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  • Numbers Decline at Canadian Sale

    Steady and solid was the theme of the 2008 selected session of the Woodbine yearling sale on Sept. 2, hosted by the Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society.

  • Southern Exchange won the Colin Stakes at Woodbine July 19.

    Southern Exchange Tough in Futurity

    Canadian invader Southern Exchange might not be favored in the Sept. 3 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) closing day, but he's the only one of the 11 contestants with as many as three wins.

  • Sought After to Rancho San Miguel

    Sought After, who is closely related to 2006 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) Jazil, has been moved to Tom and Nancy Clark's Rancho San Miguel near San Miguel, Calif.

  • Darley Buys Stonerside from McNair

    Stonerside Stable has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley. Included in the transaction will be approximately 80 horses in training, plus another 170 or so broodmares, yearlings and weanlings, as well as the main 2,000-acre farm near Paris, Ky., and the training center in Aiken, S.C.

  • Again (blue and orange silks) holds off Shimah to win the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) Aug. 31 at Leopardstown.

    Again Victorious in Moyglare Stud Stakes

    Again rallied from mid-pack to capture the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) by a half-length at the Curragh Aug. 31. The David Wachman trainee now has won three of four starts, and has amassed earnings totaling $388,658.

  • Dance to Destiny

    Dance to Destiny Sires First Winner

    Dance to Destiny, a Canadian graded stakes-placed runner, was represented by his first winner Aug. 30 when his son Me the Sea and G T won at Woodbine.

  • St. Leger Sale Ends With Declines

    Doncaster's St. Leger sale - the first British or Irish yearling auction of 2008 - failed to match its 2007 figures when ending Aug. 28 in England. The average of 33,649 pound sterling (approximately $61,725) was down 10%, the median of 26,000 pounds ($47,694) fell by 11%. The 13,493,500 pounds ($24,752,207) turnover for the 401 horses that sold dropped by 14.4%.

  • Benny the Bull has been retired due to an ankle injury.

    Benny the Bull Retired

    Millionaire Benny the Bull, a grade/group I winner and one of the nation's top sprinters, has been retired from racing after suffering an ankle chip.

  • Retired Trainer Bill Donovan Dead

    Bill Donovan, who trained millionaire Lost Code and authored the popular "Backtracks: Recollections of a racetrack lifer" for The Blood-Horse, died Wednesday morning.

  • Strawberry Reason

    Strawberry Reason Dead

    Strawberry Reason, dam of champion Vindication, was found dead in her pasture June 29 at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.

  • Ten Most Wanted

    Ten Most Wanted Sires First Winner

    Ten Most Wanted, a grade I winner and millionaire, came through with his first winner when a daughter, Nasty Widow, won Aug. 24 at Timonium.

  • Canadian Frontier

    Canadian Frontier Gets First Winner

    Graded stakes winner Canadian Frontier got his initial winner when his daughter On the Menu won Aug. 24 at Delaware Park in her first start.

  • Sadler's Wells

    Sadler's Wells Reaches Another Milestone

    Sadler's Wells, who topped the English/Irish sires list an incredible 14 times, came through with another milestone when he became just the second stallion to reach the 300 mark in number of stakes winners.

  • Burning Roma

    Burning Roma's First Winner

    Grade I winner Burning Roma was represented by his first winner when Jitter in Rome won by 11 1/2 lengths Aug. 22 at Mountaineer Park.

  • Seeking Greatness Sires Winner

    Stakes-placed Seeking Greatness came through with his first U.S. winner when a son, Ucankeepthechange, won Aug. 22 at Remington Park in his initial start.

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    'Iron Duke' Rolls to Fifth Group I Win

    Duke of Marmalade captured his fifth group I of the season by stubbornly holding off Phoenix Tower by three-quarters of a length to win the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) at Newmarket Aug. 23.

  • Lush Lashes and Kevin Manning take the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at Newmarket.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5625853%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lush Lashes Wins Yorkshire Oaks in Style

    A change in venue and an additional day's wait proved not to be a hindrance to Lush Lashes, as the Jim Bolger trainee powered down the center of the course to capture the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) by 1 1/4 lengths at Newmarket Aug. 22.

  • Matt's Broken Vow has been installed as the 9-5 choice in the Canadian Derby (Can-III).

    Matt's Broken Vow Heads Canadian Derby

    Matt's Broken Vow, a romping winner of the Manitoba Derby in his last start, has been installed as the 9-5 choice in the $300,000 Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Aug. 23.

