Thoroughbred Breeding

Thoroughbred stallion and farm news plus pedigree analysis

Champion Serena's Song Represented by First Winner

Serena’s Song’s first foal -- Serena’s Tune, by Mr. Prospector -- won her debut race Sunday at Del Mar. Under Kent Desormeaux, the Neil Drysdale trainee, owned by James A. and Alice Sapara, led at every call en route to a seven-length victory over three other maiden juvenile fillies, completing the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.31.

Lemon Drop Kid to Stand at Lane's End Farm

William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm and Mrs. Jeanne Vance announced Friday that Lemon Drop Kid, the 1999 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner who won last weekend's Whitney Handicap, will go to the Versailles, Ky. farm to stand at stud when he retires following this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) on Nov. 4. The 4-year-old colt will be syndicated with the stud fee to be determined later.

$4.2 Million Colt Buoys Record Spa Sale

Fasig-Tipton's annual Saratoga yearling auction ended with plenty of fireworks Thursday night: a Seattle Slew colt whose $4.2 million hammer price was the second-highest in the sale's history; a filly by Hennessy selling for $1.8 million, the highest filly price since the high-flying 1980s; and a final session average of almost $400,000.

Two Yearlings Bring $1 Million at Spa Opener

A colt by A.P. Indy and a filly by Silver Deputy each brought final bids in excess of $1 million during Tuesday night's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., but the average, median, and gross revenues all were down from the 1999 opener.

Circle of Life Injured, Retired

Michael Tabor’s grade I winner Circle of Life has been retired from racing following a saucer fracture of her left front cannon bone and is due to leave trainer Todd Pletcher’s Saratoga barn today for Creekview Farm near Paris, Ky.

Yankee Victor To Stud at Airdire

Brereton C. Jones announced that he has purchased a three-quarter interest in recently retired grade I winner Yankee Victor and that the 4-year-old ridgling will enter stud for a fee of $15,000 at Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.

Brazilian Triple Crown Winner Retired

Virginie, a winner of grade I races in both Brazil and the United States, has been retired due to a small bone chip in her left front foreleg. Richard Mandella, who trains Virginie for Rio Claro Thoroughbreds and R.D. Hubbard, apparently found some slight filling in the leg prior to her second-place finish in the March 26 Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT), and had her further checked out following the race.

Prominent Breeder Allen Paulson Dies

Allen E. Paulson, founder of the Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. whose Brookside Farms became one of North America's most successful racing and breeding entities of the 1980s and 1990s, died Wednesday in California after a lengthy illness. He was 78.

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