No matter where Invisible Ink finishes in the Kentucky Derby, he will depart Louisville a winner. Just the fact that the son of Thunder Gulch, nicknamed "Inky," is here and considered a legitimate contender is enough of a miracle to those who stood by this colt and never gave up hope when all seemed hopeless. By all rights, Invisible Ink should be nothing more than a tragic memory in the hearts and minds of the people who raised him and broke him and treated him. Instead, he is at Churchill Downs, about to run in America's greatest race. And all because he refused to die, thanks to a handful of people who refused to let him die.
Sheikh Mohammed's Dubai Millennium, who has been diagnosed with an acute case of equine grass sickness, remains in stable condition at a Newmarket clinic. The 5-year-old stallion was sent there Monday, April 21, from Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket and underwent surgery that day and the following day because of complications.
She's A Devil Due, winner of last year's Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, has been retired due to nagging minor injuries, according to her trainer, Ken McPeek.
Godolphin stallion Dubai Millennium, who underwent surgery Monday to relieve a blockage of the small intestine, remains in critical condition, according to a representative from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Management on Friday morning.
Irish-based Coolmore Stud announced fees for its stallions shuttling to Australia this summer, and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus carries the top fee.
Lu Ravi fell just short of attaining her grade I goal when she finished second to Gourmet Girl in the April 8 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park. Now with $1,819,781 in earnings, eight stakes wins, and three second-place finishes in grade I races, trainer Carl Bowman and owner Yoshio Fujita have retired the 6-year-old mare.
It was a slow week on the leading sires list by progeny earnings. Fly So Free, Phone Trick, Tour d'Or, Thunder Gulch, Cee's Tizzy, A.P. Indy, and Maria's Mon still hold down the top seven spots.
Godolphin stallion Dubai Millennium remains in intensive care at a Newmarket clinic following surgery. The condition has worsened to such a point that Godolphin's Sheikh Mohammed arrived Wednesday from Dubai to check out the stallion. Dubai Millennium, who is standing his first season at stud, underwent surgery Monday to relieve a blockage of the small intestine and additional surgery Tuesday night. "He remains in intensive care in Newmarket, but the vets are giving him every possible medical treatment to enable his internal system to function normally again," said Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson. "He's being a wonderful patient, and is comfortable, though clearly unwell."
Grade II winner Meadow Monster's first winner emerged April 22 at Keeneland when Drought won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race in :53.35 in her first start.
Jack Garey's multiple grade I winner Heritage of Gold has been retired and will be bred to Seeking the Gold this year, according to an announcement from Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., where the mare was scheduled to be sent this weekend. Heritage of Gold won or placed in 22 of 28 career starts and retires with earnings of $2,381,762.
Seattle Slew, back in the breeding shed after major surgery last year, has gotten 19 mares in foal from 22 reported covers as of April 19. "He is doing unbelievably well," said Mickey Taylor, who owns and is the syndicate manager of the son of Bold Reasoning. "He is a very happy horse and pleased to be back at work. He's feeling better all the time. In the past month or two he's gotten a lot stronger, and neurologically he's gotten better as well."
Capt. and Mrs. W.C. Jakeman's Bonnie's Poker, dam and champion and millionaire Silver Charm, produced a Dixieland Band colt March 23 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
The board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders announced their Kentucky-bred champions and other award winners Wednesday morning. The winning connections will be honored at their annual luncheon April 25 at Keeneland.
Primal Force, the only mare to produce two Breeders' Cup winners, has been named Kentucky Broodmare of the Year for 2000 by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. Owned by Frank Stronach, Primal Force produced homebred Breeders' Cup winners Awesome Again and Macho Uno. The latter was named best 2-year-old male of 2000 by the organization.
Fly So Free, who took over the top spot on the 2001 sire list following the victory by his son Captain Steve in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), still maintains a healthy lead over runner-up Phone Trick.
A "hot" catalogue and a wintry Australian exchange rate ($1 Australian equals U.S. $.51) assisted indicator increases on the first day of trading at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, conducted at Sydney's Newmarket sale ring April 17.
Canadian champion Saoirse has arrived at David and Ginger Mullins' Doninga Farm near Lexington following her retirement from racing.
Khalid Abdullah's Ryafan died April 12 from major uterine artery hemorrhaging at the owner's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.
Millionaire Dahlia, who earned an Eclipse Award and twice was England's Horse of the Year, was euthanized April 6 at age 31 at Gerald Ford's Diamond A Farm near Versailles, Ky. The daughter of Vaguely Noble had been pensioned since 1996 and was buried at the farm. "She was a grand mare with great presence," said farm manager Ted Carr.
Eclipse Award winner Banshee Breeze and her newborn Storm Cat colt died April 11 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington. Boarded at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., Banshee Breeze was taken to the clinic April 8 with a torsion of the uterus. She underwent surgery that afternoon, and additional surgery the following day. The colt, born 19 days premature, was delivered by way of a Caesarean section the second day. The condition of both mare and foal deteriorated, and Banshee Breeze was euthanized two days later. The colt died shortly after.
William T. Young's champion Surfside was bred April 11 to major sire Danzig at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.
Maryland racing officials have confirmed that a $10-million purse subsidy the industry has received in each of the last four years has been rejected by the state Assembly. Purses at Thoroughbred tracks could drop by 15%, according to published reports.
