Frank Stronach's Adena Springs, an eight-time Eclipse Award winner for outstanding breeder, is in a neck-and-neck battle with Ken and Sarah Ramsey for the trophy for 2013, with Wise Dan making Morton Fink a contender.
Tapizar, winner of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), sired his first two reported foals when both a colt and filly were born on Jan. 6.
The American Horse Council reported more than 60 tax provisions expired; some applied to all businesses, including the horse industry, and one was specifically applicable to owners of racehorses.
Veterinarian Tom Bowman has joined his son, Brooke Bowman, D.V.M., and veteran Maryland horseman Louis Merryman as a partner in the newly formed Heritage Stallions.
Jersey Town, a grade I-winning miler by leading sire Speightstown, sired his first reported foal when a filly was born Jan. 10 at Pennland Farm in Paris, Ky.
The first reported foal for multiple grade I winner To Honor and Serve is a bay filly born Jan. 9 at Gainesway Farm near Lexington.
Iowa breeders are seeking legislation to end a requirement that a registered stallion in the state must be owned by an Iowa resident. Currently, at least 51% of an Iowa-registered sire must be owned by an Iowa resident.
The first-year Darley Flying Start trainees arrived in Lexington January 6, having completed the English phase of the course in Newmarket December 19.
The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction beginning at noon Jan. 17 and ending at noon on Jan. 20.
Wildcat Heir is pretty one-dimensional as a sire, but what he does, he does well, getting solid sprinters that can handle a variety of surfaces.
The median rose 33% as Keeneland's January sale ended four days of lively trade. Graded winner Scatman topped the final session at $135,000, and plans are to keep him in training.
Carrie Vaught has been named director of membership and marketing at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Dual grade I winner Stay Thirsty sired his first reported foal, a colt born Jan. 8 at Coolmore's Creekview Farm near Paris, Ky. The colt is out of the Giant's Causeway mare Opulence.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has reached an agreement to serve as an official partner of the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 9.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford sired his first reported foal, a filly born Jan. 4 at Alastar Thoroughbreds near Nicholasville, Ky.
Below is a list of upcoming farm open houses and stallion shows. Listings are in alphabetical order by state. Times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise indicated.
Albert Coppola Sr. won the 1982 Travers Stakes (gr. I) and two jewels of the Canadian Triple Crown with Runaway Groom.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey topped the individual breeders list in North America in 2013 with $12,175,837 in earnings, according to statistics released Jan. 9 by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.
Led by $310,000 broodmare prospect Lady Kierkegaard, Keeneland's January sale continued its solid performance and posted gains across the board on day three.
Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud will host its annual Stallion Show Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Ocala-based farm.
Ray Paul and Anne Paul's Gulf Coast Equine will host a stallion show/open house Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CT) at its barn on Muscadine Road near Opelousas, La.
Footage of Kitten's Joy, who led the general sire list for 2013. Watch Video
Led by Horse of the Year candidates Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge, and 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, the finalists for the 2013 Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 8.
Dual grade I-winning millionaire Laughing, a finalist for the 2013 Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding female turf performer, died from colic Jan. 7 at Mid Atlantic Equine Clinic in Ringoes, N.J.
The second of four sessions saw declines across the board when compared with an equivalent session last year that featured two million-dollar horses.
Clever Cry, a 7-year-old son of Street Cry, was represented by his first winner Dec. 27 when Artist Cry posted a victory in her second start at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale kicked off with solid trade and a gain in median but few fireworks during the opening session Jan. 6 in Lexington.
Darby Dan Farm has hired Carl McEntee as director of sales and bloodstock at the Lexington-based facility.
With an 80% chance of showers in the Lexington, Ky., area for the afternoon of Jan. 5, Adena Springs announced it has canceled its scheduled stallion show that day due to safety concerns.
Freud, New York's leading sire of stakes winners, had his first Southern Hemisphere-bred winner Jan. 3 when his 2-year-old Tiffany Blue captured the Premio Especial Palmarola at the Hipodromo Argentino De Palermo.
Spendthrift Farm and Gainesway are both holding an open house for visitors to inspect their stallions in conjunction with the Keeneland January sale.
An open house will be held from Jan. 4-9 between 8 a.m. and noon at the Taylor Made stallion complex on Union Mill Road in Nicholasville, Ky.
Grade I winner will stand at Keane Stud, in Armenia, N.Y., as property of Spendthrift Farm.
Ashford Stud will have an open house daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the Keeneland January mixed sale Jan. 4-9.
Sire Silver Tree was represented by his first winner Jan. 3 when newly-turned 3-year-old Windtalker captured a $25,000 maiden claiming event on the turf at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Castleton Lyons is welcoming visitors without appointment to inspect the Lexington farm's stallions Jan. 4-9 from noon to 3 p.m. each day, including the newest addition to its roster, Justin Phillip.
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If Mr Speaker is to follow in Orb's footsteps, he will have to make the switch from turf to dirt at some point, and according to his trainer that switch may come as soon as his next start.
Kitten's Joy, the Ken and Sarah Ramsey-raced stallion who stands at their Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., overcame the odds to emerge on top as North America's leading sire for 2013.
Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm will host its annual stallion open house Sunday, Jan. 5, from noon to 5 p.m. EST at its stallion barn on Spurr Road near Lexington.
New Year's Day, winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will stand the 2014 breeding season for a fee of $12,500 live foal stands and nurses, Hill 'n' Dale Farm announced Jan. 1.
Former Spendthrift Farm president Leslie Brownell Combs II died Dec. 29, 2013, in Lexington at age 80.
The New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.'s annual Stallion Season Auction will begin at noon Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, and conclude at noon, Jan. 13.
As a companion to the feature in the January 4, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse, we look at some of the offspring of War Front. View Slideshow
Rockridge Stud in Hudson, N.Y., will host its stallion show on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (EST).
Silver Train, a two-time grade I winner including the 2005 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), died from colic Dec. 29 while shuttling to the United States from Brazil, Northview Stallion Station reported Dec. 30.
Three Chimneys Farm has secured a 50% interest in multiple grade I-winning 3-year-old Will Take Charge, this year's favorite for the Eclipse Award as 3-year-old male champion and also a Horse of the Year candidate.
Shared Belief ran away with the CashCall Futurity and put in his bid to become the first juvenile champion to skip the Breeders' Cup since Declan's Moon.
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New Year's Day, who upset favored Havana in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired after sustaining an injury and will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington.
The Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association has confirmed that 2009 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird died Dec. 23 in Japan due to colic.
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