Multiple grade I winner and sire Ogygian, the oldest resident at Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky., died March 14 because of complications from colic. The son of Damascus was 32.
Dunkirk, the leading North American freshman sire by earnings last year, has been purchased by the Japan Race Horse Agency and will stand at East Stud on the island of Hokkaido starting in 2015.
According to published reports, Jolie's Halo died recently following a paddock accident at East Stud on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. The son of Halo was 18.
Seattle Dancer, a half-brother to champion Seattle Slew who sold for a record $13.1 million as a yearling, has been purchased by a German syndicate for stallion duty at Gestut Auenquelle
King of Kings, an Irish champion and English classic winner, will stand in 2003 in Japan under a lease arrangement between Irish-based Coolmore Stud and the Japanese outfit East Stud.
Japanese grade I winners T.M. Opera O and Meisho Doto have been retired from racing and are scheduled to enter stud at East Stud. The two horses, both 6-year-olds, competed against each other on numerous occasions, including the 2000 Japan Cup (Jpn-I), in which T.M. Opera O won in a blanket finish over Meisho Doto and European star Fantastic Light.
Johannesburg was the "big horse" for Hennessy prior to last year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, having won all six of his races in Europe, three of them in group I company. His 1 1/4-length triumph in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I) put Hennessy on top of the list of leading sires of 2-year-olds in 2001 and convinced management of Irish-based Coolmore to jump the son of Storm Cat's 2002 stud fee from a previously announced $20,000 to $45,000 live foal.
Coolmore Stud is working on a deal that calls for first-crop stallion Victory Speech to stand the 2002 breeding season at East Stud in Japan.
Twining, who previously stood at Hilary Boone Jr.'s Wimbledon Farm near Lexington, will be returning to the Central Kentucky nursery in 2002. He stood the past two seasons at East Stud on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, and will remain the property of East Stud.
As soon as Housebuster crossed the state line, he became the leading sire in Virginia and, according to Robert Levy, perhaps the leading sire in the mid-Atlantic. For many who attended the open house at Blue Ridge Farm on Sunday, it was the first time for them to see and welcome Housebuster back to America from Japan.
Coolmore stallions Desert King and Entrepreneur, both of whom are European champions, will stand in Japan in 2002 on a one-year lease arrangement.
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