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2010 Breeders' Cup Logo Unveiled

2010 Breeders' Cup Logo Unveiled

The logo for the 2010 Breedersf Cup World Championships was unveiled Oct. 29 by the Breedersf Cup and Churchill Downs, the Louisville track that will be hosting the two-day racing event for a record seventh time. The 2010 Breeders' Cup is scheduled for Nov. 5-6.

CDI Quarterly Net Revenue Up Slightly

CDI Quarterly Net Revenue Up Slightly

Churchill Downs Inc. reported Oct. 28 that net revenue from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2009 totaled $100.9 million, an increase of $1.3 million, or 1%, over the $99.6 million recorded during the third quarter of 2008.

Wiggins Hopes To Go Out a Winner

Wiggins Hopes To Go Out a Winner

Hal Wiggins hit the apex of his training career this spring when he saddled Rachel Alexandra to her resounding victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1. He hopes the final month on the backside gets off to a rousing start Nov. 1 when he sends out Brassy Boy in the Iroquois (gr. III) for longtime client Millsap Stables.

Fasig-Tipton Makes Stem Cell Announcements

People listening closely to the announcements from the auction stand during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale heard something new during the auction's three-day run (Oct. 26-28) in Lexington. For the first time, Fasig-Tipton told prospective buyers when a horse's stem cells had been collected and stored.

Horse College Deadline Extended

Scott County in Kentucky, along with Harrison, Owen, and Grant Counties will be hosting a Horse College on November 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6:00 8:30 each evening.

Median Continues to Rise at F-T Ky. Sale

Median Continues to Rise at F-T Ky. Sale

Leonard Lavin's Florida-based Glen Hill Farm was a powerful buying force during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale's second session, which generated a median price that was up 25% from a year ago. The average price fell 4.4% while the gross revenue declined 12.3% Oct. 27 in Lexington.

Churchill to to Offer Interactive Discussions

Churchill Downs Inc. and HorseplayerPRO.com have joined forces to provide interactive online discussions between horse racing fans and a panel of experts each race day throughout Churchill Downs' 21-day fall meet Nov. 1-28.

Median Up 20% at F-T Ky. Fall Yearling Sale

Median Up 20% at F-T Ky. Fall Yearling Sale

The news wasn't all bad during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale Oct. 26 in Lexington. The median price increased 20% from 2008 while the buy-back rate was down significantly. The results also included downturns of 11% in gross revenue and 6.4% in average price, but they weren't nearly as severe as those suffered by many other yearling auctions earlier in 2009.

KY Tracks Request Big Cut in Racing Dates

KY Tracks Request Big Cut in Racing Dates

The harsh competitive environment in which Kentucky racing finds itself was on displayed in black and white Oct. 26 when a subcommittee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission considered applications from Thoroughbred racetracks that signal a drastic reduction in live racing dates for 2010.

Another KY Republican Gets Appointment

Another KY Republican Gets Appointment

Republican Sen. Dan Kelly, a member of the Senate committee that killed racetrack gaming legislation during a special General Assembly session earlier this year, was appointed by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear as an 11th Judicial Circuit judge.

F-T Ky. Fall Yearling Sale Has Sire Power

F-T Ky. Fall Yearling Sale Has Sire Power

Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky fall yearling sale isn't as fancy as the company's Saratoga and Kentucky July select auctions, but as a producer of Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brand (gr. I) winners, it stands out. Big Brown, who captured the Run for the Roses in 2008, and Mine That Bird, who scored in the first leg of the Triple Crown this year, both are graduates of the October sale.

Thoro-Graph Reports Part of Grading Process

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Oct. 22 that the American Graded Stakes Committee will begin using customized Thoro-Graph reports in addition to its other statistical measurements as part of the materials for the 2009 grading session.

Thewayyouare to Ashford Stud

Thewayyouare, a high-class performer at 2 in France, is being retired from racing to join the stallion team at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. The 4-year-old will become one of the few group I-winning sons of Kingmambo available to Kentucky breeders.

Cox to be Honored by Bluegrass Tomorrow

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Nancy Cox will be one of Kentucky's visionaries and innovators honored at Bluegrass Tomorrow's 20th Anniversary Vision Awards/InnoVision Breakfast Oct. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.

Meyocks to Run for Kentucky Senate Seat

Meyocks to Run for Kentucky Senate Seat

Jockeys' Guild national manager Terry Meyocks, formerly an executive with the New York Racing Association, will seek the Kentucky Senate seat currently held by Republican Alice Forgy Kerr in the November 2010 election.

KY Senators Seek Public Vote on Gaming

KY Senators Seek Public Vote on Gaming

During a presentation to members of the horse industry at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 20, Kentucky Senate President David Williams and Sen. Damon Thayer, both Republicans, proposed constitutional amendments regarding the future of the state's horse industry.

F-T November Virtual Catalog has Improvements

F-T November Virtual Catalog has Improvements

Fasig-Tipton, which introduced its virtual catalog concept last year for its Kentucky November select mixed sale, has made a number of technical enhancements since then. The improvements can be seen in the virtual catalog for this year's edition of the November auction, which appears on the sale company's Web site: www.fasigtipton.com.

Keeneland's Valley View Split Into Two Races

Keeneland's Valley View Split Into Two Races

Interest in Keeneland's Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies was so high that the Oct. 23 stakes will be run in two divisions. The first division has been carded as the seventh race and attracted 12 runners, and the second division, with a field of 12 and one also-eligible, is the ninth race. Each race will hold its grade III status.

Mena Injured at Keeneland Oct. 18

Jockey Miguel Mena was sent to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for precautionary X-rays after he was unseated from his mount at the start of Keeneland's first race Oct. 18.

Warrior's Reward OK After Perryville

Warrior's Reward OK After Perryville

Warrior's Reward, who ran fifth as the favorite in the Perryville (gr. III) Oct. 17 at Keeneland in Central Kentucky, was tentatively scheduled to return to trainer Ian Wilkes' barn at Churchill Downs late Oct. 18.

Hot Cha Cha Scores QE II Upset

Hot Cha Cha Scores QE II Upset

Hot Cha Cha found room along the inside turning for home and pulled away in the stretch under James Graham for an 8-1 upset in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 17 at Keeneland.

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