Stakes winner Ex Federali was represented by his first winner when his son Nicole's Pick won Sept. 1 at Ruidoso Downs.
Rainmaker, a son of Storm Cat, came through with his first winner when Rainshine won Sept. 4 at Presque Isle Downs
Martin S. Schwartz' Lady of Venice, who won last year's CashCall Mile Invitational Stakes (gr. IIT) and placed in the race this year, has been retired from racing.
Dan Pride, the new executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fasig-Tipton, is going back to his auction roots in the Thoroughbred industry.
Officials of Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) announced in early September that they were banding together to make major changes in the under tack shows for their sales of 2-year-olds in training. Beginning in 2009, they said they would strictly regulate the use of whips by riders during workouts and would prohibit the use of front toe grabs on horses.
The catalogues for the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale are ripe with potential superstars, but there are a few that will be looked at more closely than most based on famous family members.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
First Defence is one of those horses whose pedigrees scream speed. The son of Unbridled's Song began displaying that potential with a 6 3/4-length romp in the Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30. After surviving an early speed duel with opening fractions of :22.53 and :44.61, he pulled away in the stretch to win in a final time of 1:21.55.
McCann's Mojave, a stakes winner five different years, has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury.
Silver Deputy, one of North America's top veteran stallions, has been pensioned because of declining fertility, said Ric Waldman, who managed the bay horse's stud career, Sept. 5.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino's recently concluded 2008 spring/summer Thoroughbred season posted all-time highs in average nightly handle, single-night handle, average field size, and purse distribution for the 84-night meet.
War Pass, last year's unbeaten champion 2-year-old male and multiple grade I winner who was injured in April of this year, has been retired to stud to William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
When Dubai-based Synergy Investments purchased Fasig-Tipton earlier this year, the auction company's officials vowed that one of their goals would be to improve customer service. And Fasig-Tipton already has begun delivering on that promise.
Darby Dan Farm near Lexington has set the 2009 stud fee for grade I winner and millionaire Nobiz Like Shobiz at $7,500.
There is no doubt that the $1 million Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) will draw the majority of the public's attention Sept. 7 at the Canadian racetrack. But highlighted by several high-profile turfers vying for more than $1 million in purses, the two supporting stakes on Woodbine's 11-race card are very appetizing in their own right.
Unlike Hurricane Katrina three years ago, Hurricane Gustav appears to have done little damage to the Louisiana equine population.
Taylor Made Sales Agency and Taylor Made Stallions have become the sponsor of Race Track Chaplaincy of America's sixth White Horse Award.
Germany's premier yearling sale -- held by BBAG at Baden-Baden over two days -- ended Sept. 4 with substantial declines despite a much expanded catalogue.
Michael "Mikey" James became the second North American Racing Academy graduate to enter the winner's circle when he rode Lady Phoenix to a neck victory in Thursday's first race at Turfway Park.
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