Articles posted January 25, 2008

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Jury Out on Rebates, Computer Bets

Jury Out on Rebates, Computer Bets

There may not be imminent decisions in the ongoing debate over high-volume betting shops and computer-assisted wagering. The industry remains split on mechanisms that have increased or shifted pari-mutuel handle, depending on the point of view.

Model Rule on Steroid Use Blasted

Model Rule on Steroid Use Blasted

The model rule regulating use of anabolic steroids in racehorses is flawed and not based on scientific evidence, and the current state-by-state roll out of the regulations is problematic, horsemen's representatives said Jan. 25.

Mid-Atlantic Full Speed on Steroids

Just hours after horsemen and scientists questioned the model rule regulating anabolic steroids in racehorses and suggested a national roll-out of the rules later this year or early next year is more practical, regulators in the Mid-Atlantic region announced they are sticking with plans to implement the regulations as quickly as possible.

Trick's Pic Reinforces Nick

Trick's Pic Reinforces Nick

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

Favorite Trick has proven not to be as strong a sire as he was a racehorse. But a strong pattern, which can be found in his grade III-winning daughter Trick's Pick, shows that the right mare can bring out the best of his pedigree. The pattern is so strong that it appears in six of Favorite Trick's 11 stakes winners.

Jockey Fallon Banned 18 Months

Jockey Fallon Banned 18 Months

European rider Kieren Fallon has been handed a worldwide 18-month ban by France Galop after failing a random drug test in that country, according to The Racing Post.

Aron Wellman Joins Team Valor

Aron Wellman Joins Team Valor

California attorney Aron Wellman has been named racehorse administrator by Barry Irwin's Kentucky-based Team Valor International.

CORINTHIAN

CORINTHIAN

Gainesway Farm Director of Sales Michael Hernon has nothing but praise for his new stallion Corinthian.  Hernon believes the combination of pedigree, the top-class race record, which includes wins in the Breeders' Cup Mile and Met Mile (gr. I), and the exemplary conformation make this son of Pulpit one of the most exciting new sires on the market.Stud Fee: $40,000 Sire: Pulpit Dam: Multiply

DISCREET CAT

DISCREET CAT

After a very flashy, high-profile career on the racetrack, Discreet Cat has been retired to stud at Darley.  With his brilliant speed, farm spokesperson Kate McMahon indicates that mating Discreet Cat with mares possessing distance-oriented bloodlines would greatly enhance the chances of producing a classic winner. Stud Fee: $30,000 Sire: Forestry Dam: Pretty Discreet

ENGLISH CHANNEL

ENGLISH CHANNEL

English Channel was first or second in 11 of 12 starts in graded stakes on the turf, and was recently named Eclipse Turf Male Champion.  In this interview, Hurricane Hall stallion manager Jim Kirk says that English Channel isn't of the typical turf build though, and the farm has created some interesting incentives for those desiring to breed a horse with Kentucky Derby potential.Stud Fee: $25,000 Sire: Smart Strike Dam: Belva

FLASHY BULL

FLASHY BULL

Bret Jones of Airdrie Stud says there has never been a better looking horse enter the barn than their new stallion Flashy Bull, who won the Stephen Foster (gr. I). With that combination of style and class, Flashy Bull has been very well received by those breeders who have visited him at his new home.Stud Fee: $10,000 Sire: Holy Bull Dam: Iridescence

HALF OURS

HALF OURS

Half Ours was a brilliant 2-year-old, setting a track record at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.  Now retired to Taylor Made Farm, that precociousness he showed on the track has been attractive to breeders as well, where Frank Taylor says the new stallion has been booked to a good mix of speedy and distance-type mares. Stud Fee: $15,000 Sire: Unbridled's Song Dam: Zing

HARD SPUN

HARD SPUN

Hard Spun was very popular on the racetrack, due to his tenacity and talent.  Gerry Duffy of Darley says that has translated to the stallion barn as well, where Hard Spun is second in popularity with breeders, only behind their top stallion Street Cry.  That's high praise considering the roster includes new stallions Any Given Saturday, Discreet Cat and Street Sense. Stud Fee: $50,000 Sire: Danzig Dam: Turkish Tryst

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