Maria Borell has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Runhappy, who she trained to victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), seeking money from purses the colt earned under her care and also alleging defamation.
The prominent Arkansas businessman who owned Summer Wind Farm with his wife, Jane, died Nov. 9 at his home in Little Rock, Ark.
Strong bids for racing-age horses, including $550,000 for graded-placed stakes winner Donworth, helped Keeneland November's ninth session achieve gains.
The Keeneland November sale's eighth day Nov. 9 ended lower despite selling 11 six-figure horses, but the 12-day auction still remained ahead of 2014's numbers overall.
Darby Dan Farm's schedule of 2016 fees is unchanged from 2015 apart from new additions Tapiture ($7,500) and Sky Kingdom ($5,000).
Weanlings were the big-ticket items Nov. 8, as Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock sale entered its second week with losses, but still stayed on course to beat last year's figures overall.
The victory by Sea Jay Racing's Spelling Again in the Nov. 7 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs was part of what has been a breakout season for trainer Brad Cox.
About four lengths clear at the wire under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, the 4-year-old Awesome Again filly completed her first graded score for trainer Brad Cox and Sea Jay Racing.
The 5-year-old Empire Maker mare is under consideration to face males in the Nov. 27 running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I), which would be the final start of her career.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will enter stud at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., in 2016 for a first-year fee of $200,000, the American division of Coolmore Stud announced Nov. 6.
Stonestreet buys $320,000 Emerald Gal and a $260,000 Curlin colt at Keeneland November's fifth session, which posted declines even as the 12-day auction's overall figures remained ahead of last year's sale.
Thoroughbred owner-breeder Mike G. Rutherford plans to largely vacate the breeding side of his operation.
Turfway Park, which accounts for a third of Kentucky's year-round racing calendar, will begin its season Dec. 3 with lower purses, primarily because of less Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund money.
Leading sire Ghostzapper's fee remains at $60,000.
Gainesway Farm announced Thursday, Nov. 5 that Tapit, well on his way to a second straight season as leading sire, will again stand for $300,000 in 2016.
With his stud fee doubling from $10,000 this year to $20,000 for 2016, Majesticperfection will carry the top fee for the upcoming season at Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud.
Don'tforgetaboutme, a 3-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, was purchased by Claiborne Farm for $675,000 early during the Nov. 5 fourth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
The ongoing dispute between trainer Maria Borell and owner James McIngvale took another turn when Borell's attorney indicated there may be future legal action taken regarding purse money earned by Runhappy.
Multiple grade I winner Honor Code will stand for $40,000 off his third in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), while Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Liam's Map is available for $25,000.
The unraced 2-year-old Tapit filly Royal Obsession was sold for $1.15 million to Stonestreet Stables from the Regis Farms dispersal Nov. 4 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Grade II winners Birdatthewire, Keen Pauline, and Gold Medal Dancer head a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the $200,000 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 7 at Churchill Downs.
Harbor Mist, a stakes-winning daughter of Rockport Harbor, was purchased by WinStar Farm for $410,000 to pace the early portion of the third session at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
The Keeneland November breeding stock sale's Book 1 ends with champion Take Charge Brandi sold for $6 million and a record $3.2 million weanling as upper-market bidding pushes Book 1 to across-the-board increases.
American Pharoah's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) victory helped NBC post the highest-rated Breeders' Cup telecast in 20 years.
Willis Horton, who earlier sold Take Charge Brandi for $6 million, bought a War Front filly for $2 million to close out the second Keeneland November breeding stock sale session.
After Runhappy's owner and manager decided to remove Maria Borell as the colt's trainer the day after winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Borell issued a statement through a lawyer requesting compensation.
A North American record for a weanling sold at public auction was set when Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm went to $3.2 million to purchase a War Front filly Nov. 3 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Champion Take Charge Brandi became the new Keeneland November breeding stock sale topper when she was sold for $6 million, with Hill 'n' Dale's John Sikura signing the ticket.
A weanling half brother to multiple grade I winner Honor Code lit up the Keeneland November breeding stock price board when purchased by M.V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud for $2.6 million.
Grade I winner Photo Call was purchased by Crupi's New Castle Farm for $3 million Nov. 3 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
A bay daughter of Tapit, produced from the millionaire Medaglia d'Oro mare Marketing Mix, was purchased by Shadwell Estate for $1.1 million at the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3.
Lacadena, a 10-year-old Fasliyev mare in foal to Bernardini, was purchased by the Heider Family Stable for $1.3 million Nov. 3 during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Bella Jolie, whose first foal Runhappy won the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), was purchased by Stonestreet for $1.6 million Nov. 3 at the Keeneland November sale.
Services for retired trainer Wally Dollase, who died Oct. 30 at age 78 following a long illness, will be held Sunday, Nov. 8 in Louisville at Southeast Christian Church, 920 Blankenbaker Parkway.
Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock auction's opening session, topped by DATTT Farm's $2.2 million purchase of Hard Not to Like, saw across-the-board increases Nov. 2 but also a higher buyback rate.
Got Lucky, winner of the Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) last month at Keeneland, has been retired and will join the broodmare band at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Grade I winner Sunset Glow lit up the Keeneland November breeding stock sale price board when the 3-year-old filly was bought by for $1.37 million by Bryant Prentice for Pursuit of Success.
Spring in the Air, a Canadian champion in foal to War Front, was acquired by Nawara Stud, for $1.65 million as the bidding picked up late in the first session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
TOBA Nov. 2 said it will become a member of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity and support federal legislation that would allow USADA oversight over equine medication, drug testing, and enforcement.
Shook Up, a daughter of Tapit who ran a troubled second in this year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), was purchased by Three Chimneys for $1.65 million during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Two-time Horse of Year Curlin will stand in 2016 for $100,000 fee at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington
Glen Hill Farm's Global View, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Galileo, has been acquired by Ascot Stud in South Africa to launch his stallion career during next year's Southern Hemisphere season.
Hard Not to Like, a three-time grade I-winning daughter of Hard Spun, was purchased by DATTT Farm $2.2 million at the Nov. 2 opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Grade I winner Don't Tell Sophia, bought by trainer Phil Sims for $1,000 as a yearling, was purchased by Shunsuke Yoshida for $1.2 million during the early portion of the Nov. 2 session of the Keeneland November sale.
Two mares in foal to Tapit were the first to sell for seven figures during the early portion of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 2, with Colonial Flag going for $1.6 million and Comedy bringing $1.5 million.
American Pharoah will be the first Triple Crown winner to stand at stud since Affirmed was retired in 1979, and the first available to breeders since Affirmed died in 2001. A stud fee announcement is expected soon.
The last day to register online for presale of about 10,000 reserved seats for the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I) is Nov. 4, Churchill Downs officials said.
Reddam Racing has sold the breeding rights to its likely 2-year-old male champion Nyquist to Darley America. Undefeated Nyquist cruised to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 31.
Grade 1 winner Angela Renee, a full sister to To Honor and Serve, topped Fasig-Tipton's November sale on a $3 million bid from Don Alberto at a session that saw fewer million-dollar lots as median and buybacks rose.
A day after Maria Borell won the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with Runhappy, the trainer learned she will no longer be conditioning the horse for owner James McIngvale.
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