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COURT VISION SON STORM THE COURT UPSETS BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE

By Bob Ehalt

If the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) is any indication of what awaits racing fans on the 2020 Triple Crown trail, then get some popcorn and buckle your seat belt. There’s a wild, unpredictable trip ahead of us.

On paper, anyway, the 36th edition of the Juvenile looked like a rather formful way to decide the 2-year-old championship. The three betting favorites—Dennis’ Moment (4-5), Eight Rings (3-2), and Scabbard (5-1)—seemed to tower over theother five starters, none of whom were lessthan 23-1 on the toteboard at Santa Anita Park.

 

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Four Wheel Drive Rolls to BC Juvenile Turf Sprint Win, Holding off Louisiana Bred Chimney Rock

Son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races for Breeze Easy.

 

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Louisiana bred Khozan Colt Tops Equine Sales Co. Open Yearling and Mixed Sale

A yearling colt sired by Florida-based Khozan  was purchased by Norman Stables for $22,000 to top the Oct. 27 Equine Sales of Louisiana’s Open Yearling and Mixed Sale in Opelousas, La.

Consigned by Oakridge Farm, the colt was bred in Louisiana by Paul Pruett and is out of the Dixie Union mare Unwooed. The colt’s second dam, the Alysheba mare Designatoree, produced Voice of Destiny, a $556,723-earner whose 24 victories from ages 2 to 10 included the Berkeley Handicap and California Juvenile Stakes, both grade 3. Designatoree, a half sister to grade 1 winner Very Subtle, is also granddam of grade 3 winner Actin Good.

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Horse Racing Reform Bill Gains Momentum

Effort for uniform standards to protect racehorses passed major milestones this week.

The effort to bring uniform standards to protect racehorses passed three major milestones this week, according to an Oct. 8 release from the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity.

One hundred and fifty members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors to the Horseracing Integrity Act, which is more than one third of the House of Representatives. Besides the strong Congressional support, 135 of the industry’s leading trainers support the bill. Additionally, more than 53,000 people have signed a petition from the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity calling for passage of the bill.

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Adena Springs’ Cornerstone Sire Awesome Again Retired

Stallions Milwakee Brew, Sligo Bay also pensioned.

Frank Stronach’s homebred Canadian classic winner and sire of multiple champions, Awesome Again , has been retired from stud duty, according to Adena Springs.

Retirement of the Kentucky farm’s marquee sire coincides with two other stallion retirements: grade 1 winners Milwaukee Brew  and Sligo Bay  who had previously stood at Adena Springs’ farm in Ontario. Milwaukee Brew and Sligo Bay have been relocated to Kentucky.

 

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Illinois Racing Board Grants Arlington 2020 Race Dates

Board had threatened one week earlier to deny Arlington race dates.

 

The Illinois Racing Board has voted to grant Arlington International Racecourse its normal summertime racing dates for 2020 despite concerns about owner Churchill Downs Inc.’s decision not to pursue a casino license that would have generated millions of dollars for the purse account.

The vote, at a packed meeting Sept. 24 in the Chicago Loop, came after a week’s delay during which an IRB committee sought potential changes in CDI’s position. None was forthcoming, although CDI senior vice president and general counsel Brad Blackwell told the IRB the company is “still trying to figure this out,” referring to new Illinois legislation authorizing racinos.

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Illinois Racing Board Threatens to Shut Down Arlington

Board may deny track 2020 dates after gaming refusal.

 

The Illinois Racing Board Sept. 17 threatened to deny Arlington International Racecourse racing dates for 2020 unless its owner, Churchill Downs Inc., can demonstrate within one week a concrete commitment to racing. The board adjourned its annual dates-award hearing until Sept. 24 and appointed a three-member committee to listen to “any new proposal which Churchill may wish to make.”

The action stems from a CDI decision not to apply for a gaming license at Arlington under terms of a new state law—an action that would cost purse accounts many millions of dollars a year. The decision, after years of Arlington lobbying for the right to run casino games, came some five months after CDI took a majority stake in Rivers Casino, located less than 15 miles from Arlington.

 

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Study Connects Rise in Inbreeding to Larger Books

An analysis of inbreeding over 45 years shows the biggest increase during 1996-2006.

 

A 2011 study showing an increase in inbreeding in the Thoroughbred during a 45-year period from 1961-2006 also concluded the majority of the increase occurred during the last 10 years of the study period—a time coinciding with a sharp rise in the number of stallions being bred to books of 100 mares or more. Dr. Matthew Binns was the lead author of the study “Inbreeding in the Thoroughbred horse” that appeared in a June 2011 edition of Animal Genetics. The genotyping of 467 Thoroughbreds born between 1961-2006 showed an increase in the average inbreeding coefficient. More significantly, the study notes, the majority of the increase occurred during 1996-06, when the number of North American stallions breeding 100 or more mares in a given season rose from 14 to 128. In 1996, 14 North American stallions covered 100 mares or more. Only five years earlier only one stallion—Alydar—had bred a book of mares exceeding 100.

“My conclusion was that the data was showing the start of a trend that could become worrisome and needed monitoring,” Binns told BloodHorse. “It was starting to show this increase as a result of the big books.”

 

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EIPH Research Unveils Possible 24-Hour Furosemide Dose

Emphasis placed on strategies to control EIPH without race-day medication

Two research projects on Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage solicited by The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and funded in cooperation with The Jockey Club, the AAEP Foundation, Keeneland Association, Oak Tree Racing Association, The Stronach Group, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Downs, New York Racing Association, The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Oaklawn Park, and The Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association have now appeared in peer-reviewed journals.

Knych HK, Wilson WD, Vale A, et al.
Effectiveness of furosemide in attenuating exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage in horses when administered 4- and 24-h prior to high speed training. Equine Vet J. 2017;50:350-355.

Bayly W, Lopez C, Sides R, et al.
Effect of different protocols on the mitigation of exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage in horses when administered 24 hours before strenuous exercise. J Vet Intern Med. 2019; 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.15574

In March 2015, a special call for research on exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage was issued by The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Emphasis was placed on strategies to control EIPH without race-day medication. Two projects were selected. The premise of the research was to look at the post-treatment effect of furosemide (Salix, or Lasix) if it had been given 24 hours before exercise with water intake limited to maintenance water levels (which are known).

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Tax Depreciation Opportunities for Thoroughbred Owners

An in-depth look at rules surrounding 100% bonus depreciation

 

Federal depreciation incentives included with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act continue to benefit Thoroughbred horse and farm owners. This article provides an in-depth look at the rules surrounding the 100% bonus depreciation, generally the most useful of these incentives to industry participants. This discussion is intended for those active owners operating their horse and farm activities as businesses that use the cash method of accounting.

The new law significantly expanded bonus depreciation. The percentage that may be currently deducted for tax purposes increased to 100% of the purchase price for qualifying property placed in service through 2022. After 2022, the percentage drops by 20% each year until it becomes 20% in 2026. In addition, the definition of qualifying property was expanded to include assets that have been previously owned but not those being reacquired by the purchaser. Previously, assets used by a prior owner did not qualify.

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