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Judge Rules for Fulton in Stallion Suit

A Kentucky state judge has ruled on a summary judgment in favor of Stan Fulton in his lawsuit against Stonewall Farm Stallions, saying the stud farm owes the horseman and racetrack owner more than $800,000 on the sale of sire It's No Joke.

Funny Cide Heats Up Horse Park

Funny Cide Heats Up Horse Park

Kentucky Derby winner and champion Funny Cide was welcomed to his new home at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions by several hundred fans and managing partner Jack Knowlton Dec. 5.

NYTHA Re-Elects Violette as President

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) announced the results of its election of owner and trainer directors to its Board Dec. 5. Richard A. Violette, Jr., president, ran unopposed and was re-elected president of NYTHA.

Barbaro Fund Supports Reseach Projects

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Dec. 5 announced that its subsidiary, NTRA Charities, has disbursed $90,801 in support of one new and two continuing equine medical research projects.

Wait a While Tests Positive in BC

Wait a While Tests Positive in BC

The Todd Pletcher-trained Wait a While, champion 3-year-old filly of 2006, tested positive for procaine in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, it was confirmed Dec. 5 by the California Horse Racing Board. Procaine is a local anesthetic found in the antibiotic procaine penicillin G.

Calhoun Off To a Good Start in Louisiana

Calhoun Off To a Good Start in Louisiana

Bret Calhoun became the first trainer this season to saddle four winners on a single Fair Grounds program Nov. 30, but that achievement pales in comparison to what the Texas-born conditioner is hoping to accomplish before the local season ends March 29, 2009.

Signing Set for Eclipse Press' Skipingo

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Signing Set for Eclipse Press' Skipingo

Prominent Thoroughbred breeder Jane Lyon and her daughter, Karen Bailey, have captured the story of their horse Skipingo in a new children's book, "Skipingo Home: A Thoroughbred's Second Chance."

War Cry to Stand at Hunter View Farm

War Cry, a $2.7-million yearling and a half-brother to grade II winner and prominent sire E Dubai (by Mr. Prospector) and grade I winner and European champion producer No Matter What (by Nureyev), will stand the 2009 season for $2,500 at Richard Moylen's Hunter View Farm near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

Tampa Veterinarians Must Pay to Play

Tampa Veterinarians Must Pay to Play

Tampa Bay Downs is requiring veterinarians to pay their first-ever licensing fees for its meet that begins Dec. 13. A licensing fee for blacksmiths was planned but has been put off until the 2009-10 racing season.

Weld, Winchester Take Aim at Turf Cup

Weld, Winchester Take Aim at Turf Cup

The Irish tandem of trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Patrick Smullen, who combined to win the Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park four years ago with Dress to Thrill, have returned with their sights set on the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Dec. 6.

That Handicapping Show: Dec. 5 (Video)

That Handicapping Show: Dec. 5 (Video)

This week, Jason and Tom analyze the Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs on December 5. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert The Wizard's Spotlight Play is Fair Grounds Race 5 on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Inside Track: An Investment in Youth

Inside Track: An Investment in Youth

University of Kentucky student Sean Feld and alumnus Billy Ajello have defied the notion one must reach a particular age or gain a certain level of experience to invest in the Thoroughbred industry.

NHC Tour Entrants Now Being Accepted

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Daily Racing Form announced Dec. 4 that signups for the 2009 NHC Tour are now being accepted at www.ntra.com/nhctour.

Tattersalls' December Gross Down 51%

Tattersalls' December sale ended quietly in England with a breeding stock session in which a 3-year-old colt, sold as a jumping prospect, topped trade at 65,000 guineas. The other figures for Dec. 4 were 139 horses sold, a gross of 656,650 guineas, an average price of 4,724 guineas, and a median price of 2,800 guineas. During the four-day breeding stock portion of the December auction, the 610 horses that sold grossed 33,355,150 guineas and averaged 54,681 guineas. The median was 12,500 guineas.

RTCA to Spread Christmas Cheer

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The Race Track Chaplaincy's New York division has teamed up with Darley USA, a group of local breeders and owners, and a concerned group of Saratoga residents to bring some Christmas joy to approximately 100 people connected to the backstretch community at Saratoga Race Course.

Funny Cide Dealing With Soreness Issues

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Funny Cide Dealing With Soreness Issues

When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a phenomenal athlete.

Jockeys' Guild Bankruptcy Plan OK'd

Jockeys' Guild Bankruptcy Plan OK'd

A Kentucky federal judge has confirmed the reorganization plan which will allow the Jockeys' Guild to emerge from bankruptcy, a little more than 13 months after the protective action was taken, and just days before the group's annual national assembly in Las Vegas.

NYRA Announces 2009 Stakes Schedule

NYRA Announces 2009 Stakes Schedule

The New York Racing Association will raise the purses on 13 grade I races offered at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga in 2009. The hikes are part of the 2009 NYRA stakes schedule, which was approved by NYRA's Board of Directors at a meeting Dec. 3. It now awaits approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Judge Jump-starts ClassicStar Litigation

Judge Jump-starts ClassicStar Litigation

More than two years after the first federal lawsuits were filed in connection to the former ClassicStar broodmare lease operation, efforts are being made to clear legal logjams that have impeded resolution of now multiple disputes.

Moment of the Year Voting Under Way

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Moment of the Year Voting Under Way

Voting is underway on ntra.com for the 10th annual "NTRA Moment of the Year," it was announced Dec. 4. Voters can choose from among 12 images, drawn from the year's events.

Record Purses for Steeplechase Season

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The 2008 National Steeplechase Association season, which came to a close Nov.29 with the inaugural Palm Beach race meet, set new highs in total and average purses.

BH Advertising Rates Reduced

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The Blood-Horse, the nation's oldest continually-published weekly news magazine for Thoroughbred racing and breeding, will reduce its print advertising rates by 5% effective January 2009.

And They're Off: Dec 3 (Video)

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And They're Off: Dec 3 (Video)

Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week, Shulman and Haskin review Thanksgiving week racing (who was the most impressive), continue the Eclipse Awards discussions, evaluate the grading of stakes races and more! Plus, Stable Boy is back from vacation.

Livin Lovin, C.S. Silk Meet in Princess

Livin Lovin, C.S. Silk Meet in Princess

Puglisi Racing and Woodfield Racing's Livin Lovin, runaway winner of the Tempted Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct last out, will face a full field of 2-year-old fillies Dec. 5, including morning-line favorite C.S. Silk, in the $500,000 Boyd's Gaming Delta Princess Powered by Youbet.com Stakes (gr. III).

Total Handle, Purses Decline in November

Total Handle, Purses Decline in November

Wagering on Thoroughbred races fell almost 10% in November compared with November 2007, Equibase reported Dec. 3 in its monthly "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators." Purses dropped more than 2%, but race days increased more than 5%.

Lady Marian Leads Way at Tattersalls

Sheikh Mohammed topped trade at the Tattersalls December breeding stock sale for a third consecutive day, paying 1.8 million guineas for Lady Marian (by Nayef), winner of this year's Prix de l'Opera (Fr-I), Dec. 3 in England.

Trinity Magic's Earnings to Aid Charity

Trinity Magic's Earnings to Aid Charity

The owners of undefeated Trinity Magic have pledged a portion of the winning purse to the Blessed Trinity Church if the colt wins the $750,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 5.

Winners Federation Plans 2009 Conference

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The Winners Federation, which advocates for healthy lifestyle choices by racetrack workers, plans to re-establish a professional development and informational conference in 2009.

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