The opportunity to race at the track closest to the Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding industry that has helped make the Breeders' Cup possible proved a major factor in awarding the 2015 Breeders' Cup to Keeneland.
Declines in the number of foals and registered horses have created challenges for the equine industry at large, though the situation has raised another major question: Where have all the owners gone?
Steve and Shelley Johnson and Dr. Joseph and Lynn Fowler announced June 21 they have sold their interests in Margaux Farm, located in Midway, Ky., to Jim and Susan Hill of Calgary, Alberta.
Starlet of Mine made all the pace and romped to an open-lengths triumph June 21 in the fourth race at Charles Town, becoming the first winner for Central Kentucky sire Discreetly Mine.
Buckpasser is one of the most revered names in American racing and breeding. Besides being a beloved racehorse, his influence on the breed has been enormous.
Even-money favorite Caval became the first winner for freshman sire Blame when she drew off in the stretch to post an easy victory in the first race June 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Champion sprinter and second-crop sire Kodiak Kowboy will shuttle to Haras Bage do Sul in Brazil to stand this year's Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Spendthrift Farm stallion Awesome Patriot, a stakes-winning brother to Preakness (gr. I) winner Oxbow, will shuttle for the 2014 Southern Hemisphere breeding season to stand at Haras Santa Sara in Santiago, Chile.
Spendthrift Farm's Ontario-based stallion Court Vision will shuttle to Juan Carlos Harding's Haras Las Araucarias in Chile for the 2014 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
As Frankel's second season at stud comes to a close, Juddmonte Farms reports that the undefeated champion has been represented by 108 foals to date from his highly anticipated first crop.
First-time starter Forte Feroce seized command at the quarter pole and romped to a clear win in the third race at Emerald Downs June 15, becoming the first winner for Texas-based freshman sire Grasshopper.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association announced June 16 that executive secretary John "Jeb" Hannum will leave his position with the PHBA in September.
Trainer Tony Dutrow will be the judge for the 80th Maryland Horse Breeders Association's annual event for Maryland-bred yearlings in Timonium June 29.
Bluegrass Cat will shuttle from his base at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, N.Y., to Norman Fox's Haras Lacala in Uruguay for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
With no suitable male heir, Swaps has faded from the breeding headlines, but his daughters left a more important legacy.
Commendable, winner of the 2000 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) for owners Bob and Beverly Lewis, has died from complications of colic in South Korea, where he stood at stud.
Prominent U.S. and Canadian owner-breeder Eugene Melnyk announced June 11 his retirement from the sport of horse racing, with his racing and breeding stock to be dispersed July 14 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky.
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario has signed an agreement with the Ontario Racing Commission that provides a $12 million enhancement to the breeders' awards program over the next five years.
Twenty-six 2-year-olds by Smarty Jones have been sold at public auction in Uruguay, where the dual classic winner has shuttled for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season the past three years.
The last foal of the 2014 breeding season at Coolmore Ireland was foaled June 1 when 23-year-old Mariah's Storm produced her 13th live foal--a filly by perennial European champion sire Galileo.
Champion and prominent Australian sire Canny Lad, broodmare sire of leading sire Redoute's Choice, was euthanized recently at Darley's Woodlands Stud, where he was a pensioner. He was 26.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to multiple grade I winner Goldencents, who will retire to the Lexington farm at the end of his 4-year-old campaign and stand the 2015 breeding season.
Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders executive director David Switzer announced June 10 that he will retire from the organization Aug. 1 after 21 years at the helm.
Darley's France-based stallion Alexandros got his first winner June 8 at Angouleme racecourse when Olija captured a 1,000 meter (about five-furlong) race in her career debut.
New York-based sire Utopia has been purchased by Turkish bloodstock agent Tarik Tekce on behalf of Serdar Kemal Ozcolak, who will stand him in Turkey.
Sire Afleet Express was represented by his first winner when Jiggin Witit cruised to a front-running 1 1/4-length victory in a maiden special weight race June 7 at Presque Isle Downs.
Offspring of Coolmore's Rock of Gibraltar have been on a roll recently; three group winners from May 24-June 1 pushed him past a major milestone that little more than 50 other stallions have achieved.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr., who bred Ride On Curlin with his late mother, is the breeder of 1985 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Creme Fraiche. A win in the June 7 Belmont could provide him with a classic double.
Just more than 60 years ago a trim California-bred with unorthodox connections came East to shock the racing establishment by scoring an upset win in the 1955 Kentucky Derby.
A shrinking foal crop over the last several years may give California Chrome an edge over past Derby/Preakness winners heading into the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Pensioned stallion and Florida champion Wekiva Springs was euthanized at Don Dizney's Double Diamond Farm June 2 due to cancer.
This year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) includes Commissioner, who will be the final classic starter for A.P. Indy. Going into this edition, 14 Belmont victors have gone on to sire a Belmont winner.
There will be no shortage of farms willing to take a chance on the modestly bred colt if he wins the Triple Crown.
Pennsylvania Thoroughbred breeding program continues to improve and offer healthy benefits, but breeders are keeping a watchful eye, again, on activities in the state Legislature.
Sire Greeley's Conquest was represented by his first winner when first-time starter Saint Greeley romped to a front-running 8 1/4-length victory in a maiden special weight race June 1 at Prairie Meadows.
Majesticperfection registered his first reported victory as a sire June 1 when 2-year-old colt It's Free scored an upset in a maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park.
Making his racing debut May 30 at Santa Anita Park, Big Swag became the first winner for sire The Pamplemousse in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event.
Liatris, the first starter for freshman sire Warrior's Reward, drew off in the stretch for a 3 3/4-length victory in her career debut May 30 at Pimlico Race Course.
My Meadowview Farm lost the cornerstone of its breeding operation with the death of Noble Causeway, the sire of upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender Samraat.
California breeders and the state's entire racing industry could not find a better horse to carry the brand. Or a better name to increase their visibility.
It's time to remind breeders and broadcasters alike that stamina still exists in America and remains an essential part of breeding classic winners.
Coolmore's top sire of multiple classic winners and champions has experienced declining fertility for several years.
Henry Ray Dunn's Ide Be Cool, unbeaten in four starts at 2 in 2013, was named accredited Louisiana-bred horse of the year May 24 at the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeder Association's annual meeting in Opelousas.
Multiple graded stakes winner Tizdejavu was represented by his first winner as a stallion when his juvenile daughter Miss Dejavu prevailed by 1 3/4-lengths in the second race at Gulfstream Park May 26.
Grade II winner Cool Coal Man was represented by his first winner as a stallion when his juvenile daughter Valery Stripe won the third race at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico May 24.
Rebel Stakes winner and Old Friends retiree Clever Allemont was euthanized due to colic the morning of May 26. The son of Clever Trick was 32.
European champion Duke of Marmalade has been acquired by the South Africa-based Drakenstein Stud.
The son of an $8,000 mare and a stallion that stood for $2,500 in the year of his conception, the flashy chestnut became the first California-bred since Decidedly in 1962 to win the Run for the Roses.
Grade I winner Strong Mandate has been retired from racing due to a chip in his right knee and is scheduled to begin a career as a stallion.
The West Virginia legislature ended a short special session May 21 and apparently left more than $14 million in gaming revenue to purses and breed development programs for horse and dog racing intact for fiscal year 2015.
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