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  • Champion Xtra Heat, daughter of Begin.

    Begin, Dam of Xtra Heat, Dead

    Begin, dam of 2001 champion Xtra Heat, was euthanized Jan. 14 at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington.

  • After Market's First Foal

    The first reported foal by multiple grade I winner After Market, a chestnut filly, arrived at Lane's End's Oak Tree Division Jan. 12. She is the first foal out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Flashbulb.

  • Keeneland Gross Down Fourth Straight Day

    A Street Cry yearling filly was the only horse to bring a six-figure amount as the gross revenue, average price, and median price dropped dramatically for the fourth consecutive day at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington.

  • Mark Johnson

    Churchill Picks Johnson as New Announcer

    Mark Johnson, one of the most popular and acclaimed horse racing commentators in Britain, will bring his talents to America in 2009 as the new track announcer for Churchill Downs. The announcement was formally made by track officials during at news conference at the historic Louisville, Ky. racetrack Jan. 15.

  • Splash of Vanilla at Keeneland Jan. 15.

    Palomino Filly Arrives at Keeneland

    Splash of Vanilla, believed to be the first Palomino Thoroughbred entered in a Keeneland auction, arrived on the sale grounds in Lexington Jan. 15 around noon and then settled down in Barn 24. The 2-year-old filly is scheduled to be offered as Hip. No. 2176 during the Jan. 17 final session of Keeneland's horses of all ages sale.

  • Turfway Park

    Turfway Cancels Racing Again

    With windchill temperatures again expected to plunge well below zero, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Friday, Jan. 16. The track will remain open for simulcasting, with gates opening at 11:15 a.m.

  • KY Horsemen Circulating VLT Petition

    The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is circulating a petition asking the General Assembly to support legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at racetracks in the state.

  • The highlight of Day 3 of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale was Hip 863; C Maria's Mon-La Cucina, who brought $390,000.

    Market Remains Down at Keeneland

    Session three of the Keeneland January horses of ages sale in Lexington was brightened by the most expensive yearling sold so far, a $390,000 son of Maria's Mon. But the auction's key business figures remained grim when compared to 2008's results.

  • Hip 863; C Maria's Mon-La Cucina brought $390,000 on day 3 of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

    Maria's Mon Colt Shines at Keeneland

    A Maria's Mon colt became the highest-priced yearling sold at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale so far when he was purchased for $390,000 by Florida pinhooker Jimmy Gladwell in the name of Ferguson Valley Ranch Jan. 14 in Lexington. The immediate underbidder on the handsome chestnut was Brian Graves, who is the director of public sales for the Beck family's Kentucky-based Gainesway Farm.

  • Shakespeare's First Foal

    The first foal by grade I winner and millionaire Shakespeare is a colt born Jan. 14 at Frank and Mattie Justice's Dell Ridge Farm near Lexington.

  • Indyanne

    Fast Filly Indyanne Euthanized

    Graded stakes winner Indyanne, who fractured a sesamoid in her left front ankle while leading in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, was euthanized Jan. 13.

  • Hip#675; Vestrey Lady, who is in foal to Broken Vow, was the $300,000 session topper for the 2nd day of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

    Downward Spiral Continues at Keeneland

    The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale continued its scary downward spiral during the second session of its six-day run in Lexington. The gross revenue Jan. 13 dropped 66.2% from a year ago while the average price fell 61.6%. The median price plunged 55.8% while the number of horses sold was down least of all, 12.1%.

  • Senor Swinger's First Foal

    Senor Swinger's first foal is a filly born Jan. 12 at Glenn and Becky Brok's Diamond B Farm near Mohrsville, Pa.

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    Azeri, For Now, Probably Won't Be Sold

    One day after buying back Azeri for $4.4 million at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, Michael Paulson indicated that the 2002 Horse of the Year would be remaining under the control of the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust even though he had expressed a desire to sell her privately.

  • F-T Kentucky Mixed Sale Has 306 Horses

    Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 306 horses for the Kentucky winter mixed sale, which will be held in Lexington Feb. 9. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. (EST).

  • A mare and her foal in the sales ring at Keeneland Jan. 12

    Keeneland Opening Average Plummets 45.9%

    The results were grim, but not surprising, as Keeneland opened its January horses of all ages sale in Lexington during a time of worldwide economic downturns. The gross revenue Jan. 12 plummeted 44% from the auction's first session in 2008 while the average price dropped 45.9%. The median price suffered the most damage, falling 50.9%.

  • Azeri final bid of $4.4 million failed to meet her reserve.

    Azeri Bought Back for $4.4 Million

    Azeri failed to find a new home during the opening session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 12 in Lexington. Michael Paulson, saying she was "like part of the family," bought back the 2002 Horse of the Year for $4.4 million. Last year, Paulson set a world Thoroughbred auction record when he bought back Azeri's s first foal, Vallenzeri (by 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy), for $7.7 million at the Keeneland September yearling auction.

  • Invasor

    Invasor's First Foal Is a Colt

    The first reported foal by 2006 Horse of the Year and champion older male Invasor is a colt born Jan. 11 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington

  • Island Fashion enters the sale ring at Keeneland Jan. 12.

    Island Fashion Sells For $950,000

    Grade I winner Island Fashion, who is in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, sold for $950,000 around noon during the Jan. 12 opening session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages auction in Lexington. Naohiro Hosoda of the Shadai Corp. wrote the name of Katsumi Yoshida, the owner of Northern Farm in Japan, on the sale ticket.

