It is hard to believe it's been five years of The Blood-Horse readers helping Double L Stable's horses by participating in Double L Stable's Valentine's Day Card Fundraiser Contest. read blog
In the wake of the dispersal of all the horses that had resided at Fares Farm at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, Shannon White made plans to start her own Thoroughbred venture.
The Fares Farm dispersal at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 7-11 conjured a lot of bittersweet emotions and memories for the Fares family and Shannon White, who managed the Lexington-based farm.
Antony Beck of Gainesway, which stands new stallions To Honor and Serve and Tapizar, has been shopping at both the Keeneland November breeding stock sale and the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale for mares.
Maren's Meadow, a dual graded stakes-winning daughter of Meadowlake, and a yearling filly by City Zip are the first six-figure horses during the third session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
The first portion of the Fares Farm dispersal brought strong prices during the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 8, highlighted by stakes winner Supreme, who was bought for $800,000 by Stonestreet.
Potesta and Princess Arabella brought $800,000 and $725,000, respectively during the first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 7.
American Oaks Stakes (gr. IT) winner Nereid brought the highest price so far at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale when she fetched a final bid of $1.3 million.
Gitchee Goomie, a grade III-winning daughter of City Zip, was the first horse to bring six figures at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale when she brought a final bid of $250,000 from Frank Stronach's Adena Springs.
There is considerable buzz surrounding the Jan. 7-11 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, thanks in large part to the 80-horse dispersal of Issam Fares' Fares Farm.
- By Esther Marr
Mari Hulman George's interest in Thoroughbreds is up to speed. Download Now
In her highly anticipated 3-year-old debut, Kauai Katie romped to an easy eight-length victory over Cor Cor in the Jan. 1 Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Tweebster, a 5-year-old Tapit gelding, has been euthanized after fracturing the sesamoids in his left front leg during a Dec. 30 claiming contest at Santa Anita Park.
English-bred Qaraaba displayed a powerful turn of foot when closing from last to capture the Dec. 30 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
- By Esther Marr
Beyond the Blinkers Guest Blogger Mary Cage shares the story of Miss Fifty. read blog
- By Esther Marr
Read the story of 'Danny the Miracle Unicorn Horse,' a brave OTTB that has survived two major health scares and still lives to tell the tale at age 30. read blog
New Vocations has received some exciting results from its 2012 Breeders' Cup Pledge, with more than 17 owners or partnership groups and five trainers committing a portion of their horses' Breeders' Cup earnings. read blog
Esther Marr recaps Day 4 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the day's top sellers, and comments from Richard Hogan, Bloodstock Agent. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the day's top sellers, and comments from Walt Robertson, Keeneland Vice President of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Tell It, a winning stakes-placed daughter of Storm Cat, brought the highest price thus far during the third session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when she fetched $540,000 from Blandford Bloodstock.
Esther Marr recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including the sales of Pure Clan and Changing Skies, who both brought more than $4 million. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Royally bred Changing Skies, a graded stakes-winning daughter of Sadler's Wells, brought $4.2 million during the Nov. 7 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Mandore International Agency.
Dual grade I winner Zazu fetched $2.1 million from Katsumi Yoshida's Japan-based Northern Farm at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6. She was consigned by William S. Farish's Lane's End, agent.
Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm bought Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty for $4.2 million from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Cry and Catch Me fetched $3.5 million from Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud at the Nov. 5 Fasig-Tipton November sale. The Street Cry mare was consigned by John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent.
Grade I winner Harmonious brought $2.8 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6. Acquired by Mandore International Agency, the daughter of Dynaformer was consigned by Lane's End, agent.
Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year and champion older mare, brought some major fireworks to the Fasig-Tipton November sale when she commanded a final bid of $10 million from Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm.
Contested, a dual grade I-winning daughter of Ghostzapper, brought the highest price during the first two hours of the Nov. 5 Fasig-Tipton November sale when she fetched $2.3 million as Hip No. 41.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr talks with Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. Esther also asks Geoffrey about Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta in last year's sale. watch video
The Fasig-Tipton November sale, which is known for its prominent cast of selected entries, will again feature several standouts, including this year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Zagora.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr talks with Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning about the November sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. watch video
When Chad Reed's parents gave him a $5,000 budget to pick out a mare at the 2009 Keeneland November mixed sale at age 12, he never dreamed it would eventually result in a Breeders' Cup starter. read blog
While Groupie Doll's stellar 2012 record puts her in a different league than many of her competitors in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I), the favorite will still have to face five other grade I winners.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which recently announced a new funding plan, was a main focus during a session entitled "Totally Aftercare" that closed out the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.
The use of racehorse medications and importance of owner education were among the topics discussed among trainers Kellyn Gorder, Tom Proctor, and Phil Sims at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland.
Stonestreet Stable's homebred prodigy runner Dreaming of Julia will have the opportunity to show her talents at the grade I level when the juvenile filly faces six others in the Oct. 6 Frizette at Belmont Park.
After much deliberating, KHRC committee members voted to reconvene at a later date to make their final recommendations for 2013 race dates in question to the full commission, which meets Oct. 17.
Favored Kauai Katie didn't disappoint in the Sept. 30 Matron Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park when she overcame Baby J at the half-mile pole and increased her advantage to the wire, drawing off to a decisive victory.
An interesting mix of talented fillies and mares, headlined by 2012 grade I winners Include Me Out, Love Theway Youare, and Love and Pride, and will go postward in the Sept. 29 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Read the story of Canadian grade I winner Rahy's Attorney, who is being re-trained as a stable pony. read blog
Grade I winner Boys At Tosconova and grade II victor Redeemed have both been retired from racing, according to owner Samantha Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stable.
While the eighth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale may have not had as many six-figure fireworks as last week's sessions, there were still plenty of buyers for quality horses.
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard reached the 3,000 win milestone Sept. 17 when he saddled Fugitive Angel to a neck victory in the seventh race at Delaware Park.
Very few fillies were up for the challenge of facing undefeated 2-year-old champion My Miss Aurelia and two-time grade I winner Questing in the Sept. 22 Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) at Parx Racing Sept. 22.
A chestnut son of Smart Strike lit up the sales ring late in the day of the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, bringing $900,000 from John Moynihan, agent, who bought the horse for Stonestreet Farm.
Shigeyuki Okada's Big Red Farm went to $1.1 million for a son of Empire Maker, during the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13.
A colt by 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown commanded $825,000 from Demi O'Byrne during the third session of the Keeneland September sale. He was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent.
A bay filly by Tiznow from a solid grass family brought $500,000 during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale and became the third horse of the day to bring that amount or more Sept. 11.
Remi Gunn has fallen on hard times in recent years--from the riding accident that left her paralyzed in 2003--to the financial struggles that almost claimed her farm. read blog
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr asks Walt Robertson, Vice President of Sales for Keeneland, on how the select session went at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. watch video
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