Articles posted September 14, 2001

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Maria's Mon Colt Tops Keeneland Session; Average Slips

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.

Mare Reproductive Loss Survey Confirms Some Beliefs; Belies Others

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: Come to Us With Plan

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.

Dubai Destination Claims First Group Win

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.

World Thoroughbred Championships Dedicated to 'New York Heroes'

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.

Meadowlands Closes for the Weekend

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.

Belmont Park Cancels Stakes-Filled Weekend

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.

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