Articles posted March 17, 2009

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Kentucky Derby Challenge Analysis

Kentucky Derby Challenge Analysis

Other than creating an uproar when the 20th horse on the Kentucky Derby earnings list gets left out of the Derby field, Wednesday's Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at Kempton looks unlikely to offer much to the Run for the Roses, unless one of four or five horses can come away with an impressive win.

Average Falls 32.6% at OBS

Average Falls 32.6% at OBS

Still reeling from the effects of the worldwide financial crisis, buyers approached the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training cautiously, and their reluctance to spend the really big bucks was a major factor in the opening session's setbacks. Compared to a year ago, when the auction enjoyed a record-setting run, the gross revenue dropped 29.6% while the average price fell 32.6%,and the median price declined 22.2% March 17 in Central Florida.

Thoro-Graph Offering Free Data for UK

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Beginning with the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes from Kempton racecourse in England on Wednesday, March 18, Thoro-Graph will be producing data for UK Racing.

AHC 2009 Directory Available

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The American Horse Council's 2009 Horse Industry Directory, a definitive source that puts the equine industry at your fingertips, is available for purchase at $25.

Lone Star to Fund Texas Charities

Lone Star to Fund Texas Charities

The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie, a non-profit organization, awarded $60,000 to 16 Grand Prairie, Texas charities March 12 during a ceremony at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.

Inside Track:In Charge of the Chaplaincy

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Inside Track:In Charge of the Chaplaincy

It took only one fundraiser for Mary Lee-Butte to become a permanent fixture at the Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy. After organizing the chaplaincy's first fundraiser in 2003, she said they just couldn't get rid of her.

Frankly Speaking: Stronach on Magna

Frankly Speaking: Stronach on Magna

Frank Stronach is chairman of Magna Entertainment Corp., a major racetrack operator that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 5. He also is the owner of Adena Springs, which won its fifth consecutive Eclipse Award as outstanding breeder in 2008 while Stronach picked up his fourth Eclipse as outstanding owner. Stronach discussed the MEC bankruptcy with The Blood-Horse following the Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training.

CHRB Suspends Claimed Horse Entry Rule

The California Horse Racing Board's executive director has issued a directive suspending the rule regarding entry of claimed horses and said the board will consider reinstatement of the rule at its regular meeting Thursday, Mach 19.

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