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  • Christie's will auction sporting art from Santa Anita's LA Turf Club in April.

    Christie's to Auction LA Turf Club Art

    Christie's fine art auctioneers will offer about 20 pieces of sporting art from Santa Anita Park's Los Angeles Turf Club at various auctions this spring in New York. Highlights from the sales are on view at Christie's Los Angeles office March 5-6.

  • Steve Asmussen will send out Pyro (shown) and J Be K in the Louisiana Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3542585%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Asmussen Stablemates to Run in La. Derby

    With some important Triple Crown prep races on tap for the weekend of March 8, many trainers are looking for victories that could bring them closer to stamping their contenders' tickets for the first Saturday in May.

  • Giant Moon will try to remain unbeaten in the Gotham.

    Undefeated Giant Moon Set for Gotham

    Trainer Richard Schosberg, who has been preparing his New York-bred Giant Moon for the March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, is anxious to see if the colt will continue to show an affinity for long distances as he looks toward the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • The KEEP board of directors has agreed to back the proposed Kentucky casino legislation.

    KEEP Supports New Casino Bill

    After a Kentucky constitutional amendment calling for nine casino licenses passed out of committee Feb. 27, it was unclear whether the horse industry would continue to support the legislation. But indications lawmakers and Gov. Steve Beshear would look out for the industry led the Kentucky Equine Education Project to support the bill.

  • Ky. Gaming Bill Passes to House

    After extensive debate among Kentucky Democratic House leaders over whether or not a number of licenses should be set aside for racetracks in a proposed expanded gaming bill, the legislation finally passed out of committee Feb. 27.

  • John Veitch, Kentucky Horse Racing Authority chief state steward

    Martin Suspended; Barnett Pardoned

    At the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority meeting Feb. 25, John Vietch, the organization's chief state steward, reported on two major rulings that have taken place since the New Year.

  • An amendment for the Kentucky casino bill failed to pass out of committee Feb. 26.

    KY Casino Bill Fails to Pass

    A Kentucky casino proposal continues to sit on Capitol Hill in Frankfort, as a bill for a constitutional amendment failed to pass out of committee Feb. 26.

  • Ky. Talks Timing of Steroid Rules

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it difficult for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to implement steroid regulations in the state by Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Timing of Steroid Study Could Impact Regulations

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it difficult for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to implement steroid regulations in the state by Jan. 1, 2009....

  • KEEP Plans Rally for Casino Bill

    In an attempt to recruit people to support the proposed constitutional amendment for expanded gaming, the Kentucky Equine Education Project urged its members to attend a Feb. 26 committee meeting hearing for the bill, as well as a horse trailer caravan "rally" the same day in Frankfort.

  • Champion Shirocco, son of So Sedulous.

    So Sedulous Euthanized

    So Sedulous, the dam of German and Italian champion Shirocco, has been euthanized due to an illness. She was 17.

  • Good Journey

    First Stakes Winner for Magali Sire

    Grade I winner Good Journey was represented by his first stakes winner Feb. 16, when his 3-year-old son Sound Journey won the Top Cut Alister Clark Stakes (Aust-II) at Moonee Valley for trainer Mick Price.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announces legislation to authorize VLTs.

    Kentucky Casino Legislation Offered

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear unveiled legislation Feb. 14 calling for a constitutional amendment to allow for up to 12 casinos--seven at racetracks and five at non-racetrack locations.

  • The Preakness Trophy

    Jacobs Trophy Sale a Success

    To clear her mind and focus on fond memories, Patrice Wolfson, who bred and raced 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed with her recently deceased husband, Louis, attended a Jan. 17 auction at Christie's in New York that sold more than 200 racing trophies won by her late mother and father.

  • KEEP: Gaming Levels Playing Field

    To continue dialogue on why Kentucky needs expanded gaming, and to further educate the General Assembly on the matter, Kentucky Equine Education Project executive director Patrick Neely recently gave a presentation during a special legislative subcommittee meeting in Frankfort, the state capital.

  • Midnight Lute wins BC Sprint.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2633454%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Midnight Lute: Sprinter

    Nominated as one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's moments of the year, Midnight Lute's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) feat cemented him as the obvious choice for an Eclipse Award as champion of his division.

  • The Preakness Trophy

    Jacobs Trophies to Be Auctioned

    More than 200 racing trophies of the late Ethel D. Jacobs, North America's leading owner for three years, and her husband, Hirsch Jacobs, a Hall of Fame trainer, are being auctioned at Christie's in New York Jan. 17, 2008.

  • Citronnade went out a winner in Sunday's Dahlia (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park.

    Grade I Winner Citronnade Retired

    Frank Stronach, who will finish the year as the leading North American breeder and owner by earnings, has retired his grade I-winning filly Citronnade.

