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Hunter Farm Latest Central Florida Property to be Sold

A portion of another historic Thoroughbred farm in central Florida has been sold. Hunter Farm, which spans more than 320 acres near Ocala and features a three-quarter-mile dirt track and one-mile turf course, has been divided up into five parcels by owner Dennis Diaz, who raced champion and 1985 Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck.

Lewises Change Plans, Scratch Serena's Song's Yearling From Keeneland July Sale

Lewises Change Plans, Scratch Serena's Song's Yearling From Keeneland July Sale

Robert and Beverly Lewis have shifted the focus of their breeding program from selling to racing this year. As a result, they recently scratched both of their entries to the Keeneland July select yearling sale: a Deputy Minister--Serena's Song colt and a Gone West--Storm Beauty filly. The Lewises also will retain most of the yearlings that they planned to offer at the Keeneland September sale.

Second 2001 Stakes for Istintaj

Istintaj, the 4-5 favorite in Sunday's Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, took a slim lead just inside the eighth pole to win the 6 1/2-furlong bout by a half-length. Among his rivals were 3-1 second choice Fappie's Notebook, who finished second, and 21-1 longshot Fantastic Finish, who led for most of the race before giving way in the last yards to finish third. The winner paid $3.80, the exacta returned $15.20, and the trifecta was worth $692.00.

Champion Serena's Song Represented by First Winner

Serena’s Song’s first foal -- Serena’s Tune, by Mr. Prospector -- won her debut race Sunday at Del Mar. Under Kent Desormeaux, the Neil Drysdale trainee, owned by James A. and Alice Sapara, led at every call en route to a seven-length victory over three other maiden juvenile fillies, completing the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.31.

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