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News and features for Kentucky farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • Wicked Exchange (Hip #441), Exchange Rate - Wickedly Wise by Tactical Cat, brought the top price of $375,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

    Figures Drop at FT Kentucky

    Despite registering across the board declines, the results of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, held July 14-15 at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington, did not overly disappoint sale company officials.

  • Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearling Sale

    Economy Squeezes F-T July Yearling Sale

    Perhaps Mark Toothaker of Legacy Bloodstock said it best during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction: "The bull's-eye is getting smaller on what the marketplace is wanting. It's gone from about the size of a quarter to the size of a dime."

  • Challenges for Kentucky Not Going Away

    The bipartisan Joint Subcommittee on Horse Farming, which meets periodically when the Kentucky General Assembly isn't in session, has made strides in educating lawmakers on the importance and scope of Kentucky's horse industry. And the challenges for the industry won't go away.

  • Hip 145, a son of Unforgettable Max, sold for $330,000 during day one of the July Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sale.

    High Buy-Backs and $330k Colt Open FTK

    A colt from the first crop of Unforgettable Max sold for $330,000, and the buy-back rate rose to 44.1% during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction July 14. The average price rose 5.4% and the median stayed steady at $75,000. The sale continues Tuesday.

  • Smarty Jones

    Smarty Jones' First Winner

    Champion and dual classic winner Smarty Jones came through with his first winner July 11.

  • Kentucky Downs

    Kentucky Downs Announces Stakes Schedule

    Highlighted by the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) and the return of Steeplechase racing to Kentucky Downs, the 2008 stakes schedule was released today for Kentucky Downs' upcoming live meeting, which runs from Sept. 13-23.

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    Judge Denies Motion to Sell Curlin

    A Kentucky judge denied a motion July 10 requesting a forced sale of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, a decision that was applauded by majority owner Stonestreet Stables, which clearly stated it has no desire to sell its part of the champion horse.

  • Heatseeker (IRE) will begin his stud career in 2009 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, Ky.

    Heatseeker to Stand at Hill 'n' Dale

    William de Burgh has announced that his grade I winner Heatseeker will begin his stud career in 2009 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington

  • Handle, Purses Drop at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs' 52-day spring meet closed July 6 with steep declines in handle and purses, likely results of a well-publicized clash between track officials and horsemen over wagering revenue.

  • KY Officials Vow to Regulate Steroids

    Kentucky racing officials said they intend on having regulations for use of anabolic steroids in racehorses in place as quickly as possible, but discussion and research are still needed.

  • The minority owners of Curlin (shown working at Churchill Downs in June) have asked a judge to order an outright sale of the 2007 Horse of the Year.

    Opinons Differ on Curlin Sale Motion

    A Kentucky judge is being asked to order the sale of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, but attorneys representing the ownerships interests of the champion colt question the merit of the request.

  • Curlin (here working on the Churchill turf on July 1), worked an easy half-mile over the main track at Churchill Downs July 7.

    Curlin in Final Prep for Turf Debut

    Reigning "Horse of the Year" Curlin worked an easy half-mile over the main track at Churchill Downs July 7 in preparation for what trainer Steve Asmussen plans as the colt's debut on turf this weekend.

  • Denis of Cork, sidelined with injury.

    Denis of Cork Sidelined With Injury

    Denis of Cork, runner-up in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be sidelined with the beginnings of a hairline fracture, owner William K. Warren said Monday.

  • Genuine Devotion holds off Brownie Points to take the Locust Grove.

    Genuine Devotion Takes Locust Grove

    Making her first start around two turns was no problem at all for Irish-bred Genuine Devotion, as she broke from the rail and led every step of the way to take the $171,750 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a half-length July 6 at Churchill Downs.

  • During

    During's First Winner Wins First Start

    Grade II winner During was represented by his first winner when his daughter During Deputy won July 5 at Philadelphia Park in her initial start.

  • Screen Your Friend carries Calvin Borel to his 4,500th victory in the Bashford Manor.

    Borel Gets Milestone in Bashford Manor

    It seemed only fitting that Calvin Borel would reach a career milestone victory in a familiar manner, at Churchill Downs, on a longshot, and by flying up the rail. The 41-year-old rider recorded his 4,500th victory aboard 18-1 Screen Your Friend in the $164,550 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) July 5 in Louisville, Ky.

