The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced May 16 that it will hold a Thoroughbred Breeding Clinic in Lexington May 31-June 2. All aspects of breeding will be presented and farm tours will be included.
Eric Kronfeld, who made his mark in both the music and racing inudstries, died May 15 of cancer in New York. Kronfeld, under his Maverick Productions, bred Zenyatta, one of the most popular racehorses in history.
by Anne Peters
Black Caviar raced from ages 2 to 6 with 25 starts, and was never beaten. She's just been retired, and thoughts now turn to which stallion her owners will send her to in the upcoming breeding season.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
If Forty Tales is to achieve further fame it is far more likely that it will be as a sprinter rather than in the Classics.
Saying he saw an opposition to openness and transparency among some members that degenerated to personal attacks, longtime member Satish Sanan resigned from his Breeders' Cup board position May 9.
by John P. Sparkman
Despite admirable objective accomplishments, some very good sires like Dixie Union seem fated not to be fully appreciated within their lifetimes.
All Too Hard, a 3-year-old half brother to undefeated Black Caviar, has retired. He was sold in December 2012 to a syndicate led by Vinery Stud; he will stand at Vinery Australia for the 2013 breeding season.
A familiar name appeared on the worktab at Calder Casino & Race Course on May 5: dual grade I-winning millionaire Jackson Bend is back in training.
Marchfield, 9-year old son of A.P. Indy, will stand in South Africa. He is to leave Park Stud in Ontario, where he has been since his retirement in 2011, for Moutonshoek Stud joining stallion Mambo in Seattle.
Whether Winning Cause is a good horse anywhere else is still to be tested, but he sure likes Keeneland's Polytrack.
Miner's Mark, a grade I winner and the first foal out of the legendary Personal Ensign, was euthanized April 30 at Blue Ridge Farm in Virginia. The son of Mr. Prospector was 23.
Three Chimneys Farm will hold its annual open house that coincides with the week of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on Thursday, May 2.
Passion for Gold, a 6-year-old son of Medaglia d'Oro, has been retired to stud in Chile.
Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes had plenty of horses to keep an eye on April 30 during the training time for those preparing for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands(gr. I).
New York sire was bred similarly to Affirmed by Harbor View Farm.
Freshman sire Rocket Legs was represented by his first foal when a filly produced from the Woodman mare Tangerine Spice was born April 19 at Overtime Farm in Westerlo, N.Y.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Java's War demonstrated he was a legitimate Derby threat with a thrilling last-to-first victory in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
In the second-to-last juvenile filly race of the Keeneland spring meeting, Beautiful Dancer opened a clear advantage in deep stretch in her debut April 25 and had just enough to hold off a late charge from Maria Maria.
He managed the stallion career for Storm Cat for W.T. Young's Overbrook Farm. Storm Cat was euthanized April 24 due to the infirmities of old age at 30.
Dispute, winner of the 1993 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) for owner-breeder Ogden Mills Phipps and trainer Shug McGaughey, was euthanized April 24 at Pattons Creek Farm near Goshen, Ky.
Leading sire and grade I winner Storm Cat was euthanized April 24 at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington due to complications from infirmities of old age.
Alan Porter reflects on Storm Cat's passing and his dominance in an era of dominant stallions. read blog
Trainer Wesley Ward, who has registered victories in four of the five juvenile races where he has entered horses at Keeneland this spring, will try to grab one more April 26.
Colonial Affair, who helped Julie Krone make history in 1993 by becoming the first female jockey to win the Belmont Stakes and first to win any of the Triple Crown races, died on the morning of April 23 in Argentina.
The son of Spanish Steps is Florida's horse of the year, older horse and turf male champion.
Captain Steve, the 2001 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, died April 21 in Japan as a result of acute heart failure.
After winning four of the first five races for juveniles or juvenile fillies at the Keeneland spring meeting, trainer Wesley Ward will sit out the finale Thursday, April 25.
After a pair of runner-up finishes last season, Wertheimer and Frere homebred Anodin, a full brother to three-time Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Goldikova, secured a clear victory in his 3-year-old debut.
Freshman sire Kodiak Kowboy was represented by his first starter and winner when 2-year-old filly Bear Facts won a Trial race at Turf Paradise April 19.
The dam of multiple grade I winner Little Mike will be bred back to Distorted Humor.
A full brother to Horse of the Year Zenyatta was foaled April 9 at Ashford Stud in Lexington, according to Coolmore, which owns broodmare Vertigineux.
Hollywood Talent, the first starter for freshman sire Talent Search, held off a challenge in mid-stretch and cruised to a 3 1/2-length victory in Friday's (April 19) juvenile race at Keeneland Race Course.
Normandy Invasion has a running style that suggests the Derby distance will be no problem, but he has a pedigree that is ambiguous when it comes to stretching out to 10 furlongs.
Othniel Henry Wienges Jr., perennially the leading Thoroughbred breeder in South Carolina, died April 2 in Saint Matthews, S.C., at age 88.
The champion-producing mare changed the life of a small Missouri breeding operation.
Owner Let's Go Stable announced Tuesday, April 16 that grade II winner El Padrino has been retired from racing.
When Keeneland resumes its spring juvenile racing schedule Thursday, April 18 with a 4 1/2-furlong race for fillies, the field is scheduled to include two runners with previous starts.
Classic winner and champion Animal Kingdom will stand for Aus$38,500 (about $40,000 in U.S. funds) when he enters stud this year at John Messara's Arrowfield Stud in Australia.
Supercharger, the dam of 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver, delivered a healthy colt by champion sire Tiznow April 11 at 11:50 p.m. at Hill 'n' Dale Fam in Lexington, Ky.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Lines of Battle is likely to be the only starter in the Kentucky Derby to have won at in excess of nine furlongs.
With an impressive run through the stretch, Sky America ended trainer Wesley Ward's hammerlock on the Keeneland juvenile races this spring.
Freshman sire Idiot Proof was represented by his first winner March 18 when the 2-year-old filly On Autopilot won the first race at Mexico's Hipodromo de las Americas.
Six seasons after One Hot Wish blazed 4 1/2 furlongs in :48.87 at Keeneland, establishing a track record for the distance that still stands, her first foal has followed in her footsteps.
Trainer Wesley Ward added to his reputation as a conditioner of young horses when Sweet Emma Rose sprinted clear early and rolled to a nine-length victory in the first of eight "baby races" scheduled for Keeneland spring.
Coming off a Feb. 23 turf allowance score at Gulfstream Park, the colt defeated the more heralded Uncaptured by 1 1/2 lengths.
Florida stallion Montbrook has been pensioned from stud duty and will remain at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud in Florida, where he was foaled.
Ocala Stud may no longer own undefeated Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Unlimited Budget, but the farm's association with the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-bound filly's family goes back nearly 60 years.
Just one of the fun things about Keeneland spring is welcoming new 2-year-olds and the Lexington track will waste no time this year, offering a 4 1/2-furlong race for juvenile fillies on opening day April 5.
Brian's Time, for more than a decade one of the leading stallions in Japan, has died, according to news outlets in Japan.
Slew City Slew, one of Seattle Slew's leading sons at stud, died April 3 of the infirmities of old age at Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud near Versailles, Ky. He was 29.
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