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Figures Soar at Keeneland's 13th Session

Figures Soar at Keeneland's 13th Session

Topped by a Victory Gallop filly sold for $95,000, Sunday's 13th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale followed the pattern of the 10 previous sessions as the gross receipts and average and median prices soared.

Grade I Winner Summerly Retired

Grade I winner Summerly, a 2005 Eclipse Award finalist, has arrived at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., to become a broodmare.

Speightstown Stays at $40,000

WinStar Farm, which already has released 2007 fees for Distorted Humor ($225,000) and incoming stallion Bluegrass Cat ($50,000), will keep sprint champion Speightstown (Gone West--Silken Cat, by Storm Cat) at $40,000 live foal.

Unbridled Energy to Crestwood

Unbridled Energy, a multiple graded winner by Unbridled's Song, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington for a fee of $10,000.

Champion Countess Diana Dead

Eclipse Award winner Countess Diana, whose Breeders' Cup win remains the third-largest margin of all time, was euthanized over the Memorial Day weekend at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.

Pletcher Sends Out

Todd Pletcher, whose bench is stronger than most other trainers' first string, sends out the first team on Saturday, when he'll saddle Bluegrass Cat in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III).

Bush Named Farm Manager at Denali

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Gary Bush, who recently resigned as general manager at WinStar Farm, has been named manager of Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky.

Intercontinental Favored in WinStar Galaxy

Intercontinental, one of many highly consistent turf runners from the Bobby Frankel barn, should be the solid choice when a field of nine goes a mile on the turf Sunday at Keeneland in the WinStar Galaxy Stakes (gr. IIT).

Northern Afleet's Half-Brother to Bridlewood

Act of Duty, a half-brother to Northern Afleet who sold for $3.6 million as a yearling but failed to win on the racetrack, has been retired and will stand in 2006 at Arthur Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.

Northern Afleet Season to be Sold to Benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand

The Northern Afleet syndicate and its manager Taylor Made/WinStar venture has agreed to donate the proceeds of a live auction of a 2006 Northern Afleet no guarantee season to benefit "Alex's Lemonade Stand." The auction of this season will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. on the backstretch of Churchill Downs adjacent the clocker's stand.

Groom Elite Program to be Offered in Kentucky

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This spring, Churchill Downs and the Klein Family Learning Center/WinStar Library and Classrooms (Learning Center) will offer The Groom Elite ™ Program, which has never been offered in Kentucky. The program, which can host 30 grooms at a time, will begin May 10. The program is free to students and is sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

Northern Afleet to Taylor Made

Northern Afleet, whose grade I-winning son Afleet Alex ran second in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. I), will be relocating to Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.

Classy Speightstown Sizzles in Sprint

Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Speightstown roared to the front in early stretch, opened up a commanding lead, then held off the late run of Kela to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) by 1 ¼ lengths. The son of Gone West covered the six furlongs in 1:08.11.

Speightstown to Stand at WinStar

Speightstown, winner of the recent Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II), will stand next year at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Our Emblem Shuttling to Brazil

Taylor Made Farm and WinStar Farm have agreed to lease Our Emblem to Goncalo Borgs Torrealba's TNT Stud in Centro-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the upcoming season.

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