The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Dec. 17 that James G. "Jimmy" Bell, president and racing manager of Darley America, has been elected as president of the organization.
Darley in Australia has purchased Brazen Beau, one of Australia's best 3-year-old sprinters, and plans to launch his stud career during the 2015 Southern Hemisphere season.
Florida-based bloodstock agent Justin Casse went to 525,000 guineas (US$867,620) to secure group III winner Esentepe, in foal to Frankel, on opening day of the Tattersalls December mare sale Dec. 1 in Newmarket.
Godolphin Racing's Snowbell led from the start and drew off through the stretch for an authoritative win in the $400,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 29 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Darley's Central Kentucky-based sire Elusive Quality was represented by winners in two Brazilian group I races, both classics, Nov. 8.
Godolphin has purchased a majority share in Prince Faisal's gutsy Dubai Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I) winner Belardo, who eventually is to join the Darley stallion roster.
Cairo Prince, the early spring favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I), has been retired and will stand in 2015 at Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. under a partnership deal with Darley.
Darley's roster of 14 stallions in America will be led by top stallion Medaglia d'Oro who has sired 11 group/grade I winners to date, including 2014 grade I winners Lochte and Coffee Clique.
Grade I winner Any Given Saturday has been purchased by the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association and will relocate to South Korea for the 2015 breeding season, it was announced Oct. 17.
Olly Tait, chief operating officer of Darley, will leave the organization in November, concluding a tenure of 15 years, Darley announced Oct. 8.
Alpha, a son of leading sire and fellow Darley stallion Bernardini -- and the first horse to win both the Travers and the Woodward in nearly 15 years -- has been retired to Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions in New York.
Kerrin McEvoy has ended his 12-year tenure as a retained rider for Godolphin and Darley's Australian racing operations and plans to ride freelance.
Street Cry, Darley's leading sire whose progeny included Zenyatta and classic winner Street Sense, has been euthanized after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition. The son of Machiavellian was 16.
Eric Mitchell provides final sale numbers, details on the sale toppers, and more. Hear reactions from Geoffrey Russell, John Ferguson, and George Isaacs. watch video
A Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Bernardini brought a winning bid of $1.2-million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager John Ferguson, making her the top-priced yearling to this point at the 2014 sale.
Darley Australia said Sept. 5 that major international stallion Street Cry is suffering from lameness and is not covering mares as scheduled for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season that began Sept. 1.
Cary Street, saving ground every step of the way under Miguel Mena, outlasted Ever Rider to spring a 28-1 surprise in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III) at 1 1/2 miles on the main track at Parx Racing Sept. 1.
Queen Elizabeth II's Carlton House, who performed at the highest level in both hemispheres, will stand at Darley's Kelvinside Stud in Australia for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season.
The second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 5 saw steady momentum gains that led to the third million-dollar horse of the sale.
Colt out of the family of Birdstone and Bird Town session-topper so far.
With Ashado about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this week, I felt it was appropriate to post this as a guest blog, as it depicts the love of a horse beautifully by a young fan, Alexa Ravit. read blog
Favored Sweet Reason registered her third lifetime grade I victory when she came from well off the pace to capture the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course.
Hard Spun, one of an elite group of stallions to sire at least two grade I winners in North America in 2014, will return to Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for the 2015 breeding season after a successful season in Japan.
Prominent Australian sire Commands died suddenly during the early morning hours July 12 at Darley's Kelvinside Stud in New South Wales. The son of Danehill was 17.
Slade Power solidified his spot as Europe's top-ranking sprinter this season when scoring a clear win in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) July 12 at Newmarket.
Elite European sprinter Slade Power, winner of the Diamond Jubilee (Eng-I) in June at Royal Ascot, has been purchased by Darley to stand next year at Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation has announced that Lammtarra, an undefeated classic winner, was put to sleep at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, July 6 following a short illness.
The R.A.C.E. Fund launches its 2014 drive with an online auction on eBay starting June 21 at 8 p.m. ET and ending on June 28 at 8 p.m. to help raise funds for racehorse retirement and rescue.
Champion and prominent Australian sire Canny Lad, broodmare sire of leading sire Redoute's Choice, was euthanized recently at Darley's Woodlands Stud, where he was a pensioner. He was 26.
Darley's France-based stallion Alexandros got his first winner June 8 at Angouleme racecourse when Olija captured a 1,000 meter (about five-furlong) race in her career debut.
Sweet Reason came from off the pace to register her second grade I victory in the $750,000 TVG Acorn Stakes June 7 at Belmont Park.
There will be no shortage of farms willing to take a chance on the modestly bred colt if he wins the Triple Crown.
Sheikh Mohammed's homebred stallion and top miler Mark of Esteem was euthanized following a short illness in England.
The Blood-Horse and Glenye Cain Oakford visit with 2004 Kentucky Oaks winner Ashado and her 2014 colt by Bernardini at the Gainsborough Division of Darley. watch video
Following 5 1/2 years as Fasig-Tipton's executive vice president and chief operating officer, Dan Pride will return to Darley, where he was integral in the development of its American operations between 2002 and 2008.
Such records will cover the 14-day period preceding and including the day of each race and will be available on the day of the race at least two hours prior to post time. The pledges take effect immediately.
Champion juvenile male Midshipman was represented by his first winner as a stallion when his 2-year-old son Sunny Yellow won the second race at Hipodromo De Las Americas in Mexico March 29.
Godolphin Racing's African Story was guided off the rail at the head of the straight to overtake leader Mukhadram en route to a comfortable victory in the $10 million Dubai World cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline March 29.
Kiaran McLaughlin knew he was taking a risk when he decided to bypass the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth with Holy Bull winner Cairo Prince; now the colt has little margin for error on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
"Paul Braverman said, 'Do you have any Derby horses this year?' and I said, 'Paul, this is our Derby horse.' " -- Kiaran McLaughlin on Cairo Prince.
Godolphin entrymates Romansh and Long River ran one-two, respectivley, in the $150,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack March 22.
New Zealand mare Silent Achiever unleashed a powerful lunge in the final 50 meters of the Ranvet Stakes (Aus-I) and spoiled Carlton House's brilliant front-running tour de force March 22 at Rosehill Gardens.
Two-year-olds owned by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation dominated two trials in their division at the 72nd annual Aiken Trials March 15 at the Aiken Training Track in South Carolina.
Treadway Racing Stable's Sweet Reason, winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course last summer, made a successful return to the races March 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the featured eighth race.
Godolphin's Cavalryman is primed for a repeat bid in the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup (UAE-II) after a stirring track record-setting victory in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy (UAE-III) March 1 at Meydan Racecourse.
A sharp Cairo Prince continued his preparations for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) by breezing a bullet five furlongs March 1 at Palm Meadows, the Gulfstream Park satellite training facility.
Darley has purchased a majority interest in current Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Cairo Prince. The son of Pioneerof the Nile will race in the blue silks of Godolphin Racing.
Simon Crisford has left his position as racing manager for the Godolphin operation and assumed duties as Sheikh Mohammed's global racing adviser, according to The Racing Post.
In a face-off between an unbeaten colt and filly, Darley's filly Earthquake scored powerfully in the Blue Diamond Stakes (Aus-I) Feb. 22, leaving the highly regarded colt Rubick in her wake.
- By Esther Marr
Since I'm now handling stud news for the magazine, I attended stallion open houses in November and took a ton of pictures I would like to share. read blog
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