Headlines for Tuesday, October 28, 2008

  • Tapit Weanling Tops Barretts Final Day

    A Tapit weanling colt brought a session-topping $60,000 at the second day of the Barretts October mixed sale Oct. 28. Broodmares and weanlings made up most of the sale's second half, which saw 100 horses gross $379,500 and average $3,795.

  • Sugar Ray Sells for European Record

    The European public auction record for a colt or gelding in training was eclipsed Oct. 29 when 4-year-old Sugar Ray sold for 600,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October horses in training sale at Newmarket, England.

  • 2-time Breeders' Cup Sprint Winner Midnight Lute<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6473503%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Midnight Lute to Hill 'n' Dale

    Midnight Lute, the only horse to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) twice, has been retired from racing and will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington in 2009.

  • KY Identifies Problems, But Needs Money

    The Governor's Task Force on Racing in Kentucky is close to preparing and releasing a report pinpointing problems and offering recommendations that ultimately will require a lot of money -- something in short supply given an ongoing budget crunch.

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound is scheduled to sell at Fasig-Tipton Nov. 2. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6471289%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    BC Sale Horses: How They Did

    A number of female runners that competed in the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park are entered in the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November select mixed and Keeneland November breeding stock sales in Lexington. By far the most successful was Stardom Bound, who scored in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) as the favorite. She is Hip No. 65 in the Fasig-Tipton auction, which is scheduled for Nov. 2.

  • Street Cry

    Street Cry's Fee Rises to $150,000

    Darley America has announced the stud fees for its 16 stallions for the 2009 breeding season. All stallions, with the exception of Street Cry, Elusive Quality, and E Dubai, have had their fees reduced from their 2008 levels.

  • Invasor (ARG)

    Invasor's Fee Drops to $28,000

    North American 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor, who began his stallion career in 2008 for $35,000 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington, will stand in 2009 for $28,000.

  • Malibu Moon

    Malibu Moon to Remain at $40,000

    Malibu Moon, whose progeny earnings have reached $4.3 million this year, will stand for $40,000 in 2009 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

  • Zavata

    Grade II Winner Zavata to Pin Oak Lane

    Multiple graded stakes winner Zavata will stand the 2009 breeding season at Dr. William J. Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.

  • Distorted Humor

    Distorted Humor's Fee Drops

    WinStar Farm has announced that Distorted Humor, North America's leading sire by number of stakes winners in 2005, '06, and '07, will stand the 2009 breeding season for a $225,000 stud fee.

  • Frankie Dettori's trademark flying dismount after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic aboard Raven's Pass

    Classic Recap: Pass the Torch

    America once ruled the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). But "quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.' " With a synthetic surface introduced for the first time this year, leveling the playing field for the Europeans, Raven's Pass, like Edgar Allen Poe's mysterious bird, came tapping at our chamber door...then busted it down.

  • Ginger Punch<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4832731%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion Ginger Punch Retired

    Ginger Punch, last year's champion older female, has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for breeder/owner Frank Stronach.

  • Inside Track: Painting Tribute

    For artist Merritt Finnell, painting horses was never his thing. Horses were his twin brother Michael's territory, and like many twins Merritt was different from Michael.