Charming Lassie, dam of champion and millionaire Lemon Drop Kid, died March 12, several hours after foaling a Storm Cat filly.
Ogden Phipps' pensioned grade I producer Con Game was euthanized March 30 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., because of complications from the infirmities of old age.
California stallion Gray Slewpy was euthanized March 29 at John Zamora's JZ Stock Farm near Temecula because of complications from colic.
Central Kentucky stallion Fly So Free moved to the top of the leading sires list once the $3.6 million earned by his son Captain Steve in the March 24 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) was added to his total, and now it appears that he will stay at the top for quite some time.
Beginning with the Keeneland July yearling auction, Eaton Sales will post medication lists at its barns, said Reiley McDonald, a co-owner of the company. The lists will contain information about any treatments the horses receive while stabled on the sale grounds.
Magna Entertainment is on the move again, this time in Missouri, where pari-mutuel wagering is legal but no racetracks have been built. A bill co-sponsored by nine legislators has been introduced in the House and Senate, where it could be discussed this week. The legislation spells out the powers of the racing commission, a requirement that at least 50 days of live racing be held, and a mandate that a capital investment of at least $25 million be made to build a track.
Sunday Silence, who topped the year-end Japanese sire list the last six years, is right on track for No. 7.
English champion Shaamit, who won the 1996 Epsom Derby (Eng-I) in his seasonal debut, died the night of April 7.
Arkansas-based stallion State Dinner, sire of champion and millionaire Family Style, died Sunday of a heart attack at Frazier's Farm near Bonnerdale. "He was watching the mares and babies go by when he collapsed," said Patsy Frazier, who owns the farm with her husband, Dude. "He was 26 years old, but looked like a 10-year-old."
Japanese stallion Chief Bearhart, who was a seven-time champion in North America for Ernie Samuel's Sam-Son Farm, will stand the 2001 Southern Hemisphere season at Glenmorgan Farm in New Zealand.
The United States hasn't issued a formal ban on the importation of horses from countries affected by foot-and-mouth disease, but the American Horse Council continues to monitor the situation in Europe and work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue new importation guidelines.
The Jockey Club today reported the North American registered foal crop for 1998 at 35,917.
Millionaire Peteski, who won Canada's Triple Crown in 1993, was euthanized April 3 at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania because of complications from colic.
Millionaire Captain Bodgit's first winner came out April 4 at Santa Anita when 2-year-old Lazer Hill won a two-furlong maiden race in :22.08.
The Eight Classics races will be run Saturday, Oct. 13. The night before, three $50,000 stakes sponsored by the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are scheduled. Stakes purses for the two days will be $1 million, a record at Charles Town.
Alcovy, who earned $897,590 for breeder/owner Riley Mangum, died March 28 from foaling complications after delivering a Saint Ballado colt at Angus Glen Farm near Lexington.
It was just a matter of time before the March 24 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the other races that day at Nad Al Sheba came in to play on the 2001 leading sires list. Four of the six stakes were won by offspring whose sires stand in North America, and it was Fly So Free's son Captain Steve who won the $6 million Dubai World Cup and earned $3.6 million in the process.
Northern California has been without an equine hospital for many years. But a cooperative effort between veterinarians, Golden Gate Fields owner Magna Entertainment, and other agencies may change that.
Rich Decker has resigned his position as president of WinStar Farm, the Versailles, Ky., operation owned by telecommunications executives Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner, who purchased the former Prestonwood Farm from Jack, Art, and the recently deceased J.R. Preston in January 2000. Decker was manager of Prestonwood since 1988.
William T. Young's homebred champion filly Surfside, who was retired the last week in March, might be bred to prominent sire Unbridled.
Multiple grade I winner Royal Anthem has gotten off to a promising start as a stallion. The first-year sire has had 29 mares pronounced in foal, 28 of those on only one cover.
Multiple stakes winner Lucky Lady Lauren was killed by a toppled tree when a thunderstorm and tornado blasted through the Ocala, Fla., area March 29, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. Four other horses were reported killed by the twister.
For the second time in three years, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky., will host the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards Dinner. TOBA announced that the 2001 edition will take place on Friday, Sept. 7.
William T. Young's homebred Surfside, who was champion 3-year-old filly in 2000 and a finalist for best 2-year-old filly the previous year, has been retired from racing. The daughter of Seattle Slew arrived at Overbrook near Lexington earlier in the week. "She's 100% sound, and was retired so she could be bred," said farm official Ric Waldman, who mentioned Unbridled as a possible mate
Chilukki, who won an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly of 1999 for Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable, has been retired and will be bred to leading sire Storm Cat. Trainer Bob Baffert said the decision to retire the daughter of Cherokee Run was made by the McNairs after some filling was detected in an ankle just before Baffert left for Dubai, where he captured the March 24 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with Mike Pegram's Captain Steve.
Coolmore Stud announced that European champion Montjeu will shuttle to New Zealand and stand at Nelson Schick's Windsor Park Stud.
Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein's Stay Sound, a popular Kentucky-based stakes horse who won the grade III Hawthorne Derby in 1998, has been retired and eventually will have a new home as a stallion.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has banned horses from entering the state if they come directly or indirectly from countries where outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease have occurred.
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