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Bart Cummings On Top Again

Bart Cummings has crammed everything into his almost 80 years, the vast majority with horses despite a lifelong allergy to Lucerne. The trainer is a national living treasure.

Alinghi Lives Up to Billing With Victory in U.S. Debut

Australian sensation Alinghi, making her North American debut, put in a game stretch run Monday afternoon to win the 17th running of the grade III, $216,300 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles at Saratoga.

Evidence Heard in Cocaine Case in New South Wales

Racing New South Wales stewards opened an inquiry on Monday into the analyst's finding of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in the urine sample taken from the 3-year-old filly Love You Honey, who finished unplaced in race seven April 25, 2005, at Gosford Racecourse in Australia.

Australian Mixed Sale Grosses Aus$5.48 Million

William Inglis & Son's June mixed sell ended Thursday at Oaklands Junction in Australia with a gross of Aus$5,481,450 for the 553 horses sold. The average price was Aus$9,912. The clearance rate was 87%.

Australian Star Elvstroem Retired

Elvstroem, a four-time Australian group I winner who was sent on a group I international quest this year, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Blue Gum Stud in Euroa in the Australian province of Victoria.

ARC Panelists Debate Betting Exchanges

Betting exchanges were a hot topic at the 30th Asian Racing Conference Tuesday as representatives from Australia and the United Kingdom went head to head on the issue of online betting sites and their impact on the future of horseracing.

Elvstroem To Stand at Blue Gum Farm

One of Australia's favored sons, Elvstroem, known down under as "Elvis" and winner of more than Aus$5 million (U.S. $3.8 million), will stand at stud this year during the southern hemisphere season at a fee of $35,000 (U.S. $28,000) it was announced Friday.

Vinery Owner Gets First Aussie Group I Win

A sizable chunk of Tom Simon's $50 million investment in Australia under his Vinery banner is to be liquidated with his southern broodmares dispersed in Sydney April 3. So there was indeed a splash of irony in that the Vinery head had his first Australian group I success at Randwick March 26.

Eremein Takes Australian Derby

Eremein's Australian Derby (Aust-I) victory confirmed he is indeed "the one" for his sire--as in even less than successful stallions can "get one good, even a great one."

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