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SITA Will Clarify Policy on Aged Mares

The Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers (SITA) will clarify its policy on aged broodmares during its next meeting, according to a press release issued by the organization on July 10. Based on comments by Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland officials, there was confusion about the portion of the policy that addresses broodmares 18 years of age and older and whether the ban recommended by SITA concerns all broodmares of that age or only broodmares of that age that are not in foal.

Borel, Hayward, Campo to Preview Saratoga

Borel, Hayward, Campo to Preview Saratoga

Jockey Calvin Borel, who rode the winners of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will be a member of the Saratoga Preview panel on Monday, July 27 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Enhancements to Cal-Bred Program Unveiled

The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association announced that enhancements to the California-bred incentive and racing program will begin in late September during the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita and the California Authority of Racing Fairs meet at Golden Gate Fields.

Saratoga Open House on July 26

Saratoga Open House on July 26

The 29th annual open house at Saratoga, scheduled for Sunday, July 26, will include five races -- four steeplechase races and one turf race -- presented by the National Steeplechase Association.

Diamond Diva Faces Possible Retirement

Diamond Diva Faces Possible Retirement

Diamond Diva, who captured the CashCall Mile Invitational Stakes (gr. IIT) and the Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) in 2008, was shipped from California to Kentucky July 8 following the recurrence of a suspensory injury, according to Daily Racing Form.

Lee-Butte Dogwood Dominion Award Winner

Mary Lee-Butte, executive director of the Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy, is the winner of the 2009 Dogwood Dominion Award, which is given by Dogwood Stables. She is the 17th recipient of honor, which annually recognizes one of racing's "unsung heroes." She will receive $5,000 and a bronze statue of the former Dogwood runner Dominion at a luncheon at the Reading Rooms in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Eye of the Leopard Favored in Prince of Wales

Eye of the Leopard Favored in Prince of Wales

Queen's Plate winner Eye of the Leopard, who won a tight decision over Mr. Foricos Two U and the filly Milwaukee Appeal in an exciting finish last month, has been installed as the 9-5 favorite in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes. The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown is July 12 at Fort Erie.

F-T Fall Mixed Sale Set for Nov. 9-10

F-T Fall Mixed Sale Set for Nov. 9-10

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall select mixed sale will be conducted during two evening sessions on Nov. 9 and 10, a Monday and a Tuesday, in Lexington. That format is a change from recent years, when the auction had been held on a Sunday night.

Injury Ends career of Pioneerof the Nile

Injury Ends career of Pioneerof the Nile

Zayat Stables' Pioneerof the Nile, winner of four consecutive graded stakes and second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired due to a soft tissue injury to his left front leg.

Study Examines Problem of Unwanted Horses

The findings from the Unwanted Horse Coalition's "Study on Contributing Factors Surrounding the Unwanted Horse Issue" are now available at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org. According to the organization, the study is the first of its kind to assess the causes and magnitude of the unwanted horse population in the United States.

Industry Groups Pledge Support to TRF

The New York Racing Association and many members of the Jockeys' Guild who ride at its three racetracks, along with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and The Jockey Club, have jointly pledged more than $100,000 in financial support in 2009 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation,

Modesty 'Cap: Pure Clan Primed For Big Effort

Modesty 'Cap: Pure Clan Primed For Big Effort

Lewis Lakin's Pure Clan, fully recovered from a minor injury suffered earlier this season, seems primed to begin her run towards the top of the older female turf division and the climb will start July 11 in the $200,000 Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park, where she will carry top weight of 122 pounds.

Del Mar to Again Offer 'Super High Five'

Del Mar to Again Offer 'Super High Five'

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will offer a betting menu for its 2009 meet that includes a return of the Super High Five, which made its local debut last summer and proved a popular "nitecap" for those who like to take a swing at a big payoff.

NYTHA Donates $10,000 to Rescue Organization

NYTHA Donates $10,000 to Rescue Organization

The New York group that is caring for horses rescued from Center Brook Farm has received a $10,000 donation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to support the organization's programs and services for animals that are unwanted, neglected, lost and/or abused.

Woodbine Apprentice Beth Wyard Out 2-3 Weeks

Apprentice jockey Beth Wyard, who was originally diagnosed with a broken left ankle after a training mishap on the morning of July 8, has torn ligaments and will only be out of action for two to three weeks.

Injury Sidelines Bridgmohan

Injury Sidelines Bridgmohan

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan could be sidelined for as long as six weeks after suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. He was injured when a 2-year-old he was working July 6 at Churchill Downs broke down after the wire.

Keeneland Reduces RNA Commission

Keeneland Reduces RNA Commission

Keeneland has reduced its sales commission on horses that fail to meet their reserves to 2.5%. The rate will be in effect for this year's September yearling and November breeding stock sales and the 2010 January horses of all ages sale.

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