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Saez Has Back Pain from Delaware Spill

In addition to being directly involved in an equine-related tragedy at Delaware Park May 26, jockey Gabriel Saez is experiencing prolonged back pain from the accident that has since kept him from participating in his livelihood.

Industry Veteran Belvoir Dead

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Longtime Thoroughbred industry member Clarence A. Belvoir, 67, died Feb. 8 at Auburn Medical Hospital in Auburn, Wash.

F-T Faces Tough Market With Mixed Sale

F-T Faces Tough Market With Mixed Sale

The 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed auction posted an 18.9% gain in average price. The gross revenue rose 1.9% while the median price remained the same as in 2007. But this year's edition of the sale, scheduled for Feb. 9 in Lexington, isn't expected to perform as strongly.

Magic Millions Adjusts Commission Rates

Officials of Magic Millions, an Australia-based auction firm, announced a new commission structure for the national weanling and broodmare sales. The weanling auction is scheduled for May 25-29, and the broodmare sale will be held June 1-5.

Arch Colt Leads Way at Tattersalls

Sky Gate, a 3-year-old son of Arch, brought 47,000 guineas to top the Tattersalls February mixed sale in England. Bloodstock agent Hugo Merry, acting on behalf of American trainer Marty Wolfson, purchased the bay colt.

Market Down as NZ National Sale Opens

The New Zealand national yearling auction is trailing behind last year's pace after the opening day in Karaka Jan. 26. During the first session of the sale's premier portion, the 173 horses that sold grossed NZ$25,973,500 (approximately $13,752,189 in U.S. funds) and averaged NZ$150,136 ($79,493). The median price was NZ$100,000 ($52,947).

TrackNet Signal Cut-Off Looms in Nevada

TrackNet Signal Cut-Off Looms in Nevada

Despite comments from TrackNet Media Group that negotiations are "going backwards" over issues involving racing signals to Nevada racebooks, the player on the other side of the table offered guarded hope matters can be resolved before a Jan. 25 cut-off deadline.

Keeneland Final Gross Down 53.4%

Keeneland Final Gross Down 53.4%

The final results of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington were sobering, with setbacks of 53.4% in gross revenue, 48% in average price, and 44.1% in median price from a year ago. But they weren't anything new to the people who market Thoroughbreds.

Encosta de Lago Filly Tops MM Auction

A 2-year-old Encosta de Lago – Fayfa filly brought the top price of Aust$100,000 (approximately $67,371 in U.S. funds) during Magic Millions' inaugural Summer Carnival Thoroughbred sale Jan. 18 on Australia's Gold Coast. Kevin Dixon of Racetree purchased the juvenile.

Jet Spur Colt Tops Last MM Sale Session

The Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale ended its seven-session run Jan. 16 on Australia's Gold Coast. The 118 yearlings that sold on the auction's final day grossed Aust$1,105,500 (approximately $730,293 in U.S. funds) and averaged $9,369 ($6,189). The clearance rate was 78.2%.

Gross Falls 38.6% During MM Auction

The gross revenue declined 38.6% and the average price fell 16.3% during the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale's first section, which ended Jan. 10 on Australia's Gold Coast. The clearance rate was 80.1%.

OBS Mixed Sale Ends With Big Downturns

OBS Mixed Sale Ends With Big Downturns

Even though it's a new year, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. winter mixed sale was the victim of the same worldwide economic crisis that caused prices at many Thoroughbred auctions to plummet late in 2008. The gross revenue plunged 57.7% from a year ago while the average price and median price dropped 39.6% and 45.5%, respectively.

Gulfstream Seeking More Dates

Gulfstream Seeking More Dates

In a step some racing industry officials expected, Gulfstream Park has told Florida regulators that it plans to hold races during 2009's last five weeks--a lucrative set of dates on which Calder Race Course has raced exclusively in South Florida for more than a decade.

