Thoroughbred Breeding

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Inky's Return From the Dead

No matter where Invisible Ink finishes in the Kentucky Derby, he will depart Louisville a winner. Just the fact that the son of Thunder Gulch, nicknamed "Inky," is here and considered a legitimate contender is enough of a miracle to those who stood by this colt and never gave up hope when all seemed hopeless. By all rights, Invisible Ink should be nothing more than a tragic memory in the hearts and minds of the people who raised him and broke him and treated him. Instead, he is at Churchill Downs, about to run in America's greatest race. And all because he refused to die, thanks to a handful of people who refused to let him die.

Dubai Millennium's Condition Stable

Sheikh Mohammed's Dubai Millennium, who has been diagnosed with an acute case of equine grass sickness, remains in stable condition at a Newmarket clinic. The 5-year-old stallion was sent there Monday, April 21, from Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket and underwent surgery that day and the following day because of complications.

Millionaire Lu Ravi Retired

Lu Ravi fell just short of attaining her grade I goal when she finished second to Gourmet Girl in the April 8 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park. Now with $1,819,781 in earnings, eight stakes wins, and three second-place finishes in grade I races, trainer Carl Bowman and owner Yoshio Fujita have retired the 6-year-old mare.

Dubai Millennium's Condition Deteriorates; Sheikh Mohammed Arrives

Godolphin stallion Dubai Millennium remains in intensive care at a Newmarket clinic following surgery. The condition has worsened to such a point that Godolphin's Sheikh Mohammed arrived Wednesday from Dubai to check out the stallion. Dubai Millennium, who is standing his first season at stud, underwent surgery Monday to relieve a blockage of the small intestine and additional surgery Tuesday night. "He remains in intensive care in Newmarket, but the vets are giving him every possible medical treatment to enable his internal system to function normally again," said Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson. "He's being a wonderful patient, and is comfortable, though clearly unwell."

Multiple Grade I Winner Heritage of Gold Retired

Jack Garey's multiple grade I winner Heritage of Gold has been retired and will be bred to Seeking the Gold this year, according to an announcement from Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., where the mare was scheduled to be sent this weekend. Heritage of Gold won or placed in 22 of 28 career starts and retires with earnings of $2,381,762.

Slew Back with a Bang

Seattle Slew, back in the breeding shed after major surgery last year, has gotten 19 mares in foal from 22 reported covers as of April 19. "He is doing unbelievably well," said Mickey Taylor, who owns and is the syndicate manager of the son of Bold Reasoning. "He is a very happy horse and pleased to be back at work. He's feeling better all the time. In the past month or two he's gotten a lot stronger, and neurologically he's gotten better as well."

KTOB Announces Kentucky-bred Champions

The board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders announced their Kentucky-bred champions and other award winners Wednesday morning. The winning connections will be honored at their annual luncheon April 25 at Keeneland.

Primal Force Named 2000 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year

Primal Force, the only mare to produce two Breeders' Cup winners, has been named Kentucky Broodmare of the Year for 2000 by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. Owned by Frank Stronach, Primal Force produced homebred Breeders' Cup winners Awesome Again and Macho Uno. The latter was named best 2-year-old male of 2000 by the organization.

International Champion Dahlia Euthanized

Millionaire Dahlia, who earned an Eclipse Award and twice was England's Horse of the Year, was euthanized April 6 at age 31 at Gerald Ford's Diamond A Farm near Versailles, Ky. The daughter of Vaguely Noble had been pensioned since 1996 and was buried at the farm. "She was a grand mare with great presence," said farm manager Ted Carr.

Banshee Breeze and Her Storm Cat Colt Dead

Eclipse Award winner Banshee Breeze and her newborn Storm Cat colt died April 11 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington. Boarded at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., Banshee Breeze was taken to the clinic April 8 with a torsion of the uterus. She underwent surgery that afternoon, and additional surgery the following day. The colt, born 19 days premature, was delivered by way of a Caesarean section the second day. The condition of both mare and foal deteriorated, and Banshee Breeze was euthanized two days later. The colt died shortly after.

Magna: 'Show Me State' Ripe With Possibilities

Magna Entertainment is on the move again, this time in Missouri, where pari-mutuel wagering is legal but no racetracks have been built. A bill co-sponsored by nine legislators has been introduced in the House and Senate, where it could be discussed this week. The legislation spells out the powers of the racing commission, a requirement that at least 50 days of live racing be held, and a mandate that a capital investment of at least $25 million be made to build a track.

State Dinner Dies of Heart Attack

Arkansas-based stallion State Dinner, sire of champion and millionaire Family Style, died Sunday of a heart attack at Frazier's Farm near Bonnerdale. "He was watching the mares and babies go by when he collapsed," said Patsy Frazier, who owns the farm with her husband, Dude. "He was 26 years old, but looked like a 10-year-old."

Fly So Free Tops Leading Sire List; Phone Trick Runner-Up

It was just a matter of time before the March 24 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the other races that day at Nad Al Sheba came in to play on the 2001 leading sires list. Four of the six stakes were won by offspring whose sires stand in North America, and it was Fly So Free's son Captain Steve who won the $6 million Dubai World Cup and earned $3.6 million in the process.

Decker Resigns as President of WinStar Farm

Rich Decker has resigned his position as president of WinStar Farm, the Versailles, Ky., operation owned by telecommunications executives Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner, who purchased the former Prestonwood Farm from Jack, Art, and the recently deceased J.R. Preston in January 2000. Decker was manager of Prestonwood since 1988.

Tornado Kills Stakes Winner in Ocala

Multiple stakes winner Lucky Lady Lauren was killed by a toppled tree when a thunderstorm and tornado blasted through the Ocala, Fla., area March 29, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. Four other horses were reported killed by the twister.

Champion Surfside Retired; Might be Going to Unbridled

William T. Young's homebred Surfside, who was champion 3-year-old filly in 2000 and a finalist for best 2-year-old filly the previous year, has been retired from racing. The daughter of Seattle Slew arrived at Overbrook near Lexington earlier in the week. "She's 100% sound, and was retired so she could be bred," said farm official Ric Waldman, who mentioned Unbridled as a possible mate

Champion Chilukki Retired; Will Be Bred to Storm Cat

Chilukki, who won an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly of 1999 for Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable, has been retired and will be bred to leading sire Storm Cat. Trainer Bob Baffert said the decision to retire the daughter of Cherokee Run was made by the McNairs after some filling was detected in an ankle just before Baffert left for Dubai, where he captured the March 24 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with Mike Pegram's Captain Steve.

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