Headlines for Friday, December 9, 2005

  • Fair Grounds Hikes Purses 18%, Adds Stakes

    Fair Grounds Race Course announced Friday that it is increasing its purse schedule by 18% and adding five new stakes races for Louisiana breds to its Harrah's Louisiana Downs schedule.

  • Dream of Summer Among 13 in Bayakoa 'Cap

    The ultra-consistent California-bred millionaire Dream of Summer will carry high weight of 122 in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) Sunday, a race that drew four grade or group I winners at Hollywood Park.

  • Horse Paintings Available for Holidays

    If you're looking for that perfect holiday gift for the racing fan on your shopping list, take heart--paintings by famous racehorses will be available for purchase on E-Bay beginning Saturday, Dec. 10.

  • Rock Hard Ten's final victory came in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup.

    Rock Hard Ten to Stand at Lane's End for $50,000

    Rock Hard Ten, a multiple grade I winner and impressive winner of the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Oak Tree Oct. 1 in what would be his final race, will stand the 2006 breeding season at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. The son of the late leading sire Kris S. will stand for $50,000 it was announced Friday morning.

  • Millionaire Forever Silver.

    Millionaire Forever Silver Dies

    Millionaire Forever Silver, the sire of stakes winners Carlow and Nu Rival, was euthanized Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Cornell University Equine Research Park in Ithaca, New York. The 20-year-old gray horse had suffered an injury to his left hind leg.

  • Grade I Winner Nothing to Lose Retired

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey, owners of Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., have retired their homebred grade I winner Nothing to Lose from racing.

  • Ireland Set to End Tax Break on Stud Fees in 2008

    The tax-free status of stallion income in Ireland will be abolished, as had been widely predicted, but not until July 31, 2008. Ireland's finance minister Brian Cowen announced the decision during his budget speech before the Irish parliament on Dec. 7.

  • Designed for Luck, winning the Shoemaker Mile, was scratched from the Hong Kong Mile.

    Designed For Luck, 'Missile' Scratched in Hong Kong

    United States-based Designed For Luck and Great Britain-based Majestic Missile were withdrawn Dec. 9 from the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) and the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I), respectively. The races are two of four group I events to be run Dec. 11 at Sha Tin racecourse.