A Touch Gold colt brought $325,000 Tuesday to top the upbeat opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.
The Louisiana State Racing Commission unanimously approved Fair Grounds' application to host an 81-day meet in 2006-07.
Horse Power LLC announced Tuesday that it has launched an online blog devoted to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Notes for Tuesday, April 25, on candidates for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Retired trainer James J. "Jack" Phillips, 86, died April 11 at his home near Raton, N.M.
Alumni Hall returns to his favorite racetrack for a repeat score in Thursday's Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at 1 1/8 miles.
Empire Racing Associates (ERA), a New York horsemen and breeder bidding entity, announced April 25 the appointment of Dennis Brida as executive vice president of racing operations/industry relations.
Sinister Minister or no Sinister Minister, Sharp Humor is the one they'll have to catch on May 6, says the colt's trainer Dale Romans. And any horse who dares look Romans' gladiator in the eye early in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will pay the price.
Three first-time Kentucky Derby trainers joined veteran conditioner Bob Holthus on a national teleconference April 25 to discuss final preparations for their horses heading into the Derby.
Six older fillies and mares are matched in Keeneland's Wednesday feature, the 1 1/2-mile, $100,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT). The Patrick Biancone-trained Angara won last year's event, spring-boarding off an explosive allowance win to open the meet. The conditioner looks to repeat the tactic with Louve Royale, a driving April 9 allowance winner over the course.
The Australian select broodmare sale concluded at Newmarket Tuesday with 474 lots achieving an average price of Aust$53,668 and a total aggregate of Aust $25,438,650.
For the connections of Flashy Bull and Sunriver, there are three things on their mind this week - Showing Up's puncture wound, Seaside Retreat's workout on Thursday, and Mister Triester's performance in Saturday's Derby Trial Stakes. Only after that will they know whether they've made it into the Derby field.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Diplomat Lady worked a half-mile in :48.20 after the renovation break at Churchill Downs April 24. The move was the third fastest at the distance. She galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20.
- By Pete Spanos
Penn National Gaming officials reported substantial gains for the first quarter ending March 31, 2006. The Pennsylvania-based racetrack and casiono company showed a 128% rise in post-EBITDA earnings, reporting$164.8 million for the period.
The Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) field is beginning to take shape with leading contender Balance scheduled to ship from Southern California to Kentucky April 29.
ReRun, a 501(c)(3) non-profit adoption organization, announced April 24 that a select group of its signature "Moneigh" paintings created by past Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners and other notable racehorses are now available on eBay.
Join renowned NBC broadcaster Tom Hammond as he prepares to host this year's 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Hammond will share his memories and insights on the eve of racing's most celebrated event and be the special guest live online for the Wednesday, April 26th edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" beginning at Noon.
- By Tom LaMarra
A $13.5-million appropriation for an expansion of the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington is among the budget line items vetoed by Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
Trainer Barclay Tagg says plans have been made for Showing Up to run in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 6, but first the colt must recover from a leg injury sustained during his victory in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes.
Churchill Downs announced Monday that Jockey Club Suites are still available for rental during their April 29-July 16 Spring Meet, with a few remaining for Kentucky Derby Week.
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory by Triple Crown champion Secretariat will be commemorated by Churchill Downs in a limited edition offering of Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses that highlight the track record set by "Big Red" in the 1973 Run for the Roses.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations' members announced April 24 pledges of more than $250,000 in early commitment funds to aid the nation's permanently disabled jockeys.
Thousands of Thoroughbred buyers soon will be receiving surveys asking what they think about the mandatory disclosure of surgeries that cause permanent changes in the conformation of sale horses.
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