Thoroughbred Breeding

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Warning Dies of Heart Failure

English champion Warning, who started at stud at Khalid Abdullah's Banstead Manor Farm in England before being sold to the Japan Racing Association in 1996, died of acute heart failure at the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association's Shizunai Stud.

Court Asked to Divide Proceeds from Roberts Dispersal

The Keeneland Association has filed an "interpleader" with Fayette (Lexington, KY.) Circuit Court, asking the court to decide how to disperse proceeds from last month's dispersal of horses owned by Robert (Country) and Bea Roberts. The Roberts dispersal grossed $1,902,600. After deducting Keeneland's entry fees and other charges totaling $147,250, there was $1,755,350 in net proceeds from the sale. The court filing noted that a number of parties had notified Keeneland, claiming an interest in the portion of the net sale proceeds.

West by West, Four Others to Turkey

Jean-Pierre DeRoubaix of the French Bloodstock Agency announced that the Turkish Jockey Club has purchased West by West, Marlin, Fantastic Fellow, Bijou d'Inde, and Bin Ajwaad for stallion duty at the Turkish National Stud near Izmit.

Juddmonte Tops British Breeders' List

Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, among the top breeders in North America this year, is the leading British-based breeder of 2000, according to the award winners announced Wednesday by the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. Juddmonte received the award on the basis of success by such runners as the Vodafone Derby third Beat Hollow and Group-winning juveniles Endless Summer and Clearing. In other award winners announced by the TBA, Shadwell Stud's Unfuwain, the sire of Irish Oaks heroine Petrushka and the Sagitta 1,000 winner Lahan, is the leading British-based Flat stallion (in prize money).

Burbank to Oklahoma

Multiple stakes winner Burbank, who earned $746,126 in five years of racing, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Tom Barrett's Champion Horse Park near Oklahoma City, Okla.

Compensation for Dead Horse Includes Lost Breeders' Awards

A Texas lawsuit seeking compensation for the death of a 2-year-old gelding in a van accident also broke new legal ground. After months of legal wrangling, Jim and Helen Widener of Irving, Texas, were awarded $65,000 as compensation for the death of their Texas-bred gelding I Stole the Wish in July 1998. The settlement, which included $10,000 for lost state breeders' awards, is believed to be the first time that a United States court officially recognized and placed a value on a state Thoroughbred breeding program.

Quiet Resolve, Sam-Son Top Sovereign Award Winners

Quiet Resolve, winner of the Dixie Handicap (gr. II) at Pimlico and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), was named Friday as Canadian Horse of the Year. The 5-year-old son of Affirmed also won a Sovereign Award as Canada's top champion male turf horse. Quiet Resolve's honors led a sweep of the major awards by the horse's connections. Sam-Son Farms, which bred and campaigned the Horse of the Year, received Sovereigns as both outstanding owner and breeder.

Straight Man to Dunhill

Grade II winner Straight Man, who registered a 109 Beyer Speed Figure in his first start, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Dunhill Stud near Reddick, Fla., for a fee of $5,000.

British Breeders' Group Honoring The Aga Khan

The Aga Khan will be the guest of honor at the British Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's prestigious annual Awards Dinner at the Churchill Hotel in London on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001. Among the horses campaigned by The Aga Khan this year were Vodafone Derby, Irish Derby, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sinndar and Breeders' Cup Turf winner Kalanisi.

Danzig Season Tops Inaugural Online Auction

Topped by a Danzig season sold for $280,000, Equine Spectrum.com bloodstock exchange kicked off its online auctions on a successful note Wednesday. Equine Spectrum, a venture formed by breeding farms and bloodstock agencies, reported 21 of the 24 listed nominations were sold. With more than 80 bidders from North American and Europe participating, the sale grossed $1,321,500 for an average price of $62,928.

More Breeding Rights Sold in Storm Cat

Following on the heels of a reported 10 lifetime breeding rights sold in Storm Cat in 1999 to the John Magnier-controlled Coolmore operation, Ric Waldman, syndicate manager for W.T. Young's Overbrook Farm, has confirmed more breeding rights in North America's leading sire have been sold in 2000. Waldman would not disclose exactly how many breeding rights have been sold, or who they have been sold to, however, he did say a total of 25 lifetime breeding rights have been sold in the last two years.

