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  • Hastings, HBPA to Match Purses for Katrina Relief

    The Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of British Columbia, working with Hastings Racecourse, will donate the equivalent of one full day's purse distribution during "Racing to the Rescue" on Oct. 1 in support of the ongoing relief efforts to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Fusaichi Pegasus Breeding to Aid Katrina Victims

    Ashford Stud will donate a nomination to Fusaichi Pegasus to be auctioned at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky Selected Mixed Sale on Nov. 6, with the proceeds directed to the American Red Cross to aid their work with the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Dixon Releases Track's Environmental Draft

    Five years after Frank Stronach first pitched his dream of Dixon Downs, Magna Entertainment's model racing and entertainment complex in Northern California reached a significant milestone Sept. 23 with the release of the draft environmental impact report.

  • Red Dazzler Takes Caulfield Guineas Prep

    Red Ransom could have another hot prospect in Australia, with Red Dazzler emerging as a leading Caulfield Guineas (Aust-I) contender in winning the Bill Stutt Stakes (Aust-II) at Moonee Valley Sept. 23.

  • Meadowlands Takes Steps to Improve Track

    The Meadowlands main track will have a new surface when it opens its seven-week Thoroughbred meet Sept. 30. Jockeys at the New Jersey track last year contended that pebbles found in track samples created unsafe conditions and nearly boycotted the season opener.

  • Bulimic Baze Ready to Rebound at Oak Tree

    Tyler Baze resumes riding at Oak Tree Wednesday after undergoing treatment for an eating disorder that dropped his weight to about 100 pounds, according to his agent, Ivan Puhich. Santa Monica nutritionist Dr. Phil Goglia treated the 22-year-old Baze, who struggled through a 62-race losing streak during the Del Mar meet.

  • Canani Points Amorama to Yellow Ribbon

    Marsha Naify and Woodside Farms' dual grade I winner Amorama will make her next start in the Oct. 1 Yellow Ribbon Invitational Handicap (gr. IT), trainer Julio Canani has confirmed.

  • Nasheej Looks for Grade I Win in Meon Valley

    Six 2-year-old fillies will be bidding for their first group I success when they line up for the Meon Valley Stud Fillies Mile (Eng-I) at Newmarket on Saturday. The favorite is likely to be Nasheej, a daughter of Swain.

  • Dubawi lone 3YO in small but distinguished QE II field.

    Dubawi Heads Small Field in Queen Elizabeth II

    Although it has drawn only six entrants, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket Saturday is overflowing with talent. The lone 3-year-old, Dubawi, leads a quality field.

  • Roman Ruler shipping to Belmont for next Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup.

    Roman Ruler, Imperialism Tune for Gold Cup

    Roman Ruler and Imperialism, two California-based runners bound for next Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park, were put through their final preparations for the 1 ¼-mile event on Friday morning.

  • Average Takes Dip in Keeneland 11th Session

    With only three days remaining in its 14-day run, the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale is showing no signs of slowing down despite taking a slight hit in average price during today's session. Overall, the numbers remain up across the board.

  • Hollywood Park Sale Completed for $257.5M

    Churchill Downs Incorporated and Bay Meadows Land Company announced completion of the sale of Hollywood Park racetrack and surrounding acreage at the Inglewood, Calif., site Sept. 23 for $257.5 million.

  • Churchill Downs Completes Sale of Hollywood Park

    Churchill Downs Inc. and Bay Meadows Land Company completed the sale of Hollywood Park racetrack and surrounding acreage at the Inglewood, Calif., site to Hollywood Park Land Company, an affiliate of BMLC, for $257.5 million. CDI will use the proceeds of the sale to pay down debt.

  • Unwanted Horse Summit Follow Up Continues

    The equine industry's work on behalf of unwanted horses continued to gain momentum Sept. 21 when representatives from 20 organizations met to advance efforts that began at the nation's first Unwanted Horse Summit in Washington, D.C. in April.

  • Biancone to Train Runners at Turfway Park

    Trainer Patrick Biancone will stable 24 of his charges at Turfway Park through October to train over the track's Polytrack surface. The horses are expected on the grounds Oct. 2. Among them are Stream Cat, Angara, Henny Hughes, Luas Line, Pomeroy, Ball Four, and Asi Siempre.

  • Keeneland to Salute Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day

    Keeneland will honor its all-time leading jockey Pat Day with a day of festivities saluting the Hall of Fame rider's remarkable career on Oct. 13 - his 52nd birthday.

  • Deal for breeding rights to dual-classic winner Afleet Alex expected soon.

    Castleton Lyons Confirmed as Alex Suitor; Deal Expected

    A deal to sell the breeding rights to Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex is in the works and is expected to be finalized shortly, J.J. Graci, publicist for owner Cash is King Stable, told <i>The Blood-Horse</i> Friday.

