Headlines for Wednesday, September 23, 2009

  • Unbridled's Song Colt Leads Way at Keeneland

    An Unbridled's Song colt brought $185,000 to top the ninth session of the struggling Keeneland September yearling sale. While the number of horses sold Sept. 23 in Lexington rose 5.6% from a year ago, the gross revenue declined 26.2%. The average price dropped 30.1%, and the median price plunged 40%. The buy-back rate fell from 24.6% in 2008 to 19.3% this year.

  • Milwaukee Appeal is the one to beat in the Selene.

    Milwaukee Appeal in Comfort Zone in Selene

    Milwaukee Appeal, coming off a second-place finish in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) and two near-misses in Canadian 3-year-old classics before that, returns as the one to beat in the $250,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine Sept. 26.

  • Hoosier Park Horse Dies of Colitis

    Hoosier Park Racing and Casino received test results back from horses quarantined on the backstretch for Streptococcus equi (equine strangles). All tests have been returned as negative for the infection in these horses.

  • Sweet Goodbye takes on the boys in the Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic.

    Sweet Goodbye Faces Boys in Jim McKay Classic

    Sweet Goodbye will attempt to become the latest female to bowl over the boys when she takes her six-for-eight lifetime record into the $200,000 Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park Sept. 26.

  • Chris Young

    Chris Young: Contemplating Overbrook's Future

    The Overbrook Farm dispersal, which began at the Keeneland September yearling sale, will not mark the end of the Young family's involvement in the Thoroughbred business. Chris Young, the 34-year-old grandson of Overbrook founder W.T. Young, is making plans for his own venture that probably will emphasize racing.

  • And They're Off: September 23, 2009

    Lenny and Steve discuss the California Horse Racing Board complaint against Joel Rosario, Woodbine results and their Breeders' Cup implications, and the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including comments from Keeneland Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell. Plus, a Rachel Alexandra factoid. Comments for Lenny and Steve? Send them to: ato@bloodhorse.com.

  • David Hayden

    Hayden to Commercial Breeders: Change or Die

    David Hayden has a message for his fellow commercial breeders: "Change or die." The ability to be flexible during hard times, he said last week at the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington, is the key to survival. And Hayden, who plans to keep raising horses for many years to come, has looked at everything from production costs to where he will market his yearlings in an effort to remain profitable and avoid drowning in a sea of red ink.

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  • Stan Bowker

    Bowker to serve as ASRC Steward at Oaklawn

    Stan Bowker, who has more than 40 years of race track experience, has accepted the position as state steward for the Arkansas State Racing Commission, director Ron Oliver announced Sept. 23.

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    Hold Me Back Favored in KY Cup Classic

    WinStar Farm's homebred Hold Me Back, who scored his biggest victory in the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) earlier this year at Turfway Park, returns to the Florence, Ky., racetrack as the one to beat in the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) Sept. 26.

  • Catesby Clay is TCA's 2009 Honor Guest

    The Thoroughbred Club of America has selected Catesby Woodford Clay, chairman of historic Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky., to be the Honor Guest at the club's 78th annual Testimonial Dinner.

  • Giant Oak is among the nominees for the Ohio Derby.

    Ohio Derby Gets Decent Number of Nominees

    Thirty-two nominations are pretty good for a race that, up until six weeks ago, wasn't even on the schedule. Thistledown officials Sept. 23 said that's the number of nominees for the grade II Ohio Derby Oct. 3. The purse is $150,000, down from $300,000 last year.

  • Laughing Look Euthanized

    Stuart S. Janney III's Laughing Look, dam of grade I winner Coronado's Quest and two other stakes winners, was euthanized Sept. 10 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Stallion Ishiguru Euthanized

    Ishiguru, whose son Ferneley won the Aug. 29 Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT), was euthanized Sept. 17 following complications arising from a knee injury.

  • Mark Taylor, Taylor Made Sales Agency

    September Talk: Reviewing Sale's First Week

    From the very beginning of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington, it was apparent that there would be a major correction in the market for young horses as key business figures suffered significant setbacks. Here are comments from auction participants during the first week of the sale.

  • Study: Neurologic Strain of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Increasing

    <P>The number of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) infections caused by the neuropathogenic form of the virus has been steadily increasing over the past 51 years, report researchers from the University of Kentucky. <P>Clinical observations suggest that neuropathogenic strains of EHV-1 (i.e., strains of EHV-1 with a single mutation in the gene that encod...