The Deputy Retired to Stud at Margaux Farm

The Deputy, winner of this year's Santa Anita Derby sent off as the second choice in the Kentucky Derby, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky. Owned by Steve Johnson, Dr. Ira Mersack, and Rick Trontz, Margaux purchased a half-interest in Irish-bred The Deputy from Team Valor (Barry Irwin, president) and Gary Barber. The Deputy, who came up with a filling in a tendon while being prepared for the Malibu Stakes, will stand for $7,500 live foal.

Honest Lady To Be Bred to Storm Cat

Juddmonte Farms' Honest Lady finished second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) in November in her her final start and, according to a Hollywood Park press release, Juddmonte's Dr. John Chandler said the 4-year-old filly will be bred to leading-sire Storm Cat in the upcoming breeding season.

Behrens to Darby Dan

Behrens, a multiple grade I winner and graded winner in three of the four years he raced, has been retired and will take up stud duty for the 2001 season at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. The 6-year-old's stud fee will be $20,000.

The Wicked North to Silvernails

The Wicked North, Eclipse Award champion older male of 1994, and a leader among second-crop sires last year, has been moved from Mira Loma Thoroughbred Farm in California to stand the 2001 breeding season at James and Lorna Mack's Silvernails Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y.

Tattersalls December Sales Continues to Soar

The average and gross continued to soar Wednesday at the December sale conducted by Tattersalls at its Park Paddocks in Newmarket, England, with U.S. interests well represented among the buyers. The day's top price of 1,700,000 guineas (about US$2,552,550) was paid by Eddie O'Leary for Brocatelle, a half-sister to group I winner and successful stallion Barathea owned by Gerald Leigh.

French Deputy Going to Japan

French Deputy, an 8-year-old son of Deputy Minister, has been sold to Shadai Corp. of Hokkaido, Japan, according to Robert Clay, syndicate manager and owner of Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The purchase price was not disclosed, and the deal is subject to a veterinary examination and blood testing. No travel plans have been announced for the stallion, yet.

New Sires for 2001: Pegasus Parade

Every few years there's a new stallion prospect(s) that gets the world of horse racing excited. Think back to the 1970s; Triple Crown winners Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed, along with Affirmed's rival Alydar, immediately come to mind. Then there is the 1980s with Spectacular Bid, Conquistador Cielo, and Devil's Bag, followed by Easy Goer in 1991 and Cigar in 1997. This time, it's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus.

Chris's Thunder Retired After Leggio Win; To Be Bred to Charismatic

Owner Michael Schwartz announced the retirement of Chris's Thunder Saturday, shortly after the 5-year-old mare won the $60,000 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds. Chris's Thunder, who won five of her last six starts and each of her last five turf races, will be bred to Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Charismatic in January.

Timber Country to Dubai

U.S. classic winner and overseas stallion Timber Country will stand the 2001 season in Dubai. The 8-year-old son of Woodman will stand under a lease arrangement at Sheikh Mohammed's Emirates Stud Farm.

Lion Hearted to Northview

Northview Stallion Station has purchased a 50% interest in Lion Hearted from Odgen Mills Phipps and will stand the graded stakes-placed son of Storm Cat at their facility near Chesapeake City, Md.

Commendable to Mill Ridge

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Dr. and Mrs. John Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. He won two of 12 starts and earned $907,470 for owners Robert and Beverly Lewis.

Green Dancer Pensioned

Prominent Central Kentucky stallion Green Dancer has been pensioned because of the infirmities of old age and will live out his retirement at Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.

Brave Act to Ireland

Brave Act, who earned $1,498,784 of his career total of $1,546,269 for Sidney Craig, has been sold and will stand the 2001 breeding season at A. F. O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland.

Former Leading Sire Halo Dies at Age 31

Halo, the leading North American sire in 1983 and 1989, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The horse, pensioned since 1997, was 31 years old. Among the 62 stakes winners sired by Halo were 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence and 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

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