Articles posted August 25, 2009

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Rachel May Send Asiatic Boy to Del Mar

Rachel May Send Asiatic Boy to Del Mar

As soon as trainer Kiaran McLaughlin found out Rachel Alexandra would be running in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 he quickly contacted the owner of his Woodward hopeful Asiatic Boy, about the possibility of heading to California.

KY Democrat Webb Wins Special Election

In a special election that had far-reaching ramifications for the Kentucky Thoroughbred industry, Democrat Robin Webb defeated Republican Jack Ditty Aug. 25 for an empty state Senate seat in northeasten Kentucky.

Wildcat Heir Filly Brings $100,000 at OBS

A filly by the hot first-crop sire Wildcat Heir was the most expensive horse sold on the second day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s slumping yearling auction, bringing $100,000 Aug. 25 in Central Florida. Repole Stable purchased the New York-bred chestnut from Bryan and Holley Rice's Woodside Ranch, agent.

Royal Applause Colt Shines in England

A Royal Applause colt topped the opening session of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales' St. Leger yearling auction bringing £120,000 ($197,765 in U.S. funds) Aug. 25 in England. BBA Ireland's Eamon Reilly purchased the bay yearling for Mark Gittins, outlasting Richard O'Gorman in the bidding.

Breeders' Cup, USO to Host American Soldiers

Breeders' Cup, USO to Host American Soldiers

For the first time in the 26-year history of the event, the Breeders' Cup World Championships, in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO), will host American soldiers and their families for a day of Thoroughbred racing on Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

Inside Track: Hometown Hero

Inside Track: Hometown Hero

On Aug. 5, as it is does from time to time for the community, Saratoga Race Course recognized the historic neighboring town of Mechanicville. For trainer Chad Brown, who comes from this small town southeast of Saratoga Springs, it was a chance to relax for a little while with high school friends and family, a break from the intensity of running an up-and-coming stable.

Mine That Bird Works, Uncertain For Travers

Mine That Bird Works, Uncertain For Travers

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird breezed Aug. 25 at Saratoga for the first time since undergoing minor throat surgery last week and the next 24 hours should determine whether he will run in $1 million Shadwell Travers (gr. I).

Mine That Bird, Hold Me Back in Travers Works

Mine That Bird, Hold Me Back in Travers Works

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird turned in his final workout for the Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I) when he breezed a half-mile in :49.76 over the fast main track at Saratoga on Aug. 25.

Fund Drive For Rescued Horses at Saratoga

Fans coming to Saratoga Race Course Aug. 26 will be able to help the almost 200 Thoroughbred horses recently rescued from a Greene County Farm. In April, 2009, police raided the Climax, N.Y. farm of horse breeder Ernest Paragallo who has been arraigned on 35 counts of animal cruelty, accused of failing to adequately care for the horses at his farm.

Toxic Ragwort Warning Issued by UK Group

Land and horse owners are reminded to be on their guard against deadly ragwort following the inclement weather of July and August, World Horse Welfare noted in a statement Aug. 13.

"Ragwort poses a huge risk to horse health and in prolonged periods of wet weather, verges and set-aside often go uncut allowing the weed to grow and spread its se...

Record Number of Horses Surrendered to MSPCA; Assistance Needed

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) at Nevins Farm is receiving a record number of surrendered equines and is seeking adopters as well as donations for the horses' continued rehabilitation and medical care. The number of horses surrendered to the non-profit in 2009 will surpass last year's total by early September...

Equine Metabolic Syndrome a Focus of Research

The Equine Science Society Symposium (ESS) is a gathering place for researchers involved in all aspects of equine health and well-being. For more than two decades, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has presented findings from its nutrition and exercise physiology studies. At this year's event, more than 160 studies were presented at this symposium in the are...

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