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F-T Texas Sale Has 370 Yearlings

Fasig-Tipton's Texas division has cataloged 370 horses for its yearling sale. The number is down 26.9% from last year's total of 506, and the auction's length has been reduced from two days to one. The sale is scheduled for Aug. 31 at Lone Star Park, beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Countdown to the Cup: Hidden Gem

Countdown to the Cup: Hidden Gem

Are you looking for an early Volponi for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)? Well, you just might have seen him on Saturday...on the grass...finishing second. When it comes to the hard-knocking Awesome Gem, who has his good days and his bad days, I can't help hearing Ralph Kramden (yes, I'm a Honeymooners fanatic): "One of these days...one of these days - "Bang! Zoom!"

Mine That Bird Arrives at Mountaineer

Mine That Bird Arrives at Mountaineer

A new chapter in the history of West Virginia racing began being written at 1:47 p.m. EDT on Friday. That's when this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, Mine That Bird, stepped off the van at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.

Bejarano Out of Intensive Care Unit

Jockey Rafael Bejarano, injured seriously in a spill in the July 22 opening day at Del Mar, has been released from the intensive care unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and placed in a private room, according to Dr. John Agostino, a Del Mar track physician.

Dominguez Sets Modern Day Record at Belmont

Dominguez Sets Modern Day Record at Belmont

Jockey Ramon Dominguez set a modern-day record for victories at Belmont Park's spring/summer meet when he guided Michael Dubb and Robert Joscelyn's I've Got Speed to win the fifth race July 24, notching his 93rd winner for the meet.

Fermin Appointment as Steward Backed by CHRB

Ingrid Fermin, the former executive director of the California Horse Racing Board who was appointed to be a steward at the current Del Mar meet, gained the commission's backing July 23 in a dispute with several horsemen opposed to her selection.

Charles Town and HRTV Reach Agreement

Charles Town Races & Slots and HorseRacing TV have reached a new agreement which will allow the track's races to be shown live on the network through, at least, the end of the 2009 racing season.

Denali Stud to Launch Bloodstock Division

Denali Stud president Craig Bandoroff announced July 23 that the farm is launching a bloodstock division, to be headed by Brian Collins. Collins will work toward developing Denali's clientele and will assist the farm's clients in all aspects of the Thoroughbred business.

Del Mar Sets Attendance Record on Opening Day

Del Mar Sets Attendance Record on Opening Day

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reported a record crowd of 44,907 for the July 22 season opener, exceeding the previous all-time record crowd of 44,181 set in 1996 when Dare and Go upset Cigar in the Pacific Classic (gr. I).

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