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  • Racing Legislation Clears GA Committee

    Legislation that would allow Georgians to vote on whether horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering should be brought to the Peach State passed out of the Regulated Industries Committee on a unanimous vote March 2.

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    Devil May Care Still Not Fully Recovered

    Multiple grade I winner Devil May Care, who finished 10th in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), continues to struggle from complications of a non-contagious form of hepatitis.

  • GA Racing Resolution Assigned to Committee

    A constitutional amendment that would allow Georgia voters to decide on legalizing horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering in their cities was assigned to a House Regulated Industries Committee during the week of Feb. 7.

  • Pinnacle in Negotiations for 2011 Race Dates

    The owners of the Detroit, Mich.-area Pinnacle Racecourse, which has been shuttered since November due to financial problems, including property tax issues, still want to host a limited racing schedule in 2011.

  • Blue Love: The Story of Blue Blue Sea

    Maryland resident Miranda Prather has an amazing story to tell about how her horse overcame odds by surviving a malabsorbtion disorder and several other health issues.

  • National Racing Compact Bill Clears KY Senate

    Following testimony by horse racing officials, legislation authorizing Kentucky to join a proposed National Racing Compact passed through the Senate State and Local Government Committee and the full Senate Feb. 9.

  • Georgia Horse Racing Resolution Introduced

    Georgia Republican Rep. Harry Geisinger announced Feb. 8 his filing of House Resolution 186, a constitutional amendment that would allow Georgia voters to decide whether or not to allow horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering.

  • David Switzer

    KY Immigration Proposal Worries Industry

    After being on the national back burner for the last three years, the illegal immigration issue has resurfaced again in Kentucky in the form of a bill that breezed through the Senate in early January.

  • Canterbury Announces 2011 Stakes Schedule

    Canterbury Park's 2011 Thoroughbred stakes schedule features 28 races worth $1.215 million in purses, highlighted by the $60,000 Minnesota Oaks and Derby, which are slated for Aug. 13 at the Shakopee, Minn. track.

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    First Jockey Eclipse Award for Dominguez

    While Venezuelan-born jockey Ramon Dominguez may have not posted a Triple Crown or Breeders' Cup victory in 2010, he vaulted above the rest and earned his first Eclipse Award as the top rider in North America.

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    Moss, Stall Weigh in on HOY Debate

    Owner Jerry Moss and trainer Al Stall gave their final thoughts on the Horse of the Year debate during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference Jan. 13.

  • Indian Buyers Active Again at Keeneland

    Due to the recent end of a five-year ban that prohibited the importation of horses from the U.S. to India, breeders and owners from the latter country have had a strong presence this year at the Keeneland November sale.

  • Pinnacle to Suspend Simulcast Operations

    Pinnacle Race Course officials shut down the Detroit, Mich.-area track following the end of its live meet Oct. 31 and announced that simulcast operations would be suspended until at least the spring 2011.

  • Just Reward, hip 185, at the Keeneland November sale.

    Goldikova Owners Buy Deputy Minister Mare

    Brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer went to $825,000 for Just Reward (by Deputy Minister), the dam of grade I winner Persistently, during the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Golden Ballet, hip 161, at the Keeneland November sale.

    Coolmore Buys Second Seven-Figure Mare

    Golden Ballet, a stakes-winning and grade I producing broodmare by Moscow Ballet, brought $1.4 million during the first session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Winchester boasts a record of 5-5-2 from 19 starts.
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    Firestones Looking for Another Epic Victory

    If Winchester were to capture the Nov. 6 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf, the Virginia homebred would provide his owners, Bertram and Diana Firestone, with yet another prestigious victory for the history books.

  • Fans say goodbye as Smarty Jones heads to Pennsylvania.

    Smarty Jones Fans Bid Farewell

    A day after a warm welcoming party was given for the champion mare Zenyatta at Churchill Downs, a plethora of Smarty Jones fans gathered at Three Chimney's Farm near Midway, Ky., to say goodbye to the Kentucky Derby winner.

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    Telling: A Longshot With a Tale to Tell

    In 2009, things didn't look good for Telling from the start of the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, where he finished a distant seventh, beaten 10 1/4 lengths by the winner Conduit.

