Millionaire and multiple Grade I winner Precious Kitten has been sold for an undisclosed amount to Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable and will continue to race in 2008 out of the barn of trainer Bobby Frankel.
Wotan sold for $380,000 during Friday's session of the Keeneland January sale.
Moving into the final catalog book, the focus is now on bargains rather than stars, and because the TrueNicks rating compares like with like, it's able to highlight less expensively bred horses which are the product of a promising cross.
Breeders' Cup Ltd. will add a total of $200,000 in purse money to three Gulfstream Park races in 2008.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Giant Moon displayed a lot of heart in winning The Count Fleet Stakes over a stubborn Spanky Fischbein and shows he should be a key contender among the East Coast 3-year-olds this year. One thing that shouldn't be a question regarding Giant Moon is his potential to stay the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trip.
TVG will broadcast the 37th Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 21 from the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The odds are stacked in trainer Todd Pletcher's favor to come away with a win in the $75,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 13.
Undefeated Indian Blessing, dominant winner of the Grey Goose Vodka Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) in October, kicks off her 3-year-old campaign for trainer Bob Baffert in the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 13.
Grade I winners Romance Is Diane and Tough Tiz's Sis, the respective first two finishers in last month's Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II), tangle once more in the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Jan. 13.
But grade III sprint at Gulfstream Park Jan. 13 has several top contenders.
Posse's first runners came out blazing, leading him to the freshman title.
Smart Strike bowls over the competition to be the 2007 North American leading sire.
Washington sire Tribunal died after fracturing his cannon bone when recovering from anesthesia Jan. 8.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association released a statement Jan. 10 urging the state to address issues of importance to the 6,000 members of its group as negotiations continue on the long-term extension of the New York Racing Association franchise.
Silver Wagon, by Avalyn Hunter
The $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita, postponed Jan. 5 due to the unsafe condition of the course's new Cushion Track following a powerful storm, returns with its original field of 3-year-old fillies intact Jan. 13.
The $100,000-added Fort Harrod Stakes, to be run at 1 5/8-miles for 4-year-olds and up, has been added to the 2008 spring stakes schedule at Keeneland, the racing association announced Jan. 11.
Silmaril, a 7-year-old Maryland-bred mare, will attempt to reach the $1-million mark in earnings Jan. 12 at Laurel Park.
- By Tom LaMarra
The head of a major horsemen's group in the United States has proposed a national approach for regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses with an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2009.
- By Tom LaMarra
Dick and Janene Watson were at the forefront of the rebirth of Charles Town Races when video lottery terminals began operating in the mid-1990s. But they haven't been able to race their horses for the track's gaming fueled-purses for more than two years, and perhaps might never get the chance again.
Gaming expansion, including authorization for slot machines at racetracks, appears to have been left at the starting gate once again in the Illinois General Assembly.
A key ingredient for the success of any new stallion is sufficient support from those who believe in him, and Dr. Tom Simon’s Vinery was rewarded handsomely in 2007 for its support of Posse, who was the year’s leading first-crop sire.
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