Articles posted November 25, 2008

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WinStar Adjusts Distorted Humor's Fee

WinStar Adjusts Distorted Humor's Fee

Distorted Humor, who currently ranks No. 2 by North American progeny earnings, will stand for an adjusted fee of $150,000 live foal in 2009, WinStar Farm announced Nov. 25. Previously, it had been announced that Distorted Humor would stand for a fee of $225,000.

That Handicapping Show: Nov. 25 Episode

That Handicapping Show: Nov. 25 Episode

Jason and Tom analyze the Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on November 28. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Fair Grounds Race 8 on November 28.Download a PDF of the "The Wizard's Spotlight Play" here.

OBS Updates August Sale Results

OBS Updates August Sale Results

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) recently revised the results for the 2008 August yearling sale on its Web site (www.obssales.com) because of new rules governing horse auctions in Florida that took effect in July. Sale companies now are required to disclose any horses that did not change ownership after being reported as sold.

Tattersalls Foal Sale Has Slow Start

The Tattersalls December foal sale got off to a slow start Nov. 25 in England. The 76 horses sold (from 189 offered) grossed 274,700 guineas and averaged 3,614 guineas. The median price was 2,000 guineas. Last year, during the opening session, the 131 horses sold grossed 1,086,600 guineas and averaged 8,295 guineas. The median was 4,000 guineas.

Players' Group Seeks Wagering Task Force

A grassroots coalition of horseplayers is calling for an end to outstanding disputes involving Internet and telephone wagering, and is asking for the formation of a task force to help settle the differences.

Commentator Clear Choice in Clark

Commentator Clear Choice in Clark

Like a fine wine, Commentator seems to get better with age. And on Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs, Tracy Farmer's remarkable 7-year-old gelding will try to cap off a terrific season when he takes on seven rivals in the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II).

PNGI Seeks Dismissal of Shareholder Suit

Penn National Gaming Inc. has asked a Maryland federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the company for alleged securities violations inherent to its failed buyout deal earlier this year, claiming the legal action is an attempt by the plaintiffs to recover bad investment decisions.

Big Brown's Dam Going to 'Henry'

Big Brown's Dam Going to 'Henry'

Mien, the dam of 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown, will be bred to Henrythenavigator in 2009. An English and Irish classic winner, Henrythenavigator (by Kingmambo) finished second in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). He will be standing his inaugural breeding season at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $65,000.

Big Brown Part 1

Big Brown Part 1

A look back at the career of Big Brown including interviews with Paul Pompa, Jr., Michael Iavarone, and Gary Stevens.Slideshow: Big Brown at Three Chimneys Slideshow: Big Brown's Racing Career

Don't Cry For Candy Ride

Don't Cry For Candy Ride

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

Candy Ride's success as a first-crop sire was emphasized recently when daughter Evita Argentina took the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park, and his son El Brujo claimed runner-up spot in Canada's top juvenile contest, the Coronation Futurity.

Big Brown Part 2

Big Brown Part 2

A look back at the career of Big Brown including interviews with Paul Pompa, Jr., Michael Iavarone, and Gary Stevens.Slideshow: Big Brown at Three Chimneys Slideshow: Big Brown's Racing Career

Instant Racing Called Quick Fix for Ohio

A study released by Ohio State Racing Commission offers a short-term action plan and a long-term strategy for the struggling horseracing industry in the Buckeye State, but one racetrack official said the quickest fix lies with the pen of Gov. Ted Strickland.

Inside Track: Multi-tasker

Inside Track: Multi-tasker

For many, getting an after school job is an important part of learning responsibility and gaining financial independence during the high school years.

MTHA to Honor Industry Workers

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has announced its 2008 award winners. A presentation of the honors will take place at the organization's annual Christmas party at Laurel Park Dec. 1.

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