Out-of-state account wagering bettors remained locked out of Hollywood Park races as a contract dispute between the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the four advance deposit wagering companies showed no sign of resolution Oct. 30, the second day of the fall meet.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Mr. Prospector line stallions were represented by eight of the 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship winners. Ten of the 14 winners are inbred within five generations, while four were outcrosses.
Live racing returns Oct. 31 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course after the racing track was closed in September amid alleged surface issues.
Hostess, a two-time graded stakes winner this year, makes what is likely the final start of her racing career in the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) over the Aqueduct turf Nov. 1.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Champion steeplechaser Good Night Shirt is doing his part to reenforce the value of the Domino male line, which has survived over the past 50 years by the slimmest of margins.
Vacare, winner of the 2006 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) and an earner of $1,123,706, has been scratched from the Keeneland November breeding stock sale because of the struggling economy and downturns at many recent Thoroughbred auctions, said the mare's co-owner, Jon Kelly, Oct. 30.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 389 entries for its Midlantic December mixed sale in Timonium, Md. Previously scheduled for two days, the sale now will be conducted in a single session on Monday, Dec. 8.
Tommy Town Thoroughbreds has purchased Kafwain from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud. The 8-year-old son of Cherokee Run will stand in 2009 at Alfred H. Nuckols Jr.'s Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky.
Tattersalls' largest ever horses in training sale finished Oct. 30 in England with downturns even though international trade was strong.
Millennium Farms' Copper State, a bridesmaid in four consecutive stakes efforts, will finally try to get over the hump Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs when she takes on 10 rivals in the $150,000 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II), a one-mile main track test for fillies and mares.
Grade I winner Alwajeeha has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for owner Sheikh Hamdan at his Shadwell Farm near Lexington.
Tapit, whose daughter Stardom Bound won the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will stand in 2009 for a fee of $35,000, up from $12,500 in 2008.
The Keeneland November breeding stock sale traditionally has been a market primarily for broodmares and weanlings, but a growing segment of the auction in recent years has been horses in training.
A Red Ransom -- Joie colt brought the top price of Aust$180,000 Oct. 30 during the opening session of the Magic Millions national horses in training sale in Australia.
Fifth Third Bank announced that William "Bill" Greely has joined its equine department as senior equine adviser.
The Illinois Festival of Racing on Nov. 1 marks the time on the calendar to celebrate the local state-bred equines that populate the majority of Hawthorne's backstretch. And while the progeny of the state's Thoroughbreds won't be confused with those from Kentucky, many have proven successful when raced on the national stage.
Fasig-Tipton has applied for a building permit to expand its sale pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N. Y., according to the company's president, Boyd Browning. Much of the work planned for the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion, he said, is designed to bring the building "up to date" to comply with the existing codes for handicapped access.
A stalemate between California horsemen and advance deposit wagering companies kept Hollywood Park's out-of-state signal unavailable on opening day of the track's fall season Oct. 29.
Sam Houston Race Park canceled its 2008-09 meet and transferred 43 of its originally scheduled 65 days to Retama Park, a move approved by the Texas Racing Commission during a special meeting Oct. 28.
Hystericalady, a grade I winner and an earner of $2,390,556, is scheduled to be offered (as Hip No. 53) on the opening day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3. She comes into the auction after a fifth-place finish in the Oct. 24 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I), which was won by the undefeated Zenyatta.
- By Ryan Conley
The federal lawsuit against Cushion Track and affiliates over the former synthetic racing surface at Santa Anita Park is geared to go forward after a judge recently denied most of the defendants' request for dismissal.
Breeders Cup Mile (gr. IT) runner-up Kip Deville will head a record American raiding party for this year's Cathay Pacific International races in Hong Kong December 14.
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