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Sophisticat, a Storm Cat filly sold last year for $3.4 million, broke her maiden Monday at Naas in Ireland. The juvenile filly is by Storm Cat out of champion Serena's Song.
Additional cases of pericarditis are occurring in Kentucky and possibly other states (including Ohio), with the problem now claiming lives, according to Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unit at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., who said veterinarians at his clinic and those at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital are starting to see horses previously treated for pericarditis returning to the clinics with more heart problems.
The timing couldn't have been better, but it certainly wasn't planned. On April 30, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manager's Club invited an equine reproductive specialist to speak at its June meeting. The following week, Central Kentucky was gripped by mare reproductive loss syndrome.
- By Ron Mitchell
Golden Ballet, leader of the 3-year-old filly division this year on the basis of her two grade I stakes victories before being retired after suffering a bowed tendon, arrived at Craig Banderoff's Denali Stud on Monday, June 18.
Keeneland's September yearling sale is the largest auction of its kind in the world. But it will be a bit smaller this year.
Belmont Stakes works concluded Tuesday morning when A P Valentine breezed a sharp five furlongs in :59 1/5 with regular work rider Jamie Sanders aboard. The son of A.P. Indy looked like he was ready for some serious action as he jogged past the stands with his neck bowed. Approaching the five-furlong pole, he was already leveled off and in high gear.
Interim executive director Tom Biederman is stepping down from the helm of Equine Spectrum to resume his real estate and Thoroughbred brokerage business, along with contract auction work for Fasig-Tipton Co.
By Kristin J. Ingwell -- I haven't done a survey, official or otherwise, and I am biased. But it appears everyone in America vaguely aware of horse racing agrees on one thing -- we want a new Triple Crown winner.
Legislation to legalize Internet gambling passed the Nevada Senate on a 17-4 vote Monday and was sent to Gov. Kenny Guinn. The Associated Press reported that Internet gaming could be worth $6 billion to the state's casino industry by 2003.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- The pregnancy losses may have slowed, and University of Kentucky researchers may have identified the leading cause for the mare reproductive loss syndrome that hit the Bluegrass region this spring, but the damage is just now being assessed. The losses, which will be sustained over the next several years, will be devastating for many farm owners and breeders.
On the basis of what he called "bad faith games playing with the court," Broward County, Fla., Circuit Court Judge Charles Greene ruled to strike the pleadings of defendant Steve Weiner in the Val's Prince lawsuit.
Directors of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have instructed their attorney to draft a formal letter of complaint to the State of Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering requesting that Hialeah Park's permit be pulled.
Some of the most stirring near-misses in Triple Crown history will be chronicled on ESPN Classic this week on "Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA."
John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International has bought an interest in graded stakes-winning 2-year-old Leelanau.
About five hours before Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), England will know the results of its Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I). Fourteen horses are entered for the 12-furlong race, and four trainers have multiple entries, including a foursome scheduled to run for Barry Hills.
Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables of Summerfield, Fla., announced June 2 it is taking over the financial operations of the training center developed in 1998 on what was formerly Silverleaf Farm. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who moved his training operation from Westerly Training Center in California's Santa Ynez Valley to coincide with the development of Padua, had served as general manager for the Sanans and based his D. Wayne Lukas Racing Stables at the farm.
Breeders' Cup and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association are expected to make a joint announcement in New York the last week in June regarding the repackaging of national stakes for racing, marketing, and sponsorship purposes.
The Northern California fair meets will offer more than 30 fewer Thoroughbred races this season because of a horse shortage in the state, officials said during the California Horse Racing Board meeting June 1. The board approved the fair meets during the meeting.
A Kentucky veterinarian who specializes in mare reproduction, fetal ultrasound, and fetal sexing has studied pregnancy videos 1996 and 1998 and foal production the following years and has found that some degree of cloudiness in chorionic or amnionic fluid did not necessarily mean the mare would lose her foal or she would have an abnormal foal.
Preakness (gr. I) winner Point Given had his final major workout before Saturday's mile and a half Belmont Stakes (gr. I), going five furlongs on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs in company with another 3-year-old from trainer Bob Baffert's stable. The son of Thunder Gulch covered the distance in :59 3/5, according to Baffert.
An industry-funded study concludes that video lottery terminals in New York will not only save racetracks, but pump at least $1 billion into the state's coffers to support education.
Saturday at Churchill Downs
If there were any doubts about who's queen of the hill out West these days, Lazy Slusan put 'em on ice on June 3, running away with the $254,300 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles.
