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2009-09-22 17:13:59

Summer Squall, winner of the 1990 Preakness Stakes and sire of 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic, was euthanized Tuesday, his former owners said. The 22-year-old thoroughbred was put down at Lane's Farm near Versailles, Ky., because of complications of old age and foundering, Dogwood Stable of Aiken, S.C., said in a release. Besides Charismatic, Summer Squall also sired 1996 2-year-old filly champion Storm Song. Summer Squall was a vital part of Dogwood's success, and we had the deepest...

2009-08-26 10:05:47

Mine That Bird, the long-shot winner of the Kentucky Derby, won't run in this weekend's Travers Stakes to allow more recovery time from a recent surgery. Mine That Bird had throat surgery Aug. 18 and, while the procedure was considered successful and the horse had a workout Tuesday, trainer Chip Woolley said the decision was made to err on the side of caution. We've decided to "¦ pass this race up and aim down the road to the Breeders' Cup, Woolley said. There's one little spot...

2009-08-17 14:49:35

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will have throat surgery Tuesday but may be able to run in the Travers Stakes Aug. 29, trainer Chip Woolley said. The 3-year-old gelding has an entrapment of epiglottis, Woolley said. A veterinarian discovered the problem, which affects the tissue that covers the windpipe when the animal swallows. The condition is enough that we're going to take him to the city (Elmont, N.Y.) tonight and do surgery on him in the morning, Woolley said at Saratoga Springs,...

2009-08-04 15:11:00

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Kendall-Jackson winemakers are crafting a new, limited-edition set of distinctive wines in honor of Super Filly racehorse Rachel Alexandra. Less than 300 cases of the wines will be produced. Each collectible bottle bearing the thoroughbred's image will be available in elegant wood boxes in time for the holiday season. Purchased by Kendall-Jackson Winery co-owners, Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Banke, Rachel Alexandra has electrified the world...

2009-06-06 19:10:00

Summer Bird, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, won the 141st Belmont Stakes by two lengths Saturday at Elmont, N.Y. Jockey Calvin Borel, aboard the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, was denied a sweep of the Triple Crown races, finishing third aboard Derby winner Mine That Bird. Mine That Bird was the 6-5 favorite Saturday in the 10-horse field of 3-year-olds. Summer Bird, a half-brother to the favorite, was the 11-1 fifth choice in the betting. Summer Bird finished with a 2 3/4-length win over...

2009-06-03 13:06:17

Jockey Calvin Borel will go for a historic first while riding Mine That Bird against nine other horses at the 141st Belmont Stakes in New York. Mine That Bird was made a 2-1 favorite Wednesday ahead of Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Charitable Man was second favorite at 3-1 with Dunkirk established at 4-1. If the favorite comes in, Borel will win the Triple Crown. He rode 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird to a dramatic win in the Kentucky Derby and was up for Rachel Alexandra for a victory at the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.