Articles posted September 16, 2009

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Keeneland Sept. Sale Market Still Merciless

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Keeneland Sept. Sale Market Still Merciless

The Keeneland September yearling auction continued its merciless battering of commercial breeders and consigners, posting results that fell far short of last year's figures for the third consecutive day.

Breeders Say Stud Fees Need to Be Cut More

Stallion managers slashed stud fees last year after this country's recession deteriorated into a financial crisis and spread around the world. With prices for Thoroughbreds continuing to decline after falling significantly in 2008, commercial breeders are calling for even more stud fee reductions for 2010.

Tale of Ekati to Stand at Darby Dan

Tale of Ekati to Stand at Darby Dan

Multiple grade I winner and millionaire Tale of Ekati will stand the 2010 breeding season at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington for his owner and breeder Charles Fipke, it was announced Sept. 15.

Byerly, Back in Business

Byerly, Back in Business

The first race on a Sunday card at Ontario's Fort Erie Race Track is an unlikely source of inspiration for a pedigree review. But the two horse, best by a length in that race Sept. 13, was a local gelding making a small mark in history.

Lone Star, Sam Houston Meets Approved

Lone Star, Sam Houston Meets Approved

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie was granted 89 live racing dates for 2010 at the Sept. 15 Texas Racing Commission meeting in Austin, Texas, including a 60-date spring Thoroughbred season that will cover 15 weeks from April to July, 2010. Also, a 60-day live meet beginning in November at Sam Houston Park was approved.

Medaglia d'Oro Filly Brings $1.3 Million

Medaglia d'Oro Filly Brings $1.3 Million

A striking filly by Medaglia d'Oro was purchased by Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation for $1.3 million to highlight the Sept. 16 third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The filly was consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck's Summerfield.

Breeders' Cup Launches Specialized Web Site

The Breeders' Cup announced Sept. 16 the launch of BreedersCup360, a specialized Web site focused on all aspects related to wagering on the Breeders' Cup. The site, www.breederscup360.com, places a particular focus on the international competitors who are not as well known to many U.S.-based horseplayers.

Horse Farm Workers' Scholarships Given

The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund has awarded 32 scholarships for the 2009-2010 school year to children of full-time workers on central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms. Tuition scholarships are for education after high school and are based upon need, merit, essays, and personal interviews.

Rabies Reported in Colorado Horse, Multiple Skunk Cases

A rabid horse in El Paso County, Colo., has been euthanized and the County Department of Health and Environment is underscoring the critical importance of vaccinating pets and livestock and avoiding wild animals.

"Rabies infection in horses is rare," said Public Health Director Kandi Buckland, RN, MPA. "We anticipate that the infection was caused ...

Missouri Equine Piroplasmosis Outbreak 'Resolved' in OIE Report

A Sept. 15 report on the cases of equine piroplasmosis earlier this year in Missouri and Kansas declares the outbreak resolved. Three positive horses that were removed from quarantine remain missing. (

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