A.P. Indy and one of his sons, Bernardini, were among the top commercial sires last year as A.P. Indy's stud career was coming to an end read blog
A report on Kentucky's Thoroughbred breeding industry and related state programs that support it financially shows continued strength in quality despite decreases in funding and competition from gaming states.
Bred grade I winner Dream of Summer and her grade I winner Creative Cause read blog
A look at first-crop yearling sires and next year's 2-year-old sales calendar
- By Esther Marr
Long-time breeder Ted Kuster found himself in a slump a few years back. Then Hilda's Passion came along. read blog
Having horses running on drugs is not sitting well with our fans read blog
Nancy Dillman of Stonegate Farm discusses her good fortune to breed grade I winner Havre de Grace and that runner's half brother, which brought $1.2 million at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale read blog
First Dude's grade I win in the Hollywood Gold Cup brings honor to a less-heralded branch of the same female family as A.P. Indy -- his own grandsire. By Avalyn Hunter
Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency explains the importance of the Fasig-Tipton Select Sale in July. Mark also explains the history of Taylor Made's 35th anniversary to Esther Marr. Watch Video
"Breeding and watching the young horses grow is absolutely what I love best...but after the last few weeks, I might change that." Read Blog
When Mike Lauffer and partner Bill Cubbedge bought back a Forestry colt at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale, they thought long and hard before naming the newest member of their racing stable. Read Blog
New York revival fueled by VLTs at Aqueduct. Download Now
Rudy and Virginia Tarra hit the heights with Giant Oak Download Now
While Avalyn Hunter takes a rather hopeful view on whether high-class racemares make the best producers in her piece "From Fame to Foals" (The Blood-Horse of Feb. 12, page 390 ), sad to say, I am a bit more skeptical. Read Blog
Mares should be in optimal health prior to breeding season Download Now
The financial drain is becoming too large for small commercial Thoroughbred breeders to handle. Read Blog
November 13, 2010 - To Retire or Keep Racing? Read More
The artificial insemination rule appears to have merit -- in a bygone era. Read Blog
Industry newbie, limited budget, I stretched to land a broodmare at the Keeneland November mixed sale in 2001. Read Blog
A Kentucky Horse Racing Commission committee is considering changes to the state's Breeders' Incentive Fund, money for which comes from a 6% sales tax on stud fees.
Keeneland has successfully developed the September sale into the largest international marketplace for Thoroughbred yearlings. But will the sale continue offering the kinds of horses European buyers want? Read Blog
For years commercial breeders have mortgaged their collective futures for today's cash. Read Blog
Catesby W. Clay of Runnymede Farm believes the Thoroughbred industry will bounce back, as it has in the past.
The Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund could be reduced by 30% because of declining revenue, while horse farms "can't withstand another year like 2009," Kentucky lawmakers were told Nov. 10 during a meeting of the Joint Subcommittee on Horse Farming.
Tony Ferguson said Aug. 4 he has sold his partnership interest in Woodford Thoroughbreds to his partner John Sykes.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said he has been proactive in his support of expanded gambling to assist horse racing and breeding, and the "continued tough economy may further underscore that effort."
With the breeding and foaling seasons nearing conclusion, The Jockey Club reminds owners and breeders to submit reports of mares bred and live foal reports.
A congressional subcommittee could schedule a hearing as early as June to examine breakdowns, medication use, and breeding practices in Thoroughbreds.
WinStar is trying to exercise restraint in the size of its stallions' books.
Margaret Layton, longtime communications director for Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., announced Jan. 15 she will be leaving the operation after the May 3 Kentucky Derby.
Blood-Horse Publications has announced the launch of the "TrueNicks" sire-line affinity system, in conjunction with Pedigree Research, a pedigree consultancy firm headed by Alan Porter and Byron Rogers.
Breeding rights secured by Darley for one-two Kentucky Derby finishers.
Farm has five stud horses ranked among the top 11 leading sires of 2007.
A record number of foals were nominated to the Breeders' Cup program in 2006, and now a record 52% of the eligible North American foal crop can participate in the program.
Smarty Jones has been treated for a blocked ampulla and the dual classic winner has resumed normal breeding activity.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has announced that effective with foals born in 2007 and thereafter, eligibility criteria for Pennsylvania-bred registration with the Pennsylvania Breeding Fund program have been revised.
The Aga Khan, one of Europe's leading breeders and owners, has purchased the Lagardere family's entire bloodstock operation.
The following is the transcript of a question and answer session by John Gaines with Dan Liebman, executive editor of The Blood-Horse, which appeared in the pages of the magazine in October, 1999.
Racing in general seems to slow down over the winter. Oh sure, there are newly-turned 3-year-olds to watch at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita, and other major tracks and the announcements of the Eclipse Award winners and Experimental Free Handicap. But overall, there is a letdown in excitement.
The protection of and growth in Kentucky's Thoroughbred breeding and racing program was the focal point of the University of Louisville's "State of the Industry" seminar Nov. 2.
- By Dan Liebman
by Dan Liebman -- In a feature story in last week's issue of The Blood-Horse, Airdrie Stud owner and former Kentucky governor Brereton C. Jones said he is personally against slot machines. If truth be told, there probably isn't a single horse breeder who actually hoped the day would come when slots would be necessary for the survival of racing.
The Jockey Club released its Live Foal Report Thursday afternoon, and reports that 4,203 stallions covered 63,154 mares in North America during 2003, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 9. These coverings have resulted in 36,274 foals of 2004 being reported to The Jockey Club.
Lexington Thoroughbred owner and breeder John Gaines has announced the formation of a new company, Early Season Income. According to a release, the company's main focus is to offer early cash flow for stallion shareholders and season owners.
Blood-Horse Publications has launched a new tool designed to aid users in making breeding, auction, and other important purchasing decisions. The new StallionRegister.com provides 24-hour online comprehensive statistical information on over 450 leading stallions and on 2,500 stallions actively standing around the world.
By Martin Stiles -- Improving the breed would be well served by establishing and maintaining a purse structure that disproportionately rewards the winners of the very best races (grade I), and forbids race-day medication in those races. I think Federico Tesio would approve.
New Mexico breeding industry has been rejuvenated by money from trackside slot machines.
Following the 129 grade I races run during the first 18 years of the Breeders' Cup, 75 times the horse led into the winner's circle was bred in Kentucky. That 58% strike rate leads all states or countries in that category.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture filed emergency regulations regarding testing procedures for contagious equine metritis (CEM) to be followed when breeding an imported mare in the state. These regulations require an extra pre-breeding swab of the endometrium, and will allow a stallion covering an imported mare to be treated and returned to service rather than waiting the previous 12-hour mandatory rest period.
Due to concerns resulting from last year's foal losses attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Feb. 4 filed emergency regulations regarding procedures that are followed when breeding an imported mare in the state.
The late John M.S. Finney once compared the science of Thoroughbred breeding with Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. "Where E represents equine investment," Finney said, "M represents money, and C represents confusion--E equals MC squared."
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