With TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Midnight Lute skipping the race, synthetic track standout In Summation takes center stage in the $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) over the Santa Anita Cushion Track Jan. 21.
Carson's Legacy overcame a rough start and proved he could come from off the pace when he won the $50,000 Dixieland Stakes at Oaklawn Park for trainer Steve Asmussen Jan. 18, opening day at the Hot Springs, Ark., track.
A release from the New York Racing Association highlighted strong growth in key areas with the on-track handle increasing, but all-sources wagers and average starters per race reflected a slight dip when the organization reported its final 2007 figures Jan. 18.
Meeting in Florida Jan. 18, representatives of the Jockeys' Guild and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis said they will partner to develop standard programs for on-track treatment of spinal and brain injuries suffered by jockeys and exercise riders.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale, which ended its three-day run Jan. 18 in Central Florida, generated a median price of $5,500 that was the same as last year's comparable figure. In addition, the buy-back/no bid rate dropped from 43.9% in 2006 to 38.4%, indicating greater consignor satisfaction with the prices.
Prairie Meadows will recognize 194 community betterment projects from the 2007 fiscal year budget at a noon hour luncheon to be held Jan. 31 at the events and conference center in Altoona. This year's recipients received more than $1.98 million to foster programs in education, human services, economic development, and the arts.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Most veteran campaigners at the racetrack are geldings. So a mare that proves hardy enough to run in stakes company year after year is something truly special. Such is the case with Silmaril, who retired from racing Jan. 12 after winning the What a Summer Stakes at Laurel Park. The daughter of Diamond was a stakes winner for five consecutive years and retired as Maryland's 17th equine millionaire. Now, her future as a broodmare is wide open.
Horse of the Year candidate Curlin continued his path toward an unrevealed destination when trainer Steve Asmussen sent him to an easy five-furlong work over the Fair Grounds surface Jan. 18. The 4-year-old Smart Strike colt went the distance in 1:04 flat on a fast track.
Churchill Downs Inc. has asked a federal bankruptcy court to ensure funds its member tracks contribute to the Jockeys' Guild be used for their intended purposes and not for other needs the financially-troubled organization may choose.
- By Tom Precious
Negotiators trying to reach a deal on a new Thoroughbred franchise in New York are still at an impasse, and now the talks have turned to approving another extension to permit the New York Racing Association to temporarily continue running racing.
Former Magna Entertainment Corp. executive Graham Orr has won a $1.6-million judgment against his former employer in a wrongful dismissal case, according to a published report.
- By Tom LaMarra
The board of directors of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario has unanimously approved the extension of its current contract with Woodbine Entertainment Group for an additional three years, the organization announced Jan. 18.
The first reported foal sired by grade I turf winner Aragorn is a colt foaled Jan. 14 at John T.L. Jones III and Robert Trussell's Walmac Farm near Lexington.
In an interview with BloodHorseNOW.com reporter Ron Mitchell, Darby Dan Farm managing partner John Phillips introduces the new stallion Sun King, winner of more than $2 million in four years on the racetrack. Stud Fee: $10,000 Sire: Charismatic Dam: Clever But Costly
Will He Shine enters stud duty in 2008 at Millennium Farms. In this interview, stallion manager Bob Miller says the true sprinting son of Silver Deputy has acclimated well to farm life, and his compact size and running style should match up well with mares of size and substance. Stud Fee: $6,500 Sire: Silver Deputy Dam: Christmas Star
The speedy Storm Surge has relocated to Kentucky after beginning his stud career in Argentina. Now located at Richland Hills Farm, owner Nathan Fox is impressed by the speed that his new stallion showed on the racetrack while comparing his bloodlines to another young Storm Cat sire, Tale of the Cat. Stud Fee: $7,500 Sire: Storm Cat Dam: Especially
The 2007 Kentucky Derby champ Street Sense proved himself on the racetrack. Now he joins his sire, Street Cry, as part of the stallion roster at Darley Stud. Charlie Bowden of Darley talks to Ron Mitchell of The Blood-Horse about how the winner of the Run for the Roses is acclimating to farm life.Stud Fee: $75,000 Sire: Street Cry Dam: Bedazzle
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