Thoroughbred Breeding

Thoroughbred stallion and farm news plus pedigree analysis

Top Derby Pedigrees Updated

Steve Haskin, the award-winning turf writer and senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, analyzes the top pedigrees for this year's Kentucky Derby candidates. During his 29 years with the Daily Racing Form, Haskin became known for his insightful coverage of the Triple Crown races. Haskin won the Red Smith Award for Kentucky Derby writing in 1997, 1999, and 2000 and received the David Woods Award for best Preakness story in 1997.

OBS Champion Stakes Races Set

Ocala, Fl. - Victoria Racing Stable's Saint Damien and Bea Oxenberg & Olga Melin's Miss Annie Bea head their respective divisions of the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes at the Day of Champions race card set for Monday, March 19 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's racetrack. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m.

Australia Expands Ban to All of Europe

Australian quarantine officials reacted quickly to the confirmed case of Foot and Mouth disease in France by expanding its horse ban to the whole European Union. Australia's Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) stated the import ban would also apply to any other country in which foot- and-mouth disease is endemic, or in which there is an outbreak. This means Argentina was an immediate and automatic inclusion to those 'temporarily suspended'.

First-Year Sire Answer Lively Experiencing Fertility Problems

Answer Lively, the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and that year's Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male, is experiencing fertility problems in his first year at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. Dr. George D. Mundy, the farm's general manager and resident veterinarian, said on Friday only one of the first 12 mares bred to Answer Lively has been pronounced in foal.

Dixie Union Moved to Lane's End

Grade I winner Dixie Union, who entered stud this year at Gerald Ford's Diamond A Farms near Versailles, Ky., as the property of a syndicate managed by William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm, has been relocated to Lane's End near Versailles.

Cee's Tizzy Still Tops; Big Moves For Maria's Mon, Quiet American

Leading sire Cee's Tizzy has company in the millionaire club by 2001 progeny earnings. Maria's Mon, whose son Monarchos earned $600,000 in winning the March 10 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, increased his yearly earnings to $1,060,461 and in the process zoomed from 39th to second on the sire's list. Champion 2-year-old male in 1995, Maria's Mon (Wavering Monarch -- Carlotta Maria, by Caro) stands at Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Shuttlers Should Be Safe From Foot and Mouth<br>

Appalling livestock losses in England caused by the foot-and-mouth (FMD) outbreaks are unlikely to affect the general movement of shuttle stallions from Britain. The situation could change, however, if the measures taken by English authorities fail to control the disease over the next six to eight weeks.

Champion De La Rose Euthanized

De La Rose, a champion turf filly and grade I stakes producer, was euthanized Tuesday, March 6, at Henryk de Kwiatkowski's Calumet Farm near Lexington because of the infirmities of old age. The 23-year-old mare had dropped weight and been weakened by the harsh winter, according to the farm.

Gin Talking Named Maryland-Bred Horse of the Year

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association named Gin Talking the 2000 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly. The daughter of Allen's Prospect finished the season with three consecutive stakes victories, including her second triumph in a Maryland Million event at Laurel.

State of the Breed at KTFMC

Seth Hancock, Alan Porter, John Veitch, and Ric Waldman are constantly asked for their opinions on Thoroughbreds and breeding. On March 6 they shared those opinions with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club in Lexington. About 280 members and their guests listened to the visitors and panel moderator Ed Bowen.

Wondertross Retired

Grade I stakes-placed Wondertross has been retired from racing, but owners George Steinbrenner and William Condren have not yet decided where to stand the 5-year-old son of Chief's Crown.

Fasig-Tipton Drops Derby Week Sale

Fasig-Tipton will not conduct a sale of 2-year-olds in training this spring in Kentucky. The company decided to call off its early May auction at the Churchill Downs Sports Spectrum in Louisville, Ky., because "it never achieved the level of success that we had hoped for," said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton's general manager and executive vice president.

Cee's Tizzy Leaps to Top; Broad Brush Second

This time of year all it takes is a big win by a stallion's runner(s) to move him up considerably on the leading sire list. Take for example California stallion Cee's Tizzy, whose son Tiznow earned $600,000 in winning the March 3 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). Cee's Tizzy advanced from ninth to first, and now has 2001 progeny earnings of $1,234,158.

It's Official: Farish Nominated For Envoy Post

President Bush on Monday nominated Lane's End Farm owner William S. Farish to be ambassador to Britain. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer announced the nomination during his daily press briefing. Farish, 62, is chairman of the board of Churchill Downs and is a Bush family friend. The nomination, which had been rumored for weeks, is subject to Senate confirmation. Farish played host to former president George Bush at last year's Kentucky Derby and to candidate Bush during the presidential election.

British, Irish Breeders Hopeful Despite Restrictions

British and Irish breeders are hoping mares that can't be shipped to stallions because of restrictions imposed by the foot-and-mouth outbreak will be able to do so later in the breeding season. Movement of horses in Great Britain, outside the immediate exclusion zones around the 70 confirmed British outbreaks of foot and mouth, is not controlled. Dispensation, with proper precautions, is possible even within such zones.

Part of Hooper Farms Sold; Horse Use Retained

Another historic Marion-County, Fla. Farm has been added to the list of training facilities on the marketplace. A portion of Hooper Farms in Ocala was bought by a group of Ocala-based real estate agents. Greg and Carla Lord and Gary and Catherine Achtenhagen, who work for Glen Miller Realty, purchased 181-acres of the storied operation in January.

Sportsman's Meet Off to Good Start

Full fields, reasonably good weather and a flock of new fan amenities greeted the opening of the Chicago-area racing season Friday at Sportsman's Park. The combination drew on-track attendance of 5,281, up sharply from last year's opening-day crowd of 4,224, a Sportsman's spokesman said.

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