Headlines for Monday, October 5, 2009

  • Reviews Positive for Sale Pavilion Upgrades

    Prices dropped during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale Oct. 5 in Maryland, following a trend that has been seen at nearly every Thoroughbred auction this year. But there were still a lot of smiling faces as buyers and consignors praised the newly renovated sale pavilion at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

  • Horsemen 'Disappointed' at Calder Purse Cuts

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said on Oct. 5 that it is "extremely disappointed" by Calder Race Course's Oct. 3 announcement that it will cut overnight purses 15% beginning on Oct. 8.

  • Seeking the Best to Colebrook in Canada

    Seeking the Best, who stood the last two breeding season at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, will stand at John Burness' Colebrook Farms Stallion Station near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.

  • Keeneland November Catalog Down 17.6%

    Keeneland announced Oct. 5 that 4,702 horses have been cataloged for its November breeding stock sale, a decline of 17.6% from the record 5,709 cataloged for the Lexington sale in 2008.

  • Leading Jockeys Return to Turfway Park

    Jockeys that won leading rider titles at Turfway Park over the past 50 years will return to the Northern Kentucky track Oct. 8 when it ends its 50th anniversary meet.

  • Jockey Patrick Husbands hit the 2,000-win mark when he rode Grazettes Landing to victory in race 10 at Woodbine on Oct. 4.

    Husbands Rides 2,000th Winner

    Jockey Patrick Husbands hit the 2,000-win mark when he rode Grazettes Landing to victory in race 10 at Woodbine on Oct. 4.

  • Study: Horse Whinnies Packed with Information

    <P>Through their whinnies, horses convey specific information about their identities, including sex, height, and weight, according to French researchers. Acoustic analyses of whinnies and the reactions of horses to various recorded whinnies also suggest that the vocal calls play an important social role and appear to be unique to each horse. <P>This is ...

  • Racehorse, Greyhound Adoption Fair Oct. 17

    <P>The U.S. Trotting Association and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame will team up to present an adoption fair featuring racehorses and greyhounds on Saturday, October 17. The event will be held at the Museum, at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y., from noon to 3 p.m. <P>About a dozen Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds ready for adoption will be hou...

  • Commentary: Animal Guardianship and Horses

    <P>Imagine that overnight a new state law goes into effect declaring that from now on you do not own your animals but rather you are their "guardian." Does this sound farfetched? Some local communities have already made this change The first legal step on this road has been the addition of "owner-guardian" language to local ordinances, then changing the w...