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Jockey Eclipse Award: Garrett Gomez

Jockey Eclipse Award: Garrett Gomez

Given that Garrett "Go-Go" Gomez topped the North American leading jockeys' list for the third consecutive year and took four Breeders' Cup World Championship races in 2008, it is not surprising he also earned his second Eclipse Award in as many years.

Fasig-Tipton Sale Posts Gains

Fasig-Tipton Sale Posts Gains

Although fewer horses were sold, the two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale posted increases in gross, average, and median during its opening session Feb. 10 at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.

Eclipse Owner: Shadwell Stable

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Eclipse Owner: Shadwell Stable

Although Jazil's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) victory and Invasor's Horse of the Year campaign in 2006 resulted in a banner year for Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable, 2007 had more than its share of triumphs as well. Three of the stable's stars posted grade I victories, and Shadwell Stable earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding owner.

Eclipse Breeder: Adena Springs

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Eclipse Breeder: Adena Springs

As a result of finishing 2007 as the leading breeder by earnings for the fifth consecutive year, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs was voted the outstanding breeder of the year for a record fifth time.

Nine Fillies to Compete in Azalea Breeders' Cup

Nine Fillies to Compete in Azalea Breeders' Cup

Atlanta Highway will try to set sail in graded stakes company as she takes on Time's Mistress in the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) during Calder Race Course's Summit of Speed July 7. Both 3-year-old fillies are looking to extend their winning streak to three.

Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship to Open July 5

A press conference will be held July 5 for the opening of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, which was created to promote the principles and ideals of Henry Clay: statesmanship, diplomacy, dialogue, and beneficial compromise.

No Excuses for Octave in Saturday's Mother Goose

No Excuses for Octave in Saturday's Mother Goose

Trainer Todd Pletcher has given the nod for Octave to start in Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The nine-furlong race, which is restricted to three-year-old fillies and is the second leg of the Triple Tiara, drew a compact field of four horses.

Lawyer Ron Heads Salvator Mile

Lawyer Ron will look to add a fifth graded stakes victory to his resume when he takes on four others in the $150,000 Salvator Mile Handicap (gr. III) at Monmouth Park June 23.

NTRA Summer Racing Series Begins June 30

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"NTRA Summer Racing - "Powered by Dodge," seven shows featuring 16 races, will air on the ESPN networks beginning June 30, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 13.

FTC Donates $315,000 to Community, Equine Programs

The Florida Thoroughbred Charities donated $315,000 in 2007 to benefit equine and community programs at the local and state level. Since 1990 the FTC, a non-profit organization and the charitable arm of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, has raised nearly $4 million.

Pictopia Announces Blood-Horse Online Photo Store

Powered by Pictopia, the Blood-Horse photo store offers hundreds of photographs from the official Blood-Horse collection, including photos of famous horses, exciting racing shots, and classic photos.

TRRN to Sponsor Oklahoma Classic

The Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association has announced that the Thoroughbred Racing Radio Network will be the sponsor of the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Classic race for 2007.

ReRun Announces eBay Sale of Moneighs

ReRun's selection of Moneighs by classic contenders and champions will appear on eBay beginning May 20. The popular paintings created by famous racehorses including John Henry, Victory Gallop, and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners Giacomo and Gato del Sol are sold to benefit ReRun's retired Thoroughbreds in need of second careers.

O'Neill Basking in First Derby Experience

Although trainer Doug O'Neill has played a significant role in some of racing's biggest days, on May 5 he will experience saddling a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender for the first time. After the defection of his trainee Cobalt Blue, O'Neill will be saddling two horses in the Derby, Great Hunter and Liquidity

Slaughter Bills Advancing in Congress

A bill banning horse slaughter for human consumption was approved by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee April 25, while the House on April 26 voted 277-137 to ban the government from selling wild horses and burros for slaughter.

Churchill Downs Preparing a Meal Fit for the Queen

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When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 5, they will enjoy a meal fit for a queen. Executive chef Gil Logan of Levy Restaurants, the official caterer for Churchill Downs, will showcase authentic Derby cuisine made with the finest, freshest ingredients, many from Kentucky Proud producers in the Bluegrass State.

Jerkens Has Two Shots at Eighth Bed o' Roses Victory

Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens has two of the five horses entered in the April 21 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct. He has won the race seven times, and his contenders this year are Any Limit and Swap Fliparoo.

Illinois House Passes Anti-Slaughter Bill

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The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill April 18 that would outlaw horse slaughter for human consumption. Illinois is home to one of three slaughter plants in the country. The bill passed 74-41.

Roy and Gretchen Jackson to Speak at RTCA Fundraiser

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Roy and Gretchen Jackson, the owners of Barbaro, will be the featured guests at the 2007 Call to the Post dinner and auction at the Ocala, Fla., Hilton April 22 to benefit the Ocala Farm Ministry of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.

Seabiscuit Statue Making Whistlestop Tour

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After an absence of more than 55 years, a classic, life-sized bronze sculpture of the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit has started its long journey home to Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, Calif. It will visit key sites in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area before a police-escorted arrival in Willits April 18.

Derby Tickets Available Through Public Drawing

For the first time in the history of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Churchill Downs will host a public drawing for Derby fans to purchase two seats to the upcoming race. Churchill Downs will offer a total of 1,000 reserved seats, which will be sold in pairs of two beginning at 8 a.m. EDT April 14.

USDA Ordered to Halt Inspection of Horses for Slaughter

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A federal district court ordered March 28 a shut-down of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that allowed the slaughter of American horses for human consumption to be paid for by the slaughter houses. The program was put into place shortly after Congress voted in 2005 to cut federal funding for inspections of horsemeat.

Bailey, NBC Receive Sports Emmy Nominations

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ESPN horse racing analyst Jerry Bailey and NBC each received nominations for the 28th annual Sports Emmy Awards. Bailey was nominated as an outstanding sports personality while NBC was nominated for its coverage of the 2006 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Winners will be announced April 30.

Full Field to Compete in Bourbonette

A full field of 12 fillies is slated to compete in the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 24. Led by the stakes-winning trio of Sealy Hill, Our Dancing Babe, and Olivine, each filly is seeking her first graded stakes victory.

Triple Crown Dates Set as National Fundraising Days for Barbaro Fund

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Churchill Downs, Magna Entertainment, and the New York Racing Association announced March 20 that Kentucky Derby day, Preakness Stakes day, and Belmont Stakes day have been established as national fundraising dates for the NTRA Charities â€" Barbaro Memorial Fund.

'NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby' Kicks Off March 17

"NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby," a seven-show series on ABC and the ESPN networks that provides comprehensive coverage of Triple Crown prep races, kicks off its season March 17 from 7-8 p.m. (EST) with four races from coast-to-coast on ESPN.

Jockey Burress Injures Knee in Training Mishap

Jockey Beverly Burress, who led all apprentice riders at Oaklawn Park during the 2006 meet, suffered injury to her left knee in a training accident March 8 and will be out of action indefinitely. The horse she was riding in the training accident, Black Type Magic, was uninjured in the mishap.

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