Chris Baker has accepted the position of chief operating officer at Three Chimneys Farm, the Thoroughbred operation near Lexington announced Dec. 21.
Topped by a Dynaformer filly sold for $1,225,000, Fasig-Tipton's annual Saratoga selected yearling sale soared Aug. 5, with the average increasing by 20% over the comparable session a year ago.
According to an announcement on the Vinery Australia Web Site, the farm has "secured a significant shareholding" in Big Brown and the stallion will shuttle beginning this year.
Dynaformer, who stands at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., will stand in 2010 for $150,000.
Sky Mesa, whose son General Quarters entered the Triple Crown picture with an upset victory in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 14, has been taken out of service after undergoing surgery for colic over the weekend. Colic is acute abdominal pain.
Big Brown, last year's 3-year-old champion male, is scheduled to cover a number of prominent mares this year at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. Mates beyond this year will include champion Stardom Bound following her retirement from racing.
Divine Park has been retired for stallion duty at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) board of directors met Sept. 11 in Lexington and selected two new board members, Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm and Reynolds Bell Jr., chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Lewis Michael, a grade II winner in 2007-08, will enter stud in 2009 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Grade I winner Divine Park will enter stud at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., following the conclusion of his racing career.
What an 18-hour stretch for Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert Clay.
- By Dan Liebman
Big Brown will stand at stud following his racing career at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Albert the Great, sire of grade I winner Nobiz Like Shobiz, will stand at Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.
Slew o' Gold, a multiple champion by Seattle Slew, was euthanized Oct. 14 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Satish and Anne Sanan announced Thursday that Padua Stables has sold a minority interest in Exchange Rate, currently North America's leading juvenile sire and a leading third crop sire, to Three Chimneys Farm and that he will stand the 2008 season at Three Chimneys, near Midway, Ky.
Donald Dizney's broodmare Omi was euthanized after a bout with colic.
Smarty Jones has been treated for a blocked ampulla and the dual classic winner has resumed normal breeding activity.
Eugene Melnyk and Robert N. Clay have reached an agreement in principle for Melnyk Racing Stables' grade I winner Flower Alley to stand at Clay's Three Chimneys Farm in 2007.
Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert Clay announced Sept. 29 that the 2007 fee will increase for only one of the farm's stallions and that a decision on a fee for Albert the Great would be made later this year.
Groups and individuals trying to influence the future direction of horse racing in New York have opened their wallets to statewide candidates and campaigns of legislators who will have a role in picking a new owner of the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.
Robert N. Clay and Satish Sanan announced that prominent North American sprinter and miler Pico Central has been retired from racing to stand at Padua Stables near Summerfield, Fla.
Having previously announced its Saratoga sale would be held over two nights rather than three for the first time, Fasig-Tipton officials said the catalogue for the sale has declined considerably.
Robert N. Clay has announced the retirement of his homebred grade II winner Medallist because of a fractured sesamoid.
Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm announced the arrival of Sky Mesa's first foal, a bay colt out of Star of Africa, by Polish Precedent, born Jan. 5 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
Three Chimneys Farm, which earlier announced a fee of $100,000 for incoming stallion Smarty Jones and one of $25,000 for new arrival Yes It's True, announced fees for all but one of its remaining stallions.
Syndicate manager Robert Clay announced today that the 2005 stud fee for millionaire Yes It's True, Three Chimneys' newest stallion, will be $25,000 live foal at the Midway, Ky, farm.
Syndicate manager Robert Clay announced today that Three Chimneys stallion Wild Again is being retired due to declining fertility.
Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables has sold a minority interest in Yes It's True, currently third on the freshman sire list by progeny earnings and fifth on the overall 2-year-old list, to Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm.
Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert N. Clay announced Thursday the initial stud fee for dual classic winner Smarty Jones will be $100,000.
Multiple stakes winner Crimson Classic has arrived at Hooper Roff's Pyaar Acres near Lexington.
Smarty Jones, the Elusive Quality colt whose quest for the Triple Crown came up short in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired due to bone bruises in all four cannon bones caused by his rigorous campaign at ages two and three.
Grade I winner War Chant was represented by his first winner when daughter Speciale won the Aug. 1 Prix Yacowlef at Deauville in France in her initial start.
Case Clay has been named co-director of sales for Three Chimneys Farm. He and Braxton Lynch will oversee all aspects of Three Chimneys Sales, which last year sold 190 mares, weanlings, and yearlings at public auction for more than $36 million.
Grade I winner Sky Mesa has gotten his first mare in foal.
John C. Oxley announced that his grade I winner Sky Mesa is being retired from racing to stand at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., for a fee of $30,000 live foal.
Pedigree and conformation experts espoused various breeding theories and stated what is wrong with modern bloodstock practices during a panel discussion at the Thoroughbred International Exposition Conference on prioritizing between pedigree, conformation and performance.
Albert G. Clay, breeder and long-time Thoroughbred industry leader, died the morning of Aug. 20 at his residence in Mt. Sterling, Ky. Clay was 85. Clay helped found the American Horse Council in 1969, and served as that organization's secretary for many years.
Grade I winner Pompeii, passed by Gal On The Go in the stretch, came back along the inside in the final strides to win by a neck in Sunday's featured $62,400 allowance race at Churchill Downs.
A profound sadness permeates Three Chimneys Farm Tuesday. Its marquee stallion Seattle Slew, who with the exception of the last 30 days was an integral part of the farm for 17 years, is gone.
First crop Puerto Rican-sire Virtua Cop was represented by his first winner when Maria Rachel won a five furlong maiden race by 1 1/2 lengths on Friday at El Comandante.
Penny Marie beat Twin Set by a nose Thursday in the $82,450 Winter Solstice Handicap to give Kent Desormeaux his fourth win of the day at Santa Anita.
Under highweight of 122 pounds, Tracy Farmer's Albert the Great broke well and continued on to win Sunday's $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) by 3 1/4 lengths at Belmont Park.
Three Chimneys Farm announced it will sponsor a stakes race at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. The $100,000 race, a five-furlong dash for 2-year-olds, will be called the Three Chimneys Juvenile.
Sent off at odds of 1-20, Nick Zito trainee Albert the Great drew off in the final furlong to win Saturday's $200,000 Widener Handicap (gr. III) by 5 3/4 lengths at Hialeah Park, breaking the track record for 1 1/8 miles in the process. Albert the Great took over on the second turn and kicked clear in the stretch, running the final furlong in a quick :11.51. He completed the distance in 1:45.52 on a fast track. Earlier on the card, Zito-trained A P Valentine set a course record for 1 1/16 miles.
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