Headlines for Friday, August 12, 2005

  • Two-Day NYBSC Sale Grosses $1.25 Million

    The New York Breeders' Sales Co.'s inaugural yearling sale at the Yaddo show grounds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. came to a close Friday evening, with 112 yearlings being reported as sold over the two-evening run for a gross of $1,254,800, good for an average of $11,204.

  • English Channel Gives 'Grand Slam' Fast Start

    By winning the first two legs of the inaugural Grand Slam of Grass, English Channel has instantaneously brought to life a demanding turf series that many thought far-fetched when it was first announced. The bonus series guarantees a $5 million payout to the exceptional horse that can sweep the four races.

  • Don't Get Mad, winning the Derby Trial, is working toward the Travers Stakes.

    Don't Get Mad Works Mile for Travers

    B. Wayne Hughes' Don't Get Mad, winner of the Derby Trial and Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), tuned up for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) with a mile work Friday in 1:41 at Santa Anita.

  • Toll Taker Can Collect in Monmouth BC Oaks

    Toll Taker can lose her "inconsistent" tag when the 3-year-old filly heads to the post in Sunday's $200,000 Monmouth Park Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III).

  • 10 Likely for Pacific Classic After Nominations

    Hollywood Gold Cup winner Lava Man heads a list of 14 nominations to Del Mar's $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 21. Of those, a field of 10 seems likely for the 1 1/4-mile test.

  • CDI Eliminates 18 Positions at Hollywood Park

    Churchill Downs Inc. is eliminating 18 positions at Hollywood Park, including four department heads, in anticipation of completing the Inglewood, Calif., racetrack's sale to Bay Meadows Land Co. The sale is scheduled to close Sept. 23.

  • Northern Afleet's Half-Brother to Bridlewood

    Act of Duty, a half-brother to Northern Afleet who sold for $3.6 million as a yearling but failed to win on the racetrack, has been retired and will stand in 2006 at Arthur Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.

  • Stallion Medaglia d'Oro, relocating to Stonewall Farm.

    Medaglia d'Oro, Marquetry, Doneraile Court to Launch Stonewall Stallion Division

    Audrey Haisfield (NeverTell Farm) and John Sikura (Hill 'n' Dale Farm) announced today that NeverTell stallions Medaglia d'Oro, Doneraile Court, and Marquetry are being relocated to Haisfield's Stonewall Farm near Midway, Ky., where they will stand the 2006 breeding season. The three stallions are expected to move prior to the Keeneland November Sale.

  • Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale Starts Sunday in Saratoga

    Fresh off a successful Saratoga select sale, Fasig-Tipton officials hope to keep the momentum going with their New York-bred yearling auction Sunday and Monday. There are 211 yearlings catalogued for the two sessions, which each begin at 7 p.m. (EDT) at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Grade I Filly Splendid Blended Retired

    Splendid Blended, a two-time grade I-winning filly, has been retired from racing because trainer Neil Drysdale's concern over her suspensory ligament.