Articles posted October 13, 2009

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Sea the Stars Retired

Sea the Stars Retired

Sea The Stars, who secured his place among racing's all-time greats when he powered his way to a thrilling two-length victory over Youmzain in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 4, has been retired to stud.

Average Declines 12.8% at OBS Fall Mixed Sale

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale ended its two-day run Oct. 13 in Central Florida with moderate losses of 12.8% in its average price and 6.7% in its median price. There was a smaller catalog than in 2008, when the auction was three days long, and that contributed to a 30.7% plunge in gross revenue and a 20.6% decline in the number of horses sold.

Gross and Average Rise at Tattersalls

Colts by Selkirk and Invincible Spirit led the way Oct. 13 during the second session of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale, which enjoyed upswings in gross and average price. Each colt sold for 260,000 guineas.

Status Quo, 'Welfare' Mentality Big Threats

If the horseracing industry fails to make voluntary changes it has resisted for decades, the only things that may save it from doom are involuntary changes brought on by forces in the gambling and entertainment marketplace, officials said Oct. 13.

Calder Derby, Oaks Draw 10 Apiece

Calder Derby, Oaks Draw 10 Apiece

Dave Vivian sent out Soldier's Dancer to win the Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) in 2007 and Christophe Clement won the 2008 edition with Sporting Art when the race was run in the spring, and those two veteran trainers will have the favorites in the Oct. 17 renewal of the $100,000 event.

New Developments on International Wagering

Scientific Games Racing, a division of Scientific Games Corporation, has announced that it has reached an agreement to provide Betfair Games Limited with services and technologies to allow all Betfair account holders to view race and pool data and wager into North American pari-mutuel tote pools, with approval of relevant regulatory authorities.

Markel Acquires Agri-Risk Services Inc.

According to NU Online News Service, Markel Insurance Company has announced the acquisition of Agri-Risk Services Inc., an equine retail specialty agency in Overland Park, Kan. The announcement noted that financial terms were not disclosed.

Osteoarthritis: Turmeric Spice Might Provide Natural Remedy

Curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, is a natural product with potent anti-inflammatory properties that also exerts beneficial effects on cartilage metabolism. Scientists believe curcumin inhibits degradative enzymes such as metalloproteinases and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and reduces cartilage cell apoptosis (programmed cell death).

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