Articles posted March 30, 2004

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Classic Winner T J's Lucky Moon Retired

T J's Lucky Moon, who wowed Canadian fans by capturing the 2002 Queen's Plate Stakes at 82-1, has been retired from racing and will take up residence at owner Gino Molinaro's farm near Acton, Ontario.

Numerous Times to Stud in Australia

Numerous Times, winner of the 2001 Atto Mile Stakes (Can-I) in course-record time of 1:32.79 at Woodbine en route to a title as Canada's champion male turf runner, was sold to Australian interests for stud duty.

Lucky Pulpit Among West Coast Workers

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams' Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) candidate Lucky Pulpit, eighth in the San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) in his last start after displacing his palate, worked a half-mile in an easy :50 3/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Tuesday morning.

Undefeated Filly Among 14 Late Triple Crown Nominees

The unbeaten filly Madcap Escapade is among 14 late nominations to the 2004 Visa Triple Crown and $5-million Visa Triple Crown Challenge. The addition of the late nominations, for which a $6,000 fee was required before March 27, makes this year's total of 448 nominees the third largest overall since the birth of Triple Crown Productions in 1986.

Magic Millions Premier Sale Posts Record Average

The Magic Millions Gold Coast premier yearling sale ended with a record average of Aus$16,464 (U.S.$12,400) for the 366 yearlings sold. The gross revenue climbed to Aus$6,026,000 (U.S.$4,517,400), almost double the 2003 figure.

Darley Expanding Australian Stallion Operation

When Darley came to Australia in 2001, everyone connected withThoroughbred breeding sensed it was going to be a move of significance. Last year, Darley stood 10 stallions and attracted 785 mares. This year, with four more stallions and stud fees reduced to make them attractive to any broodmare owner, combined with the travel rebate and Darley's easy to acquire foal share deals, means that 785 may well double.

Buyer Beware

By Ray Paulick -- The Jockey Club of England apparently is poised to clamp down on the fleecing of horse owners by banning agents and trainers found to be in serious violation of an industry code of ethics from the country's 59 racecourses.

The Gripes of Wrath

By Graeme Beaton -- It may be one of the eternal truths that emerges on judgment day--that the cost of horse ownership is really a tax on stupidity.

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