MacKenzie 'Mack' Miller, a Hall of Fame trainer who won the 1993 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) with Paul Mellon's Sea Hero, died the morning of Dec. 10 at the University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center in Lexington. He was 89.
After winning a pair of Triple Crown races, besting this year will be quite a challenge for WinStar Farm. But if 2010 was the year of the 3-year-old for WinStar, 2011 may just be the year of the older horse.
Zenyatta's transition from superstar racehorse to broodmare is going smoothly, according to William S. Farish.
Apprentice jockey Cory Orm, 21, scored his first career win Dec. 9, bringing home 66-1 shot Lexi's Ready in the first race at Turfway Park.
Discreetly Mine, who developed into one of the nation's top sprinters this summer before being injured, has been retired from racing according to E. Paul Robsham Stables' racing manager Anna Hall.
Ian Highet, the secretary-treasurer of The Jockey Club, has been appointed to the Equibase Management Committee, it was announced Dec. 8 by Nick Nicholson, chairman of Equibase.
Eight-year-old Ten Centuries will stand in 2011 at Chanteclair Farm near Woodford, Ky.
Even though stud fees were lower, pregrant mares and weanlings sold at Keeneland in November didn't improve their profitability dramatically.
Turfway Park has announced that Vinery will be the title sponsor for the track's Spiral Stakes, beginning next spring. Established in 1972, the race is a grade III prep for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has issued a letter stating that effective Jan. 1, 2011, any horse shipping to a track in the state must have a certificate showing it is negative for equine piroplasmosis.
Norma Bradley Arnold, mother of Central Kentucky horseman Doug Arnold, died Dec. 4 at her Versailles, Ky., home.
William O'Neill, owner of Circle O Farm near Paris, Ky., and before that manager of Millard Waldheim's Bwanazon Farm in Central Kentucky, died Dec. 2 at his home.
A Kentucky judge has set Dec. 14 as the date when all sides will present oral arguments on whether a form of Instant Racing proposed for the state's racetracks is legal.
Eclipse Award turf winner Kitten's Joy will stand for $25,000 in 2011 at Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Cee's Tizzy, sire of two-time Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner and major sire Tiznow, has been pensioned from stallion duty at John C. Harris' Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif.
Gloria de Campeao, winner of the 2010 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I), will begin his stallion career in Sweden.
The Kentucky racing scene shifts to Turfway Park Dec. 2 for a fourth-month run that comprises two meets. The holiday meet will run through Dec. 31, followed by the winter-spring meet from Jan. 1-April 3, 2011.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,827 horses for its 2011 January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 10-14 at the Lexington sales pavilion.
Arctic Bright, an all-white Thoroughbred that failed to hit the board in two starts, will pursue a new career in the movie business under well-known trainer Rex Peterson.
David Haydon, who joined The Jockey Club staff in June 1974 and later served in an executive capacity with several of The Jockey Club's wholly owned subsidiaries as well as Equibase Company, will retire at the end of 2010.
Thomas W. "Bill" Hayes Sr. of Lexington died Nov. 28 after a long illness.
An out-of-competition testing regulation that was put into effect in Kentucky prior to the Breeders' Cup World Championships will soon become permanent.
It is unlikely that an investigation into Life At Ten's participation in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) will be completed in time for a report to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its next meeting.
Gainesway Farm stallion Mr. Greeley was euthanized early Nov. 30. The 18-year-old son of Gone West was diagnosed with laminitis several weeks ago. His condition recently deteriorated.
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm announced Nov. 29 that Jerry and Ann Moss' now-retired champion Zenyatta will make an appearance at Keeneland upon her arrival in Kentucky Dec. 6.
Robert M. Clinkinbeard, owner of Breeder's Supply and Equipment Company in Lexington, died after a brief illness.
Closing Argument, a top 10 leading second-crop sire by progeny earnings this year, will stand in 2011 for $5,000 at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington.
Battling between horses in the long stretch duel, the maiden Santiva inched away in the final strides to edge odds-on favorite Astrology and Major Gain in the $165,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 27.
Jockeys Julien Leparoux and Kent Desormeaux have been suspended by stewards for three days for their actions during the Clark Handicap on Friday at Churchill Downs.
Kathmanblu, a close third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) earlier this month, proved her versatility by defeating six rivals on the main track in the $163,800 Golden Rod (gr. II) Nov. 27 at Churchill.
Giant Oak picked a good time to break his 14-race losing streak, as he was placed first in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) when stewards disqualified favored Successful Dan for interference Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.
Dundalk 5 LLC's Dundalk Dust, the only 3-year-old in the field, rallied from last in a six-horse field to win the $161,250 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares by three lengths at Churchill Downs Nov. 25.
Kathmanblu, a troubled third to More Than Real in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs, faces lengthy winner Aide in the Golden Rod at Churchill.
Bernstein, who is represented as a stallion by 19 stakes winners this year, will stand in 2011 for $20,000 at Shane Ryan's Castleton Lyons near Lexington.
Astrology, the Steve Asmussen-trained winner of the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs last month, tops the field of seven 2-year-olds entered for the Nov. 27 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
Darby Dan Farm will stand Perfect Soul and Tale of Ekati for the same $15,000 fee in 2011 that each stallion stood for last breeding season.
A year ago, a lightly raced 3-year-old named Blame used a victory in the Fayette Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland as a springboard to victory in his subsequent start in the Clark Handicap.
Gio Ponti, the 2009 champion grass male and older male for Shane Ryan's Castleton Lyons, will race as a 6-year-old in 2011 instead of standing at stud.
More Than Ready, sire of both winners of this year's two Breeders' Cup races for 2-year-olds on the turf, will stand in 2011 for $40,000, up from $30,000 in 2010.
Indian Charlie, sire of leading 2-year-old male Uncle Mo, will stand in 2011 at Brereton C. Jones's Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., for the same $70,000 stud fee that he stood for in 2010.
Lookin At Lucky, the leading contender for champion 3-year-old male, will enter stud for a fee of $35,000 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Mizzen Mast, sire of 21 stakes winners, will stand in 2011 for $12,500 at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.
A panel of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission looking into possible changes in the state's breeders' incentive fund met again Nov. 22 and discussed various options but came to no solid conclusions.
Distinctive Dixie, winner of the Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) earlier this month, will carry top weight of 120 pounds in the $150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs Nov 25.
Jockey Calvin Borel has a broken jaw that requires surgery and will miss the remainder of the Churchill Downs meet.
Lookin At Lucky, the 2009 champion 2-year-old male and winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), is being retired and will stand at Ashford Stud in 2011.
Though overall figures were down for the Keeneland November breeding stock sale that ended Nov. 20, the results were encouragingly good considering ongoing weakness in the horse industry and the economy at large.
Following a lengthy stay on the sidelines because of a substance abuse issues, 34-year-old jockey is encouraged by her reception and recent wins at Churchill Downs.
Morton Fink's Successful Dan could be the starting in the highweight in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 27. The race is at 1 1/8 miles.
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at 50-1 but winless since, will bid farewell to his fans at Churchill Downs Nov. 28, closing day of the track's fall meet.
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