Today’s Edition

Camarero to Reopen Friday

For the first time since Hurricane Maria caused devastating damage to Puerto Rico, Camarero Racetrack will run a regular card Friday. The track ran three races with no betting Oct. 29, which was necessary for some horses to qualify for last week's Carribean Classic at Gulfstream. The last time a full card was held at the track was Sept. 17, three days before the hurricane hit. Camarero normally races five days a week but will stick to a three-day-a-week schedule until it can build its horse population back up. "The...

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$600K Raised to Help Victims of San Luis Rey Downs Fire

More than $600,000 currently has been raised via donations to the The Stronach Group/Santa Anita & Del Mar GoFundMe account through a world-wide outpouring to help the victims of last Thursday's devastating Lilac Fire which destroyed eight barns at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, claiming the lives of 46 Thoroughbreds and displacing hundreds of workers. To address immediate needs, a working committee has been formed to oversee those funds and has announced that $250,000 will be distributed this week to those in critical need. The committee consists of Santa...

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Big Splash For Darley Japan At Foal Sales

Darley Japan was quietly busy at the foal sales this season, scooping up a total 17 colts in the middle to lower market at Keeneland, Goffs and Tattersalls. Sheikh Mohammed's Japanese satellite signed for a colt by Animal Kingdom at Keeneland at the start of November, but the team was especially busy in Europe, signing for six at Goffs for a total of €270,000 and 10 at Tattersalls for 492,000gns. Dr. Harry Sweeney, an Irishman but a Japanese resident of 30 years, is president of Darley Japan, and he said...

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San Luis Rey Horses: What Happens Now?

As Southern California horsemen continue to recover in the aftermath of the Lilac Fire, which devastated San Luis Rey Downs training center and claimed the lives of 46 Thoroughbreds last Thursday, numerous Thoroughbreds previously stabled at the Bonsall, California facility have been relocated to Del Mar some 45 minutes to the south. In an effort to return to a sense of normalcy, Del Mar opened its main track for jogging Sunday, and was scheduled to be available for full training beginning Wednesday morning. That decision, according to Dr. Rick Arthur,...

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TDN Q & A With Ed Harper

Ed Harper has made significant strides at Whitsbury Manor Stud over the last few years. The farm boasts an impressive stallion roster, including Showcasing (GB), and is coming off a highly successful sales season. TDN's Gary King sat down with Ed for a quick debrief. GK: Everything seems to be on an upward curve at Whitsbury Manor. It must be an exciting time to be at the helm. EH: Yes, it's exciting, but I'm not really one to stop and think. We want to keep raising the bar in the...

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OBS ‘Champions’ Stakes Could Move to November

The 29th annual "Day of Champions" series of stakes races for Thoroughbreds that have gone through the ring at an Ocala Breeders' Sales Company (OBS) auction is in search of a new spot on the calendar. Tom Ventura, the OBS president, confirmed in a Dec. 11 phone interview that because of concerns over the possibility of short fields if the 2018 stakes are held in their traditional one-day slot in either January or March, OBS is considering carding those stakes later in the year, with late autumn emerging as a...

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Pedigree Insights: McKinzie

Memories being as short as they are, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the youngsters who were first past the post in Los Alamitos's Saturday features were equine bluebloods. After all, the GI CashCall Futurity was "won" by Solomini, whose sire Curlin currently commands a fee of $150,000. Then the Starlet S. was taken in very encouraging style by Dream Tree--the fifth GI winner to represent Uncle Mo, who stood the 2017 season at $150,000. While Curlin and Uncle Mo have earned the right to rank among Kentucky's most...

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TDN Q&A: Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine

The 2017 meet at Woodbine concluded Dec. 10 and the 133-day stand produced a number of interesting stories, including the filly, Holy Helena (Ghostzapper) winning the Queen's Plate. Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva won his fifth jockey title with 203 wins and came within two victories of tying the meet record of 36. It was also a year in which Woodbine Entertainment created a two-day festival around the Queen's Plate with musical acts. The TDN talked to Woodbine Chief Executive Officer Jim Lawson about the 2017 season and a look...

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Ombreville A Growing Force

Matthieu Gouesnard is a self-proclaimed lifelong horseman--"I think I did my first foaling when I was four years old," he said--and after growing up on his family's Haras d'Ombreville in the West of France, the 33-year-old is now making his way on his own farm of the same name in Normandy, just a 20-minute drive from the Arqana headquarters in Deauville. "My father has been a breeder for 30 years and he had a stud farm in the West of France," Gouesnard said. "I was born into horses and I've...

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The Week in Review: Even in “Defeat,” Solomini a Winner

The Zayat camp is upset their Solomini (Curlin) was disqualified after crossing the wire first in Saturday GI Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, firing off a number of angry tweets after the stewards ruled their colt interfered with Instilled Regard (Arch). I appear to be in the minority in that I believe the horse deserved to come down. Had Solomini not come over on Instilled Regard, I believe that horse would have finished second and not third. Yet, I can understand Zayat's frustration. It was far from an 'no-brainer' call...

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