Citing philosophical differences with the organization, jockey Pat Day has resigned as president and as a member of The Jockeys' Guild. "There is a distinct philosophical difference that prohibits me from any longer being a part of the organization," Day told bloodhorse.com Tuesday.
John R. Gaines, the Thoroughbred breeder who developed Gainesway Farm into a top commercial entity and was the originator of the Breeders' Cup program, is calling for the state of Kentucky to develop an economic incentive plan to help the horse industry.
- By Ron Mitchell
Golden Ballet, leader of the 3-year-old filly division this year on the basis of her two grade I stakes victories before being retired after suffering a bowed tendon, arrived at Craig Banderoff's Denali Stud on Monday, June 18.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Center have made significant progress in their quest to find the cause of the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome. According to reports presented Thursday during an informational forum at Keeneland, black cherry trees located in close proximity to horse pastures are the primary source of the cyanide that was detected in tests of dead foals and fetuses from mares that aborted.
The effects of the current crisis resulting from mares aborting or having late-term stillborn foals are being felt on the equine insurance business. According to insurance professionals, underwriters are not accepting any policies written for barrenness or prospective foal insurance in Central Kentucky.
How the horses that finished behind Monarchos came out of the Kentucky Derby and their future plans.
Cee Dee, a stakes-winning Ohio-bred son of Academy Award, died unexpectedly Monday. While an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death, co-owner and breeder Bruce Hudson said the colt might have been the victim of a massive infection.
The Todd Pletcher-trained duo of Balto Star and Invisible Ink turned in workouts Sunday morning that their trainer labeled "excellent" as the two continued to progress toward next Saturday's Kentucky Derby. In other Sunday workouts, Thunder Blitz worked five furlongs in :59 4/5 and Dollar Bill was timed in 1:00 flat for the same distance.
Two 3-year-olds being shipped to Churchill Downs for other races on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week could join the field for the season's first classic. Trainer Tony Richey said Boyce Roberts' Arctic Boy may run in the Derby rather than a conditioned allowance race on Derby Day he is being pointed toward. Richey said a final decision on Derby plans for the son of Maria's Mon will be made following a Monday workout under jockey Calvin Borel. Meanwhile, Churchill officials said trainer Simon Bray could also decide to run Turf Paradise Derby winner Startac in the Derby rather than the Crown Royal American Turf (gr. III), a 1 1/16-mile grass test on Friday's Kentucky Oaks card.
Godolphin stallion Dubai Millennium remains in intensive care at a Newmarket clinic following surgery. The condition has worsened to such a point that Godolphin's Sheikh Mohammed arrived Wednesday from Dubai to check out the stallion. Dubai Millennium, who is standing his first season at stud, underwent surgery Monday to relieve a blockage of the small intestine and additional surgery Tuesday night. "He remains in intensive care in Newmarket, but the vets are giving him every possible medical treatment to enable his internal system to function normally again," said Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson. "He's being a wonderful patient, and is comfortable, though clearly unwell."
Godolphin Racing's Street Cry has sustained an injury to his right front ankle and will not contest the Kentucky Derby, according to an announcement on Godolphin's Website. The exact nature of the injury to the 3-year-old son of Machiavellian or how long he will be out of training were not revealed in the announcement.
Ol' Memorial Stable and Michael Tabor's A P Valentine turned in his final tune-up for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) when he worked five furlongs in 1:00 at Keeneland on Monday. The A. P. Indy colt, who was on the track shortly before the maintenance break, worked in company with the older Inca Slew.
Devil Eleven Stable and D J Stable's Fountain of Youth (gr. I) winner Songandaprayer worked five furlongs in a quick :59 2/5 at Keeneland Racecourse Friday morning in preparation for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). The workout by the bay colt with the distinctive blaze was held up for more than an hour when Keeneland's main track was closed due to a training accident.
Forbes.com, the online initiative of Forbes magazine, includes Youbet.com on a list of five fast-growing technology companies with uncertain futures. In an introduction to its "Five That Could Dive" list, Forbes.com notes: "Being one of the country's 100 fastest-growing companies is a nice place to be, even if analysts rate your chances of surviving the ramp as less than good."
Magna Entertainment, the racetrack company chaired by owner-breeder Frank Stronach, reported Monday a net loss of $9.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2000. For the year, the company reported net income of $441,000 on revenue of $413.6 million. The fiscal year profit was a reversal from 2000, when Magna posted a $62,000 loss; the 2000 fourth quarter loss was $3-million.
Magna Entertainment, which operates seven Thoroughbred tracks, reported Friday that its losses for the fourth quarter will exceed previous estimates. Rather than the previously estimated $0.04 to $0.05 per share loss, Magna said the revised estimate is a $0.11 to $0.12 per share loss for the fourth quarter and income of approximately $0.01 per share for the year.
