Headlines for Monday, August 4, 2008

  • A.P. Indy colt, brought the day's second-highest price of $1.2 million.

    Strong Market Opens FT Saratoga Sale

    If the close of the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale is any indication, the upper level of the Thoroughbred marketplace is alive and well.

  • Storm Cat Filly Brings $1.5 Million

    Barry Irwin of Team Valor Stables went to $1.5 million to secure a lovely daughter of Storm Cat as the opening session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling came to a close Aug. 4.

  • The 2008 Hall of Fame inductees pose with their plaques.

    Hall of Fame: It's All About the Horse

    The message at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 4 was plain and simple: "It's all about the horse."

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    Wesley Perseveres in Hall of Fame Win

    Willmott Stables' Wesley moved from last to first on the final turn before breaking free from a tightly-bunched field in deep stretch to win the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.

  • Horse Rescue Saga: Breeder Was 'Lied To'

    A large-scale Southern California horse breeder, who gave away 40 Thoroughbred broodmares and six stallions in an effort to cull his stock, says he never intended for those horses to wind up at a Phoenix, Ariz., ranch awaiting sale at a feedlot and an uncertain future.

  • 'Retreat Sets Course Mark in Nijinsky

    Seaside Retreat, who has finished on the board in his last five starts, earned his first graded victory and set a course record when he prevailed by a length over favored Strike a Deal in the Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine Aug. 4.

  • Unbridled's Song

    Unbridled's Song's Progeny Shine

    The Aug. 5 second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction includes the offspring of such successful sires as Storm Cat, Unbridled's Song, Awesome Again, and A.P. Indy.

  • Three Chimneys to Sponsor Hopeful Stakes

    Three Chimneys Farm has become the two-year title sponsor of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the New York Racing Association announced Aug. 4.

  • Ben Walden Purchases New Farm

    After surprisingly selling his Gracefield Farm near Lexington in May of this year, Ben Walden has purchased a new farm with plans of making it the last farm he buys.

  • California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Schwarzenegger to Chair Host Committee

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to chair the Breeders' Cup Host Committee, which will promote the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held at Santa Anita Park on October 24-25.

  • SPMOs Face Mandatory Certification

    Regulators in 13 racing states announced Aug. 4 they will begin the lengthy process of requiring offshore wagering entities and secondary pari-mutuel operations -- commonly referred to as SPMOs -- to obtain certification from the Association of Racing Commissioners International before they receive approval to wager into pools.