Aikenite bought by Calumet Farm
Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite has been purchased for stallion duty by world-famous Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., according to stable president Cot Campbell.
“Aikenite will begin his breeding career in the barn where such greats as Citation, Alydar, Bull Lea and other immortals of the turf have stood,” Campbell said. “He deserves a high-class headquarters, and there could be no more prestigious spot than Calumet. His stud fee has not yet been announced,” he continued.
Aikenite was retired from racing on Oct. 29, when he re-injured an ankle while preparing for a stakes race at Churchill Downs. He finished with earnings of $875,385.
“He was a joy to campaign. He ran against the best for four years and earned a reputation as an earnest, generous, tenacious race horse. Dogwood will miss him!” Campbell said.
Two Lady Pacers earn high marks
USC Aiken volleyball players Ashley Farwell and Samantha Lukralle have been selected to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball District 3 first team.
As first-team members, Farwell and Lukralle are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The Capital One Academic NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball All-America team is scheduled to be unveiled on Dec. 12.
Farwell, a senior setter, has a 3.74 grade point average as a business administration major.
Lukralle, a senior libero, has a 3.97 grade point average as a nursing major.
Californian wins eGolf Tour finale
In Davidson, N.C., Matt Ryan shot a final-round 73 to edge Bobby MacWhinnie by one stroke and win the eGolf Tour’s season finale on Thursday.
Ryan, of Santa Clarita, Calif., finished the 54-hole Championship at River Run at 5-under-par 211.
MacWhinnie, of Charlotte, N.C., closed with 74 at River Run Country Club.
• In Orlando, Fla., former Augusta State standout Major Manning shot a final-round 74 and tied for 14th in the NGA Tour’s Winter Series event at Shingle Creek Golf Club.
Manning finished the 54-hole event at 3-under-par 213, nine shots behind winner James Vargas, of Miami.
Former Georgia standout Christo Greyling shot 73 and tied for 23rd at 215.
Federer reaches ATP semifinals
In London, Roger Federer beat David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6 (5) at the ATP finals, advancing to the semifinals with a group match to spare despite struggling to land his serve and scrambling to stay in the long rallies.
The two-time defending champion is 2-0 at the O2 Arena, with his last group match against Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday.
Del Potro beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-0, 6-4 in the other Group B match, improving his record to 1-1 and eliminating the Serb with two losses. But Del Potro still needs to beat Federer to advance.
Labor talks will continue today
The best that can be said about the ongoing NHL labor negotiations is that they are still going, and will continue for at least a fourth consecutive day.
The league and the locked-out players’ association got back together Thursday and accomplished enough over five-plus hours to make plans to meet again today.
– From staff and wire reports