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  • Countess Gold, the dam of European group II winner Strike the Deal, was the session's most expensive horse, selling for $850,000.

    Results Mixed at Keeneland

    The fourth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale produced mixed results, but the cumulative gross revenue and average price continued to remain well ahead of last year's pace in Lexington.

  • Luis Garcia

    Jockey Luis Garcia Breaks Wrist

    Jockey Luis Garcia will miss six weeks after fracturing a bone in his right wrist at Laurel Park Nov. 8. The 23-year-old was injured when Yarroway clipped heels with another runner and tossed the rider in the eighth race.

  • Field Size an Issue at Delaware

    Delaware Park, one of Thoroughbred racing's pioneers in terms of combining racing and video gaming, ended its 2007 meet Nov. 4 with declines in total handle and field size, though purses paid increased about $1 million.

  • The undefeated Peppers Pride

    Peppers Pride Chases 13th Straight

    The undefeated filly Peppers Pride pursues her 13th straight victory and Rocky Gulch, one of the most popular New Mexico-bred horses ever, returns in Zia Park's third New Mexico Cup program Nov. 11.

  • Prairie Dates Set; Horsemen Balk

    The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Nov. 8 approved a plan by Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino for a 2008 racing season over the objections of Thoroughbred interests that wanted a longer spring meet.

  • Golden Strategy comes in from Florida to try the Red Smith.

    Red Smith on Turf Looms Wide Open

    The Nov. 10 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct will be run at a demanding 1 3/8 miles. The turf race also will prove to be a challenge to handicappers.

  • Alexander Tango Dies at Farm

    Alexander Tango, winner of the Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park in September, died in a freak accident at the O'Callaghan family's Woods Edge Farm near Lexington.

  • Exclusive Quality

    Exclusive Quality to Journeyman

    Exclusive Quality, a track record-setting son of leading sire Elusive Quality, will enter stud in 2008 at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla.

  • Sierra Sunset

    Mahubah's Corner: Sierra Sunset

    The Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) can be a big temptation for the owner of a promising colt that has not yet proven himself to rank with the best. Some yield; others, usually proving wiser, aim for lesser targets, allowing their youngsters to continue their development under less pressure. The latter strategy paid off nicely when Sierra Sunset picked up his third victory and second straight stakes score in the California Cup Juvenile Nov. 3.

  • Fran's Valentine

    Fran's Valentine Dead

    Fran's Valentine, the only horse to be disqualified from first in the history of the Breeders' Cup, was euthanized in early October because of the infirmities of old age.

  • Video: Keeneland Nov - Day 4 Wrap

    As the Keeneland November sale continues, Ron Mitchell discusses the market with Tom Thornbury, associate director of sales.

  • Soto will stand at Walmac Farm.

    Grade II Winner Soto to Walmac

    Soto, a grade II winner by Dehere, will stand at John T.L. Jones III and Robert Trussell's Walmac Farm near Lexington.

  • New Projects to Study Laminitis

    Two projects focusing on the equine disease laminitis will be launched soon using funds raised by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in memory of the late 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro. The projects, at more than $100,000, will be conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University.

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    CDI Keeping an Eye on the Future

    Churchill Downs Inc. reported a 7.1% increase in net revenue for the third quarter of 2007, but realized a 62.9% decline in net earnings, as the company's chief executive voiced hope for the future on a variety of fronts during a Nov. 8 conference call.

  • Istan, runaway winner of the Ack Ack (gr. III), Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs

    Istan to Stand at Airdrie

    Istan, winner of the Nov. 3 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) by 8 3/4 lengths at Churchill Downs, has been purchased by Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud.

  • New York Franchise Still a Question

    With a franchise expiration date of Dec. 31 fast approaching, it still remains very unclear who will be in control of Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga in 2008 and beyond.

  • Garden City (gr. IT) winner Alexander Tango; dead at age 3

    Gr. I Winner Alexander Tango Dead

    Alexander Tango, winner of the Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park in September, died in a freak accident Oct. 30.

  • Japanese Quarantine Agreed Upon

    Quarantine protocols will be enacted to enable Japanese horses to compete in the 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races.

  • The top-selling horse Wednesday was a stakes-winning filly named Stylish Wildcat, who brought $800,000.

    Keeneland November Continues Upward

    On a day when the U.S. stock market plunged 360 points, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale generated strong enough figures during its third session to keep the auction's cumulative gross up 13.8% and the average price up 9.9% from a year ago.

  • Plan May Split Control of NY Tracks

    Two days after a top lawmaker said he believes Gov. Eliot Spitzer has moved away from the idea of awarding the entire Thoroughbred racing franchise to the New York Racing Association, a plan is kicking around in Albany to split the three tracks among different entities.

  • IRG a Hot Topic During Youbet Call

    Youbet.com reported a decline in overall handle and increase in total revenue for the third quarter of 2007, but a related earnings conference call with analysts Nov. 7 was punctuated by discussion of the federal investigation involving the company's off-shore entity, International Racing Group.

