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  • Storm Cat - Get Lucky by Mr. Prospector,  brought $2 Million at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

    Average Up and Median Steady at Saratoga

    Boosted by an impressive-looking son of Storm Cat, which fetched a final bid of $2 million, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale ended its two-night run in New York Aug. 5 with an increase in average price. The median price held steady whle the gross revenue dipped slightly compared to last year's figures.

  • Hip #158 colt, Storm Cat - Get Lucky by Mr. Prospector brought $2 Million during the second session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale Aug. 5.

    Son of Storm Cat Brings $2 Million

    An impressive looking son of Storm Cat fetched a final bid of $2 million from Michael Vincent Magnier of Coolmore Stud during the second session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale Aug. 5.

  • Storm Cat Filly Brings $1.5 Million

    Barry Irwin of Team Valor Stables went to $1.5 million to secure a lovely daughter of Storm Cat as the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling came to a close Aug. 4.

  • Ben Walden Purchases New Farm

    After surprisingly selling his Gracefield Farm near Lexington in May of this year, Ben Walden has purchased a new farm with plans of making it the last farm he buys.

  • New Farm Planned in Kentucky

    Mammad Huseynov, who purchased the sale-topping Don Gato at the 2008 Keeneland April 2-year-old in training sale, has purchased a near 100-acre farm near Lexington with plans to launch a breeding operation.

  • Zero Positives for Steroids at FT Sale

    Terence Collier, Fasig-Tipton director of marketing, reported that all 22 yearlings tested for exogenous levels of anabolic steroids at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, tested negative for the substances.

  • Fasig-Tipton: 22 Tests for Steroids

    The 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale marked the first sale in which the auction company offered buyers the opportunity to have their horses tested for exogenous anabolic steroids.

  • Wicked Exchange (Hip #441), Exchange Rate - Wickedly Wise by Tactical Cat, brought the top price of $375,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

    Figures Drop at FT Kentucky

    Despite registering across the board declines, the results of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, held July 14-15 at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington, did not overly disappoint sale company officials.

  • Wicked Exchange (Hip #441), Exchange Rate - Wickedly Wise by Tactical Cat, brought the top price of $375,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

    Exchange Rate Filly Leads Way at FT

    A daughter of Exchange Rate named Wicked Exchange, purchased for $375,000 by Zayat Stables, is the top-priced offering to pass through the sale ring on day two of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. The $375,000 price tag established a new high price for the sale. The previous top price was $330,000 for a son of first-crop sire Unforgettable Max, purchased by Hidden Brook Farm, agent for Paul Pompa Jr.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen

    Lawyer: Asmussen to Fight Drug Positive

    Trainer Steve Asmussen was notified June 26 that a horse in his care tested positive for the Class 2 substance lidocaine following a May 10 maiden special weight race at Lone Star Park, and his lawyer said Asmussen would fight the charge.

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    Eight Belles Tests Negative for Steroids

    Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tested negative for banned substances and steroids, according to test results from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's official laboratory at Iowa State University.

  • Kentucky Bear

    Preakness Profile: Kentucky Bear

    Kentucky Bear might have been shut out of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) by a lack of graded-stakes earnings, but the colt is now pointed toward the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Macho Again

    Preakness Profile: Macho Again

    For Macho Again, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) has been a will he or won't he proposition. Owner West Point Thoroughbreds had been considering the Ohio Derby (gr. III) for the son of Macho Uno, with the prospect of West Coast-based El Gato Malo going to the Preakness.

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    Chelokee On the Improve

    Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 during the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks day undercard at Churchill Downs, continues to be on the improve at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Dr. Larry Bramlage.

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    Einstein Proves Smart Choice in Woodford

    The Helen Pitts-trained Einstein went to the head of the class in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT), one race before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Barry Abrams

    Oaks Experience 'Golden' for Abrams

    Trainer Barry Abrams is happily soaking up his first Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) experience as his filly, Golden Doc A, prepares to take the gate for the $500,000 race going 1 1/8 miles May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Awesome Chic training earlier this week at Churchill Downs.

    Awesome Chic Has Pedigree to Win Oaks

    Despite entering the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at 20-1 on the morning line, Awesome Chic is a filly that should not be overlooked. She has the class and the pedigree to pull an upset in the 1 1/8-mile race for the lilies at Churchill Downs.

  • Proud Spell will be the likely Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) post time favorite if stablemate Eight Belles scratches in favor of the Derby.

    Jones Girls Rule Kentucky Oaks Line-Up

    Trainer Larry Jones took it as a sign of better things to come when his Eight Belles drew the outside 12 post for the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but all was not lost for the Kentucky-born trainer when his Proud Spell drew post 8 in the 1 1/8-mile race for the lilies on the first Friday in May.

