Likely Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta (by Empire Maker) was purchased by Ben Leon's Besilu Stables for $8.5 million at the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Frank Stronach went to $2.6 million to purchase Delta Princess (by A.P. Indy) and Besilu Stables acquired her Smart Strike weanling filly for $1.6 million in back-to-back sales at the Keeneland November sale Nov. 8.
Multiple Eclipse Award-winning breeder and owner Frank Stronach struck again just before noon, purchasing the grade I winner Cat Moves for $2.4 million during the first session of the Keeneland November sale.
A weanling Henrythenavigator half sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta (by Street Cry) commanded $1.5 million early during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Frank Stronach buys her.
By every measure, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale was a resounding success. Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said Oct. 26 the company had high expectations, and they were exceeded.
A flashy Unbridled's Song filly became the highest-priced horse sold so far at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale when she brought $210,000 during the lunch hour of the auction's second session Oct. 25.
A Macho Uno colt commanded $180,000 to become the highest-priced horse sold so far during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale Oct. 24 in Lexington.
Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner, will relocate to Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif., for the 2012 breeding season.
Red Bullet, winner of the 2000 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been pensioned at age 14 due to declining fertility.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced Oct. 3 the Gulfstream VIP Fan Experience, a unique and exclusive experience that will allow fans an all-access and behind-the-scenes look at Thoroughbred racing.
Undefeated champion Awesome Feather is expected to make her season debut in an overnight stakes Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
Eye of the Leopard, the 2009 Queen's Plate Stakes winner and Canada's champion 3-year-old male, will be making his first start of the year as he takes on several fellow stakes-winning veterans in the Durham Cup.
Smart Sting became the first stakes winner produced by the champion turf mare Perfect Sting when she pulled away from the field to win the $248,448 Selene Stakes (Can-III) by 3 1/2 lengths in an upset at Woodbine Sept. 25.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm is buying yearlings to replenish bloodstock holdings that have been diminished due to a selloff by the farm, acquiring yearlings priced between $8,000 and $1.34 million at Keeneland.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino has launched the Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program Website to raise awareness of Thoroughbred retirement.
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The Keeneland September sale experienced what pinhooker Hoby Kight described as a "feeding frenzy" during its fifth session Sept. 15 in Lexington.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs went to $1.35 million to buy an Awesome Again-Legs Lawlor colt (Hip No. 957) from Greenwood Lodge Farm as the second seven-figure offering during the Keeneland yearling sale's fifth session.
Awesome Again, the leading active sire of Breeders' Cup winners, is recuperating from colic surgery performed the morning of Sept. 13 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.
A strong second select session at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's yearling sale of Canadian-bred youngsters at Woodbine helped spur an 11% jump in average price from 2010.
As expected, Breeders' Cup Aug. 10 announced that Santa Anita Park in California will serve as the 2012 host site of the two-day World Championships.
Organizers of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation gala held Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., said the event raised about $500,000 through ticket sales and an auction of stallion seasons and travel packages.
Bourbon Bay, who swept Santa Anita's distance turf races last season, showed his prowess on Polytrack, setting a track record while winning the Cougar II (gr. III) at Del Mar July 29.
Golden Gate Fields will be the first Thoroughbred track in California to race a three-day week when it reopens next month for its fall meet.
Gulfstream Park has not set a timetable for possible future contact with Florida racing regulators on chairman Frank Stronach's goal of phasing out use of legal race-day medications such as the anti-bleeding drug Salix.
R Betty Graybull, a four-time stakes winner who placed in three other stakes, has been retired from racing.
Stronach Stables' homebred Don Cavallo took the lead with a half-mile to go and rolled to a 3 3/4-length victory in the 10-furlong Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) July 1 at Woodbine.
The Stronach Group has officially acquired the racing and gaming assets of MI Developments, a company once headed by Frank Stronach.
Joe Morris is leaving the NTRA a second time to become MI Developments' vice president of operations and sales.
Adena Springs Farm owner Frank Stronach has been selected to receive the inaugural Earle I. Mack Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Champion Award.
The late Tammy Samuel-Balaz, who took charge of Sam-Son Farm following the death of her father, Ernie Samuel, in 2000, has joined her dad in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Fame.
Primal Force, the 2000 Broodmare of the Year and foundation mare for Frank Stronach's Adena Springs, died on the morning April 17 as a result of complications during foaling at the Paris, Ky. farm.
Shareholders of MI Developments voted March 29 to end the company's "dual class share" structure and turn its racing-related holdings over to chairman Frank Stronach.
- By Tom LaMarra
MI Developments reported its racing and gaming business lost $76.68 million in 2010, with a loss of $47.29 million for the fourth quarter of last year, the company reported March 10.
The Florida legislature began its annual session March 8, with a bill that would authorize up to five Las Vegas-style casino hotels topping its list of issues that would impact the state's Thoroughbred industry.
Breeders' Cup president and chief executive officer Greg Avioli has resigned to take a new position with a racing and gaming company, Breeders' Cup announced March 4.
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Analysis: Gulfstream/Calder resolution opens door for more questions regarding the future of racing in South Florida.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have selected schedules that will have Gulfstream rather than Calder holding races through most of December 2011, with no overlap of dates.
Gulfstream Park went on the offensive in its dispute with Calder Casino & Race Course Feb. 24 when it said it plans to race year-round during the 12 months beginning July 1.
Frank Stronach announced Feb. 17 the formation of the Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program.
MI Developments chairman Frank Stronach has offered to meet with Maryland horsemen in the wake of a Maryland Racing Commission meeting at which MID and partner Penn National Gaming Inc. were criticized.
Awesome Feather, the undefeated champion 2-year-old filly of 2010, might return to training before the end of the month, the Daily Racing Form reported Feb. 7.
A majority of shareholders in MI Developments have agreed to support the transfer of the company's racetracks to Frank Stronach in exchange for the company chairman to relinquish his voting control over MID.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm was rewarded with its seventh Eclipse Award when they were announced Jan. 17, with horses bred by the farm earning more than $13.3 million last year.
Awesome Feather, the undefeated winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), is presently out of training with no set timetable for her to return to competition.
Adena Springs finished 2010 as the leading individual breeder in North America with earnings of $13,369,852.
Gulfstream Park will open its 2011 racing meet Jan. 5 with a new Sunday date for the Florida Derby (gr. I), other changes in its stakes schedule, and new multi-race bets highlighted by a 10-cent only Pick 6.
In a move that sets up a possible battle with Calder Casino & Race Course over racing dates, Gulfstream Park has told the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering that it plans to hold racing in December 2011.
Gulfstream Park is considering a 3 p.m. first post time for the last six Fridays of its 2011 racing season, according to the track's president and general manager.
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