Even though the biggest spender for the previous two years says he isn't coming, Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. officials are still hoping business improves during Tuesday's select juvenile auction at Calder Race Course.
Mike Gill, the biggest spender at Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Calder auction in 2002 and 2003, doesn't plan to shop there for 2-year-olds this year. He also doesn't plan to buy any horses at Fasig-Tipton Florida's Calder auction, where he was the biggest spender in 2003 and the third-leading spender in 2002.
Mid-Atlantic-based owner Mike Gill, who is a virtual lock to be the nation's leading owner this year, plans to attack Southern California racing this winter with a string of 75 horses.
The extended Monmouth Park meet ended Sunday, with the New Jersey track reporting average daily attendance of 8,758 and average daily on-track wagering of $673,199 for the 92-day stand.
Mike Gill, the nation's leading owner, says he recently nearly sold his racing operation for $17 million. His horses and farm remain on the market, he says, for the right price.
Mike Gill, currently the nation's leading owner, sounds off about what he has described as a "conspiracy" to drive him out of racing.
Philip Aleong, the veterinarian responsible for the post-mortem amputation of the leg of Casual Conflict on Feb. 3, was notified by Gulfstream Park on Sunday that he would no longer be allowed on the grounds of either the racetrack or Gulfstream's training center Palm Meadows.
Representatives from Gulfstream Park and the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau performed a search Feb. 10 of the vehicles of veterinarians Phil Aleong and Leonard Patrick, but no further searches are planned, officials said.
The State of Florida has opened an investigation into the post mortem amputation of the rear right leg of Casual Conflict following the horse's breakdown and subsequent euthanization at Gulfstream on Feb. 3.
Windsor Castle gets back in the winning groove taking the Hal's Hope Handicap. Owners Melnyk and Gill off to fast start at Gulfstream Park.
A Saint Ballado colt purchased for $25,000 last fall was sold for $500,000 Tuesday to top the first half of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Caler Race Course.
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