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Stunner! Raven's Pass Upsets Curlin

Stunner! Raven's Pass Upsets Curlin

European challengers Raven's Pass and Henrythenavigator plus U.S. contender Tiago defeat fourth-placed Curlin. Despite a big move by Curlin at the top of the stretch that put him on the lead, Raven's Pass roared past him on the outside. Meanwhile, Henrythenavigator came along the rail to take second.

Darley Buys Stonerside from McNair

Darley Buys Stonerside from McNair

Stonerside Stable has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley. Included in the transaction will be approximately 80 horses in training, plus another 170 or so broodmares, yearlings and weanlings, as well as the main 2,000-acre farm near Paris, Ky., and the training center in Aiken, S.C.

Cowboy Cal Races to Help Fight Cancer

Janice and Robert McNair of Stonerside Stable announced April 29 that any earnings by their homebred Cowboy Cal in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be donated to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, in memory of John Long.

Sheikh Mohammed Buys Saratoga Farm

Shekih Mohammed's Darley operation has purchased a 106-acre farm adjacent to Saratoga Racecourse from Robert and Janice McNairs' Stonerside Stable for $17.4 million.

The Jockey Club Elects Seven New Members

The Jockey Club today announced the election of seven new members: William Backer, Robert McNair, Nick Nicholson, Mace Siegel, Stella Thayer, Frank "Scoop" Vessels III, and William T. Young, Jr.

McNair Among Honorees at TTA Awards Banquet

Robert McNair, owner of Stonerside Stable and the NFL's Houston Texans, was among the honorees at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's annual awards banquet held on January 17 at Sam Houston Race Park.

Baffert Looks for More From Congaree

Congaree won his last two races by a combined margin of 11 ½ lengths, but trainer Bob Baffert doesn't think they were the horse's best efforts. That should raise concern for Congaree's five rivals in Sunday's $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita for older horses at 1 1/8 miles.

Simple Math

By Robert McNair -- Racing used to be a major sport in the 1930s along with baseball and college football, but has since become a minor one. This concerns me, and I'd like to see the sport regain its popularity.

Eclipse Winner Chilukki Retired; To Be Bred to Storm Cat

Eclipse Winner Chilukki Retired; To Be Bred to Storm Cat

Chilukki, who won an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly of 1999 for Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable, has been retired and will be bred to leading sire Storm Cat. Trainer Bob Baffert said the decision to retire the daughter of Cherokee Run was made by the McNairs after some filling was detected in an ankle just before Baffert left for Dubai, where he captured the March 24 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with Mike Pegram's Captain Steve.

Task Force Report: Regulations Impair Racing's Ability to Compete

Task Force Report: Regulations Impair Racing's Ability to Compete

A report conducted on behalf of the NTRA Task Force on Economic Regulation has concluded that excessive regulation impairs horseracing's ability to compete in the gaming and entertainment marketplace. In addition, the report concludes that much of the regulation of the pari-mutuel industry is a holdover from an era when it enjoyed a virtual monopoly on legalized gaming in the U.S. The report, issued Friday as part of the Symposium on Racing in Arizona, also offered recommendations on how the regulatory stranglehold can be relieved.

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