A Forestry colt was among the top performers Sunday during the first under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s auction at Calder Race Course is the leadoff hitter for the select juvenile selling season. Heading into Tuesday's sale in South Florida, consignors weren't predicting it would smack a home run, but they were looking for the business equivalent of a solid double -- or maybe a triple -- to get the year started.
Who will be the big horse at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's select sale of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday? We don't have the answer, but based on the talk around Calder Race Course in South Florida, here are some horses that could sell very well.
It's transition time in the Thoroughbred marketplace, and horsemen are eager to see if upswings in business will carry over from breeding stock to 2-year-olds in training.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. conducted the second and final under tack show Sunday for its February select sale of 2-year-olds in training in weather conditions that were "ideal," according to the auction firm's director of sales and general manager, Tom Ventura.
Fillies set the pace Monday during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders Sales Co.'s select sale of 2-year-olds in training in South Florida.
Michael Anifantis has been appointed racing secretary at Calder Race Course it was announced Friday by track president Ken Dunn and Churchill Downs Inc. senior vice president Donald Richardson.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 309 horses for its Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, which will be conducted Feb. 28 at Calder Race Course.
Manoel Cruz, currently the leading rider at the current Tropical at Calder meet and a top South Florida rider for the past three years, was barred from riding at Calder for the remainder of the meet which ends Jan. 2.
Calder Race Course will run its first grade I race in 2006, the Princess Rooney Handicap, one of four races upgraded to grade I status by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
Calder Race Course's Grand Slam I program Saturday offers four stakes worth $100,000 each, with the My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares featuring two grade I winners.
Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., has taken in 50 racehorses that had to leave nearby Calder Race Course because of barn-area damage from Hurricane Wilma.
In its effort to aid in the rebuilding process at Calder Race Course, Gulfstream Park bedded down 50 Thoroughbreds Friday that made the six-mile trip east to Hallandale Beach.
Calder Race Course announced Friday that the racetrack will reopen for simulcasting business on Saturday with free general parking and admission.
Restoration of power is the key to whether Calder Race Course can resume simulcast operations in time for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park, and the South Florida racetrack's live racing schedule remains up in the air in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, which damaged a number of barns in the stable area.
Calder Race Course will not be open Oct. 24 due to a warning in effect for South Florida, which is expecting Hurricane Wilma to approach the southwest corner of the peninsula early Monday morning.
Jockey Manoel Cruz rode his 1,000th winner in North America on Saturday when guiding George's Dance to victory in the thirteenth and final race at Calder Race Course.
Veteran Calder-based trainer Oliver "Buddy" Edwards died Friday morning after suffering a heart attack en route to the hospital.
Bruce Lunsford's Madcap Escapade joined the equine millionaire ranks with an impressive 5 ¼-length victory in the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. II) on the "Summit of Speed" card Sunday at Calder Race Course.
Jockey Eddie Castro made North American horseracing history at Calder Race Course on Saturday by winning nine races on the 13-race card, including the featured $100,000 Office Queen Stakes.
Calder Race Course will close its stable area to shippers from March 26-April 2 as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the equine disease strangles.
Earnings for Churchill Downs Inc. in 2004 and for the fourth quarter were negatively impacted by several one-time expenses, including supporting alternative gaming initiatives, a "non-cash impairment charge" at Ellis Park, and an unrealized loss related to a note, the company reported Wednesday.
It was the greatest show on earth...at least as far as sales of 2-year-olds in training are concerned. Fueled by an international cast of big spenders eager to acquire expensive young horseflesh, the Fasig-Tipton Florida select auction at Calder Race Course rocketed to unprecedented heights Tuesday.
Trainer Ralph Ziadie vanned the promising Port Town from his Calder Race Course base to Gulfstream Park for a Feb. 28 morning workout with an eye on a 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) Saturday.
The skies were cloudy over south Florida on Feb. 28, but the outlook was bright for the Fasig-Tipton select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Who are the potential sale toppers this year? Following are some of the horses that buyers, consignors, sale company officials were talking about Monday, the day before the sale
Emotions and cash are flying in the final weeks before a March 8 vote to permit slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities, including Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course, in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in south Florida.
