Articles posted April 15, 2008

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Recapturetheglory Going Long

Recapturetheglory Going Long

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

Unlike his sire and champion sprinter Cherokee Run, Recapturetheglory seems to improve with distance. There is not a lot to predict stamina on either side of the Illinois Derby's winners pedigree, but on the dam's side there is a source of stamina that may manifest itself on Kentucky Derby day.

Total Wagering Up in New Zealand

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The unaudited figures from the New Zealand Racing Board for the first six months of the 2007/08 season show that despite the challenges imposed by the equine influenza outbreak in Australia, business has continued to deliver strong turnover growth.

Dubai Duty Free to Sponsor Irish Derby

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Dubai Duty Free to Sponsor Irish Derby

Dubai Duty Free has agreed to a five-year contract to sponsor the Irish Derby (Ire-I) at the Curragh Racecourse beginning this summer. The announcement outlining the details of the new sponsorship arrangement was made April 15 at a press conference at the K-Club in County Kildare.

THG, TrackNet Have Differing Views

The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group claims it wants advance deposit wagering entities to pay a fairer share into purse coffers, but those on the other side of the negotiating table claim the math simply doesn't add up.

Derby Fever Could Strike 'Sarge's' Owner

Derby Fever Could Strike 'Sarge's' Owner

Trainer Eric Guillot was refreshingly candid during an April 15 teleconference hosted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, calling his horse "one of the 15 who might not belong," but saying a trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is definitely under consideration for Salute the Sarge.

Inside Track: Living the Dream

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Inside Track: Living the Dream

By Ken Snyder - Pam Stockard's first dream as a child was to ride racehorses at Churchill Downs. Her second dream as an adult, perhaps more fanciful than the first, was to have her artwork exhibited at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Dreams do, indeed, come true.

Commentary: Sales Sold

by Dan Liebman - Few have the resources to do anything they want in the Thoroughbred industry. Sheikh Mohammed would be one of the exceptions.

Commentary: He Touched Many

by Headley Bell - My mother, Alice Chandler, and I were scheduled to meet with the Editor-in-Chief of The Blood-Horse April 4 to reflect on her life and the transition of our family's Mill Ridge Farm. But it was hard that morning to also not reflect on the life of our dear friend Buddy Bishop, who had passed away the previous night after struggling with cancer for more than two years.

THG Adds Members, TOBA Support

THG Adds Members, TOBA Support

Seven new organizations representing owners and trainers in states including Kentucky, Florida, and Maryland have joined the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group, with a mutual goal of reforming the industry's wagering revenue distribution system in order to sustain live racing in North America.

No Deal Yet Between Calder, Horsemen

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No Deal Yet Between Calder, Horsemen

Florida horsemen and officials at Calder Race Course and parent company Churchill Downs Inc. met April 14 but did not agree on contracts for the Calder meet that begins April 21.

Veto of KHRA Assessment Relief Stands

Veto of KHRA Assessment Relief Stands

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed a provision in the state General Assembly's $19-billion budget that would keep smaller racetracks in the state from paying a daily assessment to support Kentucky Horse Racing Authority operations. Legislators on April 15 took no action to override the veto as the General Assembly session came to a close.

Heart Murmurs: No Impact on Racing Performance in New Study

According to a group of researchers from the United Kingdom, heart murmurs are common in athletic horses, but do not negatively impact racing performance.

"A high prevalence of heart murmurs is known to exist in horses," explained Lesley Young, BVSc, PhD, DVA, Dipl. ECEIM (European College of Equine Internal Medicine), DVC, MRCVS, an equine cardio...

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