Articles posted March 18, 2009

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Mafaaz Earns Berth in Kentucky Derby

Mafaaz Earns Berth in Kentucky Derby

Sheikh Hamdan's Mafaaz held off a trio of horses at the wire to win the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at England's Kempton Park March 18 and earned an automatic berth in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 2.

'Bernie, Bittel Road Lane's End Choices

'Bernie, Bittel Road Lane's End Choices

Because of successful juvenile campaigns, West Side Bernie and Bittel Road both already have enough graded earnings to ensure themselves a spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2. But the connections of each colt will now get to see if they have legitimate contenders in their barns when they go to post in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) March 21 at Turfway Park.

El Prado Colt Sells for $450,000 at OBS

El Prado Colt Sells for $450,000 at OBS

Saying he had found the equine equivalent of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James, trainer Eddie Plesa paid $450,000 for an El Prado colt March 18 during the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. As of early afternoon, the price was the highest of the auction, topping the $425,000 Indian Charlieâ€"Hollywood and Wine filly that sold March 17

KY Equine Career Fair Scheduled

The University of Kentucky Equine Initiative will hold a career fair March 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Seay Auditorium in the Agricultural Science North building on the UK campus.

'Big Four' Post Mixed Oregon ADW Numbers

'Big Four' Post Mixed Oregon ADW Numbers

Even though TVG, TwinsSpires.com, and XpressBet.com enjoyed handle growth in 2008, total wagers processed by advance deposit wagering entities through hubs in Oregon decreased for the first time this decade, though the numbers are skewed by actions related to another member of the "Big Four," Youbet.com.

Mulligan Conscious; Talks to Wife

Leprechaun Racing's Mike Mulligan, who suffered a fractured skull in a fall following the March 3 Fasig-Tipton Florida March select sale of 2-year-olds in training, is fully conscious and spoke to his wife on the phone March 18 during the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Live Telecast of Lane's End on ESPN2

Live coverage of the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park will be featured on the first of four "NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby" programs March 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.

Consignors Pitch In to Help Mulligans

Consignors Pitch In to Help Mulligans

As Leprechaun Racing's Mike Mulligan recuperated from a fractured skull in a South Florida hospital, his friends and associates in the Thoroughbred business reached out to offer support. Participants in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training wore green rubber bracelets decorated with shamrocks and pitched in to help Mulligan's wife, Britt, at the Leprechaun consignment. They also held a prayer service prior to the March 17 opening session of the auction.

Trainer Jorge Periban

Trainer Jorge Periban

Trainer Jorge Periban's journey from stooping for tickets to top trainer.

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