Headlines for Thursday, August 21, 2003

  • Positive Figures Plentiful at OBS Open Auction

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s open yearling sale concluded Thursday night posting sizable gains in gross, average, and median price and the buy-back rate fell 2% from a year ago. The sale that had 681 yearlings reported as sold is a boost to yearling market as it followed downward trends last week at the Fasig-Tipton New York sale of preferred New York-breds and the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's yearling sale at Del Mar.

  • CHRB Shortens Horsemen's 2004 Christmas Break

    It was only a single day on the proposed 271-day Thoroughbred racing circuit in Southern California in 2004. But for representatives of the state's owners and trainers appearing Thursday before the California Horse Racing Board, it was meaningful.

  • OBSC Open Sale Concludes With Overall Gains

    Loni's Appeal, a filly by Successful Appeal out of Loni Girl, by Future Storm, went to John Brocklebank for $55,000 to top the final open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2003 August Yearling Sale.

  • Trainer Barclay Tagg on Travers decision: "There are a lot of factors here."

    Funny Cide, Empire Maker Both 'Iffy' for Travers

    Triple Crown race winners Funny Cide and Empire Maker remain on the "if" list for Saturday's Travers (gr. I). If this happens, they will go to the post for the $1 million race. It that happens, they won't.

  • Top Broodmare Too Chic Dies at Age 24

    Grade I winner and foundation broodmare Too Chic was euthanized Wednesday at Middlebrook Farm near Lexington, Ky. due to the infirmities of old age.

  • Candy Ride, Kudos Drill for Pacific Classic

    Candy Ride, the undefeated Argentine-bred, and multiple stakes winner Kudos completed their work this morning for Sunday's $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic, with sharp workouts on the main track.

  • River Downs to "Seed" Exacta Pool

    Due to a snafu by a racing official at River Downs earlier in the meet, River Downs will attempt to remedy the situation by "seeding" an exacta pool with $5,000 in the last race on the last Friday (Aug. 29) of the meet.

  • Xalapa Farm to Offer Full Boarding Services

    Picturesque Xalapa Farm in Paris, Ky., which was used as the backdrop for several scenes in the movie <i>Seabiscuit</i>, is now offering complete boarding services for mares and horses of all ages.

  • Push for OTB Expansion Underway in Virginia

    Signatures are being gathered in the town of Vinton, Virginia to place a referendum on the November ballot for what could be Virginia's first off-track betting center outside of southeastern Virginia.

  • Carry on Katie Remains Unbeaten in Lowther

    Kentucky-bred juvenile filly Carry on Katie remained perfect in two career starts and earned her first group stakes win in the Peugeot Lowther Stakes (Eng-II) at York Thursday.

  • TOC Honors Owners of the Year

    The Thoroughbred Owners of California awarded its Owner of the Year honor to Trudy McCaffery, John Toffan, William S. Farish, and John B. Goodman, the owners of Came Home, at the TOC Annual Meeting August 16 at Del Mar.

  • New Jersey Poised to Approve OTB Facilities

    State officials are set to approve a plan to create 15 off-track betting parlors in New Jersey. The plan follows legislation passed in 2001 and a voter referendum approved three years earlier.

  • Oasis Dream Breezes to Victory in Group I Nunthorpe

    Oasis Dream, the top sprinter in the world according to the latest World Thoroughbred Ratings, collected his third career group I victory with a sharp win in the Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) at York Thursday.

  • Disagreement Over Ownership of Rock of Gibraltar Sparks Feud

    John Magnier of Coolmore Stud and Sir Alex Ferguson shared uncommon enjoyment together when Rock of Gibraltar was winning group I races one after another, but now the relation has taken a down turn over the champion racehorse's stallion career.

  • Six Winning Tickets on Ellis Pick Six

    Ellis Park began the Wednesday card with the second-highest Pick Six carryover in track history of $280,255. An additional $746,391 was wagered on the Wednesday card, with the result being six winning tickets worth $119,482.20 each.

  • Grand Slam Filly Tops OBS's Second Open Session

    A filly by Grand Slam consigned by Sez Who Thoroughbreds was purchased by Carolyn Wilson for $60,000 to top the second open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2003 August yearling sale.