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Louis Quatorze to Murmur in Maryland

E. Allen Murray and his wife, Audrey, who bought the stallion Our Emblem two years ago and watched him develop into a star when his son War Emblem won the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). have purchased 10-year-old Louis Quatorze for stallion duty at their Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md.

Weisbord to Launch New Equine Exchange

Barry Weisbord, the publisher of Thoroughbred Daily News and an innovator in the Thoroughbred industry, will announce the rules and structure of his newest venture at a press briefing in Lexington Nov. 7.

Report of Mares Bred in 2003: Steady As She Goes

The Jockey Club released the 2003 Report of Mares Bred on Thursday. The report, while not complete, shows less than a 1% decline in both the number of covering stallions and the number of mares bred over last year's figures.

Seattle Dancer Sold to German Syndicate

Seattle Dancer, a half-brother to champion Seattle Slew who sold for a record $13.1 million as a yearling, has been purchased by a German syndicate for stallion duty at Gestut Auenquelle

Grade I Winner Left Bank Dead

Michael Tabor's Left Bank, who won this year's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga over a particularly strong field, died Oct. 7 from complications brought on following colic surgery.

Johannesburg Propels Hennessy to Top of Juvenile Sire List

Johannesburg was the "big horse" for Hennessy prior to last year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, having won all six of his races in Europe, three of them in group I company. His 1 1/4-length triumph in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I) put Hennessy on top of the list of leading sires of 2-year-olds in 2001 and convinced management of Irish-based Coolmore to jump the son of Storm Cat's 2002 stud fee from a previously announced $20,000 to $45,000 live foal.

Equine Spectrum Announces Plans, Hires New Executive Director

Equine Spectrum, the online Thoroughbred auction company based in Central Kentucky, has a new executive director, Dan Kelliher, and plans to conduct up to five sales this year. The first will be an auction of stallion seasons that is scheduled for Feb. 6. Another sale will be held in April that will feature horses and stallion interests with connections to Triple Crown contenders. Additional auctions in 2002 will include one with tie-ins to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Thunder Gulch Rises to Top of 2001 Sire List

The rise of Thunder Gulch from champion 3-year-old male to leading sire has been meteoric to say the least. Just six years removed from a championship season as North America's top sophomore, and with just three crops of racing age, the son of Gulch has made it to the apex of the sire charts.

Hennessy's Fee Upped to $45,000

Ashford Stud recently announced a major stud fee change for prominent stallion Hennessy. Instead of $20,000 as originally announced, the 8-year-old stallion will stand for $45,000 in 2002 at the Versailles, Ky., nursery.

Fusaichi Pegasus' Stud Fee Decreased

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who began his stallion career this year for $150,000 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., had his fee dropped to $135,000 for the 2002 breeding season.

Giant's Causeway Being Relocated to Ashford

Giant's Causeway, who thrilled race goers worldwide with his battling performance in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will stand next year's breeding season at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Thunder Gulch's Stud Fee Hiked

Officials at Ashford Stud haven't made it easier for breeders hoping to get to farm stallion Thunder Gulch. Ashford initially announced a fee of $25,000 for the dual classic-winning grandson of Mr. Prospector, then later upped it to $30,000, then to $40,000. Now it's $50,000.

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.

Ashford Stallions Again Top Mares Bred List

For the second straight year, Ashford Stud stands the top three stud horses among North American-based stallions bred to 100 or more mares in 1999. Ashford's Grand Slam was bred to 166 mares, Tale of the Cat followed by covering 147, and Southern Halo was mated to 141.

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