Articles posted January 31, 2008

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Museum Names Sheffer Curator

Museum Names Sheffer Curator

Beth Sheffer has been promoted to curator of collections at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Jan. 31.

Realizing a 20-year-old Prediction

Realizing a 20-year-old Prediction

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

More than 20 years ago in Ken McLean's book "Tesio - Master of Matings" he predicted that the combination of Nijinsky II and the similarly bred Storm Bird would one day be a potent one. At the time, Storm Cat -- Storm Bird's most important stallion son -- had yet to cover a mare. McLean also predicted these sires would be most effective when they had receded to the third and fourth generations of a pedigree. What has come to pass is a cross that has produced 120 stakes winners, of which 60 are graded stakes winners and 20 are grade I winners.

Karaka Select Sale Sets New Records

Karaka Select Sale Sets New Records

And so the record setting continues. As the fourth day of the New Zealand National Yearling Sale at Karaka ended, bringing down the curtain on day two of the Select portion of the sale, records fell in all categories yet again. Leading the charge was the top price paid for a colt by freshman sire Scaredee Cat, a troubled but powerful sprinter on his day who won in Australia up to group 11 level, who now stands at Waikato Stud.

Giant Moon Skipping Whirlaway

Giant Moon Skipping Whirlaway

Good news for the 3-year-olds running in the $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct Feb. 2: Undefeated Giant Moon is not in the field. Seven were entered in the 1 1/16-mile Whirlaway, which serves as a prep for the March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr.III) at Aqueduct.

Laminitis Research Gets a Boost

Laminitis Research Gets a Boost

Pfizer Animal Health and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have joined forces to help fund laminitis research through the NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund.

William A. Levin Dead

William A. Levin, who won the 1971 Travers Stakes with Bold Reason, died Jan. 26, one day after his 84th birthday.

Will's Way to Old Friends

Will's Way to Old Friends

Will's Way, whose battles with Formal Gold and Skip Away were among the highlights of the 1997 racing season, has been pensioned from stallion duty and has taken up residence at Old Friends equine retirement center near Georgetown, Ky.

INVASOR (ARG)

INVASOR (ARG)

For Shadwell stallion manager Kent Barnes, Invasor's awesome display in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) stamped him as a truly great horse.  After winning at the highest level on three continents, Invasor enters his stud career with impeccable credentials, and Barnes notes the interest in him from breeders has been very strong as well.Stud Fee: $35,000 Sire: Candy Stripes Dam: Quendom

JAZIL

JAZIL

Jazil surely will impart some stamina to his offspring - both he and his sister, Rags to Riches, are Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners.  Shadwell will limit his initial book to 70 outside mares, something that is standard farm policy according to stallion manager Kent Barnes, who also says that speedy, early winning mares should mix well with this horse.Stud Fee: $12,500 Sire: Seeking the Gold Dam: Better Than Honour

LATENT HEAT

LATENT HEAT

Multiple graded stakes winner Latent Heat is the first stallion for Woods Edge Farm.  Though Latent Heat was best at a mile or under, Peter O'Callaghan of Woods Edge notes that this horse is not built like a typical sprinter, and should suit a wide range of mares.  Stud Fee: $15,000 Sire: Maria's Mon Dam: True Flare

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