  • Corinthian Sires First Foal

    The first foal by grade I winner Corinthian arrived Jan. 11 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington, where Corinthian stands.

  • Elusive Diva, hip No. 9, in the ring at Keeneland Jan. 12

    'Diva' Brings $825,000 at Keeneland

    Elusive Diva, a grade III winner on turf and dirt, provided a bright spot early in the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington, bringing $825,000 as hip No. 9 Jan. 12.

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    Azeri, 'Fashion' at Keeneland to Sell

    Azeri and Island Fashion will be in the spotlight as the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale starts its six-day run in Lexington Jan. 12. Azeri was the 2002 Horse of the Year while Island Fashion was a grade I winner.

  • Horses arrive for Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale.

    Keeneland January Sale Faces Tough Times

    The Thoroughbred marketplace ended 2008 with dramatic declines, and all signs point to more tough times ahead as Keeneland gets ready to open its 2009 selling season with its January horses of all ages auction in Lexington.

  • Distorted Reality to Stand at Buck Pond

    Stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed Distorted Reality will stand the 2009 breeding season at Douglas Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced Jan. 9. Distorted Reality will stand for a fee of $5,000 on a live foal/stands and nurses basis.

  • 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, who is in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, is scheduled to be offered during the opening session of Keeneland's January horses of all ages auction.

    Keeneland Opens 2009 With Azeri

    Keeneland kicks off its 2009 selling season on Jan. 12 in Lexington with its January horses of all ages auction. Scheduled to be offered during the opening session of the six-day auction is 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, who is in foal to 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper.

  • Turfway Park

    Turfway to Continue Review of Polytrack

    Management at Turfway Park is continuing to be diligent in seeking answers to why the number of catastrophic (fatal) injuries doubled during the Northern Kentucky track's recent holiday meet.

  • Kentucky Industry Hopeful About Stumbo

    Democratic Kentucky Rep. Greg Stumbo was sworn in Jan. 7 as the state's speaker of the House, giving some in the Thoroughbred industry hope that alternative gaming may soon exist in the Bluegrass State.

  • Domino Stud Streamlining Operations

    Domino Stud of Lexington is streamlining its operations. More than 20 horses, including Domino's breeding stock, will be offered at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale through Meg Levy's Bluewater Sales.

  • Kentucky Jockeys Seek Higher Mount Fees

    Jockeys riding in Kentucky are seeking an increase in losing mount fees â€" those paid for finishing fourth or worse in a race â€" and have been unable to reach an agreement with horsemen, according to representatives of the Jockeys' Guild who attended the monthly Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting Jan. 6.

  • Turfway Park

    Fatal Injuries at Turfway Being Probed

    Veterinarians with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and management at Turfway Park are looking into reasons why the number of catastrophic injuries over the Polytrack surface spiked.

  • KY Bill: Use Taxes to Fund Horse Racing

    A Kentucky lawmaker is preparing racing-related legislation with a primary goal of funding the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, equine drug testing, and supplements for purses and stakes at the state's racetracks.

  • Brass Hat

    Brass Hat Back For More in 2009

    After a disappointing 2008 campaign in which he went winless in five starts, trainer Buff Bradley thought the end may had finally come for 7-year-old Brass Hat, a fan favorite who had claimed seven stakes victories in his sensational career.

  • Turfway Park

    Turfway Posts Modest Gains

    Turfway Park closed its 2008 Holiday Meet with slight increases in average daily handle both on-track and from all sources. Daily on-track wagering on Turfway races was $127,992, an increase of 0.3%, while daily all-sources wagering on Turfway races was $2,775,799, up 1.8%.

  • Turfway Prevue First Test For Sophomores

    The first stakes race of Turfway Park's new winter/spring meet is also the first chance to gauge hopefuls for the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) later in the meet. The $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes on Jan. 3, written for 3-year-olds racing 6 1/2 furlongs, is the first of three local prep races for the Lane's End, which is in turn a major prep for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Virginia Kraft Payson

    Payson Weds Real Estate Broker Cole

    Virginia Kraft Payson, who owns Payson Stud in Lexington and the Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center near Staurt, Fla., and prominent Colorado real estate broker David Libby Cole were married Dec. 19 at the Vail (Colorado) Chapel.

  • Matt Goins' 2009 Eclipse Award winning photograph

    Goins Honored with Photography Eclipse

    Lexington photographer Matt Goins has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his picture "Frankie's Flying Dismount" of jockey Frankie Dettori following his victory in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25.

  • BC Tax-Break Bill Offered in Kentucky

    Legislation authorizing a pari-mutuel tax break for a racetrack that hosts the Breeders' Cup World Championships has been pre-filed for the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly session.

  • Greg Avioli

    Avioli Discusses Stakes Program Funding

    Breeders' Cup president and chief executive officer Greg Avioli was interviewed by Blood-Horse features editor Lenny Shulman after the organization rescinded its decision to suspend its Stakes program for 2009.

  • Shellman Leaving Churchill Post

    Lee Ann Shellman, who since 2003 has served as senior director of premium seating at Churchill Downs, is leaving the Kentucky racetrack. Her final day will be Dec. 31.

  • Construction equipment at work outside the Fasig-Tipton offices in Lexington.

    New F-T Office Will Have Three Levels

    Construction is under way on a new office building at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks property near Lexington. The structure, which will be located in front of the sale pavilion, will have three levels (two above ground and a basement). A walkway will connect the second above ground level of the office building with the second story of the sale pavilion.