A benefit board has been established to oversee the Delaware Jockey's Health and Welfare Fund. Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed the bill into law Aug. 23.
The California State Fair in Sacramento kicks off its live Thoroughbred meet Aug. 25, and this year will feature a special Aug. 27 doubleheader with programs in the afternoon and evening.
A Grand Lodge colt sold for 700,000 euros ($849,730) to top the first two sessions of L'Agence Francaise's Deauville August yearling sale Sunday and Monday in France.
The opening session of the 2004 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale was as hot as the weather in Central Florida when the sales company established new records for gross revenue, average, and median price. The average of $52,271 was the highest ever for the sale, breaking the record of $44,945 that was established in 1999.
Planners of a Thoroughbred racetrack near Erie are weighing two location options pending a Sept. 15 license amendment decision from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission.
- By Ron Mitchell
Magna Entertainment and MI Developments chairman Frank Stronach Monday commented on recent developments at the companies, which included the resignation of Brian Tobin as CEO of MID.
Green Hills Farms' Spotlight won her second consecutive race in as many starts in the U.S. when jockey Jerry Bailey rode the 3-year-old filly to a 3 1/2-length victory over Mambo Slew in the grade II $150,000 Lake Placid at 1 1/16 miles over a "good" Mellon Turf Course.
With exercise rider Michelle Nihei aboard, Starlight Stable's Purge breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 over the main track at Saratoga on Monday in preparation for Saturday's 135th running of the grade I, $1 million Travers Stakes.
South African champion Ipi Tombe will be offered by Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud, as agent, at this year's Tattersalls December sales in England.
- By Tom LaMarra
Three account wagering providers that hub through Oregon set all-time records for a three-month period in the second quarter of 2004, according to statistics provided by the Oregon Racing Commission.
"Dreamer", a new movie starring Kurt Russell that will begin filming the Lexington, Ky. area in September, is seeking extras to appear in various roles, including horseback riders.
Tyger Norway, a yearling colt from the first crop of the Storm Cat stallion Norway, took the New Mexico market to new heights when he brought $127,000 on Aug. 21 to top the Ruidoso mixed sale.
Private Steer advanced toward the W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I), her first appearance at five producing an effortless win in the $200,000 (Australian funds) Warwick Stakes at Warwick Farm Aug. 21.
Adreamisborn beat Demon Warlock by a length to win the 69th edition of the $250,000 Longacres Mile on Sunday at Emerald Downs.
Pleasantly Perfect, rebounding strongly from defeat three weeks ago in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), convincingly took the centerpiece of the Del Mar meeting, the Pacific Classic (gr. I), with a scintillating turn of foot the last quarter mile.
Evening Attire showed once again that he likes Saratoga. The 6-year-old gelded son of Black Tie Affair squared off with last year's champion Funny Cide and Bowman's Band in the stretch and came home a five-length winner in the good time of 2:00.83 in the 1 1/4-mile Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Heriberto "Ocala" Cedano, who had worked for Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson for 33 years, finds himself in a new position when he saddles Fortunate Damsel in Monday's $150,000 Lake Placid Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies at nine furlongs over Saratoga's Mellon turf course.
Divine Proportions, a 2-year-old daughter of Kingmambo, remained unbeaten in four career starts after defeating colts in Sunday's Prix Morny Casinos Barriere (Fr-I) at Deauville, France.
English champion Katies, dam of Japanese champion Hishi Amazon, was euthanized Aug. 20 at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
James Weigel's homebred Dream of Summer earned a hard-fought neck victory over Barbara Orr Satuday in the 6 ½-furlong Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar.
Afleet Alex had to work harder than in his previous three starts, be he remained unbeaten Saturday with a victory in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
The "giant killer" did it yet once again. Trainer Allen Jerkens sent out Society Selection to upset heavily favored Ashado in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga.
Amorama, who had finished behind favorite Ticker Tape in all six of her North American starts and was 19-1, nipped that one on the line to win the Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday afternoon.
Stonerside Stable's Catboat overcame a slow start to finish the $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) on even terms with Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Lovely Afternoon, the first dead-heat for win in Arlington's race for 3-year-old fillies on the main track.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Birdstone breezed six furlongs in 1:13 4/5, with regular exercise rider Maxine Correa aboard, over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track that was rated "good" on Saturday.
Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying breezed six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Saturday morning as the 2-year-old filly champion of 2002 prepped for Friday's grade I, $400,000 Personal Ensign at 1 1/4 miles.
He went by them so fast they might have thought he was a ghost. Ghostzapper sat off the pace and then blew by to win the Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap at Monmouth Saturday by 10 3/4 lengths.
The Arlington Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) was a thrilling race, with Lovely Afternoon near the lead the entire race while the filly that should have been on the lead Catboat, broke poorly and had to rally on the rail. The two hit the wire together.
Arlington Park announced Saturday that overnight purses will increase by amounts ranging from 2% to 5% for the 21 days that remain in the track's 2004 meet, effective Aug. 25.
Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Sense of Style toyed with six other 2-year-old fillies Friday afternoon, then dismissed them with a sudden flourish in the stretch to win Saratoga's 113th running of the grade II, $250,000 Spinaway at seven furlongs.
Trainer Nick Zito sent two of his three starters for the grade I, $1 million Travers Aug. 28 out for works on the main track at Saratoga Friday morning. Sir Shackleton breezed five furlongs in :59 3/5 while The Cliff's Edge went the same distance in 1:01 1/5.
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide will make his first start at Saratoga on Sunday when heads a field of eight in the 87th running of the grade II, $250,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup at 1 1/4 miles.
A full 12-horse field will break out of the gate on Sunday in the grade III, $250,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs.
Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Friday that Brian Tobin had resigned as the vice chairman and a director of the racetrack operating company.
Grade III stakes winner Lone Star Sky has been retired from racing due to feet problems. The 4-year-old son of Conquistador Cielo ends his career with earnings $504,995. He has a career record of 14-3-4-1.
Herb and Ellen Moelis, founders of Thoroughbred Charities of America, have been named recipients of the Industry Service Award by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association it was announced Friday.
The outlook looks sunny for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale, which begins with a select session on Monday, Aug. 23, at the OBS sale grounds. The sale continues through Aug. 26. with all sessions beginning at 11 a.m.
Roy C. Wood Jr. will retire from his position as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board effective at the end of 2004.
Champion Sky Beauty, one of the top racemares of the 1990s, died in Kentucky from foundering. She had delivered a Storm Cat colt May 28 for Eagle Holdings, a subsidiary of Irish-based Coolmore Stud.
The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund has awarded 40 annual scholarships for the 2004-2005 school year to children of full-time workers on central Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding farms.
The Melbourne arm of the Inglis Sales Co. conducted a low-key horses-in-training sale Aug. 20 and had the hinges blown off the doors when one horse in the catalogue was targeted by some big buyers, creating a record for an August Thoroughbred sale.
Favorite Trick, the 1997 Horse of the Year as a 2-year-old, recorded his first Australian stakes winner when the 3-year-old gelding Rutherford Eagle won the Moneywise 3-year-old Classic at Gosford by seven lengths in wire-to-wire fashion on Aug. 19.
The decision on whether to raise the scale of weights in California to a minimum of 118 pounds, not including equipment, remained on hold after more than two hours of discussion during the California Horse Racing Board's monthly meeting held Thursday at Del Mar.
Ashado, the pro-tem leader of the 3-year-old filly division, will need her "A" game Saturday at Saratoga while breaking from post 6 in the historic Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Headed by American Oaks (gr. IT) winner Ticker Tape and San Clemente (gr. IIT) champion Sweet Win, a field of seven 3-year-old fillies is expected to go to the post Saturday for the 48th running of the grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks.
Boasting a record of five victories in seven career starts, Dream of Summer will lead a field of seven female speed burners to the post in Saturday's grade III, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Del Mar.
Stronach Stables' top-weighted Ghostzapper will face a field of six competitors in Saturday's $200,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.
Afleet Alex, who has won his three lifetime starts by a combined 28 1/2 lengths, heads a field of seven juveniles in Saturday's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. It is the 100th running of the historic stakes.
Questroyal Stud has acquired the breeding rights in graded stakes winner Canadian Frontier and is in the process of syndicating him.
The National Horsemen's Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, given the results of a recent study, has suggested research into medication thresholds and withdrawal times be performed using horses in training.
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