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    Devil May Care Off BC Trail Due to Hepatitis

    After being diagnosed with a non-contagious case of hepatitis Oct. 7, multiple grade I winner and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) finisher Devil May Care will skip the Nov. 5 Ladies Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

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    Defending Champ Informed Decision Heads TCA

    Augustin Stable's Informed Decision will seek to become only the second horse to win the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) in consecutive years when she faces eight rivals in the six-furlong sprint.

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    Blind Luck Draws Inside Post in Cotillion

    Blind Luck, whose inspiring rags-to-riches story has garnered her a sizable fan base, is looking to add an eighth graded stakes victory to her resume in the Oct. 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes (gr. II) at Parx Racing.

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    Foreign Influences Felt at Keeneland

    Every year, the Keeneland September yearling sale is saturated with foreign buyers wishing to add some prominent North American bloodlines to their respective racing industries, and this year's auction has been no exception.

  • Mine That Bird's Brother Sells for $250,000

    A half brother to Mine That Bird was bought for $250,000 by Jerry Crawford, manager of Donegal Racing, at Keeneland Sept. 16. He was consigned by Bona Terra Stud, agent for Halecky and Needham.

  • Hip 1082, filly, Smart Strike - My Miss Storm Cat by Sea of Secrets, brought $550,000 during the Sept. 16 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Smart Strike Filly Brings $550,000

    A Smart Strike filly, the second yearling of the day to bring $550,000 was bought by investment manager George Bolton from Gainesway, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

  • Buyers, Sellers React to Book Two Format

    Following the first few days of Book Two horses being offered under a new format at the Keeneland September yearling sale, buyers and consignors had a chance to reflect on the positives and negatives of the change.

  • Hip 985, colt; Smart Strike - Madame Thor by Deputy Minister brought $550,000 during the Sept. 16 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    $550,000 Smart Strike Colt Leads Session

    A $550,000 Smart Strike colt fetched $550,000 during the Sept. 16 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. Bought by Bradley Weisbord, for Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables, he was consigned by Gainesway, agent.

  • Ron McAnally (third from left) won the Bevery D with Eclair de Lune for Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossis (2nd from left).

    Catching up With Ron McAnally

    Trainer Ron McAnally, who is selling a couple horses in book two at the Keeneland September yearling sale, is still basking in the victory of Eclair de Lune in the Aug. 21 Beverly D. (gr. IT).

  • Hip 658; filly, Malibu Moon - Erhu by Tactical Cat, brought $700,000 on day 4 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Malibu Moon Filly Brings $700,000

    A Dynaformer colt and a filly by hot sire Malibu Moon fetched $500,000 and $700,000, respectively. The Dynaformer colt was consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent, while the Malibu Moon filly was sold by Elm Tree Farm.

  • Giant's Causeway Filly Bought for $475,000

    Whisper Hill Farm paid $475,000 for a Giant's Causeway filly during the morning of the Sept. 15 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The filly was consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent for Cloverleaf Farms.

  • Smart Strike Ridgling Commands $1 Million

    A bay ridgling by Smart Strike was bought for $1,000,000 by George Bolton at the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale from Greenfield Farm for B.D. Gibbs Farm, agent.

  • Stormy Atlantic Colt Highest Price So Far

    A Stormy Atlantic colt was acquired for $500,000 by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. He was consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.

  • Hip 185 A.P.Indy-Private Gift

    A.P. Indy Filly RNAs for $1,250,000

    An A.P. Indy filly failed to meet her reserve when the bidding stopped at $1,250,000 during the Sept. 13 select session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. She was bought back by her consignor/breeder, Mt. Brilliant.

  • Hip 169 A.P.Indy-Madcap Escapade sold for $900,000 at the Keeneland Yearling Sales.

    Lunsford Buys Out Sikura in A.P. Indy Filly

    A daughter of A.P. Indy out of millionaire Madcap Escapade was bought for $900,000 by breeder Bruce Lunsford from Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, at the Sept. 13 select session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Distorted Humor Colt Bought for $900,000

    A $900,000 Distorted Humor colt was the second offspring by that sire to bring a significant price at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13. He was consigned by Gainesway, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.