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Catalano making progress, records 1,000th victory at Arlington Park

Trainer Wayne Catalano, hospitalized at St. Alexius Medical Center in Illinois since last week with acute pneumonia and a severe case of influenza A, has regained consciousness and is responsive his son-in-law, jockey Channing Hill, posted on his Twitter account Thursday.

“Docs took Wayne’s breathing tube out and took him off sedatives today,” Hill, who is married to Catalano’s daughter Shelbi, posted. “He is fully conscious and responding very well to questions.”

Catalano had been in an induced coma to assist his body receive oxygen. Shelbi Hill posted on Facebook this past Monday “each day my dad is progressing in the right direction.”

More positive news came Thursday when Catalano recorded his 1,000th victory at Arlington Racecourse when Royal Alluvial scored a five-length victory in the day’s second race. Catalano had earned Arlington win No. 999 when Susan Moulton’s first-time starter Bella Ranger took the opener.

Catalano has been the leading trainer at Arlington 11 times and has also conditioned such notable runners as champions Dreaming of Anna and She Be Wild. He is now second to the retired Richard Hazelton (1,181) in Arlington’s all-time trainer standings.

Longtime assistant Fernando Canteria accepted congratulations on behalf of Catalano’s milestone from members of Arlington’s management team on Thursday.

“It’s an honor to carry his name like this,” Canteria said.  “It’s a big, big name to carry on my shoulders and I’m just trying to do my best and do it the same way he does.  I’ve known him for a long time and that’s what it is.  We’ve been very lucky on this track and been very patient.  Patience here is so important.  My first day with the Catalano barn was in December of 1999 and I climbed my way up with him to where I am now (assistant trainer).”

A sign commemorating the milestone was being signed by Arlington staff and will be delivered to Catalano at Saint Alexius.

According to statistics from Equibase, Catalano has 2,531 winners overall.


Keeneland catalogs 4,181 for bellwether September yearling sale

Keeneland officials announced Thursday that 4,181 yearlings have been cataloged for the 2014 annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 8-21.


The total number represents and increase over the 3,908 yearlings that were catalogs for the 2013 auction which produced gross sales of $280,491,300 and the sale of 18 yearlings for $1 million or more, both being the highest totals since 2008.


“Without question, the September Sale is where America and the world come to buy graded stakes winners,” said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. “No other sale comes close to offering the concentration of quality individuals that are found at Keeneland during these two weeks.”


September Sale catalogs will be available online at beginning Tuesday, Aug. 5. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of August 18.


Yearlings representing 246 of the world’s elite stallions are cataloged for 2014, headlined by Arch, Awesome Again, Bernardini, Blame, Danehill Dancer,  Dansili, Distorted Humor, Dubawi, Empire Maker, Eskendereya, Fastnet Rock, Galileo,  Giant’s Causeway, Hard Spun, Harlan’s Holiday, High Chaparral, Kitten’s Joy, Lemon Drop Kid, Lonhro, Lookin At Lucky, Lucky Pulpit, Malibu Moon, Mastercraftsman, Medaglia d’Oro, Monjeu, More Than Ready, Oasis Dream, Pioneerof the Nile, Pulpit, Quality Road, Rip Van Winkle, Roderic O’Connor, Scat Daddy, Sea The Stars, Smart Strike, Speightstown, Street Cry, Street Sense, Super Saver, Tale of the Cat, Tapit, Tiznow, Unbridled’s Song, War Front and Warrior’s Reward.


Also cataloged are yearlings by such freshman stallions as Archarcharch, Cape Blanco, Desert Party, Drosselmeyer, Gio Ponti, Girolamo, Haynesfield, Munnings, Paddy O’Prado, Sidney’s Candy, Tizway, Trappe Shot, Twirling Candy, Uncle Mo and Wilburn.


Of the total 4,181 yearlings cataloged, 2,215 are colts, 1,962 are fillies, and 4 are geldings.


The 2013 September Sale concluded with strong indicators of resurgence in the Thoroughbred market and active participation from a globally deep buying bench that fueled double-digit gains in gross and average price, and a record median.