A bay filly by Arch breezed an eighth of a mile on grass in :9 4/5 Sunday at Calder Race Course in preparation for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The top of the market will get its biggest test of the 2-year-old selling season Tuesday during the Fasig-Tipton select auction at Calder Race Course.
Fillies led the way Sunday during the first under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton select sale of 2-year-olds at Calder Race Course in South Florida.
As the juvenile selling season gets ready to open in South Florida, many signs point to a continued upswing in the Thoroughbred marketplace.
Which 2-year-old will top the Feb. 8 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. select auction at Calder Race Course? We don't know for sure, but here are some horses that were getting the most attention from buyers Monday at the sale barns:
Three horses consigned by Terry Oliver and three others consigned by Ciaran Dunne of Wavertree Stables were among the fastest workers at an eighth of a mile Monday during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 355 horses for its select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course in South Florida.
Centaur Farms' homebred Redoubled Miss will defend her title against a field of six older fillies and mares in Saturday's $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap at Calder Race Course. The 6-year-old filly won last year's event by a nose over Grab Bag. She will break from the outside under jockey Eibar Coa, who has been aboard for her last three starts, including a victory in the Shocker T. Handicap, also at Calder. She placed third in the Stage Door Betty in 2002.
Newly-turned 3-year-olds get their first shot at graded glory right from the get-go Jan. 1 at Calder Race Course in the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT). A full field of 12 that includes four also-eligibles passed the entry box. The ones to beat are Exceptional Ride and Crown Point.
Kinsman Stable's 4-year-old homebred filly Ebony Breeze has won both of her previous starts at Calder Race Course and goes for win number three Friday as one of the choices in a field of seven fillies and mares set for the $100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap (gr. III).
Calder Race Course introduced a new temporary safety rail Sunday that extends out of the chute for six, six-and-a-half, and seven-furlong races.
A field of 12 has been drawn to face the starter Saturday in the 1 1/8-mile Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course. Headed by co-highweights A Huevo and Super Frolic, the race is the 12th on the "Grand Slam II" card featuring four stakes and $600,000 in purses.
An overflow field of 16 passed the entry box for the 12th running of the Pete Axthelm Stakes Saturday to be contested over 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Calder Race Course. Only 12 3-year-olds will be allowed to start.
Local filly Formal Miss, a three-time stakes winner this year at Calder Race Course, will try to make it three in a row in Saturday's My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Horsemen at Calder will find a little something extra on their plates Thanksgiving Day. The track announced a purse increase of $1,000 per overnight race, which will take effect with the Nov. 25 race card.
Calder Race Course president Ken Dunn Monday announced the appointment of Michael D. Abes as vice president and general manager for the Thoroughbred track in Miami, Fla. Abes has been treasurer at Calder since 1991 and will retain that position when he assumes his new duties.
Calder Race Course was forced to close for both live racing and simulcasting from Friday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 5 due to the effects of Hurricane Frances.
With Hurricane Frances bearing down on the East Coast of Florida, Calder Race Course announced on Thursday morning that it will be closed for both live racing and simulcasting on Friday and Saturday. The track hopes to re-open on Sunday.
With Hurricane Frances bearing down on Florida, Calder Race Course near Miami has announced changes in its racing schedule.
The board of directors for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has formulated an ambitious legislative agenda that would bring live racing to Ocala and get video lottery terminals installed at the state's racetracks.
The second "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships on TVG/Fox Sports Net" show of the season will air Saturday from Calder Race Course in Miami, and will feature the Grade III, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, part of Calder's "Summit of Speed." The show will air on TVG, Fox Sports Net 2, Fox Sports New York, Fox Sports South and the Sunshine Network from 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET.
Calder Race Course track announcer Phil Saltzman announced Saturday that 2004 will be the final year that he calls the races at the Miami track. Saltzman, 67, will retire from the Calder announcer's booth after calling the action there for 21 years.
Gulfstream Park officials said $150 million would be spent for a complete overhaul of the Hallandale Beach racetrack and Thoroughbred racing would be brought to a new Ocala facility if the Legislature changes the pari-mutuel laws allowing for more simulcast wagering.
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