Articles posted October 8, 2009

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Oasis Dream Colt Tops Tattersalls Sale

Oasis Dream Colt Tops Tattersalls Sale

The final session of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale saw the highest price for the week of 700,000 guineas for a son of Oasis Dream, who was one of 152 lots sold on the final day for a total of 17,653,000 guineas.

Presious Passion Tries a Different Hirsch

Presious Passion Tries a Different Hirsch

After heavy rains at Belmont Park forced her to make Presious Passion a late scratch from the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park, trainer Mary Hartmann knew exactly what she had to do. She shipped her multiple grade I-winning 6-year-old cross-country to California where she knew she would find the kind of firm footing her star appreciates for a different Hirsch at Santa Anita Park.

Champagne: Is Dublin 'The One' For Lukas?

Champagne: Is Dublin 'The One' For Lukas?

It's been a decade since D. Wayne Lukas had his last Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and it is no secret that the 74-year-old is itching for another one. The Hall of Fame trainer may have his best chance at collecting his elusive fifth Derby crown with 2-year-old star Dublin, who leads a field of six in the $400,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 10 at Belmont Park.

Major Weekend Stakes to Air on TVG

Major Weekend Stakes to Air on TVG

Over the Oct. 9-11 weekend, TVG will broadcast live from Belmont Park, Keeneland and Oak Tree at Santa Anita with coverage of major stakes serving as precursors to next month's Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Rachel Alexandra Back at Churchill Downs

Rachel Alexandra Back at Churchill Downs

Leading Horse of the Year candidate Rachel Alexandra returned to her home base at Churchill Downs Oct. 7 and settled into familiar surroundings in trainer Steve Asmussen's Barn 38 following a long van ride from Saratoga, where she spent much of the summer and the early days of fall.

Group I winner Midday Headed to BC

Khalid Abdullah's top-class 3-year-old filly Midday will be pointed for the Emirates Air Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) following her third in last Sunday's Prix de l'Opera (Fr-I) at Longchamp, said Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe.

Researchers Describe New Equine Respiratory Condition

The bacterium Stenotrophomonas maltophilia can be associated with chronic lower airway disease in horses, reports a group of Danish researchers.

S. maltophilia is a Gram-negative bacterium that is causing disease more often in humans, particularly among the immunocompromised population, but it is only rarely reported as cau...

Update on Hoosier Park Equine Infectious Disease Outbreak

The Associated Press today (Oct. 8) reported that 54 quarantined horses are being removed from the Hoosier Park racetrack in central Indiana after two other horses tested positive for Streptococcus equi (the bacterium that causes the disease strangles). On Oct. 1 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino detected two horses in the quarantine barn exhibiting fever,...

Retired Racehorse Training Clinic Draws Crowd of 350 From 10 States

"The ticket sales to this event prove that people's fascination with the Thoroughbred horse remains strong," said Steuart Pittman, the Maryland horse trainer who conceived of and conducted the Retired Racehorse Training Symposium at Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville, Md. "The demand for knowledge about how to train these horses after a racing car...

American Horse Council Reports 'No-Match' Rule Rescinded

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a final rule that will rescind the so called "no-match" rule. DHS originally issued the "no match" rule in August of 2007 in an attempt to crackdown on employers who "knowingly" hired undocumented workers. The rule required an employer that received a "no match" letter from the Social Security Admi...

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