Headlines for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

  • Keeneland's two-year-old in training will be held April 6-7, 2009.

    Keeneland Sale Features 212 Juveniles

    Keeneland has cataloged 212 juveniles for its April Two-Year-Olds in training sale, to be held Monday and Tuesday evenings, April 6-7. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. ET. The Preview Show will be held Thursday, April 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

  • Calif. Yearling Sale Undergoes Changes

    The California Fall Yearling Sale has been reconfigured and will now be called the California Cup Yearling Sale, it was announced Feb. 18. The catalog will be open to all yearlings and not restricted to California-breds.

  • OBS Reports Five Riding Crop Violations

    The set of uniform policies developed by four major auction firms Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. took effect beginning with the OBS February select sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 17 in Central Florida. The policies address medication, prohibited practices, riding crops, and horseshoes. "As the first sale under these new guidelines, I thought it went tremendously well," said Tom Ventura, the OBS general manager and director of sales.

  • The sale-topper, a filly by Graeme Hall - Vines of Justice, by Judge T C.

    OBS February Sale Gross Falls 29.3%

    The selling season for select 2-year-olds in training staggered out of the starting gate in Central Florida Feb. 17. The year's first major juvenile auction, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February sale, suffered sobering setbacks of 29.3% in gross revenue, 33.7% in average price, and 28% in median price from a year ago. Another discouraging result was the buy-back rate, which soared from 28.2% in 2008 to 38.3%.

  • Joyce Ends Laurel Drought With 5 Winners

    Jockey Jonathan Joyce, who had not visited the winner's circle in more than a month, had a stellar day at Laurel Park on Feb. 18 when he won a career-best five races.

  • Presious Passion won the Pan American Handicap over the Gulfstream Park lawn.

    Mac Diarmida Should Fit Presious Passion

    Grade I winner Presious Passion should get the firm ground he likes for his return to Gulfstream Park Feb. 21 in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) following a narrow miss in the Sunshine Millions Turf last month.

  • Sherwin-Williams Renews NTRA Partnership

    It was announced Feb. 18 that Sherwin-Williams has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Under the terms of the agreement, Sherwin-Williams will continue as an official supplier to the NTRA through 2011 and will offer the equine industry savings of up to 40% on its products through the NTRA Advantage program.

  • Ford and Westrock Rocking 2yo Market

    Westrock Stables' Scott Ford, a former president and chief executive officer of Alltel, hasn't been in the Thoroughbred business for long, but he was a major player at the Ocala Breeders'Sales Co. select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Chace at OBS: It's Time to Buy

    Prices were down significantly at the first major auction of the selling season for 2-year-olds in training Feb. 17 in Central Florida. Read what one buyer and several consignors had to say about the market at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February auction.

  • Falls City winner Miss Isella faces undefeated One Caroline in the Sabin Stakes.

    One Caroline Eyes Bigger Prize in Sabin

    G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s good-looking filly One Caroline, undefeated in three starts and a runaway winner in optional claiming company last month, dives into stakes competition for the first time when taking on eight fillies and mares in the $100,000 Sabin Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 20 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Peppers Pride

    Peppers Pride Garner's NM-Bred Honors

    The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association announced its 2008 state-bred champions at its annual awards banquet held at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque, N.M. Jan. 29.

  • Edmond Boyle

    Inside Track: Family, Farm Intertwined

    With 14 Kentucky Derby winners and many successful stallions having stood at the nearly century-old farm, Claiborne is among the most influential Thoroughbred breeding operations in American history.

  • Marjorie Cowan

    Breeder/Owner Marjorie Cowan Dies

    Marjorie Cowan, who raced homebred Breeders' Cup winners Hollywood Wildcat and War Chant with her husband, Irving, died Feb. 17.