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  • Hip #1014; Danceinthesunlight (A. P. Indy - Dancethruthedawn by Mr. Prospector), brought $675,000 to top Day 4 at the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Same Story at Keeneland Day Four

    It was more of the same for the fourth session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6 at the Central Kentucky auction house as the number of horses sold, gross, average, and median all fell from last year's marks.

  • True Metropolitan tries to snap a five-race losing streak in the Autumn Stakes.

    True Metropolitan to Defend Autumn Title

    The two-time Sovereign Award winner True Metropolitan, in the midst of a five-race losing streak, returns to Woodbine to defend his title in the $150,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) on the Polytrack Nov. 9.

  • Tiznow's fee will rise from $30,000 to $75,000 for 2009.

    WinStar Announces 2009 Stud Fees

    The 2009 stud fees for WinStar and Taylor Made/WinStar Venture stallions standing at WinStar Farm, near Versailles, Ky., were announced Nov. 6. In a departure from the general trend of declining stud fees, the fee for Tiznow will rise from $30,000 to $75,000 for 2009.

  • Peppers Pride goes for her 18th straight win in the New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Championship.

    Peppers Pride Not Done Yet, Trainer Says

    Undefeated Peppers Pride, the record-breaking New Mexico mare who goes for her 18th straight win in the $170,000 New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Championship at Zia Park Nov. 9, is expected to race once more this year, according to her trainer.

  • Deal to Sell TVG in 'Final Phases'

    TVG has been classified as a discontinued operation by parent company Macrovision Solutions Corp., which says it in the "final phases" of negotiations to sell the horse racing network.

  • Zanjero will stand at Millennium Farms in 2009.

    Zanjero to Stand at Millennium Farms

    Millennium Farms announced Nov. 6 that Zanjero, the leading money-earner by Cherokee Run with over $1.6 million, will join its stallion roster for the 2009 breeding season. Zanjero will stand for a fee of $10,000 live foal.

  • Seaspeak, who was disqualified from 1st in the Bryan Station, tries the Commonwealth Turf.

    Commonwealth Turf Draws Field of 11

    Seaspeak and Amazing Results, both victims of bad racing luck last month at Keeneland, will each try to change their fortunes at Churchill Downs Nov. 9 when they go to post in the $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf (gr. IIIT), a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds.

  • Lauro, who won the Sky Classic at Woodbine in his last start, will try to add the Red Smith to his resume.

    Euros May Have Edge in Red Smith 'Cap

    German-bred Lauro, fresh off a victory in the Sky Classic (Can-IIT) at Woodbine, looks to make his American debut a winning one Nov. 8 when he takes on eight rivals in the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Aqueduct turf.

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    No Acceptable Bids for Curlin Interest

    The sealed-bid process for selling the minority interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin failed to produce an acceptable bid, but private negotiations will continue for the 20% ownership held by Midnight Cry Stable.

  • Bill Calls for Handle, Injury Reports

    Legislation that would require racetracks to submit detailed daily reports on pari-mutuel handle and attendance, and various parties to submit racehorse injury reports, has been pre-filed for the 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Fairbanks will enter stud in 2009 at Northview PA.

    Fairbanks to Stand at Northview PA

    Fairbanks, who topped the 2004 Saratoga yearling sale at $1.85 million and went on to become a multiple graded stakes winner, will enter stud in 2009 at the newly formed Northview PA near Peach Bottom, Pa.

  • Youbet Reports Rise in Net Income

    After turning over a new leaf in management,'s net income for the third quarter of 2008 experienced a significant increase in profit from the year before.

  • Hip #1014; Danceinthesunlight (A. P. Indy - Dancethruthedawn by Mr. Prospector) brought $675,000 to start off day 4 at the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Keeneland Day Four Gets Underway

    Sam-Son Farm-bred Danceinthesunlight, the first horse through the sales ring, got the fourth session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale off to a strong start Nov. 6 when she was purchased by Southern Equine for $675,000.

  • CDI: Quietly Positioned for Growth

    Churchill Downs Inc. said Nov. 6 it is in a position to grow in various gaming areas, but is mum about what possible ventures might be considered in the future.

  • MEC Losses Mount in Third Quarter

    Magna Entertainment Corp. reported a $48.4 million dollar loss in its third financial quarter and announced a financial adviser had been hired to possibly sell one of its core racetracks.

  • Samantha Miss pulls away in the Crown Oaks.

    Samantha Miss Dominates in Crown Oaks

    Samantha Miss, the best 3-year-old filly in Australia won the best race for 3-year-old fillies when she absolutely trounced her rivals in the Crown Oaks (Aus-I) at Flemington racecourse Nov. 6.

  • And They're Off: Nov 4 (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week's topics include a recap of the Breeders' Cup, including an analysis of the European performances, and a discussion of Horse of the Year.

