Headlines for Wednesday, August 9, 2006

  • Empire Maker filly brings top dollar on final night of Saratoga sale.

    Empire Maker, Mineshaft Fillies Fetch Seven Figures at Saratoga

    Relative newcomer Ahmed Zayat went to $1.6 million for an Empire Maker filly Wednesday night to top the 86th annual Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The historic sale, now with a two-day run, had yet another solid performance with the average virtually mirroring last year's figure and the gross increasing significantly.

  • Jockey Jose Lezcano

    Jockey Jose Lezcano Sent to Hospital After Fall

    Jockey Jose Lezcano, second in the Monmouth Park jockey standings, was taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch on Wednesday after being unseated by his mount Hermosillo during the running of the ninth race at the Oceanport, N.J., track.

  • Walden Says Bluegrass Cat to Run in Travers

    Elliott Walden, racing manager for WinStar Farm, breeder and owner of Bluegrass Cat, said Wednesday that the colt will run next in the Travers (gr. I) on Aug. 26.

  • Across the Board Increases at Louisiana Mixed Sale

    Increases were registered across the board Aug. 6 at the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Sales Co.'s annual summer mixed sale. The auction was held at the Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, La.

  • Former official Tim Smith caught up in NYRA controversy.

    Former NTRA Commissioner Comes Full Circle

    Tim Smith was a racing outsider when he was recruited as the first commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in 1998. Now, he's again an outsider--maybe even an outcast--caught up in the acrimony dominating the quest for the franchise to operate the three major Thoroughbred racetracks in New York.

  • Australian Mare Makybe Diva Tops IFHA Rankings

    Australian super mare Makybe Diva topped the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities official end of season assessment of those horse which had either raced in or been trained in countries whose season ran from Aug. 1 2005 to July 31, 2006 (July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006 in South America).

  • Shoemaker Foundation to be Dissolved

    The Shoemaker Foundation, named in honor of jockey Bill Shoemaker and established to assist injured racetrack personnel, is in the process of being dissolved, according to the Lexington <i>Herald-Leader</i>

  • New York Trainer Charged After Accident

    New York trainer Frank Laboccetta, Jr., has been charged with driving while his ability was impaired by drugs following a weekend accident in Saratoga Springs, New York, according to the <i>Saratogian</i> newspaper.

  • ESWG Offers Recommendations to NAIS Subcommittee

    The Equine Species Working Group made recommendations Aug. 1 to the National Animal Identification System subcommittee on how the equine industry might reach NAIS compliance in the future. Each of the different species working groups report to the NAIS subcommittee, which in turn reports to the secretary of agriculture's advisory committee on foreign animal and poultry diseases. The two focal points of the ESWG report were movement and identification.

  • Michigan Horseman Miller Dies at Age 76

    Bob Miller, a leading Michigan Thoroughbred trainer and breeder and a defensive tackle on the Detroit Lions' powerhouse teams that won three NFL titles in the 1950s, died Monday after a long bout with cancer. He was 76.