A Maria's Mon colt produced from Madeira M'dear (by Black Tie Affair) brought a top bid of $575,000 to top Friday's fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt, sired by the same sire of this year's Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, was consigned by Michael T. Barnett's Blackburn Farm, as agent.
Keeneland will begin posting on its Website Saturday afternoon some of the yearlings available through its Internet RNA auction. Online bidding begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 and the closes horse-by-horse at five minute intervals by hip number starting at 2 p.m. on Sept. 27.
Results from the survey of 133 farms in Central Kentucky regarding the early fetal loss and late-term abortions that occurred this spring substantiated the preliminary ideas held by researchers and veterinarians this spring. The survey also put to rest some fears of causes put forth by individuals in the industry. It is perhaps this second result that makes the survey good news for horse owners.
Kentucky legislators, seemingly receptive to the plight of the state's horse racing and breeding industry, indicated a willingness Friday to consider any proposal for assistance as long as the industry is on the same page. At a committee hearing in Frankfort, Ky., the issue of alternative gaming came up at least indirectly, and no one flinched.
Greenwood Racing will make donations totaling $100,000 to charities involved in disaster relief efforts in the City of New York resulting from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001.
Greenwood Racing will make donations worth $100,000 to charities involved in disaster relief efforts in New York City.
Flame Thrower will stand at Robert Slack's Stoneriggs Farm near Ocala, Fla. He will stand for $8,500 with a live foal guarantee.
Dubai Destination, a $1.5 million Keeneland July sale purchase owned by Godolphin Racing, won his first stakes race Friday at Doncaster in the Rothmans Royals Champagne Stakes (Eng-II). It was the colt's third start, and his impressive victory made has made him the favorite for next season's Sagitta 2000 Guineas. Godolphin's Ekraar won the Amco Corp. Troy Stakes the same day.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. on Oct. 27 will be dedicated to the families of New York firefighters, police officers, emergency services personnel and other victims in the surrounding communities who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. A special fund of NTRA Charities, with a minimum goal of $1 million, will be established by NTRA and NYRA. to receive contributions.
The Meadowlands' Saturday night Thoroughbred card has been cancelled and simulcasting will not be offered at the East Rutherford, N.J. facility on Saturday and Sunday. The Meadowlands has been dark since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11.
In light of the terroristic tragedy that hit New York City and Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, New York Racing Association officials have cancelled racing at Belmont Park until Wednesday, Sept. 19. The Jerome Handicap has been rescheduled for Sept. 22, but the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), Matron Stakes (gr. I), and Futurity Stakes (gr. I) have all been canceled.
The shutdown of New York airports will keep Beautiful Pleasure and Hero's Tribute out of important graded stakes races at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Excerpt from Women in Racing for week Sept. 15.
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