Articles posted November 18, 2008

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Market Upbeat at Arqana Autumn Sale

The market was upbeat at Arqana's autumn sale of horses in training at Saint-Cloud in France Nov. 17. The average price for the one-day auction (down from two in 2007) of 20,688 euros was almost the same as last year's 20,959-euro average. The 93 horses sold grossed 1,924,000 euros, which was down 6.3% from last year's total of 2,054,000 euros for 98 horses.

Red Ransom Colt Shines in New Zealand

The first day of New Zealand Bloodstock's ready to run sale of 2-year-olds showed resilience in troubled economic times. The results at Karaka held up well against those posted at last year's record-setting auction.

Eclipse Reservations Online

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Eclipse Reservations Online

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Nov. 18 that reservations to attend the 38th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony are now available online at www.ntra.com.

Fair Grounds ADW Deal: Good or Bad?

Fair Grounds ADW Deal: Good or Bad?

A recent deal that allowed expanded distribution of the Fair Grounds racing signal was hailed by some as a step forward in the months-long nationwide dispute between horsemen, racetracks, and advance deposit wagering entities. But some horsemen's groups are categorizing the development as a step backwards in an overall plan to secure higher revenue shares for purses from a growing wagering segment.

Asmussen Rules Out Curlin for Clark

Asmussen Rules Out Curlin for Clark

When majority owner Jess Jackson released a statement earlier this week announcing Curlin would be retired after this year, he also left the door open that the reigning Horse of the Year would make one final start before his racing career comes to an end.

OK of Guild Bankruptcy Plan Expected

OK of Guild Bankruptcy Plan Expected

Confirmation of a plan allowing the Jockeys' Guild to emerge from bankruptcy was delayed for at least a couple of weeks during a Nov. 17 hearing in a Kentucky federal court, but the judge presiding over the Chapter 11 reorganization said he expects to approve the necessary order when it crosses his desk.

CANTER Opens New Chapter at Mountaineer

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CANTER, which stands for the communication alliance to network Thoroughbred ex-racehorses, announced a new chapter at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The program offers a free sale listing service to trainers and owners looking to sell their horses after their racing careers have ended.

Laurel Re-Opens to Off-Site Runners

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With the Nov. 18 announcement by the Maryland Department of Agriculture that the final 20 samples from Laurel Park's barn 1 tested negative for neurologic equine herpesvirus, the Maryland Jockey Club has amended its restrictions on off-site runners racing at Laurel Park.

CHRB Committee Examines TCO2 Strategy

Testing for bicarbonate levels has nearly eliminated the incidence of "milkshaking" Thoroughbred racehorses in California, leading officials to consider alternatives to testing every horse that is entered at the state's tracks.

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