William Shively has purchased Domino Stud near Lexington, a transaction that has effectively rejoined the land that once housed the historic Dixiana Farm in Fayette County.
John Sykes and Tony Ferguson's Woodford Thoroughbreds will offer its first consignment at the Fasig-Tipton July select yearling auction in Lexington. The operation also will sell horses at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select and Keeneland September yearling sales.
Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility, announced that grade I winner Early Pioneer will reside at the Georgetown, Ky., farm.
A full sister to 2008 champion 3-year-old filly Proud Spell was foaled May 17.
On May 23 at Churchill Downs, Buff Bradley will saddle his remarkable gelding Brass Hat in the $100,000 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT), where he will take on eight rivals in the 1 1/2-mile turf event.
Kentucky racetrack operators said May 20 the state's horseracing and breeding industries have reached a critical juncture, and without legislative assistance in the form of on-track gaming, the damage could be irreparable.
It was a day for racing royalty at Churchill Downs on May 20 as Blackberry Preakness (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra returned to track for a gallop, and Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and a fast-closing runner-up in the Preakness, continued to show his spirit during his first gallop since the race.
Broad Brush, the leading sire of 1994 in North America who was pensioned from stallion duty at Gainesway Farm in June of 2004, was euthanized May 15 at the Lexington farm. He was 26.
Grade I winner Southern Image, whose first winner won in Mexico, was represented by his initial winner in the United States May 14 at Hollywood Park.
Air Crew became the first winner for millionaire and grade II winner Pollard's Vision when he won May 17 in Italy.
Horse of the Year Azeri foaled a Ghostzapper filly May 17.
Dynaformer, who stands at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., has reached the 100 mark by number of stakes winners.
Capt. Candyman Can collected the fourth stakes win of his career when he out-kicked 4-5 favorite Cash Refund by three-quarters of a length in the $106,900 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs May 16.
The North American Racing Academy will have a graduation race for its students Sunday, May 17. The race will take place during the 43rd running of the High Hope Steeplechase at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that it will hold a Thoroughbred Breeding Clinic in Lexington May 29-31.
Jockey Julien Leparoux won the 1,000th race of his career when he guided My Little Connor to a 1 3/4-length victory for trainer Dave Vance in the third race at Churchill Downs May 13.
The exodus of Churchill Downs-based contenders for 134th running of the $1-million Preakness (gr. I) was completed May 13 when major contenders Rachel Alexandra and Pioneerof the Nile stepped onto separate vans around 12:30 p.m. EDT for the short trip to Louisville International Airport for their flight to Baltimore.
The University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) reported today (May 13) that two fetal necropsy cases had findings consistent with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the disease that in 2001-2002 in Kentucky caused an estimated $336 in cumulative losses in all breeds of horses.
Mackie, who sold for big prices at auction, was euthanized March 18 because of foaling complications while delivering an offspring by Any Given Saturday.
Amid considerable discussion about a quickly developing crisis facing the state's racing industry, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission May 12 approved a request from Churchill Downs to eliminate seven racing dates from the current spring meet.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously May 12 to adopt the recommended report of a hearing officer in the five-year suspension of veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm announced that grade II winner Silent Name will stand the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Haras Ponta Pora in Brazil.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission reported May 11 that testing associated with this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) has been completed and there were no medication violations.
There hasn't been much good news for Justin Vitek since the end of February, when he found out that his leukemia, which had been in remission, returned. But things may finally be looking up for the veteran jockey, who recently found a bone marrow donor and will have a stem cell transplant later this month.
Churchill Downs called off its final five races on May 8 following a heavy wave of showers and thunderstorms. It was just the third cancellation of its kind in the last 19 years at the Louisville racetrack.
A full brother to two-time Horse of the Year Curlin was born April 29 at Fares Farm.
Gone West, a prominent sire while standing at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, will be pensioned after he finishes breeding this year.
Grade I winner Forest Danger sired his first winner when his son Recession Buster won May 7 at Golden Gate Fields.
The morning after it was announced that powerhouse filly Rachel Alexandra had been sold to Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and Harold T. McCormick, trainer Hal Wiggins went about his business as usual, in spite of the empty stall where the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner used to reside.
Despite growth in its online pari-mutuel wagering and Louisiana slots operations, the top executive of Churchill Downs Inc. said May 7 the company is not ignoring its racing properties, but needs legislative help to keep them viable entities.
Committed, a champion sprinter in England and France and granddam of Eclipse Award winner English Channel, was euthanized May 3 at owner Gerald Ford's Diamond A Ranch near Versailles, Ky.
Graded stakes winner Twilight Meteor has been retired from racing for stallion duty.
Starry Pursuit has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for owners Peter Abruzzo and John Carver.
Elusive Quality, North America's leading sire the year his son Smarty Jones won the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will to shuttle to Stud TNT in Brazil.
Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) for Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine, back-tracked to the paddock tunnel and then 'loped' once around a "fast" Churchill Downs main track Tuesday before the renovation break.
L. Clay Camp, who sold the highest-priced yearling ever at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, died May 4 at his home in Charlottesville, Va.
Dolphus C. Morrison and Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds will be $100,000 richer as a result of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wins by Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively.
Darley Australia has announced the stud fees of its 27 stallions for the 2009 breeding season.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale isn't glamorous. It comes at the end of the yearling selling season, so it generally doesn't attract the best of the available stock. But, in recent years, it has become a prime source of Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brand (gr. I) winners.
Hard Knocker, a stakes-producing daughter of Raja Baba, died May 1 in her paddock at Jim FitzGerald's Knockgriffin Farm near Lexington.
Remarkable 7-year-old Einstein continued his amazing run on May 2 at Churchill Downs, outdueling Cowboy Cal in the stretch to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) under Julien Leparoux. The Helen Pitts-Blasi trainee became the first horse to repeat in the prestigious event.
Belmont Park on June 6 is the next objective for Rachel Alexandra, the spectacular 20 1/4-length winner of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but not for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Instead, trainer Hal Wiggins has the $300,000 Acorn (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on his radar.
Darley Stable's Tizaqueena, chased by a wall of horses during a contentious stretch drive, was up to the challenge under Jamie Theriot, hanging on for a three-quarters length victory in the $238,600 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Four Gifts scored the second graded victory of her career with a late charge from the outside in the $113,300 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Accredit cruised through the slop May 2 to win the seven-furlong Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II), the first stakes race on the Kentucky Derby undercard.
Stormalory, a 3-year-old colt, was euthanized after breaking down during the Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 1.
Kim and John Glenney's homebred Orthodox pulled off a shocker in the American Turf (gr. IIIT) May 1 at Churchill Downs, taking over in the stretch and holding off Battle of Hastings in the final yards to score at odds of 45-1 under Jon Court.
Favored Chamberlain Bridge, a former claimer that had lost two in a row, overcame a rough start and bounced back in the $112,800 Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 1 at Churchill Downs. He charged down the stretch late and held off the rallying Cannonball by a neck.
Miss Isella defeated race favorite One Caroline in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II) at Churchill Downs May 1.
Mark Maronde and Dr. Johnny Mac Smith have joined the Keeneland sales staff. Maronde will be a sales account executive, and Smith, a veterinarian, will be a member of the yearling inspection team.
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