoneham's Lone Oak Stud near Newmarket, England.
Finocchio, a stakes-placed son of Tap Shoes, was euthanized Aug. 27 at D&R Racing Stables near Pinckney, Mich.
- By Ric Chapman
The Australian Spring Carnival in Sydney will not be held because of a virulent outbreak of equine influenza, of which there are now eight confirmed cases in Thoroughbreds.
- By Tom LaMarra
The first race of the inaugural meet at Presque Isle Downs may very well tell the tale: There is lots of money up for grabs, and horses are coming from all over the place.
Due to the equine influenza outbreak in Australia, the William Inglis & Son Spring Thoroughbred Sale scheduled for Sept. 28 has been postponed indefinitely, the company announced Aug. 30.
- By Jack Shinar
California fairs offer a realistic option for horse racing's future at a time when two major racetracks in the state are facing redevelopment and other privately held venues are pressured by stockholders for greater revenue returns amid escalating property values.
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