Articles posted September 23, 2009

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Unbridled's Song Colt Leads Way at Keeneland

Unbridled's Song Colt Leads Way at Keeneland

An Unbridled's Song colt brought $185,000 to top the ninth session of the struggling Keeneland September yearling sale. While the number of horses sold Sept. 23 in Lexington rose 5.6% from a year ago, the gross revenue declined 26.2%. The average price dropped 30.1%, and the median price plunged 40%. The buy-back rate fell from 24.6% in 2008 to 19.3% this year.

Milwaukee Appeal in Comfort Zone in Selene

Milwaukee Appeal in Comfort Zone in Selene

Milwaukee Appeal, coming off a second-place finish in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) and two near-misses in Canadian 3-year-old classics before that, returns as the one to beat in the $250,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine Sept. 26.

Hoosier Park Horse Dies of Colitis

Hoosier Park Racing and Casino received test results back from horses quarantined on the backstretch for Streptococcus equi (equine strangles). All tests have been returned as negative for the infection in these horses.

Chris Young: Contemplating Overbrook's Future

Chris Young: Contemplating Overbrook's Future

The Overbrook Farm dispersal, which began at the Keeneland September yearling sale, will not mark the end of the Young family's involvement in the Thoroughbred business. Chris Young, the 34-year-old grandson of Overbrook founder W.T. Young, is making plans for his own venture that probably will emphasize racing.

Hayden to Commercial Breeders: Change or Die

Hayden to Commercial Breeders: Change or Die

David Hayden has a message for his fellow commercial breeders: "Change or die." The ability to be flexible during hard times, he said last week at the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington, is the key to survival. And Hayden, who plans to keep raising horses for many years to come, has looked at everything from production costs to where he will market his yearlings in an effort to remain profitable and avoid drowning in a sea of red ink.

Bowker to serve as ASRC Steward at Oaklawn

Bowker to serve as ASRC Steward at Oaklawn

Stan Bowker, who has more than 40 years of race track experience, has accepted the position as state steward for the Arkansas State Racing Commission, director Ron Oliver announced Sept. 23.

Catesby Clay is TCA's 2009 Honor Guest

The Thoroughbred Club of America has selected Catesby Woodford Clay, chairman of historic Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky., to be the Honor Guest at the club's 78th annual Testimonial Dinner.

Laughing Look Euthanized

Stuart S. Janney III's Laughing Look, dam of grade I winner Coronado's Quest and two other stakes winners, was euthanized Sept. 10 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

September Talk: Reviewing Sale's First Week

September Talk: Reviewing Sale's First Week

From the very beginning of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington, it was apparent that there would be a major correction in the market for young horses as key business figures suffered significant setbacks. Here are comments from auction participants during the first week of the sale.

Study: Neurologic Strain of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Increasing

The number of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) infections caused by the neuropathogenic form of the virus has been steadily increasing over the past 51 years, report researchers from the University of Kentucky.

Clinical observations suggest that neuropathogenic strains of EHV-1 (i.e., strains of EHV-1 with a single mutation in the gene that encod...

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