Champion sprinter Kona Cold was among the seven horses entered for Sunday's 49th running of the Palos Verdes Handicap, but was scratched out of the race due to his weight assignment. The 7-year-old gelded son of Java Gold started last year's championship campaign with a win in the Palos Verdes and was assigned top weight of 126 pounds for Sunday's renewal.
The unanimous choice for champion sprinter of 2000 would have faced last year's second- and third-place Palos Verdes finishers -- Big Jag and Freespool, respectively. Big Jag has been assigned 120 pounds and Freespool 116.
Affirmed, whose victories over Alydar in the 1978 Triple Crown races live forever in racing lore, was euthanized Friday. Affirmed was buried at Jonabell, along with the flamingo pink and black silks of owner/breeder Lou and Patrice Wolfson's Harbor View Farm. "It has been a privilege and honor to be the caretaker of Affirmed," said Jonabell general manager James Bell. "He will be greatly missed and certainly never forgotten. His tremendous heart, class and courage made him a genuine pleasure to be around – a true gentleman and champion."
With the second-largest crowd in Breeders' Cup history in attendance, California-bred Tiznow held off a strong closing kick from Giant's Causeway to win the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday.
Breeders' Cup Ltd. and TVG officials have granted permission for Beulah Park's WinBet interactive wagering subsidiary to accept bets on Saturday's Breeders' Cup championship day card.
Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus was installed the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $4,770,000 Breeders' Cup Classic when post positions were drawn Wednesday. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Fusaichi Pegasus will start from the 9 post under jockey Kent Desormeaux.
A lawsuit involving the purchase and sale of the colt Saints Cup was settled out of court Friday shortly before attorneys for both sides made closing arguments and the case was sent to the jury.
Jurors hearing a horse sale lawsuit in a Lexington, Ky. courtroom might have felt like they were in a veterinary science classroom Thursday. After all, much of the day's testimony was devoted to the causes and effects of bowed tendons in horses and the recommended treatment of such injuries.
A Lexington, Ky. jury heard conflicting testimony Wednesday as the principals involved in the purchase of a high-priced 2-year-old colt at auction last year testified in connection with a lawsuit filed by the buyers of the horse.
A jury in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday began hearing opening statements in the Saints Cup case. The buyers, alleging fraud, are seeking to have their $850,000 purchase price rescinded. The sellers contend the buyers' agent did not exercise due diligence when he bought the colt.
Jayeff B Stable principal Richard Santulli is reportedly on the short list of Berkshire Hathaway executives who could become the company's chief executive officer should anything ever happen to company founder Warren Buffett.
Boosted by competitive bidding between Sheikh Mohammed, Coolmore Stud interests, and clients of trainer D. Wayne Lukas, the second session of Keeneland's fall yearling sale soared to record levels Tuesday, primarily on the strength of horses consigned by William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm. Among the highlights were the sale of a Storm Cat colt for $6.8 million--the highest price paid for a yearling sold at auction in North America since 1985--and two apparently world record prices for yearling fillies.
As expected, representatives of Breeders' Cup Ltd. and The New York Racing Association announced Friday that the 18th Breeders' Cup championship day races will be held at Belmont Park on Oct. 27, 2001.
Trainer Henry Cecil won the Vodafone (Epsom) Oaks (Eng-I) for the seventh time Friday when Lordship Stud's Love Divine posted a two-length triumph as the 9-4 favorite.
Joe Orseno-trained Golden Missile is scheduled to make his next start in Saturday's Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
Top American jockey Jerry Bailey will reportedly ride for Godolphin Racing in England during the Royal Ascot meet later this month.
During the days leading up to Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), most of the media attention was focused on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Aptitude, the morning-line favorite, as well as Unshaded, who was supplemented at a cost of $100,000, and Impeachment, third in both the Derby and Preakness. Very little consideration was given to D. Wayne Lukas-trained Commendable, who had one win to his credit prior to Saturday's classic.
As expected, with no 3-year-old shooting for a Triple Crown for the first time in the past four years, the overnight television rating and total handle on Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) declined.
Eleven 3-year-olds were entered Wednesday morning for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
Grade I winners Lite the Fuse and Smart Strike were represented by their first winners from their first crop of foals.
A combination of factors—the injury Saturday to Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and a solid workout Monday—led owner James B. Tafel and trainer Carl Nafzger to conclude that Unshaded should contest the $1-million Belmont Stakes.
Trainer H. James Bond confirmed Thursday morning that Behrens missed his scheduled workout over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga and will be scratched from Saturday's Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II).
Citing the 3-year-old gelding's inexperience, trainer Carl Nafzger announced Wednesday that Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) winner Unshaded will not run in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and instead will return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday.
The Maryland Horse Breeders Association is finalizing plans to investigate the use of medication in juvenile racing prospects offered at public auction.
Keeneland's July select yearling sale continues to shrink.
Lazy Lane Farms has announced that Kittiwake, a daughter of Sea Bird--Ole Liz who was one of the most broodmares in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the Upperville, Va. farm at age 32.
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