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  • Commentary: King Edward

    <i>By - Sean Feld</i> - I did not know Ed Nahem personally, but when I read that he had died Oct. 31 of liver failure it brought back many memories of one of my favorite horses.

  • Jose Santos

    Santos' Daughter In Fatal Crash

    Sophia Santos, the 20-year-old daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos, is being held on a $1 million bond in a Nassau County, N.Y., jail and has been charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular manslaughter after she was involved in a Nov. 11 car accident that left one woman dead and another in critical condition.

  • Numbers up for Keeneland Session

    Buyers at the eighth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale kept things rolling Nov. 12, pushing the gross, average, and median towards positive gains in a session-to-session comparison over 2006.

  • Cutlass Reality stood his entire stud career at Harris Farms in California.

    Cutlass Reality Dead

    California pensioned stallion Cutlass Reality, who was one of the stars of California racing as a 6-year-old in 1988, was euthanized in early October because of laminitis and complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Octave

    Octave Retired

    Grade I winner Octave, whose $4 million price was the second-highest at the recent Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale, has been retired to become a broodmare for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley in Central Kentucky.

  • Millennium Fundraiser a Success

    For the second year in a row, an effort to bridge the digital divide for underprivileged children of the Thoroughbred industry and throughout Central Kentucky was made through a fundraiser to benefit Tubby's Clubhouse.

  • Tristram Ricketts Dead

    British horseracing is coming to terms with the loss of one its most respected administrators following the death of Tristram Ricketts Nov. 7

  • Garrett Gomez celebrates his 71st stakes win of the year after leading Spring Awakening to victory in the Moccasin Stakes.

    Gomez Breaks Bailey's Stakes Mark

    Garrett Gomez established a North American record for stakes wins in a year when he drove favored Spring Awakening to victory in the $108,100 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Nov. 11. The 71st stakes win of the year for Gomez broke the mark set by Jerry Bailey in 2003.

  • The entrance at Palm Meadows Training Center

    Gulfstream Park Opens Stable Area

    Gulfstream Park and the affiliated Palm Meadows Training Center have received about 3,600 stall applications for 2,452 stalls, officials at the South Florida racetrack said.

  • Viva Pataca Deserves More Respect

    Trainer John Moore is incensed the some racing commentators are favoring Packing Winner over his Viva Pataca in the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I).

  • Defer won the Laurel Futurity (gr. III) at age two.

    Defer to Empire Stud

    Graded stakes winner Defer has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Empire Stud near Hudson, N.Y.

  • Pavarotti set a track record in the 2007 Round Table at Arlington Park.

    Pavarotti to Hartley/De Renzo

    Pavarotti, a stakes-winning son of A.P. Indy, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Hartley/De Renzo, Walmac South near Ocala, Fla.

  • Jamie Spencer

    Leading Jockey Battle Ends in Tie

    Criticism that the turf flat season in Great Britain tends to end with a whimper rather than a bang looked somewhat misplaced at Doncaster Nov. 9 when the race for champion jockey ended in a tie for the first time in 84 years.

  • British Administrator Ricketts Dies

    British horse racing is coming to terms with the loss of one its most respected administrators following the death of Sir Tristram Ricketts the morning of Nov. 7. Ricketts was 61.

  • Greek Sun retires to the Maryland Stallion Station to begin his stud career in 2008.

    Greek Sun Retired to Maryland

    Greek Sun, a grade II stakes-winning son of Danzig, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Maryland Stallion Station (Donald Litz, president) near Glyndon, Md.

  • 100-1 shot Tears I Cry takes the Emirates Stakes at Flemington.

    Stunning Upset at Flemington

    His owner screamed from the grandstand, "Oh my God, oh my God," several times as she watched her 100-1 chance Tears I Cry charge down the middle of the Flemington track to take out the Aus$1million Emirates Stakes over a mile on Nov. 10.

  • Peppers Pride Makes it 13 In a Row

    Undefeated Peppers Pride earned the 13th consecutive victory of her career when she dispatched her rivals in the stretch run of the $182,460 New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Championship at Zia Park Nov. 11.

  • Full of Gold Glistens in France

    Full of Gold outclassed his rivals and was an impressive two length winner of the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) Nov. 11. The race marked the last group I event of the European flat season.

  • Video: Keeneland Nov - Week 1 Wrap

    As the Keeneland November sale completes week 1 and heads into the second week, Ron Mitchell discusses the auction with Tom Thornbury, associate director of sales.

  • Inca King enters the Winner&#39;s Circle after his victory in the Commonwealth Turf Nov. 11 at Churchill Downs.

    Inca King Takes Commonwealth Crown

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stables' Inca King stalked the pace, took the lead around the far turn and then inched away for a 1 -length victory in the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf Nov. 11 at Churchill Downs.

  • Calder Race Course

    Calder: Purse Cuts Are Necessary

    In response to statements made by the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association in regard to purse cuts, Calder Race Course president Ken Dunn responded Nov. 11 by saying the decision was based on simple economics and was absolutely necessary based on decreased business during the month of October.

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    Dalvina Rallies to Win Long Island

    English invader Dalvina went from last-to-first, rallying under Cornelio Velasquez to conquer the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 11 at Aqueduct in her first start on American soil.

  • Daiwa Scarlet Wires QE II Cup

    Favored Daiwa Scarlet controlled the tempo then led the dash for home by three-quarters of a length over Fusaichi Pandora in the $1.675 million Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (Jpn-I) at Kyoto Race Course Nov. 11.

