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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.

Time Machine Sets Pace at Tattersalls

Time Machine Sets Pace at Tattersalls

Time Machine, a 3-year-old Halling gelding, was the most expensive horse sold on the second day of the Tattersalls July mixed sale in England, bringing 95,000 guineas. Irish trainer Robbie Hennessy purchased Time Machine on July 8 from trainer John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables.

KHRC Suspends Rick Dutrow 30 Days

KHRC Suspends Rick Dutrow 30 Days

In a rare decision, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has rejected it's stewards and hearing officer's recommendations and suspended trainer Rick Dutrow 30 days for a Clenbuterol positive that dates back to May 2, 2008.

Breeders' Cup Recommendations on Table

Breeders' Cup Recommendations on Table

While Breeders' Cup is currently operating with debt some believe will result in cuts to purses, a 20-member group has been working toward long-term solutions to bring the organization back to financial stability.

SITA's New Mare Policy Causes Confusion

Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland executives are raising questions about the the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers' new guidlelines for older mares and barren mares, saying the policies they had agreed to support differed on one key point from what has appeared in recent published reports.

Ripples Maid Tops Tattersalls Opener

The stakes-winning mare Ripples Maid brought the top price of 132,000 guineas as the Tattersalls July mixed sale opened with sharp downturns in its key business figures. The gross, average, and median all declined by 40% or more July 7 in England.

Benny the Bull Eyes Smile Sprint Repeat

Benny the Bull Eyes Smile Sprint Repeat

Last season, IEAH Stables and partners' Benny the Bull capped a five-race win streak in the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II), a victory that solidified his Eclipse Award as the nation's top sprinter. Now, months after being brought back from retirement the 6-year-old horse will try to win the event for the second year in a row, as he takes on five rivals July 11 at Calder Race Course.

HealthWatch: EEE, WEE, & VEE

Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis (EEE, WEE, and VEE) are arboviruses -- meaning they are transmitted by blood-feeding insects or ticks -- and these pathogens can cause fatal neurologic disease in horses.

Robbins Tops Del Mar Meet Officials

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 70th race meeting beginning July 22 led by a veteran team of racing officials. Heading up the effort will by DMTC's vice president for racing, Tom Robbins, who also serves as the track's director of racing and racing secretary. This will be his 29th summer in the seaside racing office.

Seigenfeld Leaving Triple Crown Productions

Ed Seigenfeld will step down as executive vice president of Triple Crown Productions (TCP) at the end of August. He has led the organization since March 1990, overseeing the Chrysler and Visa sponsorships of the Triple Crown and managing the network television negotiations for the series.

Horsemen Wary of 'Arbitrary' Exclusions

Horsemen  Wary of 'Arbitrary' Exclusions

The growth of casino-style gaming at racetracks has brought with it executives with little or no experience in horse racing, something horsemen said makes them more vulnerable to exclusionary practices.

Pincay Award to Retired Jockey Volzke

Pincay Award to Retired Jockey Volzke

Retired jockey Merlin Volzke will become the first of his profession to receive the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award in a presentation by the Hall of Fame rider during the July 11 TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup program at Hollywood Park.

Munnings Brushes Off His Tom Fool Foes

Munnings Brushes Off His Tom Fool Foes

Everything went Munning's way in the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park July 5. First, top sprinter Fabulous Strike, the heavy favorite, was scratched by trainer Todd Beattie. Then came a perfect trip for jockey John Velazquez, who drove the sharp 3-year-old colt through an inside gap at the top of the stretch on their way to a comfortable win.

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