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SITA Will Clarify Policy on Aged Mares

The Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers (SITA) will clarify its policy on aged broodmares during its next meeting, according to a press release issued by the organization on July 10. Based on comments by Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland officials, there was confusion about the portion of the policy that addresses broodmares 18 years of age and older and whether the ban recommended by SITA concerns all broodmares of that age or only broodmares of that age that are not in foal.

Time Machine Sets Pace at Tattersalls

Time Machine Sets Pace at Tattersalls

Time Machine, a 3-year-old Halling gelding, was the most expensive horse sold on the second day of the Tattersalls July mixed sale in England, bringing 95,000 guineas. Irish trainer Robbie Hennessy purchased Time Machine on July 8 from trainer John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables.

Woodbine Suspends 'Turbo-Charged' Pick 6

Woodbine Entertainment Group announced July 8 it is suspending its "Turbo-charged Pick 6" wager promotion, while leaving open the option of bringing it back later in the season or for special events.

Sheikh Mohammed Buys Jealous Again

Royal Ascot winner Jealous Again has been bought by Sheikh Mohammed. Formerly trained by American handler Wesley Ward, the filly turned in a hugely impressive display in the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) last month, bursting out of the stalls and showing far too much speed for the opposition to finish five lengths clear.

Sharp Declines Reported in European Breeding

The effects of the international recession on the European breeding industry is underscored by registration figures from Weatherbys showing sharp downturns in broodmare registrations and ownership changes during the first five months of 2009.

City Banker Tops in Argentine "Breeders' Cup"

City Banker Tops in Argentine "Breeders' Cup"

Think about the winners of two legs of the last Triple Crown and a winner of the biggest handicap, in the same race. This occurred June 27 at San Isidro, Argentina, a racecourse with a European style during the country's championship day, the Carreras de las Estrellas, which is patterned after the Breeders' Cup.

Redoute's Choice Weanling Shines in Australia

The William Inglis & Son Australian weanling and breeding stock sale in Sydney ended June 26 with 218 weanlings selling for Aust$3,868,950 (approximately $3,090,556 in U.S. funds). The session topper was a Redoute's Choice--Dancing colt that brought $300,000 ($239,643) from KP Thoroughbreds. Twin Palms, which was handling the Johnson family dispersal, consigned the colt.

Sterwins, Rahy's Attorney Set for Rematch

Sterwins, Rahy's Attorney Set for Rematch

Sterwins turned in probably the race of his life when he came from behind to defeat Rahy's Attorney by a head for the Connaught Cup (Can-IIIT) while setting a course record at Woodbine last month. The question in the upcoming $300,000 King Edward Stakes (Can-IIT) is whether the Eugene Melnyk homebred can do it again.

BC Challenge Series Adds Four British Races

BC Challenge Series Adds Four British Races

The Breeders' Cup announced June 22 that the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by Sony (Eng-I), Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile (Eng-I) and Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Eng-II) at Ascot on Sept. 26, and the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket on Oct. 17, have been selected to the 2009 Breeders' Cup Challenge series.

TVG to Broadcast Racing at Woodbine

TVG to Broadcast Racing at Woodbine

Woodbine Entertainment Group has reached an agreement with TVG to broadcast both its thoroughbred and Standardbred live racing products from Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks throughout the United States. As part of the deal, TVG will also offer online wagering on all WEG races through its TVG.com Web site.

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