  • Garrett Gomez

    Gomez Wins 70th Stakes, Ties Bailey

    Garrett Gomez won his 70th stakes of the year aboard Hucking Hot in the $68,650 Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes at Hollywood Park Nov. 11, tying Jerry Bailey for most stakes wins by a jockey in a single season. Bailey set the mark in 2003.

  • The Nov. 10 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale saw declines in gross, average, and median.

    Keeneland Day Six: Market Softens

    The Nov. 10 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale saw declines in gross, average, and median as a changeover of buyers from around the world created a softer market.

  • Trainer Greg Gilchrist

    Gilchrist Cited in CHRB Complaint

    Trainer Greg Gilchrist faces a California Horse Racing Board complaint after a horse in his care, Yodelay You're Who, exceeded the allowable threshold for procaine in a post-race sample taken at Bay Meadows.

  • Like a Gem

    Like a Gem Stops Monashee's Streak

    Like a Gem ran her winning streak to three races in the US$219,564 Maple Leaf Nov. 10 while spoiling the Woodbine debut of Western Canada invader Monashee, who was looking for her 12th consecutive win.

  • Revved Up holds off Soldier&#39;s Dancer for his third consecutive victory in the Bonnie Heath Turf Cup.

    Revved Up Wins 3rd Straight Million

    In other stakes action, the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Handicap was won by 4-year-old gelding Electrify, who saved ground along the fence and then sped to the lead in mid-stretch under Elvis Trujillo to score by two lengths.

  • Bit of Whimsy wins the $174,900 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs.

    'Whimsy All Business in Mrs. Revere

    Bit of Whimsy had already accomplished her major goal of the year for trainer Barclay Tagg when the 3-year-old filly captured the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland last month. She put an exclamation point on a strong campaign with her hard-fought victory in the $174,900 Mrs. Revere (gr. IIT) on the Churchill Downs lawn Nov. 10.

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    At 14-1, Dave Takes Red Smith 'Cap

    The Barclay Tagg-trained Dave took advantage of a clear outside trip under jockey Joe Bravo to win the $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) over the yielding turf at Aqueduct Nov. 10.

  • Calder Race Course has won the right to install slot machines.

    Calder Cuts Purses, Upsets HBPA

    Lower than expected handle and attendance has forced Calder Race Course to reduce its daily purses by approximately $10,000 beginning with races scheduled for Nov. 15.

  • Millionaire Kissin Kris to Canada

    Kissin Kris, winner of the 1993 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) and the earner of over $1.6 million in his racing career, has moved from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in California to Canada's Esquirol Farm.

  • Philly Park Casino Plan Presented

    After a delay of several months, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment presented plans for a stand-alone casino on the Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack property to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Nov. 8.

  • Looking at mares at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

    Average Up and the Middle Solid

    Keeneland's Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell termed the Nov. 9 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale "a very good day at the office" as a slight drop in gross was untainted by a rising average and a strong middle market.

  • Rolling Sea

    Porter on Pedigrees: Rolling Sea

    One of the great charms of Thoroughbred racing is that it has always been possible for a good horse to emerge from almost anywhere. The diminishing gap between the best and rest, however, will probably make this an increasingly likely occurence. One example is Rolling Sea, who won the Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3. She is by a sire who stands for $2,500 and is out of mare who finished fourth in a $6,500 claimer in her final race.

  • NY Stallion Stakes On Tap at Big A

    Trainer Todd Pletcher, feeling the chill in New York for the past three weeks, sends out a pair of 2-year-olds in Spanky Fischbein and Fort Drum for the $100,000 Great White Way, part of the New York Stallion Stakes series at Aqueduct on Nov. 11.

  • Nobiz Like Shobiz is expected to run in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) on Nov. 25.

    Shobiz Has Date in Hollywood Derby

    Nobiz Like Shobiz, one of the leading 3-year-olds in the nation, is expected to run in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) on Nov. 25, trainer Barclay Tagg confirmed Nov. 9 from his training base at Belmont Park in New York.

  • Scorpion will stand stud at Coolmore Ireland in 2008.

    Scorpion Retired, Fasliyev to Japan

    Scorpion, winner of three group I stakes, has been retired from racing and will stand for Coolmore National Hunt at Castle Hyde Stud in Ireland, Coolmore said in a Nov. 9 release. Meanwhile, Coolmore has sold Fasliyev, Europe's 1999 juvenile champion, to a syndicate of Japanese breeders.

  • Royal Highness is topweighted in the rescheduled Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT).

    'Highness' Heads Long Island 'Cap

    Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) winner Royal Highness leads a field of eight that is heavily weighted with European contenders in the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 11 at Aqueduct.

  • Julien Leparoux plans on riding at Santa Anita for the upcoming winter meet.

    Jocks Bejarano, Leparoux Shift Tack

    Jockeys Rafael Bejarano and Julien Leparoux, currently among the top 12 riders in the nation by purses won this year, will move their tack to Southern California this winter, both riders' agents said Nov. 9.

  • Legislators OK Task Force Rules

    Legislators embraced recommendations of self-regulation for Kentucky horse auctions during a committee session Nov. 9, and applauded the effort of the Sales Integrity Task Force that formulated them.

  • Inca King scored over the Churchill turf this summer in the Jefferson Cup (gr. III).

    Inca King Looks to Rule Churchill

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Inca King will look to make it five-for-seven on the grass, as the 3-year-old son of Sir Cat carries top weight of 123 pounds for the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf Nov. 11 at Churchill Downs.