Articles posted January 15, 2008

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

New Binder Could Save Santa Anita

Santa Anita officials hope that adding more synthetic material with a new binder that traps fine sediment in the Cushion Track will restore the track's ability to drain. The track may lose a couple days while installing the new material, which is being manufactured. Santa Anita officials promise the material will be added at the first opportunity.

Wagering Down, Purses Up in 2007

Overall wagering declined slightly in the United States in 2007 while purses increased, according to "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" data released Jan. 15.

Layton to Leave Three Chimneys

Layton to Leave Three Chimneys

Margaret Layton, longtime communications director for Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., announced Jan. 15 she will be leaving the operation after the May 3 Kentucky Derby.

U.S.-Based Horses Rank High on List

U.S.-Based Horses Rank High on List

Curlin officially shares the accolade of being the best horse to have raced in North America and the leading dirt performer worldwide in 2007 with Invasor in the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings announced Jan. 15.

Calder On-Track Handle Down 24%

Calder On-Track Handle Down 24%

On-track handle at Calder Race Course fell 24% during the 2007 portion of its Tropical meet, according to data obtained from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. Calder's simulcast handle fell 26% compared with the same period in 2006.

Decision on Barbaro's Ashes Close

Decision on Barbaro's Ashes Close

Nearing the one-year anniversary of Barbaro's death, Gretchen Jackson said she and her husband, Roy, are close to announcing where the ashes of the winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be buried.

Commentary: Holding Court

By Dan Liebman - A contemporary of Bob Courtney's was asked how he would best describe the 86-year-old owner of Crestfield Farm, who retired from selling horses following the Keeneland January sale. "If you asked 100 people who the most honest guy in the sale pavilion is, all 100 would say Bob Courtney," he said.

Commentary: Feisty

By Robert Laurence - Let me tell you about our Thoroughbred. Feisty, by Acaroid, out of Some One Finer, by Lord Rebeau. It would be generous to call her pedigree "modest."

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