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Taffy Davenport Tops Lousiana Mixed Sale

Taffy Davenport, who finished second in the 1998 Delaware Oaks, brought the top price of $6,000 during the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana's mixed sale Oct. 17 at Serenity Farm in Folsom, La. Hay Hollow Racing Stable purchased the 14-year-old daughter of Miswaki from Simpson Farm, agent.

Drug Testing, Prosecution Focus of Conference

A seminar focused on drug testing and the prosecution of a medication case will be the focus of the Racing Officials Accreditation Programfs second annual Officiating Horse Racing Conference at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Programfs Symposium on Racing and Gaming.

Lone Star, Sam Houston Meets Approved

Lone Star, Sam Houston Meets Approved

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie was granted 89 live racing dates for 2010 at the Sept. 15 Texas Racing Commission meeting in Austin, Texas, including a 60-date spring Thoroughbred season that will cover 15 weeks from April to July, 2010. Also, a 60-day live meet beginning in November at Sam Houston Park was approved.

Median Rises at F-T Texas Sale; Gross Plunges

Median Rises at F-T Texas Sale; Gross Plunges

Reduced to a one-day sale, the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling auction posted a gross that was down significantly Aug. 31 at Lone Star Park. Under last year's two-day format, 443 horses were cataloged, but only 319 were offered this year, contributing to a 43.9% decline in the gross, from $3,369,700 to $1,889,400. The buy-back rate rose from 36.6% in 2008 to 42%, with only 185 head selling. While the median increased to $5,000 from $4,500, the average dipped from $11,992 to $10,213, a 14.8% decline.

Oklahoma Sale Has 113 Yearlings Cataloged

The Oklahoma City yearling sale, scheduled for Aug. 24 in Oklahoma, has 113 horses in its catalog, including a close relative to the $2.8-million Storm Cat – Onaga colt that topped the recent Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction. The yearling, by Storm Cat's grandson Lion Heart, is out of a full sister to Onaga, according to the auction's sales manager, Terri Carter.

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