As was the case in 2013, this year’s September auction will feature a format that will see the select Book 1 portion of the catalog spread out over the first four days. The sale will encompass 13 sessions this year versus 12 in 2013.


The 2014 sale will be as follows:


Week 1 (Book 1) – MondayThursday, Sept. 8-11; sessions begin at noon ET daily.

The Book 1 catalog will span the entire opening week with a total of 762 yearlings cataloged alphabetically by dam over the four-day period.


Friday, Sept. 12 – The traditional “dark day;” no sale will be conducted.


Weekend (Book 2) – SaturdaySunday, Sept. 13-14; sessions begin at 10 a.m.


Week 2 (Books 3-6) – Monday-Sunday, Sept. 15-21; sessions begin at 10 a.m.



Champion Wise Dan to bypass Fourstardave as comeback race

Citing a desire not to push the two-time defending Horse of the Year just ten weeks after undergoing emergency colic surgery, trainer Charlie LoPresti said Thursday morning he would not run champion Wise Dan in next Saturday’s Grade II Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

Wise Dan has three timed workouts since undergoing colic surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital on May 16, the most recent being a five furlong breeze in 1:03.72 over the turf training track at Saratoga on July 25. While the 7-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry is sound and healthy, LoPresti didn’t feel his champion charge was progressing fast enough in time for the one-mile Fourstardave – a race Wise Dan has won the last two years – and didn’t want to push Morton Fink’s homebred too fast too soon in his recovery.

“Nothing at all wrong with him. But when I got up here (to Saratoga) and really started thinking about the worktab and everything, I realized I’d really be pushing him to do it,” LoPresti said of making the Fourstardave. “I’d have to make this work, then squeeze another short breeze into him and I didn’t think it was fair to the horse to push him to make that race. And I don’t think he’s on it as good as he could be.

“His blood work is good, he’s sound, but he’s not the Dan that we know that is dragging (exercise rider) Damien (Rock) around here. I don’t want to do something stupid and jeopardize the rest of the year to make this one race. He has nothing to prove to anybody.”

LoPresti said he would still look at the Grade II Bernard Baruch going 1 1/16-miles on the turf at Saratoga on August 30 as a possible comeback start for Wise Dan. He could also wait until the Grade I Woodbine Mile on September 14.

“I’m going to definitely look at the Bernard Baruch, reason being that race will be a little easier race I think on him,” LoPresti said. “If I can get the Bernard Baruch into him, I can maybe then wait and run him in the Grade I Shadwell (Turf Mile at Keeneland) because it’d be tough then to go to Woodbine on the 16th. But he’s a tough horse when he gets right. And I’m still playing with the idea of running him at the end of the year in the Grade I Clark (Handicap at Churchill Downs).”

With the Fourstardave now off the table, LoPresti said he would likely not work Wise Dan at Saratoga on Friday, as has been his usual schedule, and could instead wait until Saturday weather permitting.

“If we don’t get rain, I could work him on the dirt,” he said. “It may not be a fast work but it would be a good tightener for him.

Having capped off his 2013 campaign with his second straight win in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, Wise Dan opened this season with wins in the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland in April and the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 3. The chestnut gelding has 21 wins, including 10 Grade I triumphs, from 29 career starts with earnings of $6,802,920.


Palace Malice deemed even-money favorite for Saturday’s Whitney

At the post position draw for Saturday’s Grade I, $1.5 million Whitney Handicap, trainer Todd Pletcher reflected on some of Palace Malice’s old effects of immaturity, bouts that left the son of Curlin in futile battles outside his comfort zone.


The 4-year-old version of Palace Malice Pletcher will lead over for Saturday’s 1 1/8-miles test at Saratoga Race Course has yet to succumb to missteps or, for that matter, find a scenario that doesn’t suit him. To that end, Dogwood Stable’s classic winner was deemed with even-money, morning-line favoritism after drawing post No. 5 in a classy field of nine entered in the headline event of a card featuring five stakes.


