Headlines for Monday, September 24, 2007

  • Eric Mitchell<br>Executive Editor of Digital Media

    Commentary: Spending Time With The Old Man

    <i>By Eric Mitchell</i> - It's been almost 20 years since I'd seen the Old Man, and the first time for Matthew. You know how time gets away. The Old Man's health has not been too good lately so a visit was essential.

  • Commentary: Culture Change

    <i>By Bobby Trussell</i> - Fifty years ago, the average number of lifetime starts per runner was more than 40. Now, shockingly, it is less than 14. Why? What has changed so much?

  • Hits Keep Coming Down Under Because of Virus

    Magic Millions, which conducts the largest movement of yearlings in Australia with its eight-day sale each January, has acknowledged the sale won't take place as previously advertised because of the equine influenza outbreak.

  • Day 14 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale continues to show increases.

    Keeneland Sale Finishing With a Kick

    Led by the $122,000 given for a half-sister to grade II winner Dream Rush, the Sept. 24 session of the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale again produced lofty percentage increases over the corresponding 2006 session.

  • Discreet Cat

    Discreet Cat Works; on Track for Vosburgh

    In his final breeze for the Sept. 30 Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, Discreet Cat worked five furlongs in 1:00.84 on Belmont's fast main track Sept. 24.

  • New Jersey Reassigns Horseracing Detectives

    With the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park only a month away, the New Jersey State Police has reassigned four detectives that have made up its "horse racing investigative unit" and replaced them with two retired detectives.

  • Television Coverage of Racing May Have Sponsor

    Television coverage of racing in Great Britain seems safeguarded for at least the next two years following the announcement that Channel 4 is in exclusive negotiations about sponsorship with Dubai Holding, whose chairman is leading owner/breeder Sheikh Mohammed.

  • MEC Acquires Remainder of Maryland Jockey Club

    Magna Entertainment Corp. has exercised its option, pursuant to an agreement with certain companies controlled by Joe De Francis and his sister, Karin De Francis, to acquire the remaining interest in the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.