Headlines for Monday, September 8, 2008

  • Are Calder Agreements in Jeopardy?

    Reports that Churchill Downs Inc. and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association are stalled in talks on a Calder Race Course slot machine contract are leading to concerns about possible cancellation of two contracts between CDI and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

  • A.P. Indy's Keeneland day 1 sales topper, a filly which sold for $3.1 million.

    A.P. Indy Emerges as Leading Day 1 Sire

    Although one of his offspring failed to sell for a record RNA price of $7.7 million, A.P. Indy did have the session-topper and emerged as the leading sire of yearlings sold during the first day of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 8.

  • Hip 12, a daughter of Playful Act (IRE) who sold for $850,000, was one of the highlights of the first morning of the sale.

    Keeneland September Sale Slumps at Start

    Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, had some advice for shoppers during the Keeneland September yearling sale's opening day, which suffered downturns of 16.8% in gross revenue and 7.7% in average price from 2007. "If somebody is thinking of buying a racehorse," he said, "this is a good time to do it because I think there will be value to be had throughout the course of the year. The market is probably a little sticky."

  • Hip 147, a daughter of A. P. Indy, brings $3.1 million during the opening session of the Keeneland September sale.

    A.P. Indy Filly Brings $3.1 Million

    Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson goes to $3.1 million to secure daughter of A.P. Indy during opening session of Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 8.

  • Hip 127 did not meet his reserve despite a bid of $7.7 million.

    Azeri's First Foal Fails to Sell

    A colt produced from Horse of the Year Azeri failed to meet his reserve and was bought back for $7.7 million at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale during the opening session Sept. 8.

  • Martin O'Dowd of Runnymede Farm

    Danehill Dancer Disappointment

    Runnymede Farm bought back a Danehill Dancer colt who was expected to attract attention of European buyers at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Tim Kegel

    Inside Track: Lovin' It

    Loving what you do for a living certainly improves your odds at succeeding. At least, that was the case for Tim Kegel, a Louisville-based bloodstock agent, who has certainly had his share of success.

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    Student Council to Stand for $20,000

    Student Council, a grade I winner on dirt and synthetic surfaces for Ro Parra's Millennium Farms, will begin his stallion career in 2009 for a fee of $20,000.

  • Flowers surround the Eight Belles memorial plaque in the gardens of the Kentucky Derby Museum.

    Eight Belles Honored in Public Memorial

    With more than 200 people in attendance, this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Eight Belles was memorialized in a public ceremony in the garden of the Kentucky Derby Museum Sept. 7.

  • Keeneland September Sale

    Keeneland to Offer 2YO Steroid Testing

    Keeneland officials plan to expand their testing program for exogenous anabolic steroids in sale horses to include the April select juvenile auction. That decision came after Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed emergency regulations Sept. 5 that ban the use of the common steroids boldenone, nandrolone, and testosterone in Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses competing in Kentucky.

  • Old Friends

    Michael Blowen's Old Friends Equine Retirement Facility grew in response to the tragic death of Ferdinand, and is the only one of its kind that accepts stallions. To read more about the fascinating story of Old Friends and to see photographs of some of racing's most revered retirees, check out the new book by Barbara D. Livingston, More Old Friends. A two-part collector’s edition containing Old Friends & More Old Friends is also available.

  • Clyde Martin

    Owner, trainer, jockey: Clyde Martin does it all from his Delaware Park home base.

  • Arcangues ('93 Classic)

    Jerry Bailey weaved Arcangues through horses to spring the biggest upset in the history of the Breeders' Cup. Read more about the race here.