Palace Malice seriously touted himself when he captured the 2013 Belmont Stakes going 12 furlongs and followed that up with a victory in the Grade II Jim Dandy. The 2014 season, however, has thus far been one extended exercise in an extremely versatile horse coming into his own.


After ending his 3-year-old season with a sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the bay colt has gone 4-for-4 this year at distances from one mile to 1 1/8-miles, his most recent victory being a one-length triumph in the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap where he overcame the No. 1 post to run down defending Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile hero Goldencents.


“As a 3-year-old we kept feeling like this is a very talented horse that has the ability to win some of these big races,” Pletcher said during Wednesday’s draw. “In the Louisiana Derby he had a nightmarish trip. In the Blue Grass he saw some tracks on the ground just before the finish line and lost his momentum.



“He made the mistake in the Travers, he simply didn’t break well. And he missed the break again in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The biggest difference this year is he hasn’t made those types of mistakes. We were worried about the Met Mile, drawing the one hole and carrying top weight, and he’s just gotten more professional.”


It was around this time last year when eventual 3-year-old champion male Will Take Charge came into his own, form wise. The tireless son of Unbridled’s Song will face Palace Malice for the first time since both were in the Breeders’ Cup Classic field and stands as the 4-to-1 second choice on the morning line.


Conditioned by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Will Take Charge has proven form at Saratoga off his victory over fellow Whitney entrant Moreno in last year’s Grade I Travers. The massive chestnut colt, who enters off a runner-up finish in the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 14, will have to overcome the No. 1 post position – a particular challenge considering he has shown no affinity for being stuck down inside.



“I hate to have an upset stomach this early in the morning,” Lukas said after the draw. “Not good. I never really have much luck on the rail in any big race. But I have no qualms about the fact that he likes it here.”




Al Stall Jr. trainee Departing, third in the Stephen Foster last time out, was made the 6-to-1 third choice out of post No. 6 with Moreno likely to set the early fractions out of post No. 3.



“I’m going to tell you now: If you’re in front of me, you went too fast,” Eric Guillot, trainer of Moreno, joked.



Keeneland’s Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile to offer $1 million purse

Edited release:

Keeneland, in partnership with Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm, announced Tuesday that the 29th running of the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile on October 4 will carry a purse of $1 million, making it Keeneland’s first ever stakes worth seven figures.


Shadwell Farm has sponsored the Turf Mile, for horses 3 years old and older, since 1999. The purse was increased to $750,000 in 2012.


“Shadwell Farm has played a very special role in Keeneland’s history for 30 years, actively supporting our racing program as both a sponsor and owner, and as a leading buyer at our sales,” said Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason. “We sincerely thank Sheikh Hamdan and (vice president & general manager) Rick Nichols for their commitment to Thoroughbred racing, to Central Kentucky and to Keeneland.”


The Shadwell Turf Mile, which serves as the cornerstone of Keeneland’s signature Fall Stars Weekend, is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, with the winner automatically qualifying for the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The Shadwell Turf Mile has been won by such champions as two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan, Gio Ponti (twice), Favorite Trick, Itsallgreektome and Steinlen and major stakes winners Court Vision, Thorn Song, Perfect Soul and Landseer.


Dale Romans-trainee Silver Max upset Wise Dan in last year’s edition of the Shadwell Turf Mile after the race was taken off the grass and contested over the main Polytrack due to heavy rainfall that afternoon.


“Sheikh Hamdan and all of us at Shadwell have enjoyed working with Keeneland to develop the Shadwell Turf Mile,” said Rick Nichols, vice president and general manager of Shadwell. “A special tribute to the late Howard Battle who, as Keeneland’s racing secretary, worked very hard in the early days of sponsorship to elevate the Turf Mile from a Grade III to a Grade I event. Sheikh Hamdan has always felt that our best breeding stock comes from horses that compete successfully at a mile. Keeneland has provided the opportunity and the stage for him to develop a world-class race at that distance that will draw and test horses from all over the globe.”


