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KET to Produce 'Thoroughbred' Documentary

The first Kentucky-related documentary funded by a $2.25 million endowment to Kentucky Educational Television was announced at an Oct. 18 ceremony at Keeneland. The documentary, called "Thoroughbred," is slated to premier nationwide by March 2010.

Breeders' Cup Focus: A to the Croft

Breeders' Cup Focus: A to the Croft

Though A to the Croft has been experiencing a case of "seconditis" lately in stakes company, trainer Kenny McPeek still believes the filly has enough talent to put it all together in the Oct. 27 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

Old Friends to Spearhead John Henry Memorial

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Old Friends to Spearhead John Henry Memorial

Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, announced the Thoroughbred retirement facility would partner with Bill Oster and the Kentucky Horse Park to create a privately funded memorial for John Henry, who was euthanized Oct. 8 due to the infirmities of old age. He was 32.

Wild Gams

Wild Gams

New Jersey-bred Wild Gams, who is fully accustomed to running in the Northeast, will have a home-court advantage if she competes in the $1-million Filly & Mare Sprint Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park.

Hastings Park to Obtain Slots

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Great Canadian Casinos, an entertainment operator with facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Washington State, will add slot machines to Vancouver's Hastings Park Race Course. Hastings is the fifth Thoroughbred or Standardbred race course to obtain slots from Great Canadian Casinos.

Louisiana Sale to Offer 431 Horses

The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana will offer 431 horses at its annual yearling sale, followed by a mixed session. The sale is set for Oct. 15-16 at the Ike Hamilton Equine Exposition Center in West Monroe, La.

UK Horse Racing Club to Host Trainer Panel Discussion

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The University of Kentucky Horse Racing Club will host a public panel discussion comprised of trainers Kiaran McLaughlin, John Ward, Kenny McPeek, Rebecca Maker, and Ron Moquett in the Grand Ballroom of the University of Kentucky's Student Center Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

Beshear and Fletcher Continue Kentucky Casino Debate

The topic of casino gaming that made for a heated Kentucky gubernatorial primary has continued to be the main force dividing Democratic candidate Steve Beshear and Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher as they look toward the general election in November.

Freshman Sires Dominate Keeneland's Sixth Session

A son of Lion Heart fetched a bid of $440,000 to top the sixth session and the close of the third catalog of the 15-day Keeneland September yearling sale. Once again, the sale company realized increases in gross, average, and median despite a slight drop in the number of horses sold.

Kentucky Cup Classic to Offer Bonus

Kentucky Cup Classic to Offer Bonus

If the winner of the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) brings a recent grade- or group-I victory to the starting gate, the triumphant owners will take home a $150,000 bonus, Turfway Park officials announced Sept. 5.

RTCA Loses Bid for Kentucky Property

Members of the Georgetown, Ky., City Council voted 7-0 Aug. 27 to sell 20 acres of the former Bradshaw farm property to Tracy Hilander instead of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.

Isolated EIA Case in New Mexico

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A group of about 100 horses at Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico has been tested for Equine Infectious Anemia by the New Mexico state veterinarian's office after a horse stabled near the track's barn area tested positive for the virus last week.

Stablemates Get Serious, Cable Boy Vie for $1M Pot

Stablemates Get Serious, Cable Boy Vie for $1M Pot

Trainer John Forbes, who will saddle lightly raced 3-year-old colts Get Serious and Cable Boy for the $1-million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack Sept. 3, discussed their chances Aug. 28 during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association media teleconference.

KEEP Still Undecided on Push for Casino Gambling

KEEP Still Undecided on Push for Casino Gambling

While the Kentucky Equine Education Project continues to lobby for legislation that would remove the sales tax on equine feed and supplies in Kentucky, a decision is pending in regard to whether the organization will again push for casino gambling at racetracks in 2008.

Oklahoma Champions Announced

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The divisional champions for Oklahoma were presented at the 22nd Annual Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association Awards Presentation July 28.

Grade I Winner Cotton Blossom Retired

Grade I Winner Cotton Blossom Retired

Dogwood Stable's Cotton Blossom, a grade I winner and earner of more than $700,000, has been retired from racing after sustaining an injury in the Aug. 4 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

Sale Final on Kentucky Downs

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Closing is now finalized on the sale of the Kentucky Downs racetrack in Franklin, Ky., and the new majority owners have hit the ground running in preparation for hosting the fall race meeting, Sept. 15-25.

New York Chaplaincy to Host Charity Event

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In an effort to raise money for injured jockey Andrew Lakeman, who was paralyzed in a catastrophic spill at Belmont Park May 25, the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York has organized a charity event with a bit of a twist.

Padua Hopes to 'Re-energize' With Kentucky Move

Padua Hopes to 'Re-energize' With Kentucky Move

Satish Sanan bagged his first Triple Crown race victory this spring as part owner of Curlin, who won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). But he would very much like to win the Run for the Roses and will try to achieve that goal while based in Kentucky.

Modest On-Track Gains at Lone Star

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Despite enduring an extremely wet spring/summer meet, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie concluded its 2007 Thoroughbred season July 29 with modest increases in total and average daily attendance, as well as on-track total handle. Wagering on the live product, however, declined both on and off track.

Vanderbilt Hosts Promising Field

Vanderbilt Hosts Promising Field

The July 28 A.G. Vanderbilt (gr. II) at Saratoga figures to be an interesting race with a wide-open field, as six of the eight participants are coming off victories.

Bonus Linked to Triple Crown Race Winners

The Super Derby at Harrah's Louisiana Downs will double in value to $1 million if Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Curlin, or Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches participate in the Sept. 22 race.

Dare to Dream Gala to Honor Bailey

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The Prevention Council will host its first annual fundraising event, the "Dare to Dream Gala," with honorary chairpersons Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson at the Saratoga Polo Club Aug. 13. The gala will honor Jerry Bailey's victory over substance abuse.

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