In a departure from the first four sessions of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, in which broodmares or broodmare prospects were the session sale toppers, the highest-priced offering sold Nov. 7 was a weanling, a son of Giant's Causeway out of the winning Dixieland Band mare Queen's Music, who brought $310,000.
Muny, who posted his third straight victory with a front-running effort in the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) on the Breeders' Cup undercard at Santa Anita Oct. 25, is slated to make his next start in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Nov. 30, trainer Mike Puype said Nov. 7.
El Gato Malo and Monterey Jazz, both sidelined since stakes victories in Texas this spring, are on the comeback trail, according to trainer Craig Dollase.
The 2009 stud fees for Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud were announced Nov. 7, including the fees for their two newest stallions, Divine Park and Brother Derek, who will stand for $17,500 and $10,000, respectively.
Issues surrounding a $90-million purse subsidy from Atlantic City casinos continue to plague the New Jersey horseracing industry.
The Cliff's Edge, winner of the 2004 Bluegrass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, will stand for $7,500 at Steve Johnson's Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky. in 2009.
Walmac announced its 2009 stud fees Nov. 7, with Successful Appeal among the many whose price will be reduced in the coming year. Successful Appeal will stand for $22,500, down from $40,000.
Illinois Derby (gr. II) and Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Cowtown Cat has been retired from racing and will stand at Brent Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Florida for a 2009 fee of $8,000.
None of the horses that participated in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita tested positive for steroids, blood-doping agents or TCO2 (bicarbonate).
- By Ron Mitchell
Despite the earlier announcement that Magna Entertainment Corp. had a quarterly loss of $48.4 million and is seeking to sell core assets, including one or more of its top racetracks, management of the company that holds 60% equity interest in MEC continues to be optimistic of a turnaround.
The 2009 stud fees for Ashford Stud stallions were announced Nov. 7, including the fees for their newest additions, Henrythenavigator and Majestic Warrior. There was a decline in fees for many of the stallions at Ashford, a division of Coolmore located near Versailles, Ky.
The Sales Integrity Program managed by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association released data compiling the number of exogenous anabolic steroid tests and ownership registry submissions for the Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. summer and fall yearling sales.
- By Steve Haskin
Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, who is recovering from heart surgery last month, is scheduled to be released from Parker Institute of Health Care and Rehabilitation on Long Island next Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Raven's Pass, surprise winner of the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley and the sheikh's wife, Princess Haya of Jordan, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Sheikh Mohammed's Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland.
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