In 2012, Shadwell commissioned a sculptor to create a one-of-a kind trophy for the Shadwell Turf Mile featuring a majestic bronze falcon modeled after Sheikh Hamdan’s prize falcon, Nayef. Each year, the winning owner receives a replica of this perpetual trophy.


Wilkins named director of stallion division at historic Calumet

Edited release:

Ken Wilkins, most recently stallion director at Spendthrift Farm for seven years, has been appointed the new director of Calumet Farm’s stallion division effective immediately, it was announced Monday.


Wilkins comes to Calumet after having served as stallion director for some of North America’s leading stud farms. Wilkins was the sallion director for Spendthrift Farm for seven years, where he helped launch such initiatives as the Share The Upside Program and Breed Secure Program. Wilkins also helped grow Spendthrift’s stallion roster to one of the largest in North America, and helped develop exciting young stallions such as Into Mischief and Warrior’s Reward, as well as leading sire Malibu Moon.


“We’re thrilled to be able to bring in such an accomplished stallion expert as Ken to help lead Calumet back as a leading stallion station in North America,” said Eddie Kane, Calumet’s general manager. “Ken has a terrific track record of growing and developing stallion programs, and we look forward to working with him to execute Calumet’s vision of revitalizing our stallion program.”



“Calumet is one of the most recognized farms in the industry, and it’s just one of those special places in our sport. It’s a dream job for me, a real opportunity of a lifetime,” said Wilkins. “I am very humbled by it, and I look forward to helping write a new chapter in Calumet’s storied history.


Wilkins added that Calumet has plans to further expand its stallion roster.  The storied operation currently stands six stallions including champion Point Given, Eye of the Leopard, Americain, Raison d’Etat, Aikenite, and Snapy Halo.


“Calumet has big plans for returning the farm to prominence,” added Wilkins. “Our approach will be reminiscent of Calumet’s glory days when the farm had a powerful stable of homebreds that were raced before being retired to stud as leading commercial stallions. We will be active in acquiring new stallions, and those stallions will receive the support of the Calumet broodmare band. We look forward to the challenge of developing leading sires, and eventually creating leading sires that are 100% products of Calumet.”

LoPresti still mulling options for Wise Dan’s return

August has been penciled in as the month when two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan would make his anticipated return to the races after undergoing emergency colic surgery on May 16. While trainer Charlie LoPresti expects that scenario to materialize, exactly which contest the six-time Eclipse Award winner will end up in is something his connections are still weighing.

Wise Dan put in his third timed workout since his surgery, breezing five furlongs in 1:03.72 over the turf training course at Saratoga under regular exercise rider Damien Rock Friday morning.

The final time wasn’t anything to light up the watches, especially when compared to Wise Dan’s usual moves. However, LoPresti said he didn’t believe the course was playing particularly fast and that he was still pleased with how the 7-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry finished up in the lane.

“He went good. It wasn’t blistering fast but the clockers caught him coming home good,” said LoPresti when reached in Saratoga on Friday. “I think he came home in 24 and change. And he galloped out really good. I don’t think this turf is extremely fast right now based on what all the other hroses worked in. But he’s pretty unconcerned. He walked home, didn’t act like he did anything. He wasn’t stressed in any way, we just scoped him he was clean. We were hapy with it.”

LoPresti added that Rock said Wise Dan “slipped a little bit around the turn, there was a little bit of a soft place. But he said just for two strides he slipped, then grabbed him and took off again and never took a bad step after that.”

The Grade II Fourstardave Handicap on August 9, a race Wise Dan has won the last two years, has been targeted as a likely spot for Morton Fink’s homebred to make his return. LoPresti has expressed some concern about the amount of weight Wise Dan could be assigned over his rivals and reiterated on Friday they will take a wait-and-see approach before committing the champion gelding to any spot.

“You know, I’m not trying to persuade them (the racing secretaries) to do anything,” LoPresti said. “If this horse was coming into this race without a colic surgery and coming off another race,  I wouldn’t have any problem with them putting more weight on him. But I don’t want to throw him to the wolves first time out. No one has told me anything yet. But I think they all know I’m concerned about the weights. ”

LoPresti has previously stated the Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga on August 30 could be a backup option if Wise Dan doesn’t go in the Fourstardave or that he could even wait until the Grade I Woodbine Mile on September 14.

