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  • Lots of Action as Keeneland Sale Begins

    The opening session of the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale got off to a strong start Nov. 5 with a host of top-class broodmares and broodmare prospects selling for seven-figures during the first five hours of action.

  • Champion Fleet Indian will sell in foal to Storm Cat during the first session of the Keeneland November sale.

    Fleet Indian to Sell at Keeneland November

    Last year's champion older female Fleet Indian is scheduled to sell in foal to Storm Cat on the opening day of the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, will consign the 6-year-old mare, who is believed to be carrying a colt based on fetal sexing, on behalf of her owner, Paul Saylor.

  • Trainer Doug O'Neill

    O'Neill Dissects Grace Anatomy

    When it comes to Grace Anatomy, trainer Doug O'Neill has her all figured out. She is a filly with "above average" talent and likes to come from off the pace.

  • Lawyer Ron

    Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron Ready for Classic

    Trainer Todd Pletcher is again in the eye of the Breeders' Cup storm. The Eclipse Award-winning trainer will saddle 11 runners, including Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron, both of whom are set to go 1 1/4 miles in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) during the two-day World Championship event Oct. 26-27 at Monmouth Park.

  • Smarty Deb

    No Cinderella Story for Smarty Deb

    Despite being listed at 30-1 on the morning line and never having competed in a graded stakes event, Smarty Deb is anything but a Cinderella story for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

  • Biancone Agrees to One-Year Suspension

    Trainer Patrick Biancone agreed to a settlement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority that will prevent Biancone from training horses for one year. He will not be listed as trainer of record for any horses running in the Breeders' Cup Oct. 26-27.

  • OBS Mixed Sale Wraps Up With Mixed Results

    When reviewing the action during the 2007 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale Oct. 8-12 in Central Florida, Tom Ventura, OBS general manager and director of sales, said it is difficult to compare the results with those of last year. This year, the sale had one less consignor-preferred session and one additional open session.

  • Session Topper - Malibu Moon - Blue Sky Princess by Conquistador Cielo.

    Average Up, RNA Down as Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Ends

    The 2007 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall yearling sale ended its three-day run at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., Oct. 3 with an increase in average price and a smaller RNA rate, while the gross and median took a small dive.

  • Session-topper; filly, Stormy Atlantic - Princess Birdeye by Indian Charlie.

    Double-Digit Increases on Day Two of Midlantic Sale

    Gross and average registered double-digit increases while the median dipped slightly at the close of business on the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale Oct. 2 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md.

  • Feel good mood continues as Midlantic yearling sale set to begin.

    Consignors, Fasig-Tipton See Strong Midlantic Sale

    Consignors and sale company officials are predicting the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale will break strong from the gate and hold a steady pace during its three-day run Oct. 1-3 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md.

  • Sale Topper Day 4; colt, El Prado - Favorite Funtime by Seeking the Gold.

    Son of El Prado Highlights Keeneland Day Four

    A striking son of El Prado sold for $750,000 to keep the train moving on the fourth day and the close of second catalog of the massive 15-day Keeneland September yearling sale. For the day, the sale company realized increases in gross, average, and median despite a drop in the number of horses sold.

  • $1 million colt; Distorted Humor - Santa Croce by Saint Ballado.

    Son of Distorted Humor Goes for $1 Million

    A dapper-looking son of Distorted Humor was purchased by WinStar Farm, agent, for the partnership of Maverick Racing for $1 million to highlight the late afternoon session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • $2 million colt, A. P. Indy - Blithe by Unbridled.

    Keeneland Day Two Starts Strong

    The second day of selling action at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale got off to a strong start when two of the first 10 hips sold for seven figures or more.

  • First-Crop Sires Spice Up Keeneland September Sale

    First-crop yearling sires always add an element of intrigue to any sale, but the class of 2007 adds an extra amount of interest to the Keeneland September sale due to fewer stallions sporting top-racing credentials and pedigrees with commercial appeal compared to the 2006 class.

  • Miller and West to Disperse at Keeneland

    A complete dispersal of bloodstock owned by the partnership of MacKenzie and Martha Miller and the late Dr. Smiser West and his wife Kathryn is planned for the Keeneland September yearling and November mixed sales.

  • Capote

    Champion Capote Dead at 23

    Champion Capote, a son of Seattle Slew, was euthanized Aug. 24 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The 23-year-old pensioned stallion was buried at his home of the past 16 years.

  • Biancone Veterinarian Suspended by KHRA

    Dr. Rod Stewart, a veterinarian for trainer Patrick Biancone, was suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority for failing to comply with an order to turn over his computer and records to state stewards.

  • Miss Andretti achieved a season peak rating of 120 on the 2006-2007 ANZ Classifications.

    Australia and New Zealand Annual Classifications Announced

    The many outstanding performances by Australian Thoroughbreds, both domestic and abroad, have been officially crowned in Australia. The 2006-2007 ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) Classifications were released, reflecting the best individual performances by Southern Hemisphere-bred horses in the past 12 months.

  • Skylight Training Center Opts for Pro-Ride Surface

    With the recent trend toward installing synthetic surfaces at racetracks and training centers around the country, Skylight Training Center, located near Louisville, Ky., is the first North American facility to install Pro-Ride Racing, a non-wax-based synthetic surface.

  • Churchill to Stop Releasing Handle Figures

    During a conference call to discuss second-quarter earnings, Robert Evans, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc., said the company would no longer release handle and attendance figures at the conclusion of race meets for its four racetrack properties.

  • After Market

    After Market to Stand at Lane's End in 2008

    Multiple grade I winner After Market, who has won three consecutive graded-stakes races since April, will enter stud in 2008 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.

  • Split Samples Mistakenly Tossed in Kentucky

    The state veterinarian for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority mistakenly tossed out two split samples from two horses that had tested over the approved limit for the approved bleeder medication Salix. Because of the mistake, the investigation into the overages has been dropped.

  • Slew's Tizzy eyes a Belmont victory.

    Slew's Tizzy's Trainer: The Facts on Fox

    Trainer Greg Fox could be the most educated man currently on the backside of Belmont Park. The young conditioner grew up in an academic home where his parents were well-respected college professors and he holds degrees from Boston and Tufts Universities.

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    Pletcher Makes Run at History with Rags to Riches

    Trainer Todd Pletcher will make history when he saddles Rags to Riches June 9 in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The grade I winner will become just the 22nd filly-- and the first since Silverbulletday in 1999-- to challenge the boys in the 1 1/2-mile "Test of a Champion."