Makybe Diva, who was going to be sent to superstar Encosta de Lago this year, was instead covered by Fusaichi Pegasus on September 17th.
Reeling already from having eight of their best stallions stranded in quarantine at New South Wales' government controlled Eastern Creek facility, Coolmore Australia has decided to send three of its star stallions home to Ashford Stud.
The gross revenue and average price increased during the seventh session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Monday, when a Cherokee Run colt sold for $325,000.
On Monday, Massachusetts' Governor Deval Patrick announced plans for the state to begin considering private bids for three casinos, to be strategically located in Southeastern Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, and an area which would include Boston and points north.
Lawyer Ron, winner of the Whitney (gr. I) and Woodward (gr. I) in his last two starts at Saratoga, worked a half-mile in 48.40 seconds over Belmont Park's main track Sept. 17.
The Oak Tree Racing Association announced Sept. 17 that it has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Turf Club to extend the Oak Tree lease through the fall of 2016.
Trainer Graham Motion missed a scheduled work with Grade 1 winner Better Talk Now during the weekend of Sept. 15 and said on Sept. 17 it is "less than 50 percent" likely that the 8-year-old will run in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. I) at Belmont Park Sept. 30.
Millionaire Super Frolic was euthanized after suffering an injury in the Sept. 15 Presque Isle Mile Stakes. The 7-year-old horse was pulled up during the race.
- By Tom LaMarra
An experiment by which the blended pari-mutuel takeout rate at Laurel Park was cut in half proved popular in theory but not at the betting windows. But was it a bust?
The awarding of two building contracts Sept. 17 will allow construction to begin immediately on Meydan Racecourse, a new world-class track being built in Dubai. The racetrack, featuring a grandstand that will span one kilometer, is expected to be completed in two years and open in 2010 for the 15th renewal of the Dubai World Cup meeting.
- By Ron Mitchell
Although there had been more than 2,000 horses through the ring by the time Monday's session began, there was a consensus that bidding continued to be competitive and there was an ample supply of good horses available.
Baron Georg von Ullmann's French champion Manduro was retired from racing after showing signs of lameness shortly after winning the Sept. 16 Prix Foy Gray d'Albion Barriere (Fr-II).
Kentucky racing stewards have suspended veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart for five years for numerous violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations.
A full acquittal on conspiracy, fraud, and larceny charges brought relief Sept. 17 to Mario Sclafani and Braulio Baeza, who were fired in 2005 as clerks of scales for the New York Racing Association. "It is a happy ending, but the damage is already done," said Baeza, a Hall of Fame rider. Judge dismisses the charges because of faulty evidence.
Newmarket and Jockey Club Racecourses have appointed Stephen Wallis to managing director of Newmarket Racecourses.
International owners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith have reached an agreement in principle to buy a half-interest in grade I-winning 2-year-old Majestic Warrior from George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable.
With containment having failed, the Australian government announced Sept. 17 that vaccinations will be made available to help stem the spread of the equine influenza outbreak.
Soldier of Fortune made his return to racing a winning one by capturing the Prix Niel Casino Barriere d'Enghien Les Bains (Fr-II) at Longchamp Sept. 16.
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