Articles posted January 7, 2009

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Gulfstream Seeking More Dates

Gulfstream Seeking More Dates

In a step some racing industry officials expected, Gulfstream Park has told Florida regulators that it plans to hold races during 2009's last five weeks--a lucrative set of dates on which Calder Race Course has raced exclusively in South Florida for more than a decade.

Texas VLT Bill Ready to Be Filed

When the Texas legislature convenes Jan. 13, a bill to legalize alternative gaming at the state's racetracks is ready to be filed. The Texas racing industry has angled for video lottery terminals for the past decade, but in 2009, business will not be as usual.

Macho Again Eyeing Sunshine Millions

Macho Again Eyeing Sunshine Millions

Most of the leading contenders for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic to be run at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24 are already stabled in South Florida for the winter season, but a few will be flying in for the 1 1/8 miles test, including West Point Thoroughbreds' 4-year-old Macho Again from Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Domino Stud Streamlining Operations

Domino Stud of Lexington is streamlining its operations. More than 20 horses, including Domino's breeding stock, will be offered at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale through Meg Levy's Bluewater Sales.

Churchill Downs Launches Derby Web Site

Churchill Downs Launches Derby Web Site

Churchill Downs has launched the official Web site for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), www.kentuckyderby.com, which will offer coverage of the horse racing season leading up to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby May 2.

Average Drops 63% at OBS Mixed Sale

Average Drops 63% at OBS Mixed Sale

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) winter mixed sale suffered downturns of 63% in its average price and 74.4% in its median price from a year ago as it opened with a consignor preferred session Jan. 6 in Central Florida. The gross revenue dropped 43% even though the number of horses sold was up 54.1% from 2008's first day total.

Encosta de Lago Colt Makes Big Splash

An Encosta de Lago colt brought the top price of Aust$2million (approximately $1,429,380 in U.S. funds) during the opening session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale on Australia's Gold Coast January 7. Trainer Gai Waterhouse purchased the full brother to 2006 Australian champion Racing To Win from Coolmore Stud, agent.

Hagyard Supports Equine Medical Research

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Hagyard Supports Equine Medical Research

The Lexington, Ky., veterinary firm Hagyard Equine Medical Institute has made a $10,000 donation to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to further research on racehorse lameness issues, the foundation announced Jan. 7.

Prevent CEM, Other Infectious Diseases Through Strict Hygiene

Strict hygiene guidelines should be followed whenever handling breeding mares or stallions to prevent reproductive infectious diseases, including contagious equine metritis (CEM).

CEM is spread between horses primarily by breeding, either by natural service or artificial insemination (AI). Grooms, handlers, and breeding technicians or veterinary p...

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