“I think they (Saratoga) want him to run here,” LoPresti said. “Whether he runs or not, depends on how he comes out of this work and I probably have one more work to work him at. I didn’t bring him up here to for sure run him in the Fourstardave. I brought him up here to train him and get him further along with the idea of running him in the Fourstardave if everything looks right. But he looks fine. He’s eating good and he’s happy.”

Wise Dan opened his 2014 campaign with triumphs in the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland on April 11 and Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 3. The chestnut gelding has 21 wins, including 10 Grade I scores, from 29 career starts with $6,802,920 in earnings.


Grade I winner Dance With Fate euthanized after training accident

Dance With Fate, winner of the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland this spring, was euthanized on Thursday after suffering severely torn ligaments in his right hind leg as a result of a training accident at Del Mar earlier in the morning.

The son of Two Step Salsa was on the track at approximately 5:30 a.m. nearing the far turn when he suddenly bolted to the outside fence and crashed into it, falling hard and losing exercise rider Joe Duran. Trainer Peter Eurton told Del Mar’s publicity team they had sent X-rays of Dance With Fate’s injuries to noted equine orthopedic surgeon Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith for evaluation, but Eurton later posted on his Twitter account they were unable to save the striking colt.

“Words can’t express what we’re feeling right now,” Eurton posted. “With an extremely heavy heart we report Dance With Fate was unable to survive his injuries. Thank you for all of the support during a rough time like this. The joy he gave us will never be forgotten.”

Duran was taken by ambulance to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. Eurton later posted that Duran’s wife, Janice, said he had suffered fractures in his spine and ribs and would undergo surgery on Friday.

“I don’t know exactly how it happened or why,” Eurton said of the accident.

Dance With Fate was preparing for a start this Saturday as the likely favorite against older horses in the San Diego Handicap. He had been in training at Santa Anita and Del Mar since having to miss his expected start in the $1.25-million Belmont Derby July 5 at Belmont Park in New York after suffering a bout of colic on the eve of that race.

Owned by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, Dance With Fate, rallied from 11th in the 14-horse field to win the  Blue Grass Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths over Medal Count on April 12. That victory was the first graded stakes score for the colt, though he had previously run second in both the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and Grade I FrontRunner Stakes during his 2-year-old season.

While dirt was not his preferred surface, Dance With Fate would go on to run a good sixth behind California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby. In nine starts, the  dark bay specimen notched three wins from nine career starts with earnings of $680,050.

“Dance With Fate will be missed more than words can express but he will never be forgotten,” Britney Eurton, daughter of Peter Eurton, posted on her Twitter account.

Pocahontas, Iroquois highlight Churchill Downs September meeting

 Edited release:
The second September Meet in the 140-year history of Churchill Downs will offer a eight stakes races with total purses of $925,000 during its 12-day run, topped by a pair of stakes events for 2-year-olds who have their eyes on the Breeders’ Cup and the return of the $125,000-added Homecoming Classic, a race for 3-year-olds and up designed as a prep for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The  opening Saturday night of the Sept. 5-28 meet will feature four of those stakes events in a program highlighted by the Grade II, $200,000-added Pocahontas for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade IIII,  $100,000-added Iroquois for colts each going 1 1/16-miles. Both races are part of the  “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” points system for the 2015 Derby and Oaks, and the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” program for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
The second running of the Homecoming Classic – a 1 1/8-mile race designed to be a prep for the 1 ¼-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic will share the stage on Saturday, Sept. 27 with the Grade III, $100,000-added Jefferson Cup, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds on the Matt Winn Turf Course.
Racing during the September Meet will be conducted on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule during each of its four weeks, with “Downs After Dark” night racing celebrations scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5 (Opening Night) and Friday, Sept. 19.
The races on the stakes schedule for this year’s meet are identical to the roster of events offered during last year’s inaugural September racing session, but total stakes purses have been reduced by $50,000 and individual purses have been changed for three races. The Pocahontas purse has been raised by $50,000 to $200,000-added. Purses for the Homecoming Classic and Iroquois were each reduced by $50,000. The value of the Homecoming Classic is now $125,000-added, while the Iroquois purse is $100,000-added.
The Pocahontas and Iroquois will be joined on that first Saturday program by the Grade III, $100,000-added Ack Ack, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, and the $100,000-added Locust Grove, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.
The $100,000-added Open Mind, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares, will be the featured event on Saturday, Sept. 13, while the Grade III, $100,000-added Dogwood for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20.
The roster of winners of stakes events run during last year’s inaugural September Meet included:
  • Mrs. Janis Whitham’s Fort Larned, the winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic that used a victory in the first Homecoming Classic as a final prep race for his defense of his Breeders’ Cup triumph. Fort Larned would finish fourth to Mucho Macho Man in the Classic at Santa Anita and end his career with 10 wins and nearly $4.5 million from 25 starts.
      Winchell Thoroughbreds’


