A tribute to Aaron Jones, breeder of three Breeders' Cup winners. Read the full feature in the October 4, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. view slideshow
Aaron Jones, who enjoyed the heights of success on the racetrack, in breeding horses, and in the sales ring, died Sept. 22 at his Eugene, Ore., home.
by John P. Sparkman
It took five years for that hope to be fulfilled.
Grade I winner Forest Danger has been relocated to Thomas Wente's WinRich Farm near North Vernon, Ind.
Grade II winner Half Ours will stand in 2010 at Val Murrell's Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La.
Goulash, dam of two-time champion Ashado and two other graded stakes winners, was euthanized Sept. 30 because of founder.
The 2-1 favorite won the Affectionately Handicap by a neck over Aliysa Jan. 12 at Aqueduct.
Sunriver, a grade I winner in 2007 and a full brother to champion Ashado, will enter stud at Empire Stud near Hudson, N.Y.
Gwen's Song breaks the seven-figure mark Tuesday afternoon at Keeneland.
Master Command, a record-setting, multiple graded stakes-winning son of A.P. Indy, has been retired to Taylor Made Stallions, in Nicholasville, Ky. Purchased for $650,000 by Aaron and Marie Jones at the 2003 Saratoga Select Yearling sale, the flashy chestnut went on to win five graded stakes and earn $1,137,188.
A son of Unbridled's Song sold for $1,050,000 to highlight the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale's opening session, which produced mixed results.
Aaron and Marie Jones' Sunriver has found a home on the turf after taking a front-running victory in the $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 3/8 miles on the Belmont Park inner turf course Sunday.
The multiple graded stakes winner Master Command drew away like a a 3-10 shot should to record an easy win in the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Saturday.
The 82nd running of the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) has attracted a field of seven, led by two graded stakes winners.
Odds-on choice Master Command left the tiring Purim approaching the eighth pole and cruised to victory in the $194,000 Mineshaft Handicap, the first of four successive grade III races on the Fair Grounds program Saturday.
Half Ours eked out a victory in an allowance/optional claiming race at Aqueduct Thursday in his first start since being sold for $6.1 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Some record prices, an increase in million-dollar horses, and the presence of the world's top buyers drove significant increases in totals as the Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale reached its midpoint Saturday.
Racing or Stallion Prospect Half Ours Tops Opening Session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale
The 14-day Keeneland November breeding stock sale kicked off with a bang when Half Ours was purchased by Aaron U. Jones for $6.1 million, which is a record for a horse in training sold at Keeneland.
Shaniko, a grade II track-record setter by A.P. Indy, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington.
The fourth session of the massive 14-day Keeneland September yearling sale ended on a positive note Thursday with the Central Kentucky auction house realizing increases in gross, average and median. The sale company also reported across the board cumulative increases.
Favored Sunriver needed the entire length of the Belmont Park homestretch in order to nab the game pacesetter Lewis Michael at the wire in Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) for 3-year-olds.
There might not be any stakes races on the Sunday card at Gulfstream Park, but the featured $35,000 allowance race should be a showdown between stakes winners Value Plus and Silver Wagon.
Henry White was not the breeder of record for any of the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship winners in 2004, but he received the biggest ovation when the winning breeders were honored at an annual awards dinner Saturday at Keeneland.
The steam roller known as the Keeneland September yearling sale continued to roll right along during Thursday's fourth session of the 14-day sale, besting the gross, average and median of the previous year. An Elusive Quality colt out of the Glitterman mare First Glitter commanded a final bid of $850,000 from bloodstock agent Buzz Chace, representing Aaron and Marie Jones.
English champion Katies, dam of Japanese champion Hishi Amazon, was euthanized Aug. 20 at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Aaron and Marie Jones' Forest Danger coasted past seven rivals in the $150,000 Bay Shore (gr. III) for 3-year-old sprinters Saturday at Aqueduct.
Cynics be damned, it's time to see what the Derby gods might be scheming. With the equine version of March Madness starting next weekened, this is the last opportunity in a while to look at the Derby in an ethereal sense.
Grade I winners Manistique and Golden Ballet, both owned by Aaron and Marie Jones, produced offspring Feb. 10
Riboletta, a champion racemare for Aaron and Marie Jones, produced her first foal, a Forestry filly, Jan. 22
In a pair of high-priced maiden special weight events at Santa Anita Saturday, Fog City Stable's C.J.'s Honour and B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout posted impressive victories.
Larry Barrera returns from an 11-year hiatus as a trainer when he sends out Aaron and Marie Jones' 3-year-old filly Summerwood in the first race at Hollywood Park Saturday.
Although victorious in his only previous start over Hollywood Park's turf course, Music's Storm attracted little attention before posting a 24-1 upset in Wednesday's $73,450 Bien Bien Stakes, the opening-day feature of the track's 35-day Autumn Meet.
Central Kentucky stallion Saint Ballado, who underwent surgery to correct clinical signs associated with a compressive cervical myelopathy, was euthanized Oct. 20 following complications after the operation.
Forest Camp, a top 2-year-old of 1999, has been retired and will stand in 2002 at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. Forest Camp, by Deputy Minister -- La Paz, by Hold Your Peace, will stand for $10,000.
After a drastic downturn Monday from the comparable session one year ago, the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale rebounded Tuesday as the second day average and median were more closely in line with the comparable day one year ago.
Tamara Princess, a full sister to last year's champion older female Riboletta, made her 3-year-old debut a winning one Wednesday at Hollywood, winning a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race in 1:15.24.
Champion racemare Riboletta will return to training after falling victim to the mysterious mare reproductive loss syndrome that has devastated Kentucky. Riboletta will return to trainer Eduardo Inda's barn in California.
Millionaire Manistique was purchased by Aaron and Marie Jones for $3-million to top Barretts Equine Ltd.'s first phase of the dispersal of the late Marshall Naify's 505 Farms.
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