  • Ellis Park

    Last-Chance Deal on Table at Ellis Park

    Negotiations between Ellis Park and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association continued July 5 in an effort to resolve a dispute that led the western Kentucky racing to shut down the day before its summer meet was to begin.

  • Thorn Song holds scores a front-running victory in the Firecracker Handicap.

    Thorn Song Lights Up Firecracker

    Front-running Thorn Song slammed the door on prohibitive choice Einstein in the stretch and held on for a one-length victory in the $213,250 Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) over a yielding Churchill Downs turf course July 4.

  • Ouija Board Handicap winner Brownie Points will carry top weight of 120 pounds in the Locust Grove.

    Plenty of Options in Locust Grove

    Graded stakes winners Brownie Points, Bayou's Lassie, and Meribel headline a field of 10 entered for the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT), a one-mile event turf event for fillies and mares July 6, the closing day of the 52-day spring meet at Churchill Downs.

  • Kentucky Racing Panel Reorganized Again

    Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order July 3 reorganizing and renaming the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, which is now the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • Tandy Seeks Reversal of Transfer Order

    The minority ownership entity of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin has taken issue with a recent judge's order transferring its management to a court-appointed receiver, saying it would ask for the action to be reconsidered and set aside.

  • Steve Asmussen sends out Segal and Lyin' Heart in the Bashford Manor.

    Asmussen Has Top Two in Bashford Manor

    Steve Asmussen has an excellent chance to capture the Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) for the third time in his career, as the leading training sends out the top two choices in the $150,000-added event July 5 at Churchill Downs.

  • If Ellis Is Done, What About the Dates?

    Ellis Park's owner said the western Kentucky racetrack won't hold its meet this summer, though horsemen want the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to intervene. Could another track get the dates?

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    Curlin's Minority Interest Transferred

    Management of the minority interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin and other horses has been transferred to the control of a court-appointed receiver, a move which majority owner Stonestreet Stables says clears the way for the champion horse to race at any venue.

  • Einstein returns to the turf for the Firecracker (gr. IIT) July 4 at Churchill Downs. <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%3D4388074%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Einstein the Smart Choice in Firecracker

    Einstein, with a pair of grade I wins on the turf and a gallant second to reigning Horse of the Year Curlin under his belt so far this year, will be a short price Friday in the one-mile Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

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    Curlin Shows Affinity for Grass

    Reigning "Horse of the Year" Curlin successfully completed the first step in what could be a journey to Paris to run in the famed Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) with a solid work July 1 under jockey Robby Albarado over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.

  • The Cliff's Edge

    First Winner for The Cliff's Edge

    Grade I winner The Cliff's Edge was represented by his first winner when his son Efficient Edge scored June 29 at Churchill Downs.

  • Garden District takes the Debutante over Rachel Alexandra and Simplify.

    Garden District Takes Debutante

    Runner-up when racing against colts in her last start, Garden District used that experience to her advantage in the $122,500 Debutante (gr. III), as she put away Simplify after a brief duel and went on to win by a half-length June 28 at Churchill Downs.

  • Garden District Has Edge in Debutante

    Twin Creeks Racing Stable's Garden District turned in an impressive runner-up performance when facing the boys in the Kentucky Stakes (gr. III) May 1 at Churchill Downs. Based on that effort, the daughter of Dixie Union has a leg up on nine rivals in the $100,000 Debutante Stakes (gr. III) June 28 - the first North American graded stakes event of the year for 2-year-old fillies.

  • Horse Greeley has been retired and will enter stud next year at Claiborne Farm.

    Horse Greeley to Stand at Claiborne

    Horse Greeley, a grade II winner at 2 and one of the highest-weighted runners on the Experimental Free Handicap, has been retired and will enter stud next year at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.

  • Ron Geary, owner of Ellis Park

    Geary Considers Options in ADW Situation

    The owner of Ellis Park said he is willing to work with horsemen on revenue-sharing plans for wagering signals, but hasn't ruled out eventually closing the Kentucky track if an equitable long-term agreement isn't reached.

  • Hat Trick

    Hat Trick to Shuttle to Australia

    Hat Trick, a Japanese record-setting champion miler by Sunday Silence, will stand the Southern Hemisphere at Independent Stallions Victoria in Nagambie, Australia.

  • Better Than Honour

    Better Than Honour Through for Year

    Better Than Honour, dam of consecutive Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Jazil and Rags to Riches, won't be bred again this year.