Headlines for Wednesday, September 16, 2009

  • Keeneland September Sale: Day 3 Recap

    BloodHorse.com News Editor Ron Mitchell recaps the third day of the Keeneland September Sale, including an interview with Michael Hernon of Gainesway Farm.

  • Hip #570; filly, Medaglia d'Oro - Beaties for Real by Unreal Zeal brought $1.3 million on day 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Keeneland Sept. Sale Market Still Merciless

    The Keeneland September yearling auction continued its merciless battering of commercial breeders and consigners, posting results that fell far short of last year's figures for the third consecutive day.

  • Breeders Say Stud Fees Need to Be Cut More

    Stallion managers slashed stud fees last year after this country's recession deteriorated into a financial crisis and spread around the world. With prices for Thoroughbreds continuing to decline after falling significantly in 2008, commercial breeders are calling for even more stud fee reductions for 2010.

  • Tale of Ekati will stand the 2010 breeding season at Darby Dan Farm.

    Tale of Ekati to Stand at Darby Dan

    Multiple grade I winner and millionaire Tale of Ekati will stand the 2010 breeding season at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington for his owner and breeder Charles Fipke, it was announced Sept. 15.

  • Legal Jousting

    Byerly, Back in Business

    The first race on a Sunday card at Ontario's Fort Erie Race Track is an unlikely source of inspiration for a pedigree review. But the two horse, best by a length in that race Sept. 13, was a local gelding making a small mark in history.

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    West Point Pair Aiming For BC Classic

    West Point Thoroughbreds will be represented by graded stakes winners Macho Again and Awesome Gem in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), West Point president Terry Finley confirmed Sept. 16.

  • Lone Star Park

    Lone Star, Sam Houston Meets Approved

    Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie was granted 89 live racing dates for 2010 at the Sept. 15 Texas Racing Commission meeting in Austin, Texas, including a 60-date spring Thoroughbred season that will cover 15 weeks from April to July, 2010. Also, a 60-day live meet beginning in November at Sam Houston Park was approved.

  • Rumor Has It, who won last year's Kentucky Cup Turf, is back to try again in 2009.

    Full Field Drawn For Kentucky Cup Turf

    The $150,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT), the feature of Kentucky Downs' four-day live meet, drew a full field of 12, including defending titleholder Rumor Has It and grade I winner Cloudy's Knight.

  • Hip #570; filly, Medaglia d'Oro - Beaties for Real by Unreal Zeal brought $1.3 million on day 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Medaglia d'Oro Filly Brings $1.3 Million

    A striking filly by Medaglia d'Oro was purchased by Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation for $1.3 million to highlight the Sept. 16 third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The filly was consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck's Summerfield.

  • Breeders' Cup Launches Specialized Web Site

    The Breeders' Cup announced Sept. 16 the launch of BreedersCup360, a specialized Web site focused on all aspects related to wagering on the Breeders' Cup. The site, www.breederscup360.com, places a particular focus on the international competitors who are not as well known to many U.S.-based horseplayers.

  • Horse Farm Workers' Scholarships Given

    The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund has awarded 32 scholarships for the 2009-2010 school year to children of full-time workers on central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms. Tuition scholarships are for education after high school and are based upon need, merit, essays, and personal interviews.

  • RNA Sale to be Held at Three Chimneys

    Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm will once again host its annual September RNA Showcase sale Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Rabies Reported in Colorado Horse, Multiple Skunk Cases

    <P>A rabid horse in El Paso County, Colo., has been euthanized and the County Department of Health and Environment is underscoring the critical importance of vaccinating pets and livestock and avoiding wild animals. <P>"Rabies infection in horses is rare," said Public Health Director Kandi Buckland, RN, MPA. "We anticipate that the infection was caused ...