Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week's topics include a recap of the Breeders' Cup, including an analysis of the European performances, and a discussion of Horse of the Year.
The marketplace continued to take a pounding from negative economic forces outside the Thoroughbred industry during the third day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Compared to 2007, the Nov. 5 session was down 42.1% in gross revenue, 33.3% in average price, and 36.5% in median price. The buy-back rate soared from 20.9% last year to 28.2% this year.
Three days after Stardom Bound sold for $5.7 million at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale, her dam, My White Corvette, brought $825,000 during the third session the Keeneland November breeding stock auction in Lexington.
The annual November breeding stock sale is a showcase of first-crop weanling sires. Below is a random sampling of comments about the new sires and their weanlings.
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has postponed a hearing that was scheduled for Nov. 5 on a possible 30-day suspension of Paco Lopez, who leads Calder Race Course jockeys in victories this year.
The Carl G. Rose Classic and Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap, at $200,000 apiece, are the richest events on the Florida Million program Nov. 8 at Calder Race Course. But the matchup that figures to draw the most attention is between the popular veteran Silver Tree and the streaking Soldier's Dancer, who square off on the Calder turf earlier in the day.
Trainer Barclay Tagg will attempt to saddle consecutive winners of the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) when he sends out multiple graded stakes winner My Princess Jess in the 1 1/16-mile turf event Nov. 8 at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Inc. more than doubled its net earnings against decreasing revenues from continuing operations in the third quarter, the company announced Nov. 5.
On a delightful autumn afternoon, Big Brown contently stood for photos and surveyed his new home while fulfilling the role of guest of honor during Three Chimneys Farm's open house for breeders Nov. 5.
Prominent equine reproductive scientist Ed Squires has joined the University of Kentucky's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center as director of advancement and industry relations and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.
Empire Maker, 12th on this year's leading second-crop sires list by progeny earnings, will stand once again for $100,000 at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms.
Jackie Davis, daughter of retired jockey Robbie Davis, recorded her first career victory Nov. 5 in Aqueduct's fifth race aboard Blue Hill Bay for trainer Scott Everett. Blue Hill Bay led all the way around the oval and returned $131 for a $2 win ticket.
The 37-day 2008 Belmont fall meeting, which ended on Oct. 26, produced mixed business results. All-sources handle on NYRA races was $356.3 million, compared with the 2007 figure of $346.5 million, for an increase of 2.8%. Because the 2008 meet included four more days than the 2007 meet, there was actually an 8.3% decline in the equivalent daily average all-sources handle figure.
Apprentice jockey Maylan Studart was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for x-rays following an accident in the second race at the Meadowlands Nov. 5.
One old betting axiom -- "shut out at the window" -- has taken on a whole new meaning when paired with a relatively new one in the racing industry lexicon: "signal wars."
Graded stakes winner Scatmandu has been purchased for stallion duty at Charlie Pekanan's Pekanan Farms in Thailand.
Grade II winner Hoolie will stand in 2009 at Frank Tapman's P B & J Farm near Belen, N.M., for a fee of $2,000.
Track-record setter Crescendo has been moved to Tom Mansanarez' Callianna Farm near Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Graded stakes winner Fappie's Notebook has been relocated to Harvey and Nancy Vanier's Fairberry Farm near Waterloo, Ill.
Citing "the current unprecedented economic conditions," the Irish Turf Club announced Nov. 5 that it was postponing the redevelopment of the Curragh Racecourse, estimated to cost approximately $100 million.
Massachusetts voters reversed course Nov. 4 and approved a ban on Greyhound racing in the state eight years after they narrowly defeated a similar ballot question.
Maryland voters approved legalizing slot machines Tuesday in a constitutional amendment, paving the way for up to 15,000 machines in five locations and ending years of debate between lawmakers who never managed to pass the measure on their own.
Ohio voters Nov. 4 rejected a proposed $600-million casino -- the fourth time plans for expanded gambling in the state have been turned down since 1990.
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