  • KEEP Raises Nearly $4 Million

    Many horse industry figures were in the spirit of giving during the Kentucky Equine Education Project's stallion season auction, billed with the tag line, "No Time to Hold Your Horses." The auction was held for the first time since 2004 to benefit causes supported by the organization.

  • Arlington Handicap winner Cosmonaut seeks his third graded stakes victory in the River City Handicap.

    Cosmonaut Looks Big in River City

    Millionaire Cosmonaut figures to be the clear favorite in the Nov. 23 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. The field of seasoned, older runners features horses bred in Kentucky, California, Canada, England, and Ireland.

  • Horses have begun training over the all-weather SAFETRACK surface at OBS.

    OBS Unveils Synthetic Surface

    Ocala Breeders' Sale Co., which recently completed the conversion of its one-mile dirt racetrack to an all-weather SAFETRACK surface, had its first horses work over the new track Nov. 16.

  • Top-priced weanling; Arctic Bright; white colt, Painting Freedom - Mesa Queen by Reign Road.

    Momentum Continues at Keeneland

    A steady group of buyers continued to provide strength to the market Nov. 15 during the 11th session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, resulting in across-the-board increases and a clearance rate of more than 80%. A dark bay daughter of Our Emblem brought $130,000 to top the session and close the sixth catalog of the 15-day auction.

  • Millennium Fundraiser a Success

    For the second year in a row, an effort to bridge the digital divide for underprivileged children of the Thoroughbred industry and throughout Central Kentucky was made through a fundraiser to benefit Tubby's Clubhouse.

  • The owners of Teuflesberg are optimistic that he can recover from his injury in the Phoenix Stakes (gr.III) to begin his stud career next year.

    Teuflesberg Expected to Begin Stud Career in 2008

    Teuflesberg, who was injured in the Oct. 6 Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, continues to have a successful recovery at Rood and Riddle Equine Cinic near Lexington. The colt, who had been on the road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships, suffered career-ending fractures in both sesamoids in his left foreleg.

  • The Tin Man retires at age 9 with earnings of more than $3.6 million. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1292138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    The Tin Man Retired Due to Fractured Knee

    The Tin Man, a 9-year-old multi-millionaire who has experienced continued stakes success on the racetrack, suffered a fractured knee while coming out of anesthesia following an Oct. 25 surgical procedure.

  • Monmouth Officials Hoping for Best Track Conditions

    In the midst of a dreary, misty first day of Breeders' Cup World Championship races Oct. 26, Robert Juliano, director of facilities and tracks at Monmouth Park, explained how officials are working to maintain both the dirt and the turf to provide the best possible conditions for tomorrow's card.

  • Greg's Gold trains at Monmouth earlier this week.

    Hofmans Confident in Balance and Greg's Gold

    David Hofmans, who will send out two horses in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, is convinced the advantages will outweigh the obstacles facing his runners in the Oct. 27 races at Monmouth Park.

  • Argentina

    Breeders' Cup Focus: Argentina

    Argentina may only have one overseas black-type score under her girth, but the 5-year-old mare's multiple on-the-board efforts have spoken volumes of her potential as she heads toward the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • KET to Produce 'Thoroughbred' Documentary

    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.

  • A to the Croft

    Breeders' Cup Focus: A to the Croft

    Though A to the Croft has been experiencing a case of "seconditis" lately in stakes company, trainer Kenny McPeek still believes the filly has enough talent to put it all together in the Oct. 27 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

  • Randy Funkhouser

    Funkhouser Still Has Chance to Race Horses in 'Classics'

    At an Oct. 9 hearing in Kanawha County, W.V., Circuit Court, Judge Charles King ruled that Randy Funkhouser, president of the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, would be allowed to enter his horses in the Oct. 20 West Virginia Breeders' Cup Classic pending the results of an independent arbiter's hearing.

  • Old Man Buck winning the Cradle Stakes at River Downs.

    Old Man Buck

    After Old Man Buck posted a victory in the Sept. 3 Miller Lite Cradle Stakes at River Downs and a third-place finish in the Oct. 6 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland, trainer Kenny McPeek decided to try the son of Hold that Tiger in either the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf or the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

  • UK Horse Racing Club Hosts Trainer Forum

    At a program hosted by the University of Kentucky Horse Racing Club in Lexington, five prominent trainers gave attendees a glimpse of what life was like while walking in their shoes. Called "Inside Horse Racing: the Trainer's Point of View," the Oct. 8 event featured a question-and-answer session as well as a silent auction to benefit the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center.

  • Wild Gams outlegs foes in the TCA at Keeneland

    Wild Gams

    New Jersey-bred Wild Gams, who is fully accustomed to running in the Northeast, will have a home-court advantage if she competes in the $1-million Filly & Mare Sprint Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park.

  • Beshear and Fletcher Continue Kentucky Casino Debate

    The topic of casino gaming that made for a heated Kentucky gubernatorial primary has continued to be the main force dividing Democratic candidate Steve Beshear and Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher as they look toward the general election in November.