Headlines for Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Keeneland Sale Softens on Day Nine

    On heels of some strong days, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale hit a soft spot Nov. 14. The average price on day nine of the 11-day sale dropped 33% to $11,308 and the median fell 30% to $7,000.

  • Spendthrift, Park Stud Fees Unchanged

    Spendthrift Farm leaves its stud fees unchanged in Kentucky and regional markets. The farm has 11 stallions in Kentucky and others at Park Stud (Ontario), Keane Stud (N.Y.), and Elite Thoroughbreds (La.)

  • Storm Crossing brings $75,000 at Keeneland November

    Hip No. 3094, the juvenile filly STORM CROSSING (Tiznow), brought a winning bid of $75,000 from Ashview Farm to top Wednesday's ninth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. Consigned by Lane's End, agent, the Kentucky-bred bay lass was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect.

  • Animal Kingdom to use Gulfstream Park Turf as prep for Dubai World Cup

    Trainer Graham Motion developed a plan that almost landed his charge Animal Kingdom an historic victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile in the colt's first start in 259 days. Team Valor International CEO Barry Irwin termed the second-place finish to Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan "a great feat of horsemanship."

  • Santa Anita releases winter stakes schedule

    Santa Anita, which will embark upon its 76th winter/spring meeting on December 26, has announced it will offer a total of 41 graded stakes over the course of its 71-day meet, beginning with the opening day Malibu and La Brea which will serve as the first of nine Grade 1 events. Both stakes will offer purses of $300,000 and will be run at seven furlongs.

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    Animal Kingdom Targets Gulfstream Park Turf

    Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will prep for the 2013 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with a start in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT) Feb. 9.

  • Centre Court carries top weight in the Mrs. Revere Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1909764484&k=VrmztXb">Order This Photo</a>

    Centre Court Gets High Weight in Mrs. Revere

    Centre Court carries top weight in a full field of 12 sophomore fillies looking to capitalize on one of the last local grass stakes of the season, the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 17.

  • Centre Court takes center stage in Mrs. Revere

    Centre Court, who developed into one of the nation's leading three-year-old grass fillies over the summer after belatedly breaking her maiden during the Churchill Downs spring meet, returns to that venue for Saturday's Grade 2, $175,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mrsrevere12"> Mrs. Revere</a>. Although she will have to face 11 rivals, Centre Court figures to be a strong favorite in the 1 1/16-mile test that highlights the lone &quot;Downs After Dark&quot; program of the Fall Meet.

  • Sportswriter won the Thunder Rumble by 3/4 lengths.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2215789927&amp;k=hXBCqzc&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Sportswriter, Sunny Desert Win NYSS races

    Favorites swept the New York Stallion Series stakes Nov. 14 at Aqueduct as Sportswriter took the $100,000 Thunder Rumble and Sunny Desert overcame a troubled start to win the $100,000 Staten Island for fillies and mares.

  • Sportswriter, Sunny Desert live up to expectations in NYSS

    Both Sportswriter and Sunny Desert were sent off the prohibitive favorites in their respective divisions of the New York Stallion Series Stakes (NYSS) on Wednesday at Aqueduct, and each one fulfilled their backers' faith with wins.

  • Colonial Cup attracts solid field minus Pierrot Lunaire

    Saturday's Grade 1, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/colonialcup12">Colonial Cup</a>, the 2 3/4-mile fixture at Springdale Racecourse in Camden, South Carolina, is the last major contest of the 2012 steeplechase season and often plays a role in deciding the year's Eclipse Award winner. However, it was announced last week that leading divisional earner Pierrot Lunaire, who captured both the Grade 1 Grand National and Grade 1 Lonesome Glory this fall, would skip the Colonial Cup.

  • Overanalyze headed to Kentucky Jockey Club

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday that Repole Stable's Overanalyze, a pre-entrant for Saturday's Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, is now being pointed to the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on November 24 as part of the Stars of Tomorrow II program.

  • Groupie Doll could go in Cigar Mile

    Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint winner Groupie Doll was scheduled to go to trainer Buff Bradley's farm in Frankfort, Kentucky, earlier this week, but plans changed and the four-year-old filly daughter of Bowman's Band remained at Churchill Downs to prepare for a possible start in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on November 24.

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    Groupie Doll Could Face Boys in Cigar Mile

    Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Groupie Doll was scheduled to go to trainer Buff Bradley's farm earlier this week, but will now prep for a possible start in the Nov. 24 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct.

  • Steeplechase racing at Saratoga.
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    Steeplechase Safety Task Force Formed

    Formed by the NSA, the Steeplechase Safety Task Force is composed of steeplechase community members with specific areas of expertise in racing, veterinary science, and race administration.

  • Frankel

    Frankel's Fee Set at 125,000 Pounds

    Frankel, the Cartier Horse of the Year for this year and last, will begin his stallion career at Khalid Abdullah's Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, England, for a fee of 125,000 pounds.