    Untapable, whose victory in the Pocahontas earned the 2-year-old daughter of Tapit a starting spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She finished eighth in that race, but is unbeaten in 2014 with four stakes victories that include the Kentucky Oaks and the Mother Goose at Belmont Park. Another accomplished product of the 2013 Pocahontas isRosalind, who finished third to Untapable and went on to be a dead-heat winner of the Grade I  Ashland Stakes at Keeneland this April.
Churchill Downs had conducted racing during the month of September during parts of various summer and fall racing meets during its long history that began in 1875. But last year was the first in which the track had offered both a third racing meet in a calendar year and a racing session conducted exclusively during September.
Seating for the Sept. 5 and Sept. 19 “Downs After Dark” celebrations and other racing programs scheduled during the first Homecoming Meet at Churchill Downs is available for purchase online at

Sept. 5-Sept. 28
Sat., Sept. 6 Iroquois III Open 2YO 1  1/16 M Dirt $100,000
Pocahontas II Fillies 2YO 1  1/16 M Dirt $200,000
Locust Grove F & M 3 & Up 1  1/16 M Dirt $100,000
Ack Ack

III Open 3 & Up 1 M Dirt $100,000
Sat., Sept. 13 Open Mind F & M 3 & Up 6 F Dirt $100,000
Sat., Sept. 20 Dogwood III Fillies 3YO 7 F Dirt $100,000
Sat., Sept. 27 Homecoming Classic Open 3 & Up 1 1/8 M Dirt $125,000
Jefferson Cup III Open 3YO 1 M Turf $100,000
  TOTAL PURSES $925,000


Farish, Beck prevail in run-off voting to fill Breeders’ Cup Board

Edited release:

The Breeders’ Cup announced Wednesday the final composition of its Board of Directors upon the completion of run-off voting by the 45 Breeders’ Cup Members. Current Breeders’ Cup chairman Bill Farish earned the most votes and will serve a four-year term while Bobby Flay will serve a one-year term on the Board.


Antony Beck received the most votes over Bruce Lunsford to fill the remaining one-year term.  At the Annual Meeting last week, Barbara Banke and Dan Pride were elected to the Board, and Elliott Walden was re-elected. All three will serve four-year terms.


Following the election, the Board of 14 Directors is as follows: Barbara Banke; Stonestreet Stables;   Antony Beck, Gainesway Farm; William S. Farish, Jr., (Chairman), Lane’s End Farm; Bobby Flay, Chef andRestaurateur; Craig Fravel, President & CEO of the Breeders’ Cup; Roy Jackson, Lael Stables; Bret Jones, Airdrie Stud; Tom Ludt, President,Santa Anita Park;  Clem Murphy, Coolmore Stud; Bill Oppenheim, Journalist and Pedigree Consultant; Dan Pride, Darley;  J. David Richardson, M.D., Chief of Surgery, University of Louisville; Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm and Barry Weisbord, Thoroughbred Daily News/Trakus.


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