  • Two to Philippines

    Young stallions Catastrophe and Dow Jones U S have been moved to the Philippines

  • York Group I Races Moved to Newmarket

    England's York Racecourse announced Aug. 20 that racing for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22, which were the remaining days of the Ebor Fesitval, has been abandoned because the racing surface has failed to recover from the recent heavy rain.

  • Michael DeKock

    DeKock Backs Off on Million Comments

    South African trainer Michael DeKock has backed off his comments made immediately after the Aug. 9 Arlington Million (gr. IT), in which his horse Archipenko was upset by Spirit One.

  • Bowman's Band

    Bowman's Band Dead

    Millionaire Bowman's Band, who completed his second breeding season at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., was euthanized Aug. 16.

  • York Cancels Tuesday Racing

    Racing at England's York racecourse on Tuesday, Aug. 19, was canceled because of a waterlogged turf course.

  • Tropical Storm

    Tropical Storm Sires First Winner

    Tropical Storm, a son of Storm Cat, came through with his first winner when his son Storm Shocker won Aug. 17 at Presque Isle Downs in his second start.

  • To Be Surprised Tops Magic Millions

    Patinack Farm paid top price of Aus$1.3 million (broodmare prospect To Be Surprised during the Magic Millions August Thoroughbred Sale on the Queensland Gold Coast.

  • Davy Bonilla peeks back for the competition as Tamayuz rolls to victory at Deauville on Aug. 17.

    Tamayuz Scores Impressively at Deauville

    Tamayuz continued trainer Freddie Head's golden run when rolling to a comfortable 2 1/2-length victory over Natagora in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 17.

  • Positive Trend Continues at Deauville

    While business was conducted on a lower scale during the third day of the Arqana yearling sale at Deauville in France Aug. 17, the final results maintained the upward momentum seen on the first two days.

  • Roaring Fever

    First Winner by Roaring Fever

    Stakes winner Roaring Fever was represented by his initial winner when his daughter My Reflection won Aug. 14 at Calder Race Course first time out.

  • Juliet's Spirit (right) holds off After the Applause to take the Ontario Debutante Stakes.

    Juliet's Spirit Takes Ontario Debutante

    Favored Juliet's Spirit, a 2-year-old bay daughter of Exchange Rate, is now three for three, after capturing the $142,795 Ontario Debutante Stakes by a head at Woodbine Aug. 16.

  • Council Member, by Seattle Slew, Retired

    Council Member, a member of the second-last crop of foals by Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, has been retired from racing for stallion duty.

  • Major Broodmare Reprocolor Dead

    Reprocolor, a blue hen mare for the Weinfeld family at their Meon Valley Stud in England, died early this summer.

  • Bit of Whimsy won the 2007 Mrs. Revere (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

    Grade I Winner Bit of Whimsy Retired

    Bit of Whimsy, one of the top 3-year-old turf fillies of 2007, has been retired because of an injury suffered in the July 26 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga.

  • Wynn in Command Retired

    Wynn in Command, who is closely related to champion and dual classic winner Afleet Alex, will enter stud in 2009 at Fanlew Farms near Sarepta, La.

  • Curlin ranks at the top of the Timeform world Thoroughbred rankings released Aug. 6.

    Timeform Rates Curlin as World's Best

    Timeform, the respected British form/handicapping specialist, assesses America's Horse Of The Year Curlin as the best horse in the world in the Timeform Global Rankings.

  • Tenpins

    Millionaire Tenpins Sires Initial Winner

    Tenpins, a millionaire son of Smart Strike out of the Deputy Minister mare Maid's Broom, sired his first winner when a daughter, La Lynn, won by 10 1/4 lengths.

  • Trainer Mark Casse

    Mark Casse Celebrates 1,000th Win

    Trainer Mark Casse celebrated his 1,000th victory Aug. 9 when the 2-year-old filly Laragh won the first race at Woodbine.

  • Russell Baze

    Baze Banned for Whip Use at Ascot

    Russell Baze, North America's most winning jockey with more than 10,000 victories during his career, will long remember his first ride in Europe at Ascot, which cost him a four-day whip ban.

  • Seeking the Dia to Stud at Hill 'n' Dale

    It was announced Aug. 6 that the Storm Cat horse Seeking the Dia, a five-time stakes winner, four-time group winner, and earner of more than $5 million, will join the stallion roster at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington for the 2009 breeding season.

  • Princess Rooney Diagnosed With EPM

    Eclipse Award winner Princess Rooney has been diagnosed with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis and is being treated at Gentry Brothers Farm near Lexington.