Sir Michael Stoute had won every other British classic at least twice, but a victory in the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) had always eluded him. After 34 years of training, that omission from his resume was corrected when Frankie Dettori guided 8-1 shot Conduit to a comfortable three length win at Doncaster Sept. 13.
The Green Monkey, whose $16 million price is the highest ever for a horse sold at public auction, will begin his stallion career for a fee of $5,000 in 2009.
Lady Shakespeare, a full sibling to multiple grade I winner Shakespeare, is the most intriguing of the 11 2-year-old fillies entered for the $150,00 Natalma Stakes (Can-III) over the Woodbine turf course Sept. 14. The Natalma is the first "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge series race for the inaugural running of the $1 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24.
Doncaster's two-part St Leger festival sale concluded Sept. 11 with figures below those of the 2007 numbers.
Klaus Jacobs, who built Newsells Park Stud into a successful breeding and racing operation in England, has died in Zurich following a lengthy illness.
Fewer foals this year probably means fewer racehorses for the future. The Jockey Club reported that 3,638 stallions covered 61,262 mares in North America during 2007.
Showing Up, a millionaire and multiple grade I winner for Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables, has been retired from racing and will stand in 2009 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
A fast time wasn't what trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was looking for with Big Brown when the colt breezed on the grass at Aqueduct Sept. 9.
Student Council, a grade I winner on dirt and synthetic surfaces for Ro Parra's Millennium Farms, will begin his stallion career in 2009 for a fee of $20,000.
Goldikova continued the tremendous season for trainer Freddie Head when she rolled to her second group I victory over a high class field in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I) Sept. 7. Left in her wake were fellow group I winners Henrythenavigator, Darjina, Sageburg, and Natagora.
New Approach and Lush Lashes combined to sweep both group I races at Leopardstown on Sept. 7, giving their sire, Galileo, and their trainer, Jim Bolger a banner day of racing.
Rahy's Attorney pulled off a shocker in the $1-million Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 7, taking over in mid-turn and then powering to a 1 1/4-length victory under Slade Callaghan while 1-2 favorite Kip Deville faded to fifth.
Champs Elysees not only won the Sept. 7 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine, but became the fifth grade/group I winner out of the grand mare Hasili.
Martin S. Schwartz' Lady of Venice, who won last year's CashCall Mile Invitational Stakes (gr. IIT) and placed in the race this year, has been retired from racing.
Germany's premier yearling sale, held by BBAG at Baden-Baden over two days, ended Sept. 4 with substantial declines despite a much expanded catalogue.
Grade I winner Street Boss, the leading West Coast sprinter of 2008, will stand at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington at the conclusion of his racing career.
Robert and Janice McNair just might change their minds about getting out of racing now that their homebred Midshipman won the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 3 closing day. The photo finish victory at seven furlongs over the synthetic surface came just several days after the McNairs announced they were selling their horses and Central Kentucky farm to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation.
Repent, a leading Florida stallion last year with his first crop, will relocate to Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington from Vinery's Florida farm near Summerfield.
If Akronism runs the way she did when she won the Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) at six furlongs at Woodbine, she stands a good chance of winning the Sept. 6 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) at the Toronto track.
Rush Bay, a two-time graded stakes winner will enter stud in 2009 at Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md.
Steady and solid was the theme of the 2008 selected session of the Woodbine yearling sale on Sept. 2, hosted by the Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society.
Canadian invader Southern Exchange might not be favored in the Sept. 3 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) closing day, but he's the only one of the 11 contestants with as many as three wins.
Sought After, who is closely related to 2006 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) Jazil, has been moved to Tom and Nancy Clark's Rancho San Miguel near San Miguel, Calif.
Stonerside Stable has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley. Included in the transaction will be approximately 80 horses in training, plus another 170 or so broodmares, yearlings and weanlings, as well as the main 2,000-acre farm near Paris, Ky., and the training center in Aiken, S.C.
Again rallied from mid-pack to capture the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) by a half-length at the Curragh Aug. 31. The David Wachman trainee now has won three of four starts, and has amassed earnings totaling $388,658.
The first winner by grade II winner Domestic Dispute came along early afternoon Aug. 30 and the second came later that day.
Dance to Destiny, a Canadian graded stakes-placed runner, was represented by his first winner Aug. 30 when his son Me the Sea and G T won at Woodbine.
Augustin Stable's Sugar Bay made her turf debut a winning one, sweeping to a 4 1/4-length win in the $172,199 Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine Aug. 30.
Doncaster's St. Leger sale - the first British or Irish yearling auction of 2008 - failed to match its 2007 figures when ending Aug. 28 in England. The average of 33,649 pound sterling (approximately $61,725) was down 10%, the median of 26,000 pounds ($47,694) fell by 11%. The 13,493,500 pounds ($24,752,207) turnover for the 401 horses that sold dropped by 14.4%.
Millionaire Benny the Bull, a grade/group I winner and one of the nation's top sprinters, has been retired from racing after suffering an ankle chip.
Bill Donovan, who trained millionaire Lost Code and authored the popular "Backtracks: Recollections of a racetrack lifer" for The Blood-Horse, died Wednesday morning.
Lewis Michael, a grade II winner in 2007-08, will enter stud in 2009 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Strawberry Reason, dam of champion Vindication, was found dead in her pasture June 29 at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.
Ten Most Wanted, a grade I winner and millionaire, came through with his first winner when a daughter, Nasty Widow, won Aug. 24 at Timonium.
Graded stakes winner Canadian Frontier got his initial winner when his daughter On the Menu won Aug. 24 at Delaware Park in her first start.
Sadler's Wells, who topped the English/Irish sires list an incredible 14 times, came through with another milestone when he became just the second stallion to reach the 300 mark in number of stakes winners.
Favored Bushranger drove to the lead with 150 yards to go and defeated Gallagher by a cozy half-length in the Prix Morny (Fr-I) for 2-year-olds at Deauville Aug. 24.
Grade I winner Burning Roma was represented by his first winner when Jitter in Rome won by 11 1/2 lengths Aug. 22 at Mountaineer Park.
Stakes-placed Seeking Greatness came through with his first U.S. winner when a son, Ucankeepthechange, won Aug. 22 at Remington Park in his initial start.
Matt's Broken Vow defeated Texas Wildcatter to win the $286,110 Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, on Aug. 23.
Duke of Marmalade captured his fifth group I of the season by stubbornly holding off Phoenix Tower by three-quarters of a length to win the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) at Newmarket Aug. 23.
A change in venue and an additional day's wait proved not to be a hindrance to Lush Lashes, as the Jim Bolger trainee powered down the center of the course to capture the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) by 1 1/4 lengths at Newmarket Aug. 22.
Matt's Broken Vow, a romping winner of the Manitoba Derby in his last start, has been installed as the 9-5 choice in the $300,000 Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Aug. 23.
New York grade II winner Sightseeing will enter stud at Richland Hills in Kentucky.
Young stallions Catastrophe and Dow Jones U S have been moved to the Philippines
Makybe Diva produced her second foal, a filly by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, Aug. 21.
England's York Racecourse announced Aug. 20 that racing for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22, which were the remaining days of the Ebor Fesitval, has been abandoned because the racing surface has failed to recover from the recent heavy rain.
South African trainer Michael DeKock has backed off his comments made immediately after the Aug. 9 Arlington Million (gr. IT), in which his horse Archipenko was upset by Spirit One.
Millionaire Bowman's Band, who completed his second breeding season at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., was euthanized Aug. 16.
Racing at England's York racecourse on Tuesday, Aug. 19, was canceled because of a waterlogged turf course.
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