Headlines for Wednesday, September 22, 2004

  • Olmodavor Retired, to Stand for Adena Springs

    Multiple graded stakes winner Olmodavor, who had been nominated to the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) later this month, has been retired, trainer Richard Mandella said on Wednesday.

  • N.Y. Trainer Sciacca Hit With 120-Day Ban

    Thoroughbred trainer Gary Sciacca was suspended for four months and two of his employees and a Belmont Park veterinarian were handed stringent penalties Wednesday by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board over milkshaking charges stemming from last year.

  • Natalma Winner Fearless Flyer Moves to Cecil

    J. Paul Reddam's Natalma Stakes (Can-III) winner Fearless Flyer has been transferred to trainer Ben Cecil in California where she will be prepared for a start in the Oct. 2 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

  • Imperialism, favored in Super Derby.

    Imperialism Gets Post 7 for Super Derby

    Imperialism, third-place finisher in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), drew post seven Wednesday and has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Super Derby XXV (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.

  • Breeders' Cup at Lone Star is Sold Out

    The Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, is officially sold out, officials announced Sept. 22. All 51,034 reserved seats at the racetrack have been allocated, which makes for an advance-sales record for the event.

  • Artie Schiller, winning the Hall of Fame Stakes.

    Artie Schiller Works Toward Jamaica

    Artie Schiller, arguably the second best 3-year-old turf horse in the nation behind Kitten's Joy, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 over Belmont Park's main track Tuesday in preparation for Sunday's grade II, $200,000 Jamaica at nine furlongs on turf.

  • The picture was sunny outside and inside the Keeneland sale pavilion.

    Keeneland September Sale Hits Record Mark

    With six sessions remaining, the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale established itself as the highest grossing September auction in the history of the Central Kentucky sale company--breaking the mark of $291,827,100 set at the close of the 2000 September sale. The mark was broken following the sale of hip 2696, an <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1439425&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Awesome Again</a> colt, purchased for $55,000 by Bradley Shannon from the consignment of Middlebrook Farm.

  • Tote Protocol, Signal Pricing Debated at Conference

    One day after the first public presentation of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Wagering System Task Force report, two issues central to the report--wagering systems and signal pricing--were discussed in depth Sept. 21 on day two of the International Simulcast Conference in Miami Beach, Fla.

  • 'Mutuel Fun' Could Get Test at Keeneland Meet

    Keeneland will request approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Sept. 27 to offer a new wager whereby patrons can invest money in a group of predetermined selections during each racing program at the meet that begins Oct. 8.

  • Keeneland training track features new Polytrack materials developed by Martin Collins.

    Above the Surface

    Is Polytrack the future of racing surfaces in the United States? The five-eighths-mile training track at Keeneland may ultimately answer that question.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    From Texas Tea

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - William S. Kilroy was racing a small, modest stable in Louisiana 30 years ago when he decided he wanted to enter the breeding side of the business. He approached a family friend with whom he had much in common, and the two hatched a plan to execute Kilroy's wishes.

  • Special Work

    <i>By Lucy Young Hamilton</i> - Many causes connected to racing deserve our best efforts and generosity. I am personally connected with several, and believe in each of them, but the work of Grayson-Jockey Club is special. Here the good graces of those in racing directly benefit the animal that makes it all possible.

  • A new era begins at Mare Haven Farm

    Mare Haven Farm near Lexington will now be known as CASA Farms under the new ownership of Florida residents Clint and Susan Atkins.

  • Four Selected for Fair Grounds Hall of Fame

    The 2003 Horse of the Year, Mineshaft, his trainer, and his regular rider make up three-fourths of the induction class of 2005 for the Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame, track officials announced Sept. 21.

  • Mossman Has Colic Surgery; Breeding Season Over

    Last year's boom Australian freshman stallion Mossman (Success Express -- Lichen Lady) has undergone surgery for colic and will not serve another mare at Vinery Stud this season.