Prominent U.S. and Canadian owner-breeder Eugene Melnyk announced June 11 his retirement from the sport of horse racing, with his racing and breeding stock to be dispersed July 14 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky.
It's time to remind breeders and broadcasters alike that stamina still exists in America and remains an essential part of breeding classic winners.
My Wandy's Girl missed taking last year's edition of the Barbara Fritchie (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length at Laurel Park, but this season she would not be denied.
Locally-based Louies Flower, overlooked at odds of 23-1, captured the $250,000 Remington Springboard Mile to earn his third consecutive win at Remington Park Dec. 15.
Yutaka Take became Japan's first jockey to win 100 grade or group I races when he guided Tosen Ra to victory in the Mile Championship (Jpn-I) Nov. 17 at Kyoto.
Three Chimneys Farm announced their 2014 stallion roster, with several of their stallions' fees showing decreases from 2013.
A look back on the career of John Velazquez, as he records his 5,000th NA win. View Slideshow
Three Chimneys Farm will hold its annual open house that coincides with the week of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on Thursday, May 2.
A week after Barretts extended its brand to include racing at Fairplex Park, the auction company will host its March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training in Pomona, Calif. The March 4 sale has cataloged 138 youngsters.
Twenty-eight selected offerings from Eugene Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm have been added to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale and will be sold Feb. 11 by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
Nine days after My Wandy's Girl won the Pentelis Stakes in her introduction to racing in the continental 48 states, her connections will wheel her back for a stiffer test -- the $350,000 Gazelle Stakes.
Flower Alley, sire of 2012 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another, will see his fee increase to $20,000 (stands and nurses) in 2013 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm.
Indiana Derby (gr. II) winner Neck 'n Neck is the 120-pound starting high weight for his first race against older horses when he headlines the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs.
Already a grade III winner, Neck 'n Neck added a grade 2 score Oct. 6 when he rallied from 10th to win the $513,600 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park.
Dual classic winner I'll Have Another is adjusting well to his new home at Big Red Farm in Japan, according to Terence Collier.
Alpha turned in his final serious work for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 17, while Fast Falcon also breezed. Neck 'n Neck is expected to turn in his final preparations Aug. 19 or 20.
Neck 'n Neck came through with his second straight win at Churchill Downs when he captured the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds by 7 1/4 lengths over Stealcase.
Owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill announced June 8 that I'll Have Another has been retired due to a tendon injury, his quest for the Triple Crown ended a day before his scheduled start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Even if he wins the Triple Crown, I'll Have Another's value as a stallion is not expected to change.
I'll Have Another visited the paddock at Belmont Park the morning of June 3, standing briefly in the saddling enclosure and walking several times around the paddock.
An assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill said Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another was a happy horse the morning of May 21 and could go to the Belmont Park main track later in the week.
Sandy Hatfield and Kyle Wilson talk about Flower Alley and I'll Have Another. watch video
I'll Have Another heads to Belmont Park in three weeks with a chance to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner after nipping a determined Bodemeister in a terrific renewal of the Preakness Stakes May 19.
Despite being in Baltimore, the man who recommended selling I'll Have Another won't be at Pimlico Race Course to watch the colt try to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Exercise Rider Brian VanSteenbergh describes how he got into Thoroughbreds and how he uses his horsemanship to work with Three Chimneys' stallions. Including Flower Alley, sire of Kentucky Derby 138 winner I'll Have Another. watch video
Dr. Barry Eisaman and his wife, Shari, are hoping that I'll Have Another will help them complete a personal Triple Crown this weekend.
As he basked in the glow of winning the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O'Neill said the morning of May 6 that he gets "goosebumps" when thinking about the possibility of I'll Have Another becoming the next Triple Crown winner.
Lenny Shulman recaps I'll Have Another's victorious run in the 138th Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
J. Paul Reddam's I'll Have Another ran past a freewheeling Bodemeister in deep stretch to win the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Dullahan rallied for third.
Three Chimneys Farm will hold its annual Kentucky Derby week open house Thursday, May 3, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the farm's stallion complex
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another completed his major preparation for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a six-furlong drill at Betfair Hollywood Park April 27.
Lightly raced I'll Have Another, running for the first time in two months, dug in through the stretch to stave off odds-on favorite Creative Cause by a nose in a tremendous finish to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
A look at his form makes it slightly surprising that I'll Have Another was underestimated in the Robert B. Lewis, and a glance at his pedigree marks him as a colt who could be expected to improve with time and distance.
Off for five months and making his first start around two turns, I'll Have Another produced an easy upset victory at odds of 43-1 in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 4.
Trainer Doug O'Neill has picked a tough spot for his promising colt I'll Have Another, who returns from a five-month absence in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita.
Lilacs and Lace, who won the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 9, gained a sibling just hours later when her dam delivered her full sister.
Favored Bouquet Booth held off Daisy Devine in deep stretch to win the $98,000 Silverbulletday Stakes by a neck at Fair Grounds Jan. 22 for her third consecutive victory.
Lilacs and Lace, under a vigorous ride by Russell Baze, collared front-running Cathy's Crunches past the 16th pole and drew off to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $92,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 1.
It's early yet, but Bouquet Booth stamped herself as one to follow for the 2011 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she unleashed a late burst to capture the $500,000 Delta Downs Princess (gr. III) Nov. 20.
Flower Alley, winner of the 2005 Travers Stakes (gr. I), was represented with his first winner when his juvenile daughter, Smoke Alley, held on for a head victory in the second race at Woodbine Aug. 6.
Millionaire Flower Alley's first reported foal is a colt born Jan. 8 at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington.
The loss of star racehorses in training and the negative effect it has on the sport was a hot topic during a panel discussion Dec. 5 at the 33rd Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.
Some might question why Flower Alley is even being considered for the Breeders' Cup Classic–Powered By Dodge (gr. I). If he can return to the form that carried him to a second-place finish behind Horse of the Year Saint Liam in last year's Classic, however, he will not be a horse to overlook.
At a Nov. 2 press conference next to the Churchill Downs paddock, trainer Todd Pletcher tried to explain the logistics of starting 17 horses on Breeders' Cup World Championship day Saturday.
Bernardini, leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors, drew the three post position and was installed as the even-money favorite for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic -- Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
A pair of contenders for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), along with some of their stablemates in other World Championship races, took a tour of Churchill Downs Sunday morning.
A total of 121 Horses have been pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Pre-entries were due by noon Monday, and the Breeders' Cup racing directors/secretaries panel met yesterday to determine which horses would be allowed to run in the event a race was oversubscribed. The pre-entries were announced at 10 a.m. today.
Working 14 horses in one morning is a major load for any trainer, but Todd Pletcher took that to another level Sunday when he put 14 Breeders' Cup horses through their paces with most of them turning in almost identical drills with machine-like precision.
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.
- By Steve Haskin
The main topic of conversation at Belmont Park these days is the much-awaited showdown between Bernardini and Invasor in the Oct. 7 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).
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