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A Racetrack Original

A Racetrack Original

BloodHorseNOW.com staff writer Claire Novak chronicles the racetrack career of 72-year-old Charlie Camac, who found his greatest success in the starters' stand by showing empathy and concern for the fields of Thoroughbreds he controlled.

'Mischief' Nabs CashCall Futurity

'Mischief' Nabs CashCall Futurity

The closest B. Wayne Hughes ever came to owning a Kentucky Derby winner was when his Don't Get Mad finished fourth behind Giacomo in 2005. But when 2-year-old Into Mischief won the $753,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec. 22, the colt had Hughes speaking of roses once again.

The Inside Track: The Quiet Man

The Inside Track: The Quiet Man

He spurns in-depth interviews, seeking the privacy of the jockeys' room with hermit-like tenacity. You'll rarely find him socializing with his fellow riders, and his post-race celebrations are generally undetectable. But Cornelio Velasquez doesn't have to say much. His ability speaks for itself. Trainers call Velasquez "a warrior" and "an agressive rider" who is solid, determined and "consistently gives his all." These qualities are probably the reason he is the nation's fourth-leading rider by purses earned this year. And we're about to let you in on another secret. Velasquez will not volunteer this information, but 2007 has been his best year ever. (Read More)

CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

The 2007 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Ontario Division winter mixed sale saw a decline in gross but rises in the average price of broodmares and weanlings and horses of racing age, although the average spent on yearlings dropped sharply as the one-day event concluded at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion Dec. 1.

CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

The 2007 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Ontario Division winter mixed sale saw a decline in gross but rises in the average price of broodmares and weanlings and horses of racing age, although the average spent on yearlings dropped sharply as the one-day event concluded at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion Dec. 1.

CTHS Ontario Sale Fluctuates

The 2007 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society?s Ontario Division winter mixed sale saw a decline in gross but rises in the average price of broodmares and weanlings and horses of racing age, although the average spent on yearlings dropped sharply as the one-day event concluded at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion Dec. 1.

Gertmenian Reviews Guild Bankruptcy

Gertmenian Reviews Guild Bankruptcy

The largest creditors in the Jockeys' Guild bankruptcy case are two past national managers now involved in legal proceedings against the organization, and both have been selected as part of a five-member committee made up of creditors with significant claims against the Guild.

Jocks' Guild to Assemble Dec. 2-4

Jocks' Guild to Assemble Dec. 2-4

The first gathering of membership since the Jockeys' Guild filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will take place Dec. 2-4 in Louisville, with an update on the financial and legal status of the organization expected from Guild leaders.

Host Heads Tropical Turf Handicap

Host Heads Tropical Turf Handicap

Coming off a fifth-place finish in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) and carrying significantly less weight than his 126-pound load in that race, Eugene Melnyk's Host looks for his first victory since May 26 when he competes in the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder Race Course Dec. 1.

A.P. Arrow Shoots Straight in Clark

A.P. Arrow Shoots Straight in Clark

The Todd Pletcher-trained A.P. Arrow survived a cavalry charge at the head of the lane and a stretch duel with Fred Bradley's Brass Hat to win the $554,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 23, bumping his career earnings past the $1-million mark.

Pure Clan Aims Higher in Golden Rod

Pure Clan Aims Higher in Golden Rod

Lewis Lakin's Pure Clan, unbeaten in three career starts, will stretch out to 1 1/16 miles and aim for grade II status when she heads to the post against eight other 2-year-old fillies in the $250,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 24.

Guild Waiting for Industry Response

With little response coming from industry groups involved in a Nov. 13 meeting with representatives of the Jockeys' Guild, riders across the country--and Guild representatives themselves--are raising concerns over the organization's ability to provide health insurance for its members.

The Green Monkey Tries Turf

The Green Monkey Tries Turf

The Green Monkey, that well-known $16-million purchase from Fasig-Tipton's 2006 Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, will run in a $44,000 maiden special weight over the Hollywood Park turf course Nov. 21 as trainer Todd Pletcher seeks a win for the colt.

The Leopard Takes on Graded Company

The Leopard Takes on Graded Company

Six of the 10 2-year-olds entered in the $100,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park on Nov. 23 are coming into the one-mile turf event off victories. But the winner could very well be a colt whose record shows the worst effort of the group last time out -- Todd Pletcher trainee The Leopard, whose seventh-place finish in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf came over a soggy grass course that left many floundering.

Citation 'Cap Wide Open

Citation 'Cap Wide Open

If trainer Bobby Frankel could write a perfect scenario for the $400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 23, it would involve a dry forecast and a one-two finish. Frankel sends out a pair of starters in the 1 1/16-mile turf event -- Silent Name, whose 12th-place finish in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) was a result of the soft turf, says the trainer, and Proudinsky, whose back-to-back wins in his last two starts have earned him the jump to grade I company for the second time in his career.

Hoke Donates $53,600 to Komen-Lex

Hoke Donates $53,600 to Komen-Lex

Dr. Janet Hoke of Tym Mar Farms in Plant City, Fla., presented Komen-Lexington with the largest donation the organization has ever received when she donated $53,600.00, 10% of the purchase price buyers paid for her fall yearlings consigned at three different sales this year.

Japan's Dr. Tadashi Iida Dead

Dr. Tadashi Iida, a well-known owner, breeder, and veterinarian in Japan and CEO of Chiyoda Farm, that country's major breeding and training facility, passed away Nov. 15 in his native land after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 80 years old.

Guild to Members: Get Own Insurance

Guild to Members: Get Own Insurance

The Jockeys' Guild is encouraging members to secure their own health insurance as the current policy, the organization's self-funded program, may be terminated as soon as Dec. 31. Meanwhile, Guild officials met with industry representatives Nov. 13 at Keeneland Race Course to seek emergency financial support.

Santos' Daughter In Fatal Crash

Santos' Daughter In Fatal Crash

Sophia Santos, the 20-year-old daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos, is being held on a $1 million bond in a Nassau County, N.Y., jail and has been charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular manslaughter after she was involved in a Nov. 11 car accident that left one woman dead and another in critical condition.

Average Up and the Middle Solid

Average Up and the Middle Solid

Keeneland's Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell termed the Nov. 9 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale "a very good day at the office" as a slight drop in gross was untainted by a rising average and a strong middle market.

Jocks Bejarano, Leparoux Shift Tack

Jocks Bejarano, Leparoux Shift Tack

Jockeys Rafael Bejarano and Julien Leparoux, currently among the top 12 riders in the nation by purses won this year, will move their tack to Southern California this winter, both riders' agents said Nov. 9.

Bit of Whimsy Headlines Mrs. Revere

Bit of Whimsy Headlines Mrs. Revere

Bit of Whimsy, upset winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) Oct. 13 at Keeneland, will carry her highest weight ever and take on a field of 13 other 3-year-old fillies, including two previously beaten competitors, in the $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 10 at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Herpes Quarantine Lifted

Churchill Herpes Quarantine Lifted

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has released 19 horses trained by David Carroll from a 13-day quarantine for equine herpes virus in Barn 47 at Churchill Downs, the Louisville, Ky. race track announced Nov. 7.

Freshened Outlook Puts Tyler Baze Back in Limelight

Freshened Outlook Puts Tyler Baze Back in Limelight

Riding on to the track at Santa Anita for the last race of the Oak Tree meet Nov. 4, leading rider Tyler Baze will flip shaded goggles down over his eyes and take a deep breath of the fresh, dry air, and will think of how close he came to losing this, the one pursuit he loves most in life.

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