Offspring of Distorted Humor led the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 12 at the Central Kentucky auction house on a day that saw the number of horses sold decrease, while the gross, average, and median for the session increased.
Saoirse Abu has become a legitimate contender for a Cartier Award as European champion juvenile filly with victories in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) and the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I).
American Thoroughbred breeders interested in supplying bred mares for the 2008 Australian spring sales should attend a meeting by William Inglis and Son, Australia's leading Thoroughbred sales agency, at the Keeneland Racecourse on Friday.
Now the Australian equine influenza outbreak has started to get really ugly: Lawyers have been called in at the behest of major breeders and owners to launch a massive class-action lawsuit against the government.
- By Ryan Conley
Fraud prevention and tax planning was the focus of a series of seminars held in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 12.
A dapper-looking son of Distorted Humor was purchased by WinStar Farm, agent, for the partnership of Maverick Racing for $1 million to highlight the late afternoon session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Stunt Man, the longest price at 11-1 in the four-horse field that ran in the $75,250 More Than Ready Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 12, powered home a 2 1/2-length winner.
An impressive-looking chestnut son of Mr. Greeley was purchased for $800,000 by Shadwell Farm's Rick Nichols to lead the afternoon session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
He's saddled starters in several different countries, hoisted trophies at tracks from Santa Anita to Belmont Park, and trained champion horses to victory in the world's top races, but trainer Doug O'Neill came full circle at a bullring track Sept. 9 when he saddled the 1,000th winner of his career during Fairplex Park's 16-day meet.
A striking chestnut son of Smart Strike sold for $700,000 to top the early portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale. That was quickly followed by a $600,000 son of Mr. Greeley.
A daughter of Unbridled's Song and a son of Cherokee Run led the morning portion of the third day of the Keeneland September yearling sale, with each selling for $425,000.
- By Tom Precious
New York's top Republican lawmaker said a plan by Gov. Eliot Spitzer to give another exclusive racing franchise to the New York Racing Association will not be approved by the legislature in its current form.
Better Talk Now, a multiple grade I winner, has recovered from a puncture wound he suffered in July and August and is back in serious training at his Fair Hill, Md., home base, trainer Graham Motion said Sept. 12.
Although it has been more than seven months since Barbaro was euthanized, owner Roy Jackson says that he and his wife, Gretchen, still receive plenty of letters and fan mail about the fallen champion. But recently, Jackson says, more of the incoming mail has turned to an uplifting subject: Nicanor, the full brother to Barbaro, by Dynaformer.
- By Ryan Conley
Someone wanting to play percentages for yearlings selling for $1 million or more may need to look no further than the broodmare band of husband/wife breeders Aaron U. and Marie D. Jones.
Seattle Shamus, an 8-year-old son of Seattle Slew, died Sept. 5 from complications of colic at Dr. Jack Root's Oakhurst Farm near Newberg, Ore.
Request for Parole, a grade I winner and millionaire, will stand in 2008 at Vince Tucciarone's Fox Tale Stud in Coopersburg, Penn.
- By Tom LaMarra
The inaugural Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes will start a new tradition in horse racing, courtesy of MTR Gaming Group and a longtime tailor in Erie, Penn.
Florida freshman sire Indy King sired his first winner Sept. 11. First-time starter Indy Joe won a $40,000 Delaware maiden special weight wire-to-wire against a field of nine other horses at Delaware Park.
Bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" will offer Thoroughbred industry enthusiasts two engaging chat sessions on Thursday, September 13.
Lawman, this year's group I French Derby winner, has been retired from racing because of an infection and will enter stud at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland.
The select market at the Keeneland September yearling sale isn't as strong at the top as it was a year ago.
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