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Deep Impact's Half-Brother Makes Big Impact

A half-brother to two-time Japanese Horse of the Year Deep Impact was the star of the opening session of the Japan Racing Horse Association foal sale, bringing the highest price of 165-million yen (approximately $1,736,842 in U.S. funds) July 14 at the Northern Horse Park on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

New Handicapping Contest for Breeders' Cup

New Handicapping Contest for Breeders' Cup

The Breeders' Cup and the Oak Tree Racing Association have announced that the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, a two-day handicapping tournament, will take place during the 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 6-7.

Eldaafer, Nite Light Meet Again in Greenwood

Eldaafer, Nite Light Meet Again in Greenwood

Eldaafer and Nite Light, separated by only a nose in last month's Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), will meet again July 18, this time with a Breeders' Cup berth on the line. The older horses will square off in the $250,000 Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack.

HealthWatch: Lower Airway Inflammation

Based on diagnostic tests currently used in human medicine, researchers from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom say an easy and noninvasive analysis of "exhaled breath condensate" (EBC) could lead to improved diagnosis and monitoring of lower airway disease in horses.

Breeders' Cup Package Up for Auction July 15

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Breeders' Cup Package Up for Auction July 15

A VIP package for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships will be auctioned Wednesday, July 15, as part of the "Don't Give Up ESPYs V Foundation Auction" to assist the V Foundation's fight against cancer.

New Zealand, South Africa Info on Equineline

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The Jockey Club Information Systeams has announced that equineline.com reports and services have been expanded to include pedigrees and detailed race results from New Zealand and South Africa.

TrackMaster Players Club Launched

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TrackMaster, an Equibase company, has announced the launch of the TrackMaster Players Club, a specially designated area of trackmaster.com where both Thoroughbred and harness racing enthusiasts can access a myriad of free products to aid their handicapping.

Stauffer OK'd to Resume Announcing Duties

Stauffer OK'd to Resume Announcing Duties

Hollywood Park issued a statement July 14 saying that track announcer Vic Stauffer, who was hospitalized July 11 with a "mini stroke," will return to the announcer's stand for the final four day's of the spring-summer meet.

Ohio VLTs Progress; Horsemen Concerned

Ohio VLTs Progress; Horsemen Concerned

Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland signed a directive July 13 instructing the director of the Ohio Lottery to immediately begin taking steps to implement video lottery terminals at the seven racetracks in Ohio. But questions remain as to how the racing and breeding industry will benefit.

TRF Fundraiser Set for Colonial Downs

TRF Fundraiser Set for Colonial Downs

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River will hold "An Evening in the Winner's Circle" July 17 at Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent County. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Greener Pastures at James River, a Second Chances program of the TRF.

Montblanc Added as Breeders' Cup Partner

The Breeders' Cup and Montblanc announced they have entered into a partnership, designating Montblanc as the exclusive promotional partner in the timing category for the 2009 Breeders' Cup. The 26th Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on Nov. 6-7.

Rock of Gibraltar Colt Tops Japan Sale

A Rock of Gibraltar colt brought 145 million yen (approximately $1,567,161) July 13 to top the Japanese Racing Horse Association yearling sale, which turned in a solid performance at the Northern Horse Park on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Game Face Rolls to Princess Rooney Romp

Game Face Rolls to Princess Rooney Romp

Game Face rebounded from a disappointing effort last out by romping to a 6 3/4-length score in the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) July 11 at Calder Race Course. As part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" series, the victory earned the filly an automatic berth in the Sentient Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

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