Articles posted January 18, 2008

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NYRA Reports Final Numbers for 2007

NYRA Reports Final Numbers for 2007

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.

Guild, Miami Project Meet in Fla.

Guild, Miami Project Meet in Fla.

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.

OBS Median Same, Average Drops

OBS Median Same, Average Drops

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 Gives $1.98 Million

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.

Silmaril Was a Hardy Campaigner

Silmaril Was a Hardy Campaigner

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.

CDI Wants Trust for Guild Payments

CDI Wants Trust for Guild Payments

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.

New York Talks Still at Impasse

New York Talks Still at Impasse

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.

Orr Wins Judgment Against MEC

Orr Wins Judgment Against MEC

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.

Woodbine, Horsemen Extend Contract

Woodbine, Horsemen Extend Contract

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.

SUN KING

SUN KING

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

WILL HE SHINE

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

STORM SURGE

STORM SURGE

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

STREET SENSE

STREET SENSE

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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