Articles posted March 31, 2008

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Joseph E. Johnson III Dead

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Joseph E. Johnson III, who owned the Kentucky Horse Center near Lexington, died March 28 in Bal Harbour, Fla., after a long illness.

Louisiana Sale Sees Increases

The gross and average both increased March 30 at the annual John Franks Memorial 2-year-olds in training sale at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.

E.C. Johnston Jr. Dead

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Texas horseman E.C. Johnston Jr., who owned Affirmed's dam, Won't Tell You, during the latter part of her broodmare career, died March 28.

Ky. Derby Trail: Hot Brown on Derby Menu

Ky. Derby Trail: Hot Brown on Derby Menu

By now, just about every superlative has been used to describe Big Brown's performance in the Florida Derby (gr. I). How many times do you think the word "freak" has been uttered since Saturday? Well, there is no doubt that the colt has accomplished freakish things in his brief career, but so did Curlin, and he couldn't win the Derby off three career starts.

Crossing the Line Back in Training

Crossing the Line, sidelined after winning the Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT), is gearing up for a return at the races at the upcoming Hollywood Park spring/summer meet, which gets under way April 23.

Perfect Drift Appears Eager to Race

Perfect Drift Appears Eager to Race

Perfect Drift had his second three-furlong work at Santa Anita March 31 for trainer Richard Mandella. The 9-year-old earner of $4,680,691 clocked :37 flat on Santa Anita's synthetic surface and appears eager to get back to the races.

Pyro Works Six Furlongs at Keeneland

Pyro Works Six Furlongs at Keeneland

Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, winner of the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his two starts this year, continued his preparations for the April 12 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) by working six furlongs in 1:14.60 March 31 at Keeneland.

Inside Track: Safety First

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Inside Track: Safety First

by Erin Nuckols - In 1986, Art Gray watched one of his closest friends -- driver William "Billy" Haughton -- die due to injuries suffered in a harness racing collision at Yonkers Raceway. The accident happened about two months after another driver, Dave Dunckley, was killed at Roosevelt Raceway in a similar type of accident.

Proposal: MEC Parent to Sell Interest

Proposal: MEC Parent to Sell Interest

The parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp. has announced a proposal that would result in the sell-off of its controlling investment in the racing company to entities affiliated with company founder Frank Stronach.

Exceed and Excel Colt Shines

A colt by Exceed and Excel was the top seller March 31 during the sixth session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale on Australia's Gold Coast. Consigned by Woodlands Stud, agent, the colt was purchased by Queensland-based buyer Alan Acton for $210,000.

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