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  • Winners Federation Plans 2009 Conference

    The Winners Federation, which advocates for healthy lifestyle choices by racetrack workers, plans to re-establish a professional development and informational conference in 2009.

  • Judge Rules in Favor of Buckram Oak

    A Circuit Court judge in Lexington has dismissed claims filed by Jess Jackson and his Stonestreet Farm against Buckram Oak Holdings in connection with Jackson's $17.5 million purchase of the horse farm in February 2005.

  • Hong Kong, Australia at Odds Over Jockey

    Relations between international racing organizations are in a rare state of strain after Racing NSW in Australia chose to set aside the decision of Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards to disqualify jockey Chris Munce until September 2009. Munce, who was recently released after serving 20 months in jail, is now expected to return to race riding in Sydney the week of Dec. 7.

  • Gone West's Fee Reduced

    Major sire Gone West, who stands at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, will stand in 2009 for $65,000 instead of the previously announced $85,000.

  • And They're Off: Dec. 3

    Shulman and Haskin review Thanksgiving week racing (who was the most impressive), continue the Eclipse Awards discussions, evaluate the grading of stakes races and more! Plus, Stable Boy is back from vacation.

  • Terrain is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the Delta Jackpot Stakes.

    Terrain Favored in Rich Delta Jackpot

    The entries were taken and the post positions drawn this morning for Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel's richest program of the year.

  • Indygo Shiner to stand at Hill 'n' Dale

    Indygo Shiner, who is represented by four Argentine group I winners this year, will stand the 2009 breeding season at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.

  • Ferguson Again Prominent at Tattersalls

    Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, bought the most expensive horse at the Tattersalls December breeding stock sale for the second day in a row. He spent 1.7 million guineas for French listed winner Princesse Dansante (by King's Best) Dec. 2 in England.

  • Ballast looks for a three-peat in the Tropical Turf Handicap.

    Ballast Goes for Tropical Three-peat

    Richard Thompson's Ballast has captured the Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) the past two years, but his bid for a three-peat will not be easy, as the 7-year-old gelding will face an accomplished field of horses Dec. 6 in the $100,000 event at Calder Race Course.

  • Veterinarian Stewart's Appeal Set

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has scheduled a Dec. 3 hearing to consider the appeal of Dr. Rodney Stewart, who was suspended five years in September 2007 for multiple violations of the state's medication regulations.

  • Two Suspended in Beulah Horse Mix-up

    The trainer and identifier involved in an incident in which the wrong horse ran in a Nov. 19 race at Beulah Park have been fined and suspended by the track's stewards.

  • Dixieland Band, one of the original stallions at Lane's End, has been pensioned.

    Dixieland Band Pensioned at Lane's End

    Dixieland Band, sire of 115 stakes winners and the earners of $73 million, has been pensioned from stud duty at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Mexican Simulcast Company Upgraded

    Mexico's Caliente Group, a veteran player in the simulcast racing industry, has improved its simulcast system with major technical upgrades.

  • Mr. Greeley

    Mr. Greeley's Fee Lowered to $75,000

    Gainesway has lowered the 2009 stud fee for Mr. Greeley from $100,000 to $75,000, payable when a live foal stands and nurses.

  • Empire Maker's 2009 Fee Reduced

    Empire Maker, who stands at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington, has had his 2009 fee reduced from a previously announced fee of $100,000 to $75,000.

  • Curlin

    Bid for 20% Interest in Curlin Rejected

    A Kentucky judge rejected Jess Jackson's $4 million bid to acquire a 20% interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin. Jackson is the majority owner of the 4-year-old champion.

  • KY May Move to License Training Centers

    The possible regulation of training centers in Kentucky was the focal point of discussion Dec. 1 during a meeting of the safety and welfare committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • Surgery Details for Springside Revealed

    Springside, who suffered a fracture to her right-front pastern after capturing the Nov. 29 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) by 9 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct, is recovering well at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

  • Saoirse Abu Tops Tattersalls Opener

    Trainer Jim Bolger's dual group I-winning Saoirse Abu was the star of the opening session of the Tattersalls December breeding stock auction in England, selling for 1.95 million guineas (about $3.1 million) to Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson. The 3-year-old daughter of Mr. Greeley scored in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix (Ire-I) and Moyglare Stud (Ire-I) Stakes in 2007.

  • Golden Yank heads the field Zia Park Derby Dec. 6.

    Golden Yank Targets Zia Park Derby

    Golden Yank, fresh off an impressive win in the $350,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, heads the field in the $150,000 Zia Park Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles Dec. 6 at Zia Park in New Mexico.

  • Court Vision goes by them all to take the Hollywood Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Court Vision Rules in Hollywood Derby

    Court Vision surged from last in the stretch to win the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT), giving jockey Ramon Dominguez a sweep of both grade I stakes on the Hollywood Park turf course Nov. 30.

  • Cocoa Beach flies by Precious Kitten late to take the Matriarch.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Cocoa Beach Surges To Matriarch Triumph

    Favored Cocoa Beach staged a furious rally through the homestretch to nab pacesetter Precious Kitten in the final strides, winning Hollywood Park's $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on the grass by three-quarters of a length Nov. 30.

