Grade I winner Bustin Stones' first reported foal is a colt born Jan. 25 at Dr. Jerry Bilinski's Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N.Y.
Average rises 23.7% during Sydney Classic auction in Australia.
For the second year in a row, top race mare Vodka was voted Horse of the Year in Japan, becoming the first female to win the title twice.
Yearling sells for Aust$200,000 ($180,014 in U.S. funds).
Dancing Forever, one of the leading turf runners of 2008, has been sold to stand at stud at Nirmal Ruia's Hazara Stud near New Delhi, India.
Australian sires covered more than 23,000 mares during the 2009 breeding season.
The first reported foal by Breeders' Cup winner Raven's Pass is a filly born Jan. 12 at Woodpark Stud in Co. Meath, Ireland.
As Thoroughbred owner Earle I. Mack saw and read reports about the difficulty of the relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 people, he felt a call to action.
The Jockey Club of Turkey has added considerable strength to its stallion roster.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland, who won two grade II stakes over the Jan. 16-17 weekend at Santa Anita, is one of three finalists for a Sovereign Award as Canada's outstanding jockey for 2009.
French stakes winner and group I-placed Missvinski attracted a final bid of $400,000 to headline the Jan. 14 session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
The 206 horses sold gross Aust$2,458,850 ($2,269,420 in U.S. funds).
One of only two expected foals from the last crop by pensioned stallion Theatrical was born Jan. 11 at the new Padua foaling barn at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, instead of being joint fourth and fifth, respectively, in the final global standings for 2009, should be third and fourth.
Zenyatta has received another boost, with the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner rated one pound ahead of Rachel Alexandra in the World Thoroughbred Rankings.
A Break the Vault filly topped the fifth session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale with her Aust$200,000 price ($184,840 in U.S. funds) Jan. 10 in Australia.
Bay yearling brings Aust$950,000 ($848,937 in U.S. funds)during Gold Coast yearling auction's fourth session.
Bay yearling brings Aust$620,000 ($570,100 in U.S. funds) from trainer Gai Waterhouse.
Dunkirk, who ran second in the 2009 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Yearling out of Australian champ Ha Ha brings Aust$700,00 ($640,241 in U.S. funds).
Bay colt brings Aust$500,000 ($456,500 in U.S. funds).
Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year and champion older male, has had his 2010 fee reduced to $30,000 from the previously announced $50,000.
The long-awaited first initiatives from the Britain's much-debated Racing For Change program that were announced Jan. 5 are small steps toward making racing more understandable and fun, according to organizers.
The Japan Racing Association has announced that all JRA graded races will be open to foreign-trained horses starting in 2010.
Dream Journey gave Kenichi Ikezoe the ride of his life at Nakayama Racecourse Dec. 27 when he defeated favored Buena Vista to capture the season-ending grade I Arima Kinen (Grand Prix).
The Dubai Racing Club announced Dec. 24 it has added a new $1 million race to the Dubai World Cup card of March 27, 2010, at the new Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse in Dubai.
Horse Racing Ireland has announced a series of budget cuts, including a reduction in purses for 2010 of 10.2%, from 53.1 million euros to 47.7 million euros.
Gelding will be trained by John Shirreffs in California.
Six 2009 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association award winners were revealed Dec. 21, acknowledging the achievements of some of Britain's most successful stud farms.
North Street, a 5-year-old gelded son of Street Cry, brought the highest price of Aust$33,000 ($29,408 in U.S. funds) during the William Inglis & Son Melbourne December Thoroughbred sale at Oaklands in Australia Dec. 18.
Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Benny the Bull will stand in 2010 at Tom Simon's Vinery near Summerfield, Fla.
Yearling entry stage, at a cost of $660, draws 16.7% more entries than last year.
Ready's Echo, runner-up in this year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) and placed in last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been sold to Zabeel Racing
Sea The Stars, whose six group I victories in 2009 dominated European racing, was a unanimous selection as Ireland's Horse of the Year and followed his previous award as Cartier Horse of the Year for all of Europe.
Trainer John Dunlop was among the three new members elected to the British Jockey Club at the orgniazation's Dec. 14 meeting.
Interaction, a 3-year-old son of Easing Along, won the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini (Arg I) at 2400 meters 1 1/2 miles) on turf at San Isidro Racetrack, in Buenos Aires, Argentina Dec. 12.
Sacred Kingdom upheld local dominance Dec. 13 in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin by regaining the title he won so impressively two years ago.
Vision D'Etat, who was questionable to even make the starting gate only one day before, showed a blistering turn of foot to stun a top class field in the HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin on Dec. 13
Good Ba Ba made history at Sha Tin on Dec. 13 when capturing a dramatic win in the HK$16 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) for an unprecedented third time in a row.
The European Breeders Fund has suspended Italian racing from participating in its program because Italian racing has failed to "provide a solution to a long-running problem about the application of EBF regulations."
The average price rose 27.5% from a year ago and the median price increased 33.3% during the Hong Kong International Sale.
Post positions, post times for the Dec. 13 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races held at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Woodbine announced that betting on Woodbine's 2009 live Thoroughbred meet, which concluded Dec. 6, was up 7% over last year.
Three European-based jockeys posted one victory each to share the top spot in the 2009 Cathay Pacific International Jockeys' Championship at Hong Kong's Happy Valley Racecourse.
Mick Kinane, whose profile has never been higher thanks to his stunningly successful partnership with Cartier Award winner Sea The Stars, has followed that brilliant colt into retirement.
Favored Espoir City became the 10th champion of the Japan Cup Dirt Dec. 6 at Hanshin Racecourse, going wire-to-wire from the rail post to finish 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Silk Mobius for his first group I victory.
Japan's Norihiro Yokoyama captured the two-day World Super Jockeys Series at Hanshin Racecourse Dec. 6, comfortably defeating Hong Kong's Douglas Whyte and Ryan Moore of Great Britain. Americans Calvin Borel and Garrett Gomez finished sixth and 14th, respectively, in the 15-rider field.
Bear's Hard Ten split rivals while taking over at the quarter pole and never looked back, romping to a 3 3/4-length score in the $155,300 Display Stakes for 2-year-olds Dec. 5 at Woodbine.
Honour and Glory, a former leading sire of 2-year-olds, will stand in 2010 for a fee of $6,500 at Tarry Bratton's Ghost Ridge Farm near Felton, Pa.
The Tattersalls December mare sale finished its four-day run Dec. 3 in England with a 16% increase in median price from 2008 and a gross that was down less than 1%. The average price declined 3.3%. In addition, the buy-back rate rose to 79.3% from 68.2% last year.
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