Team Valor, which privately purchased a 50% interest in Tasha's Miracle after the 2-year-old filly's smart maiden score at Hollywood Park, got an immediate return on its investment when the daughter of Harlan's Holiday overwhelmed the field in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 8.
Renowned equine photojournalist Barbara D. Livingston is recording her Saratoga summer in pictures and words in the Saratoga Photo Diary feature currently running on Bloodhorse.com.
A fund-raising event for breeder Sue Hubbard, severely injured in an automobile accident June 27, is being planned in conjunction with the California Thoroughbred Breeding Association's horse auction Sept. 25 in California.
Undefeated in three starts this year for trainer Ben Cecil, Worldly is the 121-pound high weight in a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 11 at Del Mar.
- By Ron Mitchell
The trend seen at Saratoga more horses offered and sold at lower average prices sounds a clarion call that innovation is needed to attract and retain new Thoroughbred owners.
Inbreeding to Mr. Prospector through champions Conquistador Cielo and Gold Beauty has been rare. But in recent A. G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) winner Diabolical, the cross has proven golden and may soon glitter all the more brightly if the colt can go on to grade I glory in the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) or Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Churchill Downs Inc. reported net earnings of $29.3 million in the second quarter, a decrease of 12% compared with net earnings of $33.4 million over the same period last year. Those figures break down to $2.11 per share and $2.46 per share, respectively.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association held its annual board and member meetings Aug. 8 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- By Nick Hahn
The handle at Colonial Downs increased a bit over its 2006 mark, while a moderate summer helped boost attendance at the central Virginia track, which concluded its 11th season of racing on Aug. 7.
Red Giant burst onto the national stage July 21 with a victory at 37-1 in the Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) and the Todd Pletcher trainee could be the horse to beat in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-old turf specialists at Arlington Park Saturday.
In winning the $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT) July 1, Citronnade barely broke a sweat. On Aug. 11, trainer Bobby Frankel will find out if his superb 4-year-old filly will finally be challenged, as she headlines the field of seven in the $750,000 Beverly D. (gr. IT) for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up on the turf at Arlington Park.
At this point in his career, nothing The Tin Man does would be a surprise. But if the gutsy 9-year-old gelding can pull off another victory in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 11, it might be the greatest accomplishment of his championship career.
Footpaths and bridleways near a cattle farm that had an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease will be closed, the British Horse Society announced Aug. 8.
Gato Del Sol, the 1982 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up who died Aug. 7, not only boasted a Hall of Fame sire in Cougar II, but a female family from which many fine runners descend.
- By Claire Novak
Members of the New York Racing Association's gate crew will meet Thursday with jockeys at Saratoga Race Course to discuss issues caused by miscommunication before the start of several recent races at the New York oval, NYRA CEO Charlie Hayward said.
- By James Platz
Hoosier Park officials decided Wednesday to forgo a temporary slots facility and build a 92,696-square-foot casino with permanent slots at the Anderson, Ind., racetrack.
Maimonides, a $4.6-million yearling purchase, won by 11 1/2 lengths in his maiden debut Wednesday at Saratoga. It was a welcome boost for trainer Bob Baffert.
Golden Eagle Farm owners Betty Mabee and her son Larry Mabee announced Aug. 7 a six-month plan to reduce their horse inventory along with an extended timeline to sell their San Diego County-based farmland.
Gato Del Sol, who won the 1982 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as a homebred for Arthur B. Hancock III and Leone J. Peters, was euthanized Aug. 7.
Ken Wilkins, who served as director of stallion operations at Stonewall Farm, near Versailles, Ky., for the past two seasons, has resigned effective immediately.
- By Claire Novak
At 8:30 a.m., under Saratoga's At The Rail Pavilion, the 2nd annual backside breakfast is underway.
Street Sense, winner of the July 29 Jim Dandy (gr. I) and the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :49 flat at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 8.
Even with a $2.2-million Mr. Greeley colt, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction experienced downturns.
- By Ron Mitchell
Team Valor International went to $2.2 million to acquire a Mr. Greeley colt to top the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale that concluded Tuesday with across-the-board declines.
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