Thoroughbred News

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  • Afleet Eagle pulls away in the Oceanside at Del Mar.<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%3D8354214%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Afleet Eagle Breezes to Oceanside Triumph

    Afleet Eagle sprinted away from the field behind at the top of the stretch and scored an easy 2 1/2-length win in the $112,800 Oceanside Stakes, the opening-day feature at Del Mar July 22.

  • Whatsthescript will try to catch Monterey Jazz in the Eddie Read.<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%3D4968554%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Whatsthescript Needs Some Luck in Eddie Read

    A little more speed in the lineup and a turf course that's not quite so conducive to front-runners would help trainer John Sadler feel better about the chances of Whatsthescript in the $350,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) at July 25, the highlight on the opening weekend of action at Del Mar.

  • Jockey Russell Baze has five mounts on the Claiming Crown card.

    Calhoun, Baze Highlight 11th Claiming Crown

    Trainer Bret Calhoun will be on hand July 25 when Antrim County receives the 2008 National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association "Claimer of the Year" award. A couple of hours later, he'll saddle the 6-year-old gelding for the $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Canterbury Park in suburban Minneapolis.

  • Walmac Offers Southern Hemisphere Breedings

    Successful stallions Successful Appeal and Songandaprayer will be available to cover mares at Walmac Farm near Lexington during this year's Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

  • Lethal Heat returns in an allowance race at Del Mar on July 25.

    Lethal Heat Primed For Big Second Half

    Dual graded stakes winner Lethal Heat, who set seven-furlong track records in consecutive races at Del Mar last season, continues what her connections hope will end with an appearance in the $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) later this year when she returns in an allowance race July 25 on opening weekend of the Del Mar meeting.

  • CHRB to Examine Fermin's Del Mar Role

    The California Horse Racing Board plans to meet in closed session prior to its general meeting July 23 to consider complaints and appeals that have been filed against the board challenging Ingrid Fermin's appointment as a steward at Del Mar this season.

  • NYRA Taps New Senior VP and CFO

    The New York Racing Association announced July 22 that Ellen McClain has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. In her position, McClain will oversee all NYRA financials, including accounting, budgeting, and forecasting. She will start with the company in mid-August.

  • Zenyatta's next scheduled race is the Clement Hirsch Stakes. After that?<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%3D8148338%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Moss: Zenyatta's Plans Still Up in the Air

    Jerry Moss, owner of undefeated champion Zenyatta, said July 22 that he has not made a decision on the mare's next destination after her try in the Aug. 9 Clement Hirsch Stakes (gr. I), but he reiterated that he still wants to do "something different" with the rest of her 2009 campaign.

  • Jockey Club Adjusts Toe Grab Recommendations

    After discussions with industry participants and a review of all scientific research available on the use of toe grabs on the front shoes of Thoroughbreds, The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommends adjusting the current RCI Model Rule on horse shoes to allow toe grabs up to four millimeters in height on front shoes on dirt racing surfaces only.

  • Hip#250, filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ting a Folie by Careafolie was the top seller at Fasig-Tipton's July select yearling sale, bringing $425,000.

    F-T July Drops, But 'Medaglia' Fillies Shine

    Fasig-Tipton's July select yearling sale ended with a bang instead of a whimper in Lexington, getting a boost from the progeny of the hot stallion Medaglia d'Oro. Even though the key business figures were down from the previous year, the final day produced the auction's highest price and results that were stronger than the opening day's statistics.

  • George Washington Filly in Tattersalls Sale

    The only yearling in the world by the illâ€"fated European champion George Washington is scheduled to be offered in Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale Oct. 6-8 in England.

  • OBS Yearling Sale Has 1,151 Horses

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 1,151 yearlings for its August yearling sale. The number is down 14.2% from last year, when 1,342 horses were in the book.

  • Quick Action Sires First Winner

    Stakes winner Quick Action was represented by his first winner when his son Eternally Fast won July 17 at Calder Race Course.

  • It's a Bird has been disqualified from his Oaklawn Handicap Win.

    Owner to Appeal It's a Bird Decision

    An attorney for Edmund Gann said the owner will appeal a July 21 decision by the Arkansas Racing Commission disqualifying It's a Bird from his victory in the April 4 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) after the horse tested positive for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory medication.

  • Charitable Jockey Luncheon Set for Aug. 7

    Sponsored by the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Illinois Chapter of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, Dining With the Dynasty will give racing fans the opportunity to dine and converse with legendary jockeys from Thoroughbred racing's past.

  • Deadline Soon for BC Foal Nomination Discount

    Deadline for the early discount of $100 off the $500 price for a Breeders' Cup foal nomination is midnight ET Aug. 1. As a part of a nominator stimulus plan announced April 7, the discount applies to all foals nominated electronically or "on-line" to the Breeders' Cup program for the 2009 foal crop if made on or before the Aug. 1 deadline.

  • Atomic Rain won the Long Branch Stakes on July 11.

    Godolphin Purchases Atomic Rain

    The Godolphin shopping spree continued July 21 with the purchase of Long Branch Stakes winner Atomic Rain from George and Lori Hall. There are no immediate plans for the son of Smart Strike, who had been pointing for the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2.

  • Medallist Sires First Winner

    Grade II winner Medallist sired his first winner when his son Gold Winner scored July 19 at Northlands Park.

  • KY Horse Owners Urged to Discard Tainted Feed

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising horse owners to discard feed purchased at a Florence, Ky., feed store because it could be contaminated. The agency issued the advisory July 20 when U.S. Marshals seized $24,000 in livestock food products from the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association Inc.

