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Acoma Tries to Right the Ship in Cardinal H.

Acoma Tries to Right the Ship in Cardinal H.

On paper, it seems as though multiple graded stakes winner Acoma is moving in the wrong direction. The 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker has been way off her game in her last two starts, finishing sixth and ninth, respectively, in the July 19 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) and Oct. 10 First Lady (gr. IT) at Keeneland.

Old Friends Satellite Opens in NY

Old Friends, located near Georgetown, Ky., has opened its first satellite for retired Thoroughbreds. Cabin Creek, a 40-acre farm just outside Saratoga Springs, N.Y., near Greenfield Center, will begin receiving horses immediately.

Churchill Dedicates Weekend to Borel

Churchill Dedicates Weekend to Borel

Popular Churchill Downs-based jockey Calvin Borel, who swept this year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively, will be honored at Churchill Downs Nov. 21-22 with a bobblehead giveaway, autograph session, roast and his very own drink special.

Churchill: Friday Night Lights

Churchill: Friday Night Lights

Churchill Downs will install permanent lights and schedule regular nighttime racing programs. The announcement was made Nov. 17 during a news conference at the Louisville racetrack.

Birdstone's Fee Upped to $30,000

Birdstone's Fee Upped to $30,000

Birdstone, sire of two of the three United States classic winners this year, will stand in 2010 for $30,000, up from $10,000, at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.

Gross Rises on Keeneland Sale's Third Day

Gross Rises on Keeneland Sale's Third Day

The numbers weren't dramatically different from a year ago during the third session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, and that was good news for the Central Kentucky auction, which had experienced major declines.

Hot Cha Cha Back for Mrs. Revere Stakes

Hot Cha Cha Back for Mrs. Revere Stakes

Nelson McMakin's homebred Hot Cha Cha tries to put the finishing touches on a terrific 3-year-old campaign in the $175,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 17 at Churchill Downs, but she will have to take down an overflow field of improving sophomore fillies.

Colonel John Retired to WinStar

Colonel John Retired to WinStar

Colonel John, one of only two 3-year-old colts to win as many as two grade I stakes in North America in 2008, has been retired from racing to stand at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Overbrook Stock Boosts Keeneland's 2nd Day

Overbrook Stock Boosts Keeneland's 2nd Day

High quality stock from the Overbrook Farm dispersal and stronger participation by American buyers at the top of the market boosted the results for the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Churchill to Celebrate Ladies Weekend Nov. 14

Churchill Downs will celebrate "Ladies' Weekend" on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15 with a ladies-only handicapping seminar, boutique bazaar and warehouse sale, and the second annual celebration of "Horses and Hope" to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Summer Raven Soars to $1.7 Million

Summer Raven Soars to $1.7 Million

Summer Raven, winner of the 2004 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) and in foal to Unbridled's Song, became the first horse to bring seven figures Nov. 11 during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock auction in Lexington. Offered around noon (EST), she sold for $1.7 million to Kentucky bloodstock agent Reynolds Bell.

Mary Delaney Kicks Off Overbrook Dispersal

Mary Delaney Kicks Off Overbrook Dispersal

Mary Delaney, winner of the 2007 Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, kicked off the Overbrook Farm dispersal at the Keeneland November breeding stock auction in Lexington by selling for $850,000. She was the second horse in the sale ring during the auction's second session Nov. 11. Kentucky bloodstock agent Reynolds Bell purchased her from Eaton Sales' consignment.

Another Financial Hit Looms for KY Breeders

The Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund could be reduced by 30% because of declining revenue, while horse farms "can't withstand another year like 2009," Kentucky lawmakers were told Nov. 10 during a meeting of the Joint Subcommittee on Horse Farming.

Fasig-Tipton Sale Suffers Sharp Declines

Fasig-Tipton Sale Suffers Sharp Declines

This year, without as much star power, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale suffered sharp downturns of 59.4% in gross revenue, 52.7% in average price, and 32% in median price Nov. 10.

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