Thoroughbred Breeding

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Jockey Club Registers First DNA Foal

The Jockey Club reports that it has registered the first foal from the 2001 crop, making the filly by Eskimo--Home Together, by Homebuilder the first to be issued a certificate by using DNA to certify its parentage.

Langfuhr's First Winner

Champion Langfuhr's first winner emerged June 10 when Happy to Be Home won at five furlongs in 1.00.39 at Woodbine at first asking.

Sadler's Wells New Leader by Gr. I Winners

Irish stallion Sadler's Wells continues to put some distance between himself and former leader Sir Tristram in the category of group/grade I winners. Sadler's Wells came up with No. 48 when his son Galileo captured Saturday's Epsom Derby (Eng-I) for the Coolmore connection of Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor.

Breeder/Owner S. Christian Brown Dead

S. Christian Brown, retired former president and CEO of Criticare Therapy Products in Richmond, Va., and an active Thoroughbred owner and breeder in West Virginia and New York since 1972, died of leukemia on Memorial Day, May 28, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Virginia. He was 73.

Jockey Club Launches AI Inquiry, Sets Separate Hearing

The Jockey Club has launched an inquiry into whether artificial insemination was used at Valley Creek Farm in California, which is co-owned by Jack Liebau, one of its members. Additionally, the Jockey Club has agreed to conduct a hearing into the fraudulent registration of four Palomino Thoroughbreds.

Walmac Buys Part of Leelanau

When 2-year-old colts win stakes, do so in good times, and most importantly are owned by persons who aren't in the breeding end of the game, you can be sure farms that stand stallions are lining up to make offers. Several offers were made to purchase an interest in track record setter Leelanau, with Johnny Jones of Walmac International near Lexington buying a one-third interest and having an option to purchase another third.

Phone Trick Colt Tops Canadian Sale

A Phone Trick colt named Embattle sold for $110,000 (all figures in Canadian funds; $71,659 U.S.) to top the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's 2-year-olds in training sale Tuesday night at Woodbine. The sale had an extremely high number of buy backs.

Kentucky's Pericarditis Cases Called 'Clinically Significant'

Additional cases of pericarditis are occurring in Kentucky and possibly other states (including Ohio), with the problem now claiming lives, according to Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unit at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., who said veterinarians at his clinic and those at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital are starting to see horses previously treated for pericarditis returning to the clinics with more heart problems.

Veterinarian Sheds Light on Cloudy Fetal Fluids

A Kentucky veterinarian who specializes in mare reproduction, fetal ultrasound, and fetal sexing has studied pregnancy videos 1996 and 1998 and foal production the following years and has found that some degree of cloudiness in chorionic or amnionic fluid did not necessarily mean the mare would lose her foal or she would have an abnormal foal.

First Winner Sired by Genuine Risk's Son

Virginia stallion Genuine Reward, the first live foal produced from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Genuine Risk, was represented by his first winner when his son Top Reward won a 1 1/16-mile claiming race June 2 at Pimlico.

Deal in Works for Sale of Open Forum

Florida stallion Open Forum, who heads the nation's first-crop sire list in several categories, might be headed to Central Kentucky. According to trainer Mark Casse, who serves as director of operations for Harry Mangurian Jr.'s Mockingbird Farm, the farm is negotiating with a major Central Kentucky outfit for the sale of the 7-year-old stallion, but the deal is far from being over.

Colic Surgery Successful for Pine Bluff

Successful stallion Pine Bluff is due back at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., May 31 following colic surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.

Siphon's First Winner

Millionaire Siphon's first winner came out May 28 at Hollywood Park when his daughter Siphina captured a five-furlong race in :58.14 in her debut.

Researchers Zero In on Cyanide as Cause of Foal Loss Syndrome

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Center have made significant progress in their quest to find the cause of the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome. According to reports presented Thursday during an informational forum at Keeneland, black cherry trees located in close proximity to horse pastures are the primary source of the cyanide that was detected in tests of dead foals and fetuses from mares that aborted.

NTRA, Horse Council Continue Disaster Relief Meetings With Federal Officials

American Horse Council president Jay Hickey and National Thoroughbred Racing Association deputy commissioner Greg Avioli are meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon with Caroly Cooksie, deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster relief loan programs. The meeting is a follow-up to talks held last week in Washington involving Hickey and NTRA commissioner Tim Smith and a number of federal legislators, including Rep. Larry Combest, an Amarillo, Texas, Republican who is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

Owner/Breeder Profile: Princely Pleasure

Prince Ahmed Salman likes quality, and he believed he had the goods in Point Given. He made the long trip from Saudi Arabia to Kentucky for the first Saturday in May to chase immortality. The Thoroughbred Corp., his racing and breeding operation, has been cranking out top racehorses for years. There have been three Breeders' Cup winners, owned exclusively or in partnership, but no classics trophies in the United States.

Sadler's Wells, Cozzene Reach Milestones

Don't blink now because Sadler's Wells might have caught Mr. Prospector as you are reading this. The Irish stallion chalked up stakes winner No. 171 on May 20, when his son Sligo Bay captured the Cinema Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

Many Kentucky Mares Now Holding Pregnancies at Normal Rate; Impact Seen at 21% of Crop

An informal survey of Central Kentucky farms on May 21 suggests the worst may be over as far as mare reproductive loss syndrome is concerned. While heavy losses already have been incurred, particularly involving maiden and barren mares bred in February, the good news is that mares bred from late March on appear to be holding their pregnancies at close to normal percentages. Based on the surveys and on the normal distribution of Kentucky foals born between January and June, The Blood-Horse estimates the 2002 Kentucky foal crop will decrease by no more than 21%.

Second Industry Meeting Set on Fetal Loss Syndrome

At Monday's daily briefing from the University of Kentucky, it was announced that the scientific investigating team, with the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, will hold an information sharing session on Thursday, May 24, similar to the session held on May 10. The session will begin at 5:00 pm at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The entire session will be web-cast live from the Website at www.keeneland.com.

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