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Lone Star Sky Retired

Grade III stakes winner Lone Star Sky has been retired from racing due to feet problems. The 4-year-old son of Conquistador Cielo ends his career with earnings $504,995. He has a career record of 14-3-4-1.

Outlook Looks Sunny for OBS Sale

The outlook looks sunny for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale, which begins with a select session on Monday, Aug. 23, at the OBS sale grounds. The sale continues through Aug. 26. with all sessions beginning at 11 a.m.

Wood Resigns CHRB Post

Wood Resigns CHRB Post

Roy C. Wood Jr. will retire from his position as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board effective at the end of 2004.

Lago Delight Tops Inglis Horses-in-Training Sale

The Melbourne arm of the Inglis Sales Co. conducted a low-key horses-in-training sale Aug. 20 and had the hinges blown off the doors when one horse in the catalogue was targeted by some big buyers, creating a record for an August Thoroughbred sale.

CHRB Holds Off on Decision Over Jockeys' Weight

The decision on whether to raise the scale of weights in California to a minimum of 118 pounds, not including equipment, remained on hold after more than two hours of discussion during the California Horse Racing Board's monthly meeting held Thursday at Del Mar.

National HBPA Voices Opinions on Medication

The National Horsemen's Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, given the results of a recent study, has suggested research into medication thresholds and withdrawal times be performed using horses in training.

Sabellina Takes Narrow Yaddo Handicap Victory

Joe Aquilino registered his first Saratoga stakes victory Wednesday afternoon as Jay Lieberman's and Mark Scharfman's Sabellina and Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day out-fought On the Bus and Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey for a nose victory in the 25th running of the $114,800 Yaddo Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares at nine furlongs on the turf.

Pennsylvania Applicants Line Up for Track License

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission will meet Aug. 24 to map out a timeline for approval of the state's final Thoroughbred racetrack license. But whoever gets the license isn't guaranteed a slot machine license, which has narrowed the field of applicants.

Step Up to the Plate

Step Up to the Plate

By Dan Liebman -- Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson recently died; his plaque doesn't mention he won the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with Volponi. Johnson not only trained the colt, but he and his family owned and more importantly to many of us, bred him as well.

It Won't Be the Same

It Won't Be the Same

By Paul Volponi -- Johnson was elected to racing's Hall of Fame in 1997. The honor was a tribute to the trainer's incredible consistency. He was enshrined without a dominating champion. Instead of a Pegasus, he rose on the wings of a work ethic that woke him at 2:30 a.m. each morning as he walked a treadmill and watched tapes of races before heading to the barn.

HBPA, Rockingham Still at Odds Over Races

Horsemen held a brainstorming meeting Aug. 16 to discuss the ramifications of a plan by Rockingham Park to offer Thoroughbred races Sept. 5 in partnership with the New Hampshire Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing Association.

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