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  • Cracksman wins the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot

    Cracksman Superb in Champion Stakes Romp

    Cracksman surged to the lead early in the stretch run in the QIPCO British Champion Stakes (G1) Oct. 21 at Ascot and kicked away smartly to a seven-length victory, earning his first top-level win.

  • FTBOA Names Board Members

    Bobby Jones and Dr. Fred Yutani, both of Ocala, Fla., have been named to the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association board of directors while Barry Berkelhammer, Gil Campbell and Greg Wheeler, return to the board.

  • Ricky Higgs holds a yearling from his consignment to the Fasig-Tipton October sale

    October Sale Good For Modest Consignor Higgs

    Since the early 1990s, the Chandler, Ind., resident has circled this sale on his calendar. It is the lone yearling auction to which he consigns a select handful of horses, mostly pinhooks or youngsters owned by friends.

  • Shotgun Kowboy wins the Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park Oct. 20

    Shotgun Kowboy Wins Second Oklahoma Classics Cup

    Shotgun Kowboy, the only Oklahoma-bred to win the Oklahoma Derby (G3) and an Oklahoma Classics Cup, looked like he did in his breakthrough 3-year-old year Oct. 20 with another score in the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park.

  • Ohio Mixed Sale Extends Entry Date to Oct. 27

    The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners have announced that they will be extending the date for sale entries to Friday, October 27.  The mixed sale will be held Sunday, December 3 at Majestic Farm in Batavia, Ohio starting at 1:00 p.m.

  • The Empire That Almost Was

    There is no doubt the greatness was there with Classic Empire. And there is no doubt it was confronted by enough obstacles to prevent it from fully surfacing. But it did on occasion manage to trickle out, to show the world what might have been.

  • Minnesota Racing Commission Helps Retired Horses

    The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) authorized disbursement of $46,000 to Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoptions, This Old Horse and Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program.

  • Litfin at Large: State-Bred Cards Take Center Stage

    It's the calm before the impending Breeders' Cup storm, and besides the Grand National Steeplechase (NSA1) at Far Hills, the only graded stakes to be contested in North America on Saturday is the Lexus Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland.

  • Mizzen Mast

    Mizzen Mast: Mastering the End of the Line

    Mizzen Mast was both a carbon copy of his sire Cozzene (on turf) and an accomplished versatile runner, as seen with his graded stakes wins, on the dirt. He was virtually a throwback in pedigree to what had worked in the last half of the 20th century.

  • Admirals War Chest wins the Maryland Million Classic for the second year in a row

    Admirals War Chest Seeks Third 'Million' Classic

    Dr. Stephen Sinatra's homebred Admirals War Chest will look to become the first horse to win three consecutive editions of the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Oct. 21 at Laurel Park, but he'll have to find a stark reversal of form to do so.

  • Glen Ellen Vocational Academy Survives Nuns Fire

    The Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, along with its 34 retired horses, came through the stubborn Sonoma County fire that threatened them for more than a week mostly unscathed, the relieved owner of the facility reported Oct. 19.

  • Lot 512 topped the Oct. 19 session of the Arqana October yearling sale

    Dabirsim Progeny Dominate Arqana Third Session

    After two days of selling dominated by a broad range of stallions, the Arqana ring fell hard for the progeny of Dabirsim during the Oct. 19 session of the October yearling sale.

  • Effinex Dies Suddenly From Ruptured Pulmonary Artery

    Grade 1 winner Effinex, who entered stud this year, died suddenly Oct. 18 just before 9 p.m. due to a ruptured pulmonary artery, according to owner Dr. Russell Cohen. "He filled a huge void in my life. He was such a cool horse," Cohen said.

  • Danzing Candy will stand at Tom and Nancy Clark's Rancho San Miguel in 2018

    Danzing Candy to Stand at Rancho San Miguel

    Multiple grade 2 winner Danzing Candy will stand at Tom and Nancy Clark's Rancho San Miguel for the 2018 season, it was announced Oct. 19. The son of Twirling Candy will be offered at an introductory fee of $5,000 live foal stands and nurses.

  • Free Online Course Offered on Colic Prevention

    Equine Guelph announces the free offering of the new 'Gut Health & Colic Prevention' online course to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.

  • Registration Open for Thoroughbred Owner Conference

    OwnerView is still accepting registrations for its fourth Thoroughbred Owner Conference, which is scheduled for Monday, October 30, through Wednesday, November 1, in Del Mar, California.

  • Sightseek closed out her career in impressive fashion

    Look Back: Sightseek Gives Fans Final Winning Memory

    This week is a recap of the Oct. 9, 2004 Beldame Stakes (G1), the final race for Sightseek. The story, headlined "Last Sighting" was written by Steve Haskin and appeared in the Oct. 16, 2004 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • Gun Runner

    Gun Runner Pointing to Pegasus After Breeders' Cup

    Owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm announced Oct. 18 that Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) contender Gun Runner will point to the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park after his trip to Del Mar.

  • Lot 342, a colt by Siyouni, topped the Oct. 18 session of the Arqana October yearling sale

    Siyouni Colt Tops Second Session of Arqana Sale

    After a dynamic opening day that contained the cream of the catalog, the Oct. 17 second session of the Arqana October yearling sale was a more low-key affair, but there was still good money changing hands for those lots the market settled on.