  • Hip #777; My White Corvette (Tarr Road - Wind Chime by Marfa), dam of Stardom Bound, brought $825,000 to top Day 3 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Keeneland Suffers More Setbacks

    The marketplace continued to take a pounding from negative economic forces outside the Thoroughbred industry during the third day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Compared to 2007, the Nov. 5 session was down 42.1% in gross revenue, 33.3% in average price, and 36.5% in median price. The buy-back rate soared from 20.9% last year to 28.2% this year.

  • And They're Off: Nov. 4

    Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the European performances in the Breeders' Cup, who should be Horse of the Year, Breeders' Cup television ratings, and Evening Attire's retirement.

  • Hip #777; My White Corvette; Tarr Road - Wind Chime by Marfa, dam of Stardom Bound, brought $825,000 during the third session the Keeneland November breeding stock auction in Lexington.

    Stardom Bound's Dam Brings $825,000

    Three days after Stardom Bound sold for $5.7 million at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale, her dam, My White Corvette, brought $825,000 during the third session the Keeneland November breeding stock auction in Lexington.

  • Henny Hughes, whose weanlings have been getting positive reviews at the November breeding stock sale.

    First-Crop Weanling Chatter

    The annual November breeding stock sale is a showcase of first-crop weanling sires. Below is a random sampling of comments about the new sires and their weanlings.

  • Florida DPMW Postpones Lopez Hearing

    The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has postponed a hearing that was scheduled for Nov. 5 on a possible 30-day suspension of Paco Lopez, who leads Calder Race Course jockeys in victories this year.

  • 8-year old Silver Tree heads the Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap.

    Turf Matchup Tops Florida Million Card

    The Carl G. Rose Classic and Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap, at $200,000 apiece, are the richest events on the Florida Million program Nov. 8 at Calder Race Course. But the matchup that figures to draw the most attention is between the popular veteran Silver Tree and the streaking Soldier's Dancer, who square off on the Calder turf earlier in the day.

  • Multiple graded stakes winner My Princess Jess faces 10 in the Mrs. Revere Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Tagg Eyes Second Straight Mrs. Revere

    Trainer Barclay Tagg will attempt to saddle consecutive winners of the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) when he sends out multiple graded stakes winner My Princess Jess in the 1 1/16-mile turf event Nov. 8 at Churchill Downs.

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    Big Brown Settles in at Three Chimneys

    On a delightful autumn afternoon, Big Brown contently stood for photos and surveyed his new home while fulfilling the role of guest of honor during Three Chimneys Farm's open house for breeders Nov. 5.

  • Squires Joins UK's Equine Reseach Center

    Prominent equine reproductive scientist Ed Squires has joined the University of Kentucky's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center as director of advancement and industry relations and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.

  • Empire Maker

    Empire Maker Remains at $100,000

    Empire Maker, 12th on this year's leading second-crop sires list by progeny earnings, will stand once again for $100,000 at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms.

  • Jackie Davis is "congratulated" by her fellow jockeys after getting her first win.

    Davis Records First Win on $131 Longshot

    Jackie Davis, daughter of retired jockey Robbie Davis, recorded her first career victory Nov. 5 in Aqueduct's fifth race aboard Blue Hill Bay for trainer Scott Everett. Blue Hill Bay led all the way around the oval and returned $131 for a $2 win ticket.

  • Belmont Handle, Attendance Averages Down

    The 37-day 2008 Belmont fall meeting, which ended on Oct. 26, produced mixed business results. All-sources handle on NYRA races was $356.3 million, compared with the 2007 figure of $346.5 million, for an increase of 2.8%. Because the 2008 meet included four more days than the 2007 meet, there was actually an 8.3% decline in the equivalent daily average all-sources handle figure.

  • Apprentice Jock Falls at Meadowlands

    Apprentice jockey Maylan Studart was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for x-rays following an accident in the second race at the Meadowlands Nov. 5.

  • ADW Revenue Issues: Have and Have Not

    One old betting axiom -- "shut out at the window" -- has taken on a whole new meaning when paired with a relatively new one in the racing industry lexicon: "signal wars."

  • Scatmandu

    Scatmandu to Thailand

    Graded stakes winner Scatmandu has been purchased for stallion duty at Charlie Pekanan's Pekanan Farms in Thailand.

  • Fappie's Notebook

    Fappie's Notebook to Fairberry

    Graded stakes winner Fappie's Notebook has been relocated to Harvey and Nancy Vanier's Fairberry Farm near Waterloo, Ill.

  • Curragh Redevelopment Project on Hold

    Citing "the current unprecedented economic conditions," the Irish Turf Club announced Nov. 5 that it was postponing the redevelopment of the Curragh Racecourse, estimated to cost approximately $100 million.

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    Maryland Voters Approve Slot Machines

    Maryland voters approved legalizing slot machines Tuesday in a constitutional amendment, paving the way for up to 15,000 machines in five locations and ending years of debate between lawmakers who never managed to pass the measure on their own.

  • Patrick Biancone at the Keeneland November Sale.

    Biancone Buys Baroness Thatcher

    Trainer Patrick Biancone went to $1.8 million to acquire grade III winner Baroness Thatcher during the late portion of day two of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 4 at the Central Kentucky auction house.