  • Wanderin Boy winning the 2006 Brooklyn Breeders' Cup Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Wanderin Boy a Fighter to the End

    The Cigar Mile cast a dark shadow on the racing world with the tragic death of Wanderin Boy, who shattered the sesamoids in his left-front leg shortly after turning into the stretch.

  • California Flag and Joe Talamo make easy work of the Hollywood Turf Express Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    California Flag Waves Bye-Bye in Express

    Favored California Flag rebounded from a disappointing effort in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint last month with a front-running romp in the $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 29.

  • Mr. Rod leaves them all behind in the Generous Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    No Catching Mr. Rod in Generous Stakes

    Front-running Mr. Rod shook loose of his rivals leaving the final turn and held off heavily favored Bittel Road in the final furlong to win the $109,300 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 29.

  • Harlem Rocker (inside) gets his nose in front, but Tale of Ekati gets the victory via dq.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Tale of Ekati Wins Cigar Mile on DQ

    Charles Fipke's Tale of Ekati finished a nose behind Stronach Stables' Harlem Rocker when the horses hit the wire in the Nov. 29 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct, but was placed first after stewards disqualified Harlem Rocker for interference in the stretch. Wanderin Boy was euthanized after fracturing the sesamoids in his left front leg.

  • Old Fashioned cruises to victory in the Remsen.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Old Fashioned Cruises in Remsen Stakes

    Favored Old Fashioned made sure there wasn't a lot of suspense about the outcome of the $200,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct Nov. 29. The son of Unbridled's Song grabbed the lead early and then romped to a 7 1/4-length victory in New York.

  • Springside takes the Demoiselle Stakes under Garrett Gomez.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Springside Injured in Demoiselle Romp

    Canadian invader Springside rallied from last on the final turn and overpowered her rivals by 9 1/2 lengths in the $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Nov.29. She was vanned off afterward, however.

  • Tale of Ekati Wins Cigar Mile on DQ

    Charles Fipke's Tale of Ekati won the grade I Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Nov. 29 when Stronach Stables' Harlem Rocker, who crossed the wire first by a nose, was disqualified and placed second.

  • LOT 1434: Holy Roman Emperor colt brought 425,000 guineas Nov 29 in Tattersalls' five-day December foal.

    Prices Fall for Tattersalls Foals

    Tattersalls' five-day December foal ended in England Nov. 29 with figures sharply down from 2007's results. The 14,549,100-guinea gross fell 49% while the 25,888-guinea average price declined 29%. The 8,750-guinea median price dropped 56%. Sixty percent of the weanlings offered found new homes.

  • Foal Weight Partially Dependent on Parity in New Study

    <P><I></I> <P>Australian researchers based at Coolmore Stud in New South Wales, Australia, reported in a new study that placental weight and parity (number of foals a mare has had) are positively associated with foal weight. In contrast, neither gestation length nor age of mare were implicated in affecting birth weight. <P>"It is widely perceived by th...

  • Habaya sweeps to victory in the Miesque Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Habaya Has It Covered in Miesque Win

    Habaya, a daughter of Storm Cat out of the Eclipse Award-winning turf mare Golden Apples, came from off the pace to earn her first graded stakes win in the Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 28.

  • Einstein and Julien Leparoux take the Clark Handicap.

    Einstein Looks Brilliant in Clark

    Einstein stormed past heavy favorite Commentator at the top of the stretch and then held off longshot Delightful Kiss to win the Nov. 28 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs by 1 1/2 lengths.

  • Monsun Filly Tops at Tattersalls

    A Monsun filly out of group I Prix Vermeille winner Sweet Stream topped the trading Nov. 28 at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale when selling for 440,000 guineas to agent John Ferguson.

  • Leah&#39;s Secret outfinishes Slewfoundmoney to take the Top Fight Handicap.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Leah's Secret Rallies for Top Flight Win

    WinStar Farm's favored Leah's Secret backed off of an early speed duel and came late to pick up the pieces at Aqueduct Nov. 28, rallying past Slewfoundmoney for a three-quarter-length victory in the 69th running of the grade II, $150,000 Top Fight Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile.

  • Del Mar Derby winner Madeo tries to add the Hollywood Derby to his resume.

    Zenyatta Connections Pulling for Madeo

    Jockey Mike Smith, trainer John Shirreffs, and owners/breeders Jerry and Ann Moss have one trip to the Hollywood Park winner's circle guaranteed. They are hoping for a second with Madeo following the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Nov. 30.

  • Beldame winner Cocoa Beach takes to the turf in the Matriarch.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Cocoa Beach Returns in Loaded Matriarch

    Chilean-bred Cocoa Beach, runner-up to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) last out, makes her return to the track to face a loaded field of nine fillies and mares in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) Nov. 30 on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • Julien Leparoux celebrates his record win.

    Leparoux Sets Churchill Record for Wins

    Jockey Julien Leparoux broke a 23-year-old Churchill Downs record for wins at a fall meet Nov. 28 when he rode Just Like William to a head victory in the third race for his 56th victory of the meet.

  • Miss Isella and Calvin Borel pull away in the Falls City Handicap.

    Borel Rides Rail for 5th Falls City Win

    Getting a patented rail-skimming ride from Calvin Borel, Miss Isella won Thursday's 93rd running of the $169,800 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) by a length over Skylighter on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs.