The Breeders' Cup board of directors has decided to fund the Breeders' Cup Stakes program for 2009 by using money from the organization's reserve fund, according to a statement dated Dec. 17.
Fasig-Tipton has formed an advisory board of directors to assist the company's management in its auction ventures and other related initiatives in the Thoroughbred industry. Fasig-Tipton chairman Walt Robertson is chairing the advisory board, and Fasig-Tipton chairman emeritus D. G. Van Clief Jr. is a board member.
Woodford Racing will sell 14 of the remaining 4-year-olds from their first partnership group at the Keeneland November Sale Nov. 3-17.
A fire virtually destroyed a 12-stall barn at the Oak Tree division of Lane's End Farm in Central Kentucky Oct. 9, but no people or horses were injured.
Four days after the select session of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario division) yearling sale realized a small dip in average price, the preferred session boasted a 3% increase in average despite a large increase in the number of yearlings not sold and a drop in median price.
Four incumbents, including vice chairman Robert Clay, weren't re-elected to the Breeders' Cup's board of members and trustees.
Consignors are optimistic the day before the start of Keeneland's January sale.
Dixieland Brass, a Kentucky-bred son of Dixieland Band, was euthanized earlier this year at R.J. and Lois Bennett's Flying Horse Farm near Westbank, British Columbia, Canada, because of a liver malfunction.
William S. Farish's Lane's End sold 18 horses for $19,620,000 on the second day of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A.P. Indy, the sire of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches, and Smart Strike, the sire of runner-up Curlin, both stand at Lane's End Farm along with Pleasant Tap, the sire of third finisher Tiago, and Came Home, the sire of fifth finisher C P West.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will return to Southern California, where the event began in 1984, for its 25th running, Breeders' Cup Limited announced April 19. The two-day races will be held Oct. 24-25, 2008.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - On the night of the 36th Eclipse Awards Jan. 22 in Beverly Hills, Calif., every equine flat winner had one thing in common: all raced on Breeders' Cup World Championships day.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will have a new look at first-time host Monmouth Park this year--an expanded two-day event that will inaugurate three $1-million stakes designed to accommodate owners and breeders.
Bowman's Band, a millionaire and grade II winner, has been relocated to William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
The Breeders' Cup board of directors has made no decision on limiting the racetracks that could be considered as future host sites for the World Championships, but during an Oct. 31 luncheon in Louisville, Ky., officials couldn't say enough about having the event at Churchill Downs.
Total purses for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs will be $20 million, up $6 million from last year under a new structure officials said is designed to keep the races competitive with other major Thoroughbred stakes around the world.
D.G. Van Clief Jr., president of Breeders' Cup since 1996 and commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association since late summer of 2004, will retire from both positions by the end of this year.
Kingmambo, who missed part of the 2005 breeding season because of various ailments, covered his first mare Feb. 13 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Sweet Talker kicked up a lot of excitement in October at Keeneland when she took the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) in a three-horse photo finish. She was back at Keeneland making news again Wednesday, when she sold for $1,150,000 to Don Adam's Courtlandt Farm and topped the third session of the November breeding stock sale.
Shadow Cast, a homebred grade I winner for Bill Farish, has been retired from racing after suffering a tendon tear in her right front leg following a workout Sept. 27 at Belmont Park in preparation for Saturday's Beldame Stakes (gr. I).
Harold Queen's Burning Roma, a grade I winner and millionaire, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Tim and Renee Dodd's Jubilee Farm near Sparr, Fla.
Shoppers found it tough to buy, and many consignors were happy with the results.
Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Hamdan among buyers looking at yearlings on eve of September yearling sale.
Lane's End Farm, a perennial leader at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sales, will not have a consignment at this year's sale held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 10-12. Instead, the sales agency of the Woodford County farm will focus its yearling prospects to Keeneland's September yearling sale in Kentucky, to be held Sept. 13-25.
Bits and pieces from around the industry...
A trio of Marylanders has joined with one of Kentucky's -- and the world's -- premier horse farms to build a thoroughbred breeding center in Maryland that they fervently believe can become the region's leading breeding operation.
Will Farish has not attended Keeneland's September yearling sale since he became the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain in 2001. But the Lane's End Farm owner is back for this year's edition of the auction.
When Lane's End scratched all six of its horses catalogued for Tuesday's final session of the Keeneland select yearling sale, it created a bit of an uproar. Bill Farish discussed the decision Wednesday.
Like War Emblem in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the Keeneland July select yearling sale stumbled out of the starting gate. By every economic measure, the opening session on July 15 failed to keep pace with last year.
Prominent Central Kentucky stallion Summer Squall, who has always experienced some fertility problems, has gotten a very low percentage of mares in foal this season; however there are no plans to remove him from stallion service.
William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm is returning to Keeneland's July yearling sale in 2002. A former leading consignor in July, Lane's End switched the focus of its marketing program for young horses to Keeneland's September yearling sale in 2000 and continued that strategy in 2001.
Nice Boots Baby will make her first start for new owner Bill Farish in Saturday's $75,000 Dearly Precious Stakes, going six furlongs at Aqueduct.
With Keeneland's decision to postpone the second day of the September yearling sale due to the apparent terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., many buyers and sellers were left in limbo. One thing was certain: horses and the sales were secondary.
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