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Count the Time Filly Tops 2-Year-Old Sale at Evangeline Downs

Iknowuthinkimsexy became the sale topper at the March 18 John Franks Memorial 2-year-old in training and paddock sale and the highest-priced horse in the sale's five year history at Evangeline Downs when she fetched a winning bid of $135,000. Though the sale sold more 2-year-olds this year, averages dipped slightly.

Belmont Bash Will Benefit Equine Research and Feature "Fab Faux"

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This year's Belmont Bash will be held at the historic Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City June 8. Benefiting Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Bash will feature cocktails, dinner, and musical entertainment by the Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux. Tickets are $350.

KFLC Offers Training and Racing Course

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The Klein Family Learning Center and the Groom Elite Program will offer a three-day course in "Elite Grooming for Racehorse Owners" at sites in Louisville and Lexington March 23-25.

Michigan-Bred Horses Honored

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Michigan's leading 2006 state-bred Thoroughbreds were honored by the Office of Racing Commissioner March 10. Weatherstorm, by Island Storm, received the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association Horse of the Year award.

King's Drama, Einstein Head Muniz Field

The 15th running of the $500,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds March 10 drew a field of 11, topped by a pair of grade I winners, the Gary Tanaka-owned King's Drama and Midnight Cry Stable's Einstein.

TOBA to Offer Auction, Pedigree, and Conformation Clinic

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will conduct an Auction, Pedigree, and Conformation Clinic March 17-18 in Ocala, Fla. The registration fee for the clinic is $250 for TOBA members and $300 for non-members and includes all support materials, admission, and presentations.

New Mexico Champions Honored

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Three-time stakes winner Ky's Quest was named New Mexico-bred champion 2-year-old male at the 2006 New Mexico Horse Breeders Association's annual awards banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque, N.M. Jan. 31.

Court to Receive Woolf Award

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Jon Court, a Florida native who has won more than 3,000 career races, has been selected as the winner of the 2007 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

McMurray Joins Lane's End Bloodstock

Tim McMurry has joined the staff at Will Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., and will be in charge of Lane's End Bloodstock.

Pletcher Joins Lukas in Youbet Online 'Stable'

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A decade after he left the employ of Hall of Fame trainer Wayne Lukas to start his own business, 2006 trainer of the year Todd Pletcher and his mentor are in the same "stable" again, this time as endorsement partners with Youbet.com, where the mission is to win new customers.

Butcher Addresses RTIP Students

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Robert Butcher, director of pari-mutuels at Keeneland, returned to the University of Arizona Feb. 9 to serve as a guest lecturer in the Race Track Industry Program. Butcher, an alumnus of the Race Track Industry Program, completed his studies in 1999.

TOBA Partners With National City

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The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Feb. 14 that National City Bank has become an official marketing partner of its organization and will now have the opportunity to provide equine financial expertise to both existing and new TOBA members.

Barbaro's Owners Endow $3 Million Veterinary Chair at Penn

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A $3 million gift from Roy and Gretchen Jackson, owners of Barbaro, will endow a chair in the name of Dr. Dean Richardson at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. The funds will be used toward the advancement of equine disease research.

ReRun Plans Fundraiser to Help Philadelphia's Backstretch Workers

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ReRun has organized a fundraiser that will benefit horses and backstretch workers at Philadelphia Park. Donations collected during the month of March will be presented to Chaplain Jack Cordell to use for workers' transportation to health care facilities and doctors.

Yaw Named TOBA Membership/Education Coordinator

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Allison Yaw has been named as the membership and education coordinator at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. She will be responsible for coordinating the association's seminars and clinics, and assisting with membership development and various TOBA programs.

Gateway Poster to Commemorate Lane's End Stakes

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Gateway Community and Technical College and Turfway Park announced the release of their first annual commemorative poster specially designed for the March 24 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II). The winning design, to be unveiled at a Feb. 23 reception, was produced by 58-year-old Bill Fox, a freelance illustrator.