Average Drops 63% at OBS Mixed Sale

Average Drops 63% at OBS Mixed Sale

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) winter mixed sale suffered downturns of 63% in its average price and 74.4% in its median price from a year ago as it opened with a consignor preferred session Jan. 6 in Central Florida. The gross revenue dropped 43% even though the number of horses sold was up 54.1% from 2008's first day total.

Hall of Fame Ceremony Date Changed

Hall of Fame Ceremony Date Changed

The National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame ceremony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which for a number of years has taken place on a Monday in early to mid August, will be moved to Friday, Aug. 14 this year.

Fairplex's Racing Role Could Expand

Fairplex's Racing Role Could Expand

Fairplex Park offers 16 days of competition in the fall as part of California's fair racing circuit. But with signs pointing to the closure and development of Hollywood Park, Fairplex soon could play a more important role in the Golden State's version of the Sport of Kings.

Funny Cide Dealing With Soreness Issues

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Funny Cide Dealing With Soreness Issues

When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a phenomenal athlete.

Mexican Simulcast Company Upgraded

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Mexico's Caliente Group, a veteran player in the simulcast racing industry, has improved its simulcast system with major technical upgrades.

Welker to Join F-T Management Team

Welker to Join F-T Management Team

Bayne Welker will join Fasig-Tipton's management team as an account executive early next year. He has been the director of public sales and stallion marketing at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington for nine years. He also is the president of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association.

F-T Has 14-Sale Schedule in 2009

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Fasig-Tipton will conduct 14 Thoroughbred sales in 2009 in five states: Kentucky, New York, Florida, Maryland, and Texas. There will be 25 days of auctions in all. The schedule begins with the Kentucky winter mixed sale in Lexington Feb. 8-9.

Rose Awarded Russell-Rice Scholarship

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Meghan Rose has entered the freshman class at Vanderbilt University as the 2008 recipient of the Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Scholarship for sports writing, it was announced by the Thoroughbred Racing Association Sept. 26.

F-T Midlantic February Sale Canceled

F-T Midlantic February Sale Canceled

Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic division will not include a February mixed sale at Timonium in Maryland in its 2009 auction schedule. The auctions that will remain on the calendar for Timonium are the sale of 2-year-olds in training in May, a fall yearling sale in late September/early October, and a mixed sale in December.

Sale Trend Continues; Macho Uno Tops

Sale Trend Continues; Macho Uno Tops

A Macho Uno colt brought $400,000 to top the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, a session that saw the trend of decreases in the major sale indices continue.

Washington Cup VI Set for Sunday

Washington-breds will be out in force Sept. 14 at Emerald Downs as the track features Washington Cup VI -- a series of seven races worth $350,000 in purses.

Beck, Bell Named to NTRA Board

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) board of directors met Sept. 11 in Lexington and selected two new board members, Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm and Reynolds Bell Jr., chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

Slots Revenue Agreement OK'd for Calder

Slots Revenue Agreement OK'd for Calder

Churchill Downs Inc. and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association announced Sept. 10 that they have reached an agreement on a contract for future slot machine revenue at CDI-owned Calder Race Course.

Breeders' Incentive Director Named

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Jamie Eads, a Lexington native with extensive experience in the Thoroughbred industry, has been appointed director of breeders' incentives for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Keeneland to Offer 2YO Steroid Testing

Keeneland to Offer 2YO Steroid Testing

Keeneland officials plan to expand their testing program for exogenous anabolic steroids in sale horses to include the April select juvenile auction. That decision came after Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed emergency regulations Sept. 5 that ban the use of the common steroids boldenone, nandrolone, and testosterone in Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses competing in Kentucky.

Keeneland September Sale Opens Monday

Keeneland September Sale Opens Monday

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.

Monsun Colt Sells for 480,000 Euros

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.

St. Leger Sale Ends With Declines

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%.

Chelokee Relocated to Vinery

Chelokee Relocated to Vinery

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.

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