Thoroughbred Breeding

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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.

It's Official: War Chant Being Retired to Stud

Irving and Marjorie Cowan announced Friday that Breeders' Cup Mile winner War Chant will be retired to enter stud at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm for the 2001 breeding season. He will stand for a live foal fee of $75,000. Cowan said it has not been decided whether War Chant will run in the Hollywood Derby (gr. I) on Nov. 26 or if he has made his last start.

Honest Lady Retired

Grade I winner Honest Lady, who closed out her career with a runner-up effort in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), has arrived at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.

Riboletta Retired After Distaff Injury

Aaron and Marie Jones' millionaire Riboletta, who would have figured strongly in the battle for Horse of the Year honors if she had won the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), has been retired from racing because of a suspensory injury suffered during the race.

Coolmore Boosts Fees; Giant's Causeway to IR100,000

The connection between the Breeders' Cup races and stud fees for the upcoming breeding season became readily apparent when Irish-based Coolmore Stud announced that it was raising its fees for two of its established stallions -- Honour and Glory and Thunder Gulch -- and for an incoming stallion -- Giant's Causeway -- from previously published prices.

Down the Aisle Retired to Dixiana Farm

Millionaire Down the Aisle has been retired and will enter stud for a fee of $5,000 at Bruce Kline and Mary Lou Wibel's Dixiana Farm near Lexington. He captured this year's United Nations Handicap (gr. IT) in course-record time, plus the Bougainvillea (gr. IIIT), and Kentucky Cup Turf Handicaps.

The Kid Returns Home

Jeanne G. Vance's Lemon Drop Kid, who concluded his career with a fifth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic, arrived at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm on Sunday. The colt, who was bred by Farish and W. S. Kilroy, was foaled at Lane's End near Versailles, Ky.

Repriced to Darby Dan

Stakes winner Repriced, who has $1.6 million in 2000 progeny earnings, has been moved to John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, where he will stand for $7,500 live foal.

Believe It to Cloverleaf

Veteran stallion Believe It, who finished third to Affirmed and Alydar in the 1978 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will be relocated to John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla., for the 2001 breeding season.

Zamindar to Marablue

French group winner Zamindar, a full brother to European champion Zafonic, will stand the 2001 breeding season at A. Douglas Henderson's Marablue Farm near Reddick, Fla., for a fee of $5,000 live foal.

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