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Sellers to Make Comeback at Prairie Meadows

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Shane Sellers will ride for the first time since a January spill put his career in jeopardy when he gets aboard Momentous in the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.

Mojave Moon to Bonita

Grade II stakes-placed Mojave Moon, whose dam, French champion East of the Moon, is a half-sister to major sire Kingmambo, will enter stud at the Boniface family's Bonita Farm near Darlington, Md.

Diligence Filly Tops First Open Session Of OBS Yearling Sale

A Diligence filly sold for $85,000 Tuesday to top the first open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. New Jersey bloodstock agent Buzz Chace purchased the Florida-bred filly for William Lickle, a prominent owner of steeplechase horses. Lickle, according to Chace, is becoming increasingly interested in flat racing.

Point Given Arrives at Saratoga for Travers Engagement

Point Given, heavy favorite for Saturday's 132nd Travers Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga racecourse at 4:20 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday afternoon, nearly 12 hours after leaving trainer Bob Baffert's barn at Del Mar near San Diego, Calif. The Thunder Gulch colt was bedded down in trainer John Terranova's barn after an uneventful trip in which he was accompanied by Baffert assistant Jim Barnes, groom Roberto Luna, exercise rider Pepe Aragon.

Clinton Among Players at Magna Tournament

Former president Bill Clinton and golf pro John Daly were among those invited to a charity golf tournament Monday at Magna Golf, a private course owned by Magna International in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. The Globe and Mail of Toronto reported that money raised during the tournament would go to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

Claiborne Announces 2002 Fees

Claiborne Farm, which announced its 2002 fees for its 16 stallions, once again will stand leading sires Danzig, Seeking the Gold, and Unbridled for private fees.

Western Canadian Stallion Bold Laddie Dead at 28

Bold Laddie, whose runners have earned nearly $10 million, was euthanized Aug. 7 at Salishan Meadows Farm near Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. His death came two days after his son Handy N Bold won the Governor's Handicap at Emerald Downs for the third consecutive year.

Public Perception

By John W. Russell -- There is a new phrase creeping into the lexicon of Thoroughbred racing that is grabbing the attention of the industry--public perception: How the public views our sport.

Peer Pressure

By Ray Paulick -- Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton gave Californians help in educating Gov. Gray Davis on the horse industry.

Family, Friends Mourn Deceased Jockey

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The family of jockey Isiah Sala visited Marquis Downs on Monday, a day after the 23-year-old died from injuries sustained during a racing accident at the track.

Horsemen: New York Has Poor OTB Model

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, in a statement released Aug. 19, said it "firmly believes" the owner of New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. should be the operator of New York's Thoroughbred racing franchise, in this case the New York Racing Association.

A.P. Indy at $300,000, Kingmambo at $200,000, for 2002

William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm announced its stallion fees for 2002 and has placed premium fees for the services of A.P. Indy and Kingmambo. A.P. Indy, whose millionaire son Aptitude won the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) over the weekend, will stand for $300,000, and Kingmambo's fee will be $200,000.

Valid Expectations Colt Tops OBS Select Session

A colt by North America's leading first crop sire, Valid Expectations, brought the top price of $305,000 Monday during the select session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale. Consigned by Kelli Mitchell for his breeders, Leland and Robert Ackerley, the colt was purchased by Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables. The Sanans' daughter, Nadia, signed the ticket.

Vets Following Progress of Pregnant Mares in Kentucky

Several reproductive specialists at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., are following about 100 pregnant mares. These are mares from farms which were either affected or unaffected by Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome this spring; are 15 years old or younger; were bred March 15 or earlier; and are not going through the sales and will remain in Kentucky to foal next spring.

Here and There

Bits and pieces from around the industry

Scorpion, Dollar Bill Work Toward Travers

Risen Star Stakes winner Dollar Bill worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 over the main track at Saratoga on Sunday, completing his preparations for next Saturday's $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I).

Arlington Sets Betting Record on Million Day Card

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Arlington Park reported the $14,519,027 wagered on the track's 12-race Arlington Million card Saturday is the highest in ttrack history and for any track in the state of Illinois on Illinois races.

Tobacco Money to Help Offset Foal Loss Syndrome Study Cost

The board dispensing Kentucky's portion of tobacco settlement money has approved a $56,400 grant to cover half of the cost of the investigation into the Mare Reproductive Foal Loss Syndrome that negatively impacted the horse breeding industry last spring.

Sunline Loses Six-Year-Old Debut

In contrast to the recent seasonal awards, Sunline couldn't maintain her unbeaten record at Melbourne's Moonee Valley when the champion distaffer was beaten in her first run as a 6-year-old.

Bobby Frankel: Take Two

The trainer had a good Saturday; his favorite horse Flute won the Alabama. Sunday made Saturday look like a trip to the dentist. Frankel won the Saratoga Breeders' Cup with Aptitude right here at Saratoga. Frankel stood in the winner's circle, smiled, shook a few hands, had his picture taken.

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