Ron Mitchell

Ron Mitchell is the Online Editor for www.bloodhorse.com

New Logo, Corporate Name for The Blood-Horse

The Blood-Horse has a new logo and adopted a new corporate name to better reflect the diversity of the company, according to publisher Stacy V. Bearse, president and CEO. Previously operated as The Blood-Horse Inc., the company will now operate as Blood-Horse Publications.

500 More Breeders' Cup Seats Made Available

Arlington Park has put 500 additional seats for the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on sale to the public. The seats were previously set aside as part of the allotment for large groups or sponsors, according to Breeders' Cup spokesman Damon Thayer.

Juvenile Preview (9/12): Sky's the Limit

n the latest graded race for juveniles, trainer Bob Baffert led a sweep of the top four positions in the Sept. 11 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on the closing-day card at the southern California oval. The effect of the seven-furlong race on the Bessemer Trust Juvenile remains to be seen, however, as Baffert said winner Icecoldbeeratreds is more of a sprinter and will be kept at one-turn races.

Yearling Market Price Correction Continues at Keeneland's Second Session

Price correction within the yearling marketplace continued Tuesday as the gross and average prices fell during the second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The sales company reported 182 horses were sold for a gross of $50,145,000. The average price of $275,521 represented a 28.6% decline from the $385,721 average in 2001 when 197 yearlings grossed $75,987,000.

Keeneland's Marathon Sale Kicks Off With 33% Average Decline

With downturns in the U.S. economy and the selected summer sales, an air of uncertainty hung over the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky. before Monday's first session of the 12-day September Yearling Sale. By the end of the day, a lot of the questions being asked by buyers, sellers, and sales company officials had been answered. The bottom line is that there is less money in the yearling marketplace than there was at this time last year.

Youbet CEO Says Company is Strong and Growing

Youbet.com is on solid footing, according to the California online horse racing and wagering service's top executive. Chief executive officer David Marshall said he expects substantial increases in revenue and to secure additional capital within the next three months.

Two Barns Burn at Woodbine; Sunday Racing Canceled

Woodbine Racecourse canceled Sunday racing as a result of an overnight fire in two barns on the track's backetretch. Track officials said some horses were believed to have died in the 3 a.m. blaze in barns 7 and 7A but additional details were not immediately available.

O'Brien Trained Colts Post Group Wins at Curragh

Thomas L. Nichols' Century City, a 3-year-old Danzig colt produced from Canadian Horse of the Year Alywow, took a narrow lead with three-sixteenths of a mile remaining and continued on for a neck victory over U.S.-bred Common World in Saturday's Goffs International Stakes (Ire-II) at Curragh racecourse in Ireland.

Top Sire End Sweep Euthanized

End Sweep, the stallion who had shuttled between Australia and Japan after setting a North American record with 33 juvenile winners in 1998, was euthanized Thursday night at Shadai Farm in Japan after complications developed following a serious injury last month.

Seabiscuit (The Book) and Author Continue Winning Ways

Author Laura Hillenbrand and her best-selling book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" continue their winning ways. In recent weeks, the book was named "Non-Fiction Book of the Year," by BookSense; hit No. 1 on the New York Times paperback non-fiction bestseller list for May 18; and was selected as this month's selection by the "USA Today Book Club."

Magna Revenues Rise, Net Income Declines

Magna Entertainment, the publicly-held racetrack and off-track betting company, reported that revenues increased to $248.8 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2002, compared with $244.5 million for the same period one year ago.

Viva Brazil! Longshot Farda Amiga Stuns Oaks Field

Paulo Lobo can call himself an American success story. The 33-year-old trainer came from his native Brazil 16 months ago to try to build a successful career, much like his father has back home. Lobo is off to an impressive start after longshot Farda Amiga won the Kentucky Oaks by 1 1/4 lengths over favored Take Charge Lady on Friday.

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