Headlines for Tuesday, September 19, 2006

  • Booklet Colt Tops Eighth Session at Keeneland

    A bay son from the only crop sired by grade I winner Booklet brought the top price of $500,000 Tuesday at the Keeneland September yearling auction in Lexington. John Brocklebank, agent, purchased the colt from Vinery.

  • Lawyer Ron, before the Kentucky Derby, among contenders for the Super Derby.

    Lawyer Ron Ready to Take Next Step in Super Derby

    Before Barbaro and Bernardini began monopolizing the headlines with their heroics on and off the racetrack, Lawyer Ron was one of the dominant forces on the Kentucky Derby trail. On Saturday, he attempts to return to prominence in the 3-year-old division in the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II).

  • Pat Day Sculpture to be Unveiled at Churchill

    A life-size bronze sculpture of retired Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning jockey Pat Day is on schedule for a formal unveiling and dedication at Churchill Downs during the opening week of its Oct. 29-Nov. 25 fall meet. Day is the all-time leading rider at Churchill Downs and a member of Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame.

  • First Winner Sired by Smart Guy

    Graded stakes winner Smart Guy was represented by his first winner when his son, Secretintelligence, won Sept. 12 at Delaware Park.

  • Charles Town Fires Placing Judges

    Charles Town Races & Slots in West Virginia fired three placing judges who called the wrong order of finish for the second race Sept. 9, according to head state steward Danny Wright.

  • Kissin Kris to Tommy Town in California

    Kissin Kris, a grade I winner and millionaire, will stand in 2007 at Tom and Debbie Stull's Tommy Town Thoroughbreds near Santa Ynez, Calif.

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    Champion Lost in the Fog Euthanized

    Lost in the Fog, last year's Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, was euthanized Sept. 17, three weeks after doctors found three cancerous tumors in his spleen and along his back.

  • Ohio Racetrack VLT Question on November Ballot

    A referendum to allow video lottery terminals at seven racetracks and two stand-alone casinos in Ohio will be on the November ballot because supporters of the measure have obtained the required number of certified signatures.

  • New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi questions motives of state agency.

    New York Comptroller Blasts State Lottery Division

    New York's top fiscal officer has warned a state agency that its delay in approving a video lottery terminal casino contract for Aqueduct is costing the state needed revenue and risking bankruptcy for the New York Racing Association.

  • Geary to Discuss Vision for Ellis Park at Meeting

    Ron Geary, who is expected to close on his purchase of Ellis Park in late September, will discuss his vision for the western Kentucky racetrack at an Oct. 2 meeting of the Louisville Thoroughbred Club.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Return for Deposit

    <em>By Ray Paulick</em> - Increased distribution along with the convenience of telephone or Internet betting resulted in double-digit increases of advance deposit wagering handle in 2003-2005. Del Mar reported a 24% increase one year ago, which makes this year's 7% drop all the more puzzling -- and alarming.

  • The Big Battles

    <em>By Dan Liebman</em> - Many famous bidding wars have taken place at Keeneland, but never has the competition been as fierce as that between the ruler of Dubai, and the master of Ireland-based Coolmore Stud.

  • Unbridled Energy to Crestwood

    Unbridled Energy, a multiple graded winner by Unbridled's Song, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington for a fee of $10,000.

  • Breeders' Cup Hopefuls Busy in Southern California

    Several runners with their eyes on upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championship prep races around the country lit up the Southern California work tab Sept. 18, led by Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) winner Point Ashley, who logged six furlongs in 1:11 4/5, breezing, on the fast main track at Santa Anita Park.