For the second consecutive week, the 10 top stallions held down the fort, although there were several minor switches in the ranks.
A high buy-back rate and only one break-out horse were the key points Monday during the first session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star Park.
A plan by Republicans in the New York Senate would pump an additional $7 million into the state's Thoroughbred breeding fund.
First-year stallions Fusaichi Pegasus and High Yield will join Coolmore's North America-Australia shuttle contingent this summer, as will Spinning World. Coolmore announced those additions to its Southern Hemisphere roster at Rosehill Gardens racetrack on Saturday, the same day as the running of the Coolmore Classic (Aust-I).
Gin Talking, Maryland Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly of 2000, has been retired from racing because of ankle problems and is booked to Dixieland Band.
The Blood-Horse, Inc., is introducing a new sales supplement that offers more detailed information in an easy to read format.
Slady Castle, who was New Jersey's Stallion of the Year 11 consecutive years, was euthanized March 21 because of kidney failure.
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.
Millionaire Seeking the Pearl, the first Japanese-trained runner to win a race in Europe, produced her first foal, a Storm Cat colt, on March 1 for Richard Santulli and George Prussian's Jayeff B Stables.
Eugene Melnyk announced the retirement of his stakes winner Queen's Park from racing.
Never Knock, dam of champion Pleasant Tap and classic winner Go for Gin, died three days after delivering an A.P. Indy filly on March 2 at William du Pont III's Pillar Stud near Lexington.
The 11 top stallions from last week's 2001 leading sires list continue to hold down the fort. Cee's Tizzy, with $1,324,440, and Maria's Mon, with $1,160,703, remain one-two, and Allen's Prospect continues to hold down the ninth spot. The other seven just switched positions.
Grade I winner Capote Belle produced her first foal, a Storm Cat filly, March 17 for owners Robert and Lawana Low at Mr. and Mrs. Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky.
Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable privately purchased champion Ajina from the Allen Paulson Living Trust.
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.
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'.
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.
Although three of the top broodmare offerings failed to sell, the Equine Spectrum online auction Thursday resulted in five fillies or mares selling for $1.4 million. Half of the 14 stallion nominations in the catalog were sold for an additional $300,000.
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.
Grade II winner Altibr Dead
Shadwell Stable's grade II winner Altibr was euthanized March 13 because of complications from laminitis.
Weekend Surprise, dam of classic winners Summer Squall and A.P. Indy, died after foaling a Belong to Me filly Tuesday. The foaling was without incident, but that evening Weekend Surprise hemorrhaged and died. The filly has been placed on a nurse mare and is doing fine.
John Messara Wednesday called for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) to reconsider its total ban on the importation of horses from Britain and Ireland into Australia. The Arrowfield Stud CEO called the ban for 'an indefinite period' an 'over-reaction'.
The outbreak in Europe of foot and mouth disease and subsequent ban until further notice by Australian authorities of all imported horses from the United Kingdom isn't the only potential setback for the shuttle stallion business. On Tuesday, the value of the Australian dollar slipped to an all-time low versus American currency when it hit $.5028.
Six-year-old Innuendo, winner of the March 10 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIT) at Gulfstream Park, has been retired from racing and is booked to Seeking the Gold.
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.
Not that it wasn't already very serious, but the implications foot and mouth disease could have on the Thoroughbred industry became scary business Wednesday when the Australian government placed an indefinite ban on the importation of horses to that country from the European Union.
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.
A lawsuit involving a Seattle Slew season sold to Skara Glen Stable by Script R Farm Partnership has been settled out of court.
In what came as no surprise, North America's Horse of the Year also is California's Horse of the Year.
Ashford Stud first-year stallion High Yield (Storm Cat -- Scoop the Gold, by Forty Niner) now has 13 mares in foal, according to a statement from the farm.
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.
First-year stallion Greenwood Lake has 10 of the first dozen mares he bred scanned in foal.
European champions Giant's Causeway and Montjeu have made fine starts as first-year stallions at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
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.
Champion Anees and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable have made successful starts as stallions at Dr. and Mrs. John C. Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington.
The breeding shed report on Seattle Slew continues to be "amazing," according to Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert N. Clay on Wednesday.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association announced its 2000 champions.
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.
The first race for 2-year-olds was contested at Sunland Park March 4, and a colt by Devon Lane named Devon's Prospect took advantage of six others to win a maiden special weight event by 7 3/4 lengths.
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 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.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has allocated more than $1 million for 12 projects this year. Much of the research involves two-year projects that will be funded along with five carryover initiatives from 2000.
Fusaichi Pegasus, last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner, has 13 mares in foal, according to Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., where he stands at stud.
Pensioned broodmare Quarrel, whose first five foals were either stakes winners or stakes-placed, succumbed March 6 to the effects of old age.
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.
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 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.
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.
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