Headlines for Tuesday, September 20, 2005

  • Keeneland Train Rolls On

    Tuesday's eighth session of the Keeneland September sale brought the auction house past the halfway point of its 14-day yearling showcase. Buttressed by continued high buyer demand, market strength was again on display with increases in all categories when compared to the same session last year.

  • English Sire Robellino Pensioned

    English sire Robellino, a racetrack contemporary of Storm Bird and sire of three classic winners, has been pensioned from stallion duty at Littleton Stud because of his advanced age.

  • New Mexico's Zia Park Set to Open Friday

    Zia Park will kick off its inaugural 44-day season Friday with an 11-race card of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing, with the opening day program highlighted by the $50,000 Premier Stakes for Thoroughbreds at six furlongs.

  • Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Oujia Board is one of four 2004 Cup winners likely to run this year.

    Countdown to the Cup: Half Empty or Half Full?

    There are two ways of looking at this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, especially the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I). It is either a depleted group of horses that doesn't measure up to most Breeders' Cups or there is still plenty left to provide a championship-caliber afternoon of racing.

  • NTRA Approaches Critical Point on Memberships

    With 2006 a little more than three months away, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to push for membership renewals and seek new members in advance of its annual meeting, scheduled for Oct. 10-12 in Lexington.

  • Rare Brick, Semoran to Oklahoma Equine

    Unbeaten Rare Brick, sire of 27 stakes winners, and multiple graded stakes winner Semoran will stand in 2006 at Dr. Joe Carter's Oklahoma Equine Hospital near Washington, Okla.

  • Funny Cide, winning the 2003 Kentucky Derby.

    Funny Cide Sidelined; Being Readied for Gulfstream Meet

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who has been plagued by a recurring sore back since early July, will be given some time off on the advice of veterinarians, and will point for a winter campaign at Gulfstream Park, trainer Barclay Tagg said Tuesday.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    It's Just Business

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - The bidding duel between Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed and Ireland's John Magnier for the $9.7-million sale-topping Storm Cat--Tranquility Lake colt wasn't the only drama at Keeneland in the opening days of the annual September yearling auction.

  • High Drama

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Keeneland sales director Geoffrey Russell said the action during the select sessions of the September yearling sale was "like theater, the best theater anybody's seen in a long time."

  • Jockey Guidry Takes Hurricane Relief Supplies to Louisiana

    Jockey Mark Guidry, who started a horsemen's hurricane relief fund at Arlington Park earlier this month, left Chicago on Monday with a truckload of supplies for hurricane victims in and around Lafayette, Louisiana.