  • Edgar Prado

    Prado Meets Pure Clan

    Pure Clan and jockey Edgar Prado met for the first time, while Awesome Chic went for a trip around the Churchill Downs oval, and trainer Dallas Stewart has yet to decide if he will start Honest Pursuit in the Oaks.

  • Bsharpsonata

    Another Filly Standout for Salzman

    Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) starter Bsharpsonata may be the current stable star in the barn of John and Tim Salzman, but she is not the first filly to draw attention to the Maryland-based father-and-son training team.

  • Rags to Riches grazing at Ashford Stud.

    Hangin' at Home With Rags to Riches

    One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

  • Golden Rod winner Pure Clan will be piloted by Edgar Prado in the Kentucky Oaks.

    Prado Partners With Pure Clan

    Jockey Edgar Prado will be in the irons when Pure Clan takes the gate for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs. The Oaks will make Prado's first mount aboard the daughter of Pure Prize. She was ridden in five of her six previous career starts by Julien Leparoux.

  • Mike Mulligan of Leprechaun Racing, agent.

    Pinhookers See No Reason to Alter Course

    With the results of the five major select sales of 2-year-olds in training in the books, pinhookers are now turning their thoughts to the summer yearling sale season and evaluating how much they are willing to spend, and how many horses they are prepared to purchase.

  • Niall Brennan

    Mixed Reactions to Keeneland Format

    The new April 2-year-olds in training sale format at Keeneland drew mixed reactions Wednesday night as consignors discussed the single breeze show followed by two evening sessions (April 8-9) of selling.

  • B. Wayne Hughes purchased hip#45, a son of Aldebaran out of the Storm Cat mare Propriety for $675,000.

    At Keeneland: Good Horses = Good Money

    The opening session of the two-night Keeneland April 2-year-old in training sale got off to a rough start April 8 at the Central Kentucky auction house with the number of horses not sold (30, or 46.9%) almost equaling the reserve not attained rate of last year's one-day sale (47.1%).

  • Keeneland Ready for Rain

    Keeneland director of racing Rogers Beasley said the racetrack is ready to open its spring meeting April 4, despite the threat of heavy rain in the area beginning April 3 and continuing through opening day. Forecasts are calling for around three inches of rain in the Central Kentucky area.

  • Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds.

    Optimism Reigns Supreme at Barretts

    One year after the sale registered positive results in gross, average, and median price, optimism remains the key word going into the March 12 Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Hip #122; colt, Seattle Fitz—Whiskey Babe, by Whiskey Wisdom.  One of the horses to watch at Barretts.

    Barretts Horses to Watch

    On the eve before the March 12 Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training, here are the horses that have people talking.

  • Forestry Filly Shines at Barretts

    A daughter of Forestry turned in the fastest eighth of a mile work March 10 at Fairplex Park during the second and final under tack show for the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Jockey Patin Arrested

    Louisiana-based jockey Joe Patin Jr. was arrested Feb. 29 in Beaux Bridge, La., on charges including possession of crack cocaine and reckless driving.

  • CHRB to Pay Owner and Turn Over Reports

    The California Horse Racing Board has agreed to pay owner Jerry Jamgotchian $19,440 in attorney fees and costs, as well as turn over necropsy submission forms for horses that died on California racetracks in 2006 and part of 2007, following an order by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

  • Commission May Appeal Drug Ruling

    After the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee struck down the Louisiana State Racing Commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium model rules for medication Feb. 11, the commission is yet to decide its next move.

  • Vet Rules Struck Down in Louisiana

    The Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee has struck down the state racing commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Model Rules, according to the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

  • Better Talk Now and jockey Ramon Dominguez

    Better Talk Now in FG Handicap

    The ageless Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and a graded-stakes winner each of the last five years, heads the field for the $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT), part of Louisiana Derby (gr. II) Preview Day Feb. 9 at Fair Grounds.

  • The 2007 Eclipse Award winners will be announced on Jan. 21.

    Curlin Tops Eclipse Finalists

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF) today announced the finalists for the 2007 Eclipse Awards.

  • Kentucky Moves to Regulate Steroids

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority supports the regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses in the state, and took the first step toward drafting and adopting the revised model rule offered by the Association of Racing Commissioners International and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium during a Dec. 17 meeting.

  • Cole Norman

    Trainer Norman Charged with DWI

    Trainer Cole Norman was arrested and charged Nov. 26 with driving while intoxicated, hit and run, simple criminal property damage, and possession of the drugs Lortab and Xanax without a prescription in his hometown of Haughton, La.

  • The 10th session of the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale saw declines.

    Keeneland Sale Hits Bump on Day 10

    The runaway train that had been the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale hit a slight speed bump during its 10th session Nov. 14, with gross, average, and median all falling off slightly while the number of horses sold were up compared to figures from last year.

  • Fleet Indian

    Fleet Indian Sells Privately

    Multiple grade I winner Fleet Indian was sold privately to Frank and Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm after failing to meet her reserve during the opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 5.