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Woodford Thoroughbreds to Make Sale Debut

John Sykes and Tony Ferguson's Woodford Thoroughbreds will offer its first consignment at the Fasig-Tipton July select yearling auction in Lexington. The operation also will sell horses at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select and Keeneland September yearling sales.

'Rachel,' 'Bird' Both Gallop at Churchill

'Rachel,' 'Bird' Both Gallop at Churchill

It was a day for racing royalty at Churchill Downs on May 20 as Blackberry Preakness (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to track for a gallop, and Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and a fast-closing runner-up in the Preakness, continued to show his spirit during his first gallop since the race.

NARA Graduates to Compete in First Race

The North American Racing Academy will have a graduation race for its students Sunday, May 17. The race will take place during the 43rd running of the High Hope Steeplechase at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

'Rachel,' Pioneerof the Nile Ship to Maryland

'Rachel,' Pioneerof the Nile Ship to Maryland

The exodus of Churchill Downs-based contenders for 134th running of the $1-million Preakness (gr. I) was completed May 13 when major contenders Rachel Alexandra and Pioneerof the Nile stepped onto separate vans around 12:30 p.m. EDT for the short trip to Louisville International Airport for their flight to Baltimore.

Kentucky Reports MRLS Cases

Kentucky Reports MRLS Cases

The University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) reported today (May 13) that two fetal necropsy cases had findings consistent with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the disease that in 2001-2002 in Kentucky caused an estimated $336 in cumulative losses in all breeds of horses.

Vitek to Undergo Stem Cell Transplant

Vitek to Undergo Stem Cell Transplant

There hasn't been much good news for Justin Vitek since the end of February, when he found out that his leukemia, which had been in remission, returned. But things may finally be looking up for the veteran jockey, who recently found a bone marrow donor and will have a stem cell transplant later this month.

Wiggins Reacts to Losing 'Rachel'

Wiggins Reacts to Losing 'Rachel'

The morning after it was announced that powerhouse filly Rachel Alexandra had been sold to Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick, trainer Hal Wiggins went about his business as usual, in spite of the empty stall where the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner used to reside.

Breeders' Rewarded for Oaks, Derby Successes

Breeders' Rewarded for Oaks, Derby Successes

Dolphus C. Morrison and Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds will be $100,000 richer as a result of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wins by Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively.

Einstein Makes History in Woodford Reserve

Einstein Makes History in Woodford Reserve

Remarkable 7-year-old Einstein continued his amazing run on May 2 at Churchill Downs, outdueling Cowboy Cal in the stretch to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) under Julien Leparoux. The Helen Pitts-Blasi trainee became the first horse to repeat in the prestigious event.

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