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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS ALABAMA HBPA NEWS Magic City Classic Nominations Due Soon The Magic City Classic, sponsored by the Birmingham Racing Commission, is scheduled to be run on Friday, December 9, at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans. With $51,000 guaranteed, it is to be run at one mile for registered Alabama-bred 3-year olds and up. Starters are to be named through the entry box on Thursday, December 1. Nominations close November 9 and must be sent by certified mail. For nomination forms, please contact Leda at the Birmingham Racing Commission at (205) 838-7477 or (205) 937-2232. You can contact Nancy Delony at for an emailed copy of the nomination form. As in the past, the Alabama HBPA will reimburse qualified travel expenses up to $500 for horses that run fourth and below. With the help of the Louisiana HBPA, the Alabama-bred added monies program for horses running in races at any of the four Louisiana tracks is up and running. Congratulations to Menewa, a 4-year-old bay gelding bred and owned by Bobby Pruitt who has been winning the greater share of the funds at Louisiana Downs. It has been a quiet, hot and humid summer in Alabama with a little excitement being stirred up with Governor Bentley trying to get a lottery vote on the November ballot. No gaming but maybe a step closer. Get your nominations in for the Magic City Classic!

ARKANSAS THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ AND HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION NEWS Oaklawn Purses Continue Record Climb Oaklawn Park will open for the 2017 live meet with record purses that include maiden special weights at $72,000 and open allowance races as high as $80,000. The 2017 season will mark the ninth consecutive season the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track has opened with purses higher than the previous year. Maiden special weight purses, which have doubled since 2011, are $4,000 higher than 2016; allowance purses are up by as much as $5,000 and the bottom purse of $23,000 is $2,000 higher than last year and has increased more than 50 percent since 2011. Stall applications and condition books are now available online at Stall applications are due October 27. “Oaklawn continues to benefit from ownership that is 100 percent dedicated to racing, a thriving gaming operation and steadily growing handle thanks to better and better racing quality,” Director of Racing David Longinotti said. “It’s exciting that year after year we continue to attract horses the caliber of American Pharoah and Creator, and obviously our fans have responded in a big way.” Oaklawn, which earlier this year announced a historic $8.25 million stakes schedule, opens January 13, 2017. The stable area opens November 14, and the track will open for training November 21. The restricted Arkansas-bred stakes scheduled at Oaklawn in 2017 will feature a purse of $100,000 apiece. The schedule is as follows: • February 24—Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes, 3-year olds & up, fillies and mares, 6 furlongs 50 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016

• February 25—Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes, 3-year-olds & up, 6 furlongs • March 31—Rainbow Stakes, 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs • April 1—Rainbow Miss Stakes, 3-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs • April 8—Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes, 3-year-olds & up, 1 1/16 miles

COLORADO THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Brother to Local Standout Tops Colorado Silver Cup Yearling Sale

A half brother to local stakes winner Way Out West topped this year’s Silver Cup Yearling Sale, hosted by the Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association, fetching a bid of $18,000 at the August 5 auction. Kent Bamford and Randy Patterson signed the ticket for Crafty Man, a son of the late Crafty Shaw out of Labar, a stakes-winning daughter of Bianconi. The same pair purchased Way Out West last year for $24,500; the colt has since won $63,699 with wins in the Silver Cup and CTBA futurities. R.J. Winkler purchased the runner-up, a Line of David colt consigned by Al Mazetti, for $15,000. The colt is out of the winning Devil His Due mare Joyous Appeal. Richard Lueck paid $12,000 for the top-selling filly, a daughter of Grade 3 winner El Roblar consigned by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm. This year’s sale catalogued 67 horses. Of 65 that passed through the ring, 39 sold for an average of $5,096, down from 2015 when 33 horses averaged $6,088. Median price dipped from $4,500 to $3,600, and the buyback rate increased to 40 percent from 28 percent. All horses in the sale are eligible for next year’s Silver Cup Futurity at Arapahoe Park. For complete results, go to

INDIANA THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale Set for October 30 Make plans to join us for the ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale on Sunday, October 30, at 2 p.m. in the Champions Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. There are several improvements to this year’s sale, including online bidding (pre-registration and deposit required) and a live video stream of the sale online. Credit cards will also be accepted as payment (additional fee applies). To request a catalog or receive more information, contact Shelby Mahaney at (317) 752-5694 or email The catalog for the sale will be posted at

American Racehorse - September/October 2016  

This issue of American Racehorse magazine features a long-form article about the magic of Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska, plus a lo...