Keeneland will play host to the international Thoroughbred community for the next two weeks as it conducts its 65th annual September yearling sale. The catalog is the largest in the auction's history, with 5,555 horses listed.
A Monsun colt sold for 480,000 euros (approximately $694,522) to top the opening session of the BBAG yearling auction Sept. 3 in Baden-Baden, Germany. Rudger Alles, acting on behalf of Baron von Ullmann, bought the colt, which is out of the multiple-stakes-producing Canadian-bred mare Dawn Side, who raced in the U.S.
Doncaster's St. Leger sale - the first British or Irish yearling auction of 2008 - failed to match its 2007 figures when ending Aug. 28 in England. The average of 33,649 pound sterling (approximately $61,725) was down 10%, the median of 26,000 pounds ($47,694) fell by 11%. The 13,493,500 pounds ($24,752,207) turnover for the 401 horses that sold dropped by 14.4%.
Robert Tiller, Louis Cauz, Wilderness Road, and Smart Strike are inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Aug. 28.
Keeneland Productions and HRTV are partnering to provide live coverage of the opening two days of the September yearling sale, September 8-9, which are select sessions.
- By Esther Marr
Chelokee, who sustained injuries during the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard at Churchill Downs, has changed residencies from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital to Tom Simon's Vinery, both near Lexington.
Dear Lady Ann, a daughter of Salt Lake, brought $37,000 to top the Northern California yearling sale at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa Aug. 26. Super Horse purchased the chestnut yearling from Jack and Barb Hatch's Green Acre Stables, agent for Lercari Thoroughbreds.
The Lexington-based law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC announced that James A. Philpott Jr. has joined its equine law practice.
Retired Racing Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, the late track announcer Luke Kruytbosch, and multiple Media Eclipse Award-winning Turf writer Maryjean Wall will be honored later this year with awards presented by the National Turf Writers Association.
A popular definition for a recession is a decline in a country's gross domestic product for two or more consecutive quarters in a year. So far, that hasn't happened in the latest economic downturn, but there is plenty of bad financial news around concerning gas prices, home values, and job losses
A federal judge June 4 heard preliminary arguments over a proposed injunction filed by Kentucky horsemen asking to reinstate a 20% purse cut imposed by Churchill Downs.
The Colonial Downs signal will be barred to at least three wagering outlets for its upcoming live meet. The Virginia racetrack joins the list of tracks whose betting options have been curtailed by disputes with horsemen's groups over revenue sharing.
Louisiana horsemen have approved a deal allowing Youbet.com and Premier Turf Club the signal to Louisiana Downs, the first agreements reached with any advance deposit wagering companies under the auspices of negotiating with the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group.
Churchill Downs Inc. has amended its lawsuit against Florida horsemen and the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group to include certain Kentucky horsemen associations and officers, an action in which all defendants are charged with violating federal antitrust laws.
Churchill Downs announced May 9 a 20% purse cut for its spring meet effective May 14, laying the blame on horsemen's groups for rejecting offers on signal distribution.
Average daily purse distribution at Zia Park Racetrack will increase to more than $300,000, which should attract top racehorses from throughout the Midwest and western United States.
TrackNet Media Group said April 22 it doesn't like a proposal from horsemen that would allow advance deposit wagering companies the cards of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), locking in place a stalemate over broader revenue sharing models.
- By Esther Marr
The first Kentucky-related documentary funded by a $2.25 million endowment to Kentucky Educational Television was announced at an Oct. 18 ceremony at Keeneland. The documentary, called "Thoroughbred," is slated to premier nationwide by March 2010.
- By Claire Novak
A newly formed non-profit organization, After the Finish Line, has been formed to provide funding assistance to Thoroughbred rescue organizations across the United States, the San Diego-based 501 (C) (3) announced Oct. 10.
American Thoroughbred breeders interested in supplying bred mares for the 2008 Australian spring sales should attend a meeting by William Inglis and Son, Australia's leading Thoroughbred sales agency, at the Keeneland Racecourse on Friday.
When HorseRacing TV (TM) unveils their new weekly half-hour show, "Across the Board," June 7 at 9 p.m. EDT, fans will get a detailed look at major happenings in the Thoroughbred racing world, and will have the opportunity to voice their opinions during a special call-in segment.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) has renewed its quarterly newsletter, now called The TOBA Times, that will update its members and others on TOBA programs and initiatives.
An agreement was reached Friday in New Jersey between Thoroughbred and harness horsemen over racing dates, simulcasting revenue splits, and purses.
The "Thoroughbred vs. Quarter Horse Challenge," July 13 at Calder Race Course will double in value from last year, to $50,000.
Mystery vouchers worth $2.3 million have been mailed out by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). Included is a $1.75 million grand prize.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), John Deere, and John Deere Credit (JDC), announced Wednesday low-rate financing as well as lease offers are now available on John Deere tractors. The JDC offer is in addition to the special discounted prices on John Deere tractors offered to NTRA members. These financing options are available to current-year supporters who have directly contributed at least $1,000 to the NTRA, subject to John Deere Credit approval.
The $18-million purse supplement bill being considered by lawmakers in New Jersey cleared another legislative hurdle Monday when it breezed through the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
It's a changing of the guard of sorts on the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
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