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El Prado Slowing Down, But Not Done

El Prado Slowing Down, But Not Done

El Prado, who has sired 74 stakes winners, including the hot young stallion Medaglia d'Oro, experienced declining fertility during the 2009 breeding season, but will continue to cover mares in 2010 if he remains healthy, according to Eric Hamelback, who is the general manager of Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation near Paris, Ky.

Wildcat Heir Off to Fast Start as a Stallion

Wildcat Heir, who was fast enough to win the six-furlong Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) in 2004, is getting off to a fast start as a stallion in 2009. As of July 17, there were already 11 winners in the first crop sired by the 9-year-old Forest Wildcat horse, which stands at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.

Baird Picks Up Win No. 2,000

Longtime Chicago-based jockey E. T. Baird notched the 2,000th victory of his career when he guided John Karakourtis's Bond Street to a 2 1/2-length win for trainer Hugh Robertson in the second race July 17 at Arlington Park.

Stewart Granted Stay of Kentucky Suspension

Dr. Rodney Stewart, who was suspended five years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating various medication violations including possession of cobra venom, has been granted a stay of that action until his appeal can be heard, according to a ruling by a Franklin (Kentucky) Circuit Court judge.

Increased Starters Boost Saratoga Purses

Increased Starters Boost Saratoga Purses

Saratoga purses will increase significantly based on the number of horses starting in each race, according to the new 2009 purse incentive program announced July 17 by The New York Racing Association (NYRA) for the six-week meet running from July 29 through Sept. 7.

Fasig-Tipton Rejoins NTRA

Just days before its first yearling sale of 2009, Fasig-Tipton announced it has rejoined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).

Borel to Receive Espy as 'Top Jockey'

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Borel to Receive Espy as 'Top Jockey'

Calvin Borel, who won two-thirds of the Triple Crown on different horses, is among dozens of national sports and entertainment figures who will celebrate the best athletic moments of the year during the 2009 Espys.

'Peb' Mural Marks Del Mar's Colorful History

The color and characters that make Del Mar special are revealed in the unique artistry of Pierre Bellocq, known more familiarly as Peb, whose large-scale mural will be unveiled at the track during the 2009 season's opening weekend July 25.

Arizona Student Wins Sunland Scholarship

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Arthur Pegg, a Race Track Industry Program senior at the University of Arizona, was awarded the 2009-2010 Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Responsible Gaming Scholarship.

Breeders' Cup, TVG Reach Agreement

Breeders' Cup, TVG Reach Agreement

The Breeders' Cup and TVG announced July 16 a multi-year agreement renewing TVG as an official media partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. As part of the agreement, TVG will remain the exclusive marketing partner in the ADW category and become title sponsor of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

Nijinsky Bullet Named New England HOY

Nijinsky Bullet, a four-time winner at Suffolk Downs last year, was named the recipient of the 2008 James B. Moseley Horse of the Year Award by the New England Turf Writers Association at its 67th Annual Awards Dinner July 16 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Mass.

TOBA Names Breeders of the Year

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association recently announced its annual list of recipients of its state breeder of the year awards. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony Sept. 10 at Keeneland.

Delaware Changes Course on Toe Grabs

After noticing an unusually high number of horses stumbling at the start during the first month of the Delaware Park meet, the Delaware Racing Commission adopted an emergency regulation that allows toe grabs with a height of up to four millimeters to be permitted for racing on dirt.

Anti-VLT Senator Takes Kentucky Appointment

A Republican Kentucky senator who chaired the committee that killed legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks has been appointed as commissioner of the Kentucky Public Service Commission by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

IEAH Says I Want Revenge Injury Not Disclosed

IEAH Says I Want Revenge Injury Not Disclosed

IEAH Stables has filed court documents claiming that David Lanzman failed to disclose injuries to I Want Revenge that eventually led to the 3-year-old colt being scratched on the morning of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), for which he was the morning- line favorite.

Evita Argentina Facing Tall Task in A Gleam

Evita Argentina Facing Tall Task in A Gleam

She has already beaten colts this season when she captured the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. Now Evita Argentina will try to become the first 3-year-old since Honeymoon in 1946 to beat older fillies and mares in the A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) on closing weekend at Hollywood Park.

Unbridled Belle vs. Acoma in Del 'Cap

Unbridled Belle vs. Acoma in Del 'Cap

Team Valor International's Unbridled Belle has been simply terrific in her career at Delaware Park, winning five of seven starts at the track including the 2007 Delaware Handicap (gr. II). On July 19, the 6-year-old mare will try to continue her domination when she takes on six rivals in the $1 million event.

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