Barn Fire Claims Two Horses Near Paris, Ky.

An electrical fire at Warren Lyster's Tarleton Farm near Paris, Ky., killed two boarders--a yearling Mr. Greeley colt and a 2-year-old Meadow Monster filly. The Thoroughbreds were owned by Alan Goldberg and Derek Buntain, respectively.

First Foal for Grade I Winner Forest Danger

The first offspring of grade I winner and record setter Forest Danger was born Jan. 13 at Needham-Betz Thoroughbreds near Lexington. The bay filly, bred by Needham-Betz Thoroughbreds, Dr. Chuck Kidder, Peter Lamantia, and Brian Graves, is out of the stakes-placed mare Gimme Some Love.

Congressional Cavalry Program Launched

The American Horse Council and some of its member organizations have initiated a new direct grassroots effort called the Congressional Cavalry Program. The purpose of the program is to identify at least one member of the American Horse Council in each Congressional District across the nation who will agree to contact his or her Representative, Senator, or other federal officials when horse industry issues come up.

Jacksons, New Bolton to Receive Special Eclipse Award

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Roy and Gretchen Jackson and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the New Bolton Center have been honored with the 2006 Special Eclipse Award.

TVG Airing Eclipse Awards; O'Connell to Emcee

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TVG will air live coverage of the 36th annual Eclipse Awards Jan. 22, a celebration of horseracing's best performances of the year, from the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., with coverage beginning on TVG at 8 p.m. ET. TV and film star Jerry O'Connell, who plays a lead role in the NBC series, "Crossing Jordan," will serve as emcee of the program for his third straight year.

Churchill Stakes Schedule Totals $11.3 Million

Churchill Downs has announced a stakes schedule for its Spring and Fall racing meets in 2007 that features a record $11.3 million in purses for 47 stakes events, including a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) program May 5 that offers record purses of $3.35 million and five supporting stakes races. The schedule is the first in track history to surpass $11 million in total purses.

Nerud to Receive Eclipse for Lifetime Achievement in Racing

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 11 that John Nerud, one of America's most successful and influential Thoroughbred horsemen, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.

Fogelsonger Injured in Laurel Park Race

Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital for tests when Sing On tossed her rider seconds after crossing the finish line in the seventh race at Laurel Park Jan. 10.

Philadelphia Inquirer's Jensen Wins Second Eclipse

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 5 that Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer has won the 2006 Media Eclipse Award for writing in the features/enterprise category for "The Man Whose Job is Saving Barbaro," a profile of Dr. Dean Richardson, which was published May 28, 2006. Honorable mention in the feature/enterprise category went to Josh Pons for "Merryland, a Diary" which appeared in The Blood-Horse Dec. 3, 2005.

Pony Highway Productions, HRTV Win Eclipse Award for Mandella Documentary

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4 that Pony Highway Productions and HRTV have won the Media Eclipse Award in the national television--features category for the documentary "On the Muscle: Portrait of a Thoroughbred Racing Stable," which explores the world of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella and six horses in his stable.

Collins Named to Board of Three Chimneys

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Three Chimneys owner Robert N. Clay announced Dec. 21 that International bloodstock adviser Lincoln Collins has been named to the board of Three Chimneys, effective Jan. 1.

Dodwell, Hayes to be Honored by Texas Thoroughbred Association

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Ed Dodwell, owner of the Texas-based Diamond D Ranch training centers, and Dr. Katie Hayes, an equine veterinarian from Denison, Texas, will be honored by the Texas Thoroughbred Association at its annual conference and awards banquet Jan. 19-20 at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin.

Record Crowd Attends BGFC Party

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A record crowd attended the third annual Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy Christmas Party hosted by the BGFC Ladies Guild Dec. 19.

TPA Elects Officers for 2007

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The Turf Publicists of America have elected their slate of officers for 2007, president John Lee announced Dec. 6 at the organization's annual Mark Kaufman Workshop during the University of Arizona's Symposium on Racing & Gaming.

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