Articles posted December 3, 2009

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Friesan Fire Third in Fair Grounds Allowance

Friesan Fire, sent off as the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), finished third in a Fair Grounds allowance contest in his first race back since the Preakness (gr. I).

Arlington Completes Purchase of Leased Land

Churchill Downs Inc.'s wholly-owned subsidiary Arlington Park has entered into an agreement to purchase approximately 66.8 acres of leased land which is currently part of Arlington Park's racing facilities in Arlington Heights, Ill., from The Duchossois Group for a total purchase price of $27.5 million, as of Dec. 3.

Tattersalls Mare Sale's Median Rises

The Tattersalls December mare sale finished its four-day run Dec. 3 in England with a 16% increase in median price from 2008 and a gross that was down less than 1%. The average price declined 3.3%. In addition, the buy-back rate rose to 79.3% from 68.2% last year.

Inside Track: Belles' Biographer

Inside Track: Belles' Biographer

16-year old Maria Rose Michalak's book, Eight Belles: Triumph Beyond the Wire cronicles Eight Belles' days as a foal, as well as her lineage, training, and racing career, and also recounts the positive changes that have occurred in Thoroughbred racing as a result of Eight Belles' death.

Poll: Best Jockey of 2009

Poll: Best Jockey of 2009

Who is the best jockey of 2009? Choices include John Velazquez, Calvin Borel, Mike Smith, Ramon Dominguez, Julien Leparoux, and Kent Desormeaux. Cast your vote! Vote Now!

Transport Stress and EHV-1

Once a horse is infected with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), the dormant virus resides in the horse's nervous system, where it can reactivate when the horse's immune system is compromised by stress or illness.

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