If the close of the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale is any indication, the upper level of the Thoroughbred marketplace is alive and well.
Barry Irwin of Team Valor Stables went to $1.5 million to secure a lovely daughter of Storm Cat as the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling came to a close Aug. 4.
- By Dan Liebman
The message at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 4 was plain and simple: "It's all about the horse."
A strapping son of A.P. Indy, named Pyramid Indy, brought $1.2 million to kick off the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
Willmott Stables' Wesley moved from last to first on the final turn before breaking free from a tightly-bunched field in deep stretch to win the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.
A large-scale Southern California horse breeder, who gave away 40 Thoroughbred broodmares and six stallions in an effort to cull his stock, says he never intended for those horses to wind up at a Phoenix, Ariz., ranch awaiting sale at a feedlot and an uncertain future.
Seaside Retreat, who has finished on the board in his last five starts, earned his first graded victory and set a course record when he prevailed by a length over favored Strike a Deal in the Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine Aug. 4.
The Aug. 5 second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction includes the offspring of such successful sires as Storm Cat, Unbridled's Song, Awesome Again, and A.P. Indy.
Three Chimneys Farm has become the two-year title sponsor of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the New York Racing Association announced Aug. 4.
Horse of the Year Curlin worked five furlongs in an easy 1:02.72 at Saratoga Aug. 4.
After surprisingly selling his Gracefield Farm near Lexington in May of this year, Ben Walden has purchased a new farm with plans of making it the last farm he buys.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to chair the Breeders' Cup Host Committee, which will promote the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held at Santa Anita Park on October 24-25.
Regulators in 13 racing states announced Aug. 4 they will begin the lengthy process of requiring offshore wagering entities and secondary pari-mutuel operations -- commonly referred to as SPMOs -- to obtain certification from the Association of Racing Commissioners International before they receive approval to wager into pools.
Brian O'Rourke, who has worked for the last 12 years in Kentucky, is leaving America to take up the post of managing director of Britain's National Stud in Newmarket.
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