On a day when the U.S. stock market plunged 360 points, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale generated strong enough figures during its third session to keep the auction's cumulative gross up 13.8% and the average price up 9.9% from a year ago.
- By Tom Precious
Two days after a top lawmaker said he believes Gov. Eliot Spitzer has moved away from the idea of awarding the entire Thoroughbred racing franchise to the New York Racing Association, a plan is kicking around in Albany to split the three tracks among different entities.
Northern California horsemen are hoping that Tapeta Footings, unveiled Nov. 7 at Golden Gate Fields, will put the bounce back in their racing circuit.
Youbet.com reported a decline in overall handle and increase in total revenue for the third quarter of 2007, but a related earnings conference call with analysts Nov. 7 was punctuated by discussion of the federal investigation involving the company's off-shore entity, International Racing Group.
As the Keeneland November sale continues on a strong note, Ron Mitchell discusses the market with Tom Thornbury, associate director of sales.
Any Given Saturday, who won the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths, has been retired and will stand at Darley for $40,000 in 2008, it was announced Nov. 7.
- By Ron Mitchell
Veteran stallions A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, and Smart Strike -- all of whom stand at Lane's End Farm -- top the list of covering sires by average during the first two sessions of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Bit of Whimsy, upset winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) Oct. 13 at Keeneland, will carry her highest weight ever and take on a field of 13 other 3-year-old fillies, including two previously beaten competitors, in the $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 10 at Churchill Downs.
Grade II Winner Bwana Charlie to Journeyman
Mario Pino became the 15th jockey in North America to earn 6,000 wins Nov. 7 when he piloted Pass Play to victory in the seventh race at Laurel Park.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has released 19 horses trained by David Carroll from a 13-day quarantine for equine herpes virus in Barn 47 at Churchill Downs, the Louisville, Ky. race track announced Nov. 7.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has reached an agreement with HorseRacing TV to serve as an on-air analyst, the network announced Nov. 7.
Pensioned Irish stallion Almutawakel, who won the 1999 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), was euthanized because of chronic arthritis.
Howard Craig, who at one time ranked 11th among jockeys by wins, died Oct. 31.
Nine-year-old gelding Revved Up will be looking for his third consecutive victory on Florida Million day, as Calder Race Course celebrates the Sunshine State's Thoroughbred breeding industry by offering eight stakes worth $1.2 million for registered Florida-breds Nov. 10.
Lois Duffey, who won the 1990 Seagram Grand National Steeplechase in England with Mr. Frisk, died Oct. 6 in Chestertown, Md.
Veteran jockey Mark Guidry, 21st on the all-time list of North American riders with more than 5,000 victories, plans to close out his riding career Nov. 10 at Churchill Downs.
Simon Pure, a grade II stakes-placed son of Silver Deputy, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla.
Multiple grade II winner Silent Name will retire to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris after starting in the Nov. 23 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.
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