  • Video: Keeneland Nov - Day 3 Wrap

    As the Keeneland November sale continues on a strong note, Ron Mitchell discusses the market with Tom Thornbury, associate director of sales.

  • Any Given Saturday

    Any Given Saturday Retired

    Any Given Saturday, who won the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths, has been retired and will stand at Darley for $40,000 in 2008, it was announced Nov. 7.

  • Veteran Sires Lead Way at Keeneland

    Veteran stallions A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, and Smart Strike -- all of whom stand at Lane's End Farm -- top the list of covering sires by average during the first two sessions of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Bit of Whimsy was the upset winner of the QEII (gr.IT) at Keeneland last month.

    Bit of Whimsy Headlines Mrs. Revere

    Bit of Whimsy, upset winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) Oct. 13 at Keeneland, will carry her highest weight ever and take on a field of 13 other 3-year-old fillies, including two previously beaten competitors, in the $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 10 at Churchill Downs.

  • Mario Pino

    Pino Delivers 6,000th Win

    Mario Pino became the 15th jockey in North America to earn 6,000 wins Nov. 7 when he piloted Pass Play to victory in the seventh race at Laurel Park.

  • The Ky. Agriculture Dept. has released 19 horses trained by David Carroll from a 13-day quarantine.

    Churchill Herpes Quarantine Lifted

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has released 19 horses trained by David Carroll from a 13-day quarantine for equine herpes virus in Barn 47 at Churchill Downs, the Louisville, Ky. race track announced Nov. 7.

  • Gary Stevens

    Stevens Joins HRTV

    Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has reached an agreement with HorseRacing TV to serve as an on-air analyst, the network announced Nov. 7.

  • Almutawakel after his victory in the 1999 Dubai World Cup.

    World Cup Winner Almutawakel Dead

    Pensioned Irish stallion Almutawakel, who won the 1999 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), was euthanized because of chronic arthritis.

  • Revved Up

    Florida Million Fields Are Set

    Nine-year-old gelding Revved Up will be looking for his third consecutive victory on Florida Million day, as Calder Race Course celebrates the Sunshine State's Thoroughbred breeding industry by offering eight stakes worth $1.2 million for registered Florida-breds Nov. 10.

  • 1935 Horse of the Year Discovery, bred by Lois Duffey's father Walter Salmon Sr.

    Lois Duffey Dead

    Lois Duffey, who won the 1990 Seagram Grand National Steeplechase in England with Mr. Frisk, died Oct. 6 in Chestertown, Md.

  • Mark Guidry

    Guidry to Retire at Churchill

    Veteran jockey Mark Guidry, 21st on the all-time list of North American riders with more than 5,000 victories, plans to close out his riding career Nov. 10 at Churchill Downs.

  • Simon Pure

    Simon Pure Retired

    Simon Pure, a grade II stakes-placed son of Silver Deputy, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla.

  • Silent Name will stand at Adena Springs.

    Silent Name to Adena Springs

    Multiple grade II winner Silent Name will retire to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris after starting in the Nov. 23 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Steve Beshear

    Beshear Is New Kentucky Governor

    Democrat Steve Beshear, who supports a referendum on casino gambling and made it part of his campaign, easily won the race for governor of Kentucky in the Nov. 6 election.

  • Keeneland Sale 'Unbelievable'

    With cumulative increases of 19.3% and 7.3% in gross sales and average price, respectively, during the first two days of the marathon Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, the mood within the Lexington sales pavilion was almost euphoric Tuesday, Nov. 6.

  • Australian bred Alinghi took the Ballston Spa (gr. IIIT) in her lone U.S. stakes win.

    Alinghi Has First Foal By Hussonet

    Two country stakes winner, Australian-bred mare Alinghi has produced her first foal, a filly by Hussonet in Australia. The foal was born at Arrowfield Stud in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.

  • Video: Keeneland Nov - Day 2 Wrap

    As the Keeneland November sale continued on a strong note Tuesday, Ron Mitchell discusses the market with Tom Thornbury, associate director of sales.

  • Fleet Indian

    Fleet Indian Sells Privately

    Multiple grade I winner Fleet Indian was sold privately to Frank and Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm after failing to meet her reserve during the opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 5.

  • Curlin

    Padua's Interest in Curlin Acquired

    Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton have acquired Padua Stables' interest in likely Horse of the Year Curlin, whose ownership structure has been under a cloud due to legal actions involving the principals of another part-owner, Midnight Cry Stable.

  • Unbridled's Song's Fee Dropped

    Unbridled's Song, who stands at Taylor Made Farm, will stand for $150,000 in 2008, down from $200,000 this year.

  • Padua Sells Interest in Curlin

    Curlin, the favorite for Horse of the Year after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), is now down to three owners.

  • Ingrid Fermin

    CHRB's Ingrid Fermin Resigns

    Ingrid Fermin, executive director of the California Horse Racing Board, has submitted her resignation effective Jan. 7, 2008, the date of her third-year anniversary as chief executive for the agency that regulates horse racing in the state.

  • Kingmambo

    Kingmambo to Stand for $250,000

    Kingmambo, who has stood his entire career at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., will stand for $250,000 in 2008.