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Brisk Trade Continues at OBS April

OCALA, Fla.--Activity remained brisk as the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds continued with a record-setting second session in Central Florida Wednesday. During the session, 180 juveniles grossed $18,932,500--a highwater mark for the April sale. The session average was $105,181, an increase of 24.5% from last year's second session, while the median rose 40% to $56,000. "I think it was an excellent session," OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said at the close of business Wednesday. "It displayed a lot of depth from top to bottom. Eighteen...

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Greece Hosts EMHF General Assembly

The acropolis in Athens, Greece played host to the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation's General Assembly, where 20 countries were represented. All of the countries had adopted, or would adopt by the end of the year, the new world standard for interference cases adopted by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) last October. A new organization to the Federation in 2018, was the Lithuanian Horse Racing Association, which was inspected by EMHF Secretary-General Paull Khan in November of 2017. Danish Jockey Club CEO Peter Knudsen presented on changes in...

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Breeders’ Cup Announces Competition for Louisville Artists

Breeders' Cup, Louisville Visual Art and Churchill Downs will combine to host an art competition to commemorate the 35th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. Through the Official Breeders' Cup Artist Program, local artists in Louisville will have the opportunity to create the official artwork for the 2018 Breeders' Cup, to be held Nov. 2-3. The competition tasks artists to develop a custom piece of artwork that encompasses the distinctive qualities of Breeders' Cup. The piece should incorporate the core visual elements of Breeders' Cup, Churchill...

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Venezia Award Voting Opens Friday

Online voting to select the 2018 Mike Venezia Memorial Award winner will open Friday, Apr. 27, the New York Racing Association announced Wednesday. This year, racing fans will choose among a distinguished group of finalists including Javier Castellano, Joe Bravo, Irad Ortiz, Jr., Jose Ortiz, and Manny Franco. Created in 1989, the Mike Venezia Memorial Award is given to jockeys who display the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined Venezia, who died as the result of injuries he suffered in a spill in 1988. Venezia, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y.,...

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Op/Ed: Aftercare Vital for Racing’s Future

For all the opinions, ideas, and strategies about promoting the future health of the Thoroughbred industry, I think every breeder and stallion owner can agree on one thing: Horses are our lifeblood. That might sound cliche, but it's the truth. Horses literally and figuratively are the vehicles for the racing and breeding industries. Their treatment is rightfully the focus of public perception and scrutiny, and, therefore, the sustainability of the Thoroughbred business depends on how we take care of our primary resource both during and after their careers. In recent...

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Aftercare Conference Set For ARC

The second conference of the International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) will take place in conjunction with the Asian Racing Conference on May 14 and 17 in Seoul, South Korea. IFAR's keynote speaker will be The National Horseracing Authority of South Africa Chief Executive Lyndon Barends, who will speak on South African aftercare approaches. During the Equine Welfare session of ARC, Racing Australia chair Frances Nelson, QC will discuss Australia's early foal registration initiatives and the emphasis on increasing racehorse traceability, while The Jockey Club President and COO James...

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Fillies Lead The Way At Osarus Breeze

The patchy trade seen throughout the breeze-up season so far this year continued at the first French auction of the year at Osarus's traditional venue of La Teste de Buch racecourse. From an original catalogue of 102 plus three supplementary entries, 81 horses ended up being offered for sale on Tuesday, with 49 of those finding a buyer at a rate of 60%, which was in fact up two points from last year's sale. Though the median figure dropped slightly from €14,000 to €13,000, the average posted reasonable improvement, settling...

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Powell Meshes Old and New in Hands-On Approach

When Leonard Powell was eight, he wasn't like the other kids. Football. Scuffles. Comics. Cops and robbers. All the usual mischiefs his snot-nosed peers were getting into were quietly shunned by the young Powell in favor of something altogether more...cultivated. "Me and my brother were pedigree buffs," explained the French-born trainer recently, the mid-morning sun beating through his Santa Anita office window. "During school at recess, at night, we would teach ourselves who was the great grandad of whatever horse won a couple of days ago. We could recite eight...

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Ideal World Colt Tops National Session

There was just one seven-figure yearling sold during the second session of Bloodstock South Africa's National Yearling Sale on Wednesday. That was a son of Ideal World (Kingmambo), himself a son of the blueblooded Group 1 winner Banks Hill (GB) (Danehill) (lot 340) bought by trainer Dennis Drier for R1,000,000 ($80,168/£57,496/€65,837). Consigned by Mauritzfontein Stud, which also provided Tuesday's top lot, the colt is the second foal of the placed Alouette (SAf) (Spectrum {Ire}). Mauritzfontein and Ideal World also provided the session's highest-priced filly (lot 232), who was picked up...

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Dansili’s Crossed Baton Prevails in Epsom’s Blue Riband Trial

   Crossed Baton debuted with a sixth, behind subsequent G2 Royal Lodge S. victor and G1 Racing Post Trophy runner-up Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy), in an Aug. 18 one-mile novice event at Newmarket. He shed maiden status over the same trip at Sandown in his only other juvenile start Sept. 15 and lined up for this black-type bow coming off a snug defeat of the dual stakes-placed Tigre du Terre (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) in a 10-panel all-weather heat at Kempton last time Mar. 31. Sent to the fore after...

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