Not everybody was shopping for items in the wildly popular new Missoni collection at Target stores Sept. 13. In Lexington, many people were busy buying horses at Keeneland.
Catherine Parke of Valkyre Stud wasn't thinking about an exotic vacation or buying a new car after selling a Bernardini filly for $1.2 million during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling auction.
Untried Grace Hall won the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) like a true professional Sept. 4, stalking the leaders into the stretch and sweeping past favored Judy the Beauty to handily win the $250,000 event at Saratoga.
Grade I winner Any Given Saturday, who stands at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington, was represented by his first two winners Aug 12.
Front-running Sean Avery, under all-out pressure from jockey Joe Bravo, nosed odds-on choice Trappe Shot to produce a 17-1 stunner in the $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 7.
Mare owners shouldn't expect stud fees to drop much lower, according to horsemen at several Central Kentucky farms who were interviewed recently.
Cash-strapped breeders prefer proven sires over young stallions, making it tougher to launch the careers of new studs.
Street Sense, a champion and a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, was represented by his first winner from his first crop when his 2-year-old son Street Hunter won July 8 in Japan.
Tom Albertrani, who has done just about everything around a racetrack, hopes to fill in a gap in his local New York resume when he sends Brilliant Speed out to contest the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Grade I winner Hard Spun, a leading 3-year-old of 2007, sired his first winner when his son Mabroor won at Haydock Park in England May 7.
A colt from the first crop by Japanese stallion Pyro was foaled March 6 at Catesby Clay's Runnymede Farm near Paris. Ky.
E Dubai, who was relocated from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington to Tarry Bratton's Ghost Ridge Farms near Felton, Pa., for the 2011 breeding season, will shuttle to La Mission in Argentina.
Expansion closed with determination between horses to score a 32-1 surprise by a head in the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT)Feb. 19 at the New Orleans track.
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In the most anticipated decision of the 2011 breeding season, owners Jerry and Ann Moss announce they will send their Horse of the Year Zenyatta to young stallion Bernardini in 2011.
The 21st annual Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Stallion Season Auction raised a gross amount of nearly $1.7 million during a three-day telephone auction and a live auction held Jan. 8 at Keeneland.
Some Central Kentucky farms have scheduled open houses this month to permit inspection of their stallions by those in Lexington for the Keeneland horses of all ages sale that begins Jan. 10.
Adena Springs finished 2010 as the leading individual breeder in North America with earnings of $13,369,852.
The 21st annual Thoroughbred Charities of America select stallion season auction will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington.
Justenuffhumor, a Saratoga grade II winner, will stand at Vinery New York near Hudson, N.Y., beginning with the 2011 breeding season.
Bernardini, who became the first freshman stallion in history to sire a grade I winner on dirt and a group I winner on turf, will stand in 2011 at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington for $75,000.
Vale of York, the 2009 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner, and French group winner Alexandros will enter stud in 2011 for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley.
The Book 2 portion of the Tattersalls October yearling sale opened in England with a median price of 25,000 guineas ($41,877 in U.S. funds) that was the same as a year ago.
A determined Etched held off the closing charge of odds-on favorite Musket Man to win the Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 9.
E Dubai, who has 2010 progeny earnings of just over $3 million, has been purchased by Tarry Bratton's Ghost Ridge Farms for stallion duty in 2011 at the Felton, Pa., farm.
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The Jockey Club has reported that 3,130 stallions covered 49,404 mares in North America during 2009.
Midshipman, champion 2-year-old male of 2008 and winner of that year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will stand his first season at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Dream Ahead and Debussy have more in common than group/grade I wins the weekend of August 21-22: They're both Darley-breds piloted by jockey William Buick.
Dream Ahead completed a perfect weekend for jockey William Buick when he pulled away in the final furlong to capture the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 22.
English shipper Debussy, sent off at 11-1 in his United States debut, made a dynamic late burst along the inside to upset champion Gio Ponti in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 21.
Winless since scoring an upset in last year's Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT), Telling received a brilliant ride from Garrett Gomez to win the $500,000 race for the second straight year Aug. 14 at Saratoga.
Multiple graded stakes winner Desert Party has been retired from racing and will stand at stud at the Maktoum family's Darley USA near Lexington.
Grade II winner Rockport Harbor came through with his initial winner when his daughter Parvenu scored at Philadelphia Park Aug. 1 in her debut.
Henny Hughes came through with his first winner when his son Dalamar scored July 21 at Delaware Park.
Champion and classic winner Bernardini came through with his first winner when his daughter A Z Warrior won at Hollywood Park July 15 in her first start.
Class and consistency paid off in a major way as Music Show swept by Spacious in the final furlong to earn her first group I victory in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket July 7.
Flag Day is the top-priced horse, bringing 115,000 guineas ($182,819 in U.S. funds).
When the leading British breeders from 2009 were honored June 28, Khalid Abdullah's breeding operation received two of the highest awards.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Darley Australia operations reported a $27 million loss and will have to cut 30 jobs.
Seattle Smooth, a grade I winner for Ernie Moody's Mercedes Stables, has been retired from racing because of ankle problems.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Raven's Pass underwent colic surgery April 20.
Elusive Quality, North America's leading sire the year his son Smarty Jones was voted champion 3-year-old male of 2004, will shuttle to Brazil for the second straight year.
Street Cry to stand at Darley Australia for $137,500, which is 25% higher than his 2009 stud fee of $110,000.
Offlee Wild was the leading first-crop sire and 2-year-old sire of 2009. A multiple stakes winner, his biggest win came in the 2005 Suburban Handicap (gr. I).
Darley stallion Singspiel has experienced fertility problems since the commencement of the 2010 breeding season that are thought to be linked to a brief illness he suffered in January, according to a release from the farm.
First runner scheduled to compete in the seventh race Feb. 14 at Gulfstream Park.
The first reported foal by grade I winner Street Boss is a filly out of the winning King of Kings mare Top Tier.
Many Central Kentucky breeding operations holding open houses around the five-day Keeneland January Sale (Jan. 11-15). Farms in the Ocala, Fla., area will be open around the Jan. 19-20 OBS mixed sale
In the tightest race in years, Darley's freshman stallion Offlee Wild honors as the nation's top first-crop sire over Hill 'n' Dale Farm's Roman Ruler.
Tait, COO of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation, has been based in Central Kentucky now for just more than a year.
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