Headlines for Thursday, November 8, 2007

  • Countess Gold, the dam of European group II winner Strike the Deal, was the session's most expensive horse, selling for $850,000.

    Results Mixed at Keeneland

    The fourth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale produced mixed results, but the cumulative gross revenue and average price continued to remain well ahead of last year's pace in Lexington.

  • Luis Garcia

    Jockey Luis Garcia Breaks Wrist

    Jockey Luis Garcia will miss six weeks after fracturing a bone in his right wrist at Laurel Park Nov. 8. The 23-year-old was injured when Yarroway clipped heels with another runner and tossed the rider in the eighth race.

  • Field Size an Issue at Delaware

    Delaware Park, one of Thoroughbred racing's pioneers in terms of combining racing and video gaming, ended its 2007 meet Nov. 4 with declines in total handle and field size, though purses paid increased about $1 million.

  • The undefeated Peppers Pride

    Peppers Pride Chases 13th Straight

    The undefeated filly Peppers Pride pursues her 13th straight victory and Rocky Gulch, one of the most popular New Mexico-bred horses ever, returns in Zia Park's third New Mexico Cup program Nov. 11.

  • Prairie Dates Set; Horsemen Balk

    The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Nov. 8 approved a plan by Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino for a 2008 racing season over the objections of Thoroughbred interests that wanted a longer spring meet.

  • Golden Strategy comes in from Florida to try the Red Smith.

    Red Smith on Turf Looms Wide Open

    The Nov. 10 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct will be run at a demanding 1 3/8 miles. The turf race also will prove to be a challenge to handicappers.

  • Alexander Tango Dies at Farm

    Alexander Tango, winner of the Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park in September, died in a freak accident at the O'Callaghan family's Woods Edge Farm near Lexington.

  • Exclusive Quality

    Exclusive Quality to Journeyman

    Exclusive Quality, a track record-setting son of leading sire Elusive Quality, will enter stud in 2008 at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla.

  • Sierra Sunset

    Mahubah's Corner: Sierra Sunset

    The Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) can be a big temptation for the owner of a promising colt that has not yet proven himself to rank with the best. Some yield; others, usually proving wiser, aim for lesser targets, allowing their youngsters to continue their development under less pressure. The latter strategy paid off nicely when Sierra Sunset picked up his third victory and second straight stakes score in the California Cup Juvenile Nov. 3.

  • Fran's Valentine

    Fran's Valentine Dead

    Fran's Valentine, the only horse to be disqualified from first in the history of the Breeders' Cup, was euthanized in early October because of the infirmities of old age.

  • Video: Keeneland Nov - Day 4 Wrap

    As the Keeneland November sale continues, Ron Mitchell discusses the market with Tom Thornbury, associate director of sales.

  • Soto will stand at Walmac Farm.

    Grade II Winner Soto to Walmac

    Soto, a grade II winner by Dehere, will stand at John T.L. Jones III and Robert Trussell's Walmac Farm near Lexington.

  • New Projects to Study Laminitis

    Two projects focusing on the equine disease laminitis will be launched soon using funds raised by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in memory of the late 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro. The projects, at more than $100,000, will be conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University.

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    CDI Keeping an Eye on the Future

    Churchill Downs Inc. reported a 7.1% increase in net revenue for the third quarter of 2007, but realized a 62.9% decline in net earnings, as the company's chief executive voiced hope for the future on a variety of fronts during a Nov. 8 conference call.

  • Istan, runaway winner of the Ack Ack (gr. III), Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs

    Istan to Stand at Airdrie

    Istan, winner of the Nov. 3 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) by 8 3/4 lengths at Churchill Downs, has been purchased by Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud.

  • New York Franchise Still a Question

    With a franchise expiration date of Dec. 31 fast approaching, it still remains very unclear who will be in control of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in 2008 and beyond.

  • Garden City (gr. IT) winner Alexander Tango; dead at age 3

    Gr. I Winner Alexander Tango Dead

    Alexander Tango, winner of the Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park in September, died in a freak accident Oct. 30.

  • Japanese Quarantine Agreed Upon

    Quarantine protocols will be enacted to enable Japanese horses to compete in the 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races.