Four years ago, when he was the farm trainer for Frank Stronach at Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla., Danny Vella had the satisfaction of seeing former pupils Perfect Sting and Macho Uno win Breeders' Cup races. At this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Vella is seeking an even bigger thrill--training a winner of his own.
North Light, an English champion and classic winner, will enter stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky.
Frank Stronach of Adena Springs and Eugene and Laura Melnyk were the big winners during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's national awards dinner Friday night at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.
- By Dan Liebman
A parcel of land in Bourbon County, Ky., bought by Frank Stronach's son, Andy, could be the first of many tracts purchased there and lead to the eventual relocation of the entire Adena Springs Kentucky operation.
Adena Springs and the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada have entered into discussions to build an equine veterinary clinic at Adena Springs North near Aurora. The clinic will be designed to provide equine healthcare and advanced diagnostic performance services to Canada's equine industry.
A field of six fillies passed the entry box for Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The 1 1/8-mile contest features a who's who of 3-year-olds and marks the grade I debut of Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) winner Spun Sugar. She'll need to get by Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) star Summerly, though, if she is to take home top prize.
Jerry and Ann Moss' homebred Giacomo, upset winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will be sidelined for the remainder of the year with a bone chip in his left front ankle, suffered in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Trainer John Shirreffs said the prognosis is excellent, and he is optimistic the colt will return to the races as a 4-year-old.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs has bought a majority interest in the breeding rights of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo from the colt's owners, Jerome and Ann Moss.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders announced Marylou Whitney's Dear Birdie has been chosen 2004 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.
Primarily, the 2000 Canadian Broodmare of the Year, died March 30 in a field from injuries sustained in a fall at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Versailles, Ky.
In an Associated Press article published last year, one of Jess Jackson's employees called the California wine tycoon a whirlwind. But based on what's been happening in Central Kentucky lately, that description was an understatement. Jackson, 75, is roaring through the Bluegrass with the strength of a Category 5 hurricane.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has catalogued 630 horses for its March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Stronach Stable's Ghostzapper, Horse of the Year in 2004, continues to progress in his training, working a handy five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 on Monday at the Palm Meadows Training Center in preparation for a possible start in the April 9 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II).
Smarty Jones grabbed most of the headlines in 2004, but it was Ghostzapper who earned the coveted gold Eclipse Award trophy and was named Horse of the Year for 2004 at the Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 24.
Frank Stronach could not have asked for anything more Oct. 30. The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was being held at Lone Star Park, owned by Stronach's Magna Entertainment Corp.
The first reported foals by grade I winners Milwaukee Brew and Sligo Bay arrived the first part of January.
The first reported foal sired by champion Macho Uno is a filly born Jan. 11 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla.
The proceeds from the Florida Thoroughbred Charities' "Bright Futures" auction reached an all-time high, raising over $60,000 from its live and silent auctions and over $260,000 from its stallion seasons auction. The live and silent auctions/cocktail party was held at Steinbrenner's Yankee Ramada Inn Jan. 16.
For the second consecutive year, Adena Springs tops the list of leading individual breeders in North America in 2004 with earnings of $14,225,036, according to statistics released Friday by The Jockey Club Information Systems.
Riding the wave of success celebrated by Adena Springs stallion Awesome Again's two winners on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Day, the Nov. 11 Adena Springs broodmare sale at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks posted solid across the board gains.
When you're hot, you're hot, and Frank Stronach knows that as well as anyone. Two days after his stallion Awesome Again was represented by two Breeders' Cup winners, Stronach announced that Awesome Again's fee was raised to $125,000.
Owner Frank Stronach said Sunday that Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) winner Ghostzapper will remain in training next year, with a campaign aimed at defending the title in the race he won Saturday at Lone Star Park.
Stronach Stable's homebred Ghostzapper jumped out to an early lead and set moderate fractions before blowing away the field in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic.
The stallion ranks has a new member of the $100,000 club.
Multiple graded stakes winner Olmodavor, who had been nominated to the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) later this month, has been retired, trainer Richard Mandella said on Wednesday.
Millionaires Golden Missile and Classic Cat as well as grade I winner Vicar were represented by their first winners the beginning of July.
Stronach Stable's Ghostzapper, out of action for more than nine months, showed no signs of rustiness with an emphatic triumph over three rivals in the $142,500 Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Sunday.
Janice and Robert McNair of Stonerside Stable will stand their multiple grade I winner Congaree in 2005 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Midway, Ky.
Millionaire Running Stag and Irish group winner Bernstein were represented by their first winners June 5
Following the record-setting trend of this year's juvenile market, the Adena Springs auction generated its highest ever figures for gross revenue, average price, and median price Thursday during its third edition.
The Ocala Breeders Sales Co. has catalogued 484 horses for its March select juvenile auction. The Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training will have 76 horses.
Lucky Lionel, a group winner in England and a track record-setter at Santa Anita, has been bought by R.G. Gammill for stallion duty at his Diamond G Ranch near Edmond, Okla.
La Galerie, a champion in Argentina, brought $800,000 Monday as the Keeneland January mixed sale's opening session approached the midway point.
The first reported foals by international champion Johannesburg and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Red Bullet were born the beginning of January.
Good food, lively conversation, and quality mares at reasonable prices punctuated the seventh annual Adena Springs Broodmare Auction held Nov. 6 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.
Frank Stronach has purchased grade I turf winner Sligo Bay for stallion duty at his Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs announced the retirement of millionaire Milwaukee Brew and an increase in Awesome Again's fee to $75,000.
Macho Uno, the 2000 champion juvenile colt, has been retired and will stand in 2004 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Ocala, Fla. No stud fee was announced.
Grade II winner Wrangler, an Adena Springs homebred for Frank Stronach, will enter stud at Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs announced that the deal to sell farm stallion Wild Rush to a Japanese syndicate for stallion duty at Arrow Stud has been completed.
Milwaukee Brew, one of only two horses to win multiple runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), injured an ankle during Sunday's running of the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and will not race again this year.
A $1.5-million deal is in the works for the purchase of Adena Springs stallion Wild Rush by a Japanese syndicate.
Frank Stronach likes to conduct a sale of 2-year-olds in training his way. And that strategy appears to be paying off for the racetrack mogul, who is one of North America's top breeders and owners.
Even though the world is full of uncertainty, Ocala Breeders' Sales Company executive Tom Ventura is hoping for another steady performance from the March select auction of 2-year-olds in training, which begins Tuesday in Florida.
Due to heavy rains in the Ocala, Fla. area, the Adena Springs video preview was cancelled Friday morning and has been rescheduled for Friday, March 7 at 9 a.m.,
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has catalogued 503 horses for its March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florid.. The number represents a 23.6% increase over last year's total of 407.
A smaller crowd mixed with a smaller catalogue resulted in smaller returns at the sixth annual Adena Springs Broodmare Sale on Nov. 7 at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.
Champion sprinter Lit de Justice, whose big win came in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), has been purchased privately and will stand the 2003 season at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs has bought a 10% interest in unbeaten 3-year-old Greatness from Ed and Marilyn Seltzer.
Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach, former top jockey Ted Atkinson, trainer Mac Benson, and two-time Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart will be inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame Aug. 29.
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