  • Anne M. Eberhardt

    Dutrow Granted Stay on 30-Day Suspension

    A week after trainer Rick Dutrow filed an appeal over the 30-day suspension handed out by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a Clenbuterol positive in the spring of 2008, the Franklin County, Ky. Circuit Court issued him a stay.

  • Mine That Bird will be the first Kentucky Derby winner to run in West Virginia when he runs in the West Virginia Derby.<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%3D8063583%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    WV Derby Field Beginning to Take Shape

    Organized horse racing in West Virginia dates back at least 223 years, but no horse who has won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) has ever competed in the Mountaineer State before. That status is going to change on Aug. 1, when Mine That Bird goes to the post in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.

  • Rosemary Homeister Jr.

    Homeister Becomes Second Leading Female Rider

    Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. became Thoroughbred racing's second winningest female jockey of all time when she rode Kathleen O'Connell's Gambles List to victory in the third race the evening of July 20 at Colonial Downs.

  • Hip No. 250, a Medaglia d'Oro bay filly that sold for $425,000 this morning at the F-T Sale.

    Medaglia d'Oro Filly Fetches $425,000 at FTK

    An offspring of Medaglia d'Oro commanded the highest price thus far at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale July 21 when Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson went to $425,000 for a bay filly.

  • First Winner for Don Six

    Graded stakes winner Don Six came through with his first winner when his daughter Nothing's Perfect won by six lengths July 16 at Calder Race Course.

  • Jagerman to Fanlew in Louisiana

    Jagerman, a $1.1 million Saratoga sale yearling, will enter stud in 2010 at Kathy Paul's Fanlew Farms near Sarepta, La.

  • Hip 228, a Birdstone colt that sold for $400,000, was today's sale topper.

    No Surprises: F-T July Sale Opens With Losses

    The declines were in line with expectations during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale. Buyers and consignors had predicted the market would be down significantly, and there were no surprises July 20 in Lexington.

  • U.S. Marshals Seize Dirty KY Horse Feed

    U.S. marshals have seized horse and livestock feed stored under "filthy" conditions at the Bi-County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association Inc. in Florence, Ky., according to a statement released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bi-County manufactures feed and stores commercial feeds.

  • Chatain to Moon Lake in Louisiana

    Graded stakes winner Chatain has been purchased for stallion duty by John Turner from William S. Farish's Lane's End Texas.

  • Hip 228, a Birdstone colt that sold for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton KY Sale.

    Birdstone Colt Sold for $400,000 at FTK Sale

    Sheikh Mohammed's agent, John Ferguson, went to $400,000 to acquire a son of Birdstone as the top-priced offering at the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington July 20.

  • Indiana Downs

    Indiana Downs Has Record-Setting Meet

    While business nationally continues to show double-digit declines, Indiana Downs once again bucked the trends during its recently-concluded 62-day race meet. The Shelbyville track, offering a slots-enriched program, enjoyed a record-setting Thoroughbred meet, with nearly all indicators showing growth. The Indiana Downs product generated nearly $61 million in total handle, an increase of 19.5% from 2008.

  • Mine That Bird, seen here in a previous work at Churchill Downs, turned in a sharp four-furlongs earlier this morning at Churchill.

    Mine That Bird Posts Final Churchill Work

    Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Serte Equine's Mine That Bird, winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned in a sharp four-furlong work July 20 in his final major training move at Churchill Downs prior to his scheduled run in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.

  • War Front Colt Tops Early Part of FTK Sale

    A colt from the first crop sired by grade II winner War Front was purchased by Steven W. Young for $180,000 as the top-priced offering during the first half of Day 1 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington.

  • Mine That Bird

    Mine That Bird to Appear at Ruidoso

    Mark Allen, the co-owner of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird, said the gelding will appear in New Mexico in September.

  • Congrats Filly Sells for $150,000 at FTK

    A filly from the first crop of grade II winner Congrats was purchased by Thomas M. McGreevy, as agent for Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm, for $150,000 during the opening minutes of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington July 20.

  • Kafwain

    Kafwain to Stand at Tommy Town

    Kafwain, a multiple grade II winner in California, will stand in 2010 at Tom and Debi Stull's Tommy Town Thoroughbreds near Santa Ynez, Calif.

  • Hollywood Park

    Hollywood Park Attendance Up, Handle Declines

    Hollywood Park closed its 55-day spring/summer meet July 19 with a slight gain in on-track attendance, but was unable to overcome the trend of declining wagering which has hit tracks throughout the nation in the difficult economic times.

  • Yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select auction.

    F-T Auction Kicks Off Yearling Selling Season

    Even though the stock market has been enjoying a recent rally, buyers and sellers of young horses aren't expecting a similar rebound in yearling prices. Heading into the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select auction, which kicks off the 2009 yearling selling season, some people were predicting further downturns of 30% or more in key business figures, mainly because the health of the overall economy, here and abroad, remains weak.

  • F-T Day One: Yearlings to Watch

    This is a list of horses that consignors and buyers consider to be among the top prospects during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale July 20 in Lexington.

  • F-T Day Two: Yearlings to Watch

    This is a list of horses that buyers and consignors considered to be among the top prospects during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale July 21 in Lexington.

  • Carrie Brogden

    New F-T Consignors Eager for Challenge

    Launching a new business venture in the midst of a global financial crisis would be a daunting task for most people, but the connections of several new consignments at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling auction seemed eager to take on the challenge the weekend before the sale's July 20 start.