If Christophe Soumillon, the rising star of the French jockey colony, had an ambition to win a classic as a teenager, he left it late. Eight hours before he turned 20, Soumillon and Anabaa Blue made off with Chantilly's 12-furlong French Derby (Prix du Jockey-Club, Fr-I).
Belmont Stakes hopeful Dollar Bill worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday in company with stablemate Kazoo. Over the fast surface, the trouble-prone son of Peaks and Valleys covered the distance in :59 3/5 under exercise rider Joanne McNamara.
Belmont Stakes action picked up Sunday morning with solid works by Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, Derby runner-up Invisible Ink, and Arkansas Derby and Spiral winner Balto Star, all of whom worked five furlongs over a muddy track. In France, Grandera boosted the form of Dr Greenfield with a troubled third-place finish in the French Derby.
Virginia stallion Genuine Reward, the first live foal produced from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Genuine Risk, was represented by his first winner when his son Top Reward won a 1 1/16-mile claiming race June 2 at Pimlico.
A half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos was misidentified and tattooed incorrectly, according to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky looking into the cause of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome are in the process of completing a comprehensive survey involving more than 150 farms.
Sunday at Calder Race Course
Under veteran jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, Go Go rallied in the stretch to win Saturday's $106,000 Desert Stormer Handicap (gr. III) by a half-length on a fast track at Hollywood Park. Delahoussaye has won three of the five renewals of the Desert Stormer.
In the 1950s, vocalist Dinah Washington crafted a hit with the song "What a Difference a Day Makes." For trainer Bud Delp and the Robert E. Meyerhoff homebred Include, the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) at Suffolk Downs on June 2 could be titled "What a difference 50 minutes makes."
The Sheepshead Bay Handicap, switched from turf to a muddy main track, was won by Critical Eye, who romped by 7 1/2 lengths.
Belmont Park's Triple Tiara series for 3-year-old fillies begins Friday with the 71st running of the one-mile, $200,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I), which will likely feature Carl F. Pollard's champion Caressing. Caressing completed her major preparation for the Acorn with a five-furlong work over a fast track at Churchill Downs on Sunday.
Team Valor's Dr Greenfield, winner of the listed Dee Stakes at Chester in his last start, worked a half-mile out of the gate Saturday morning at trainer Gerard Butler's yard near Lambourn, England. Butler, a former assistant to D. Wayne Lukas and Rodney Rash, said the son of Dr Devious couldn't be doing any better.
Petrushka and Mutafaweq, each a three-time group I winner, will face seven other horses in Friday's Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) at Epsom Downs.
Citing a sluggish economy and the energy crisis in California, management at Hollywood Park has announced a 3.8% purse reduction for the entire spring-summer meet that is underway.
In an effort to determine the effects of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome on the horse industry, Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton has announced he will commission an economic impact study.
The New York Racing Association has made improvements in its financial practices in recent years, but state auditors have questioned a number of big-ticket expenses, including money NYRA donated to charity but did not report to federal tax officials and consulting and lobbying expenses.
Breaking records had become routine for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile sale. Its gross revenue peaked in 1998, and the average and median soared to all-time highs in 2000.
Champion Boston Harbor was represented by his first winner when Twin Sails led from start to finish in Thursday's third race at Monmouth Park.
The service is sponsored by Bethlehem Farm, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Kirkpatrick & Company, and the members of St. John's Episcopal Church, and is open to the public.
Gulfstream Park announced that the Florida Derby (gr. I), its premier prep for the Triple Crown, would be run March 16 next year--one week later than usual and seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The track also has shifted the dates of other key stakes races.
With the Belmont Stakes just over a week away, the questions persist: will the Test of the Champion live up to its billing as a showdown between Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos and Preakness winner Point Given, or will one of the other horses who have run well in Derby or Preakness, such as A P Valentine, Invisible Ink, Dollar Bill and Thunder Blitz, knock off the big two?
Rene Riera Jr. has resigned his post as chief state steward following an investigation into his role in distribution of a misleading workout time at Hawthorne Race Course.
We're going to venture out on that precarious and proverbial limb, even at the risk of leaving certain trainers dumfounded over our out-of-the-norm audacity. We're not going to be brazen enough to state emphatically that Point Given is the biggest lock in the Belmont Stakes since Secretariat. But...
Kentucky official reports that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman is knowledgeable of problems associated with Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.
The OJC on Friday changed its name to Woodbine Entertainment Group, and also unveilved a new Web site that reflects the change. In a prepared statement, WEG said the new name better reflects the scope of the company and its business.
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