  • Heiligbrodt Named to NTRA Board of Directors

    Bill Heiligbrodt, a Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association trustee, has replaced John Amerman as the TOBA representative on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors.

  • Breeders' Cup Gala to Benefit Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund

    Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that the 2005 Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration, to be held Oct. 28 at historic Roseland Ballroom in New York, with proceeds benefiting the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund aiding hurricane victims, the Fund for Public Health in New York and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

  • Top Ohio Trainer Palacios Dies in Accident

    Known as Ohio's "El Gran Senor" for his outstanding abilities in horsemanship, Luis "Albert" Palacios, 73, died in a three-vehicle accident in Wilmington, Ohio, Sept. 22. The 73-year-old trainer recently captured the training title at River Downs.

  • With Another Hurricane En Route, LSU Reinstates Rescue Hotline

    Still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Southern Louisiana braces for the oncoming power of hurricane Rita. In anticipation of this Category 5 hurricane, the Louisiana State University Hurricane Equine Rescue Operation has reinstated the horse rescue hotline at (225) 578 - 9501.

  • De La Rose Could Be Key to Nobel Damsel Outcome

    With five of the 13 runners entered for Saturday's grade III, $150,000 Noble Damsel for fillies and mares at a mile on Belmont Park's turf exiting divisions of the Aug. 29 De La Rose at Saratoga, figuring out which horses were best in the De La Rose should lead handicappers in the right direction.

  • Perfect Drift, winning the 2004 Stephen Foster, is one of two horses seeking a second Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Hawthorne Gold Cup Boasts Two Past Winners

    Hawthorne isn't wasting any time presenting its premier event. Just two days into the meeting, the Chicago track will host the $750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II), and those ready to battle it out in Saturday's 1 1/4-mile race include the past two winners.

  • San Carlos winner Pico Central has been retired to Padua.

    Grade I Winner Pico Central Retired to Padua

    Robert N. Clay and Satish Sanan announced that prominent North American sprinter and miler Pico Central has been retired from racing to stand at Padua Stables near Summerfield, Fla.

  • Fort Prado Heads Robert F. Carey Field

    A cast of nine runners has been entered for Saturday's Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hawthorne Race Course. Fort Prado, winner of the Sea O Erin Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap, will line up as the 121-pound highweight.

  • Romney Threatens Slots Veto

    Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he would veto any legislation seeking to expand gambling in the state. The stance marks a significant change in position since Romney's election to office in 2002.

  • Wild Wonder to Stand at Buck Pond

    Wild Wonder, sire of grade I winner Wild Fit and Wednesday's $270,000 session topper at the Keeneland yearling sale, has been purchased by Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm for stallion duty at the Versailles, Ky., farm.

  • Breeder/Owner Elmer E. Miller Dead

    Elmer E. Miller, whose Coax Me Chad ran second in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), died Sept. 19 at a Cincinnati hospital after a long battle with cancer.

  • Arlington Posts Modest Gains in 2005

    The 94-day 2005 Arlington Park race meet concluded with a 0.8% increase in total handle and a 0.5% rise in average daily attendance over the track's 96-day meet in 2004. On track average daily handle decreased by 0.8% while total attendance slipped by 1.6% with two less days compared to a year ago.

  • Middle Market 'Alive and Well' at Keeneland

    With only five days to go, the Keeneland yearling sale is showing no signs of winding down. Wednesday's session nine saw double-digit gains in all categories compared to the same session last year.

  • Purge to Stand at Vinery in 2006

    Purge, a multiple New York graded stakes winner, will enter stud at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington in 2006.

  • Congress Subpoenas Jockeys' Guild President

    U.S. Congress issued two subpoenas Tuesday for Jockeys' Guild president Wayne Gertmenian as part of an ongoing investigation into the organization headed up by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield.

  • NYRA Wants to Sell 80 Acres Near Aqueduct

    A secretive group trying to obtain the New York Racing Association franchise is raising concerns about NYRA's attempt to sell 80 acres of land near Aqueduct racetrack--land the group says may not be owned by NYRA.

  • Lavin Foundation Donates $2M for Relief, Rebuild

    The Family Foundation of Leonard and Bernice Lavin, owners of Glen Hill Farm in Ocala, Fla., have donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to aid New Orleans evacuees from Hurricane Katrina, and $1 million to help rebuild Tulane University and the Tulane Medical Center, which suffered significant storm damage.

  • Worldly Manner to C & S in Oklahoma

    Grade II winner Worldly Manner has been purchased by the Smalley family's C & S Stables for stallion duty at the Chelsea, Okla., farm.

  • Oak Tree Honors Pincay With DVD Giveaway

    Laffit Pincay Jr., the world's winningest jockey who retired with 9,530 victories in a career that spanned nearly four decades, will be honored by the Oak Tree Racing Association Oct. 15 at Santa Anita Park.