South Africa's Beach Beauty, winner of the Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (SAf-I) and Capetown Noir, who captured the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate (SAf-I) at Kenilworth Jan. 11, earned starting berths in the Breeders' Cup.
Martial Eagle caused an 75-1 upset in landing Cape Town's premier race, the J&B Met (SAf-1) at Kenilworth Racecourse on Feb. 2.
Trainer Brett Crawford and Jockey Karis Teetan talk about their horse, Jackson, favorite for the J&B Met on February 2. Watch Video
Robert Bloomberg, Director & Analyst Western Cape Racing, previews the 2013 J&B Met. Watch Video
South African Horse of the Year Variety Club, narrowly beaten in last year's L'Ormarins Queen's Plate (SAf-I), would not be denied this year when scoring a clear victory Jan. 12 at Kenilworth in Cape Town.
Forbes released its annual list of billionaires March 11, and several persons on the list of the world's wealthiest individuals are involved in the Thoroughbred industry.
Lentenor, the 2-year-old full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, will make his second career start in third race at Aqueduct Nov. 28.
Rachel Alexandra, winner of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make her next start in the 1 1/8 -mile Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park on June 27.
While Mine That Bird galloped as usual, the morning of Friday, May 29, was decidedly not business as usual for Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra at Churchill Downs.
Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra worked a half-mile in :50 1/5 over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs early May 25. Co-owner Jess Jackson explained that the filly is doing well but that no decision has been made over whether she will contest the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Oaklawn Park realized an increase in handle and attendance during its 54-day meet that ended April 11, according to a published report.
Saarland, who was one of the top 2-year-olds of 2001, died March 11 because of injuries suffered after running into a feeder.
Got Koko, a grade I winner for Aase Headley and Paul Leung and a broodmare for Jess Jackson's Stonestreet operation, died from foaling complications.
Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and his connections have swept the top awards for 2008 as voted by the members of the New York Turf Writers Association.
Proud Spell, the 2008 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner, finished second to Superior Storm as the odds-on favorite when the filly made her 2009 debut March 12 in an allowance/optional claiming race Oaklawn Park.
A son of Horse of the Year Tiznow brought $650,000 to top the Barretts sale March 10 at the Hinds Pavilion in Pomona, Calif. Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables purchased the colt on a telephone bid from the Wavertree Stables consignment
Curlin, North America's richest horse with earnings of more than $10.5 million, began his new career Feb. 13 when he covered his first mare at Will S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Ten-year-old Saarland, a grade II winner as a homebred for Cynthia Phipps, has been pensioned from stallion duty because of fertility problems.
Siberian Summer, a grade I winner and sire of a grade I winner, will stand at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Farm near Vacaville, Calif.
Precious Kitten, who ran second in the Nov. 30 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park, is off to the breeding shed.
A Kentucky judge rejected Jess Jackson's $4 million bid to acquire a 20% interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin. Jackson is the majority owner of the 4-year-old champion.
A Thoroughbred appraiser has set a $20 million value on reigning Horse of the Year Curlin and is recommending ownership be consolidated under primary owner Jess Jackson.
Curlin, reigning Horse of the Year and the all-time leading North American earner, will be retired to stud in 2009.
Plans have been finalized for Thoroughbred Charities of America to affiliate with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. TCA will be considered a supporting organization of TOBA with executive offices located in Lexington, Ky., and Middletown, Del.
Showing Up, a millionaire and multiple grade I winner for Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables, has been retired from racing and will stand in 2009 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Successful sire Service Stripe has been moved to James and Laura Jackson's Belair Farm near Highland, Mich.
- By Steve Haskin
The Big Brown-Curlin soap opera continued Aug. 13 when Jess Jackson, majority owner of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, announced he will donate $50,000 from the Jackson Curlin for Kids Fund to the non-profit Belmont Child Care Association, Anna House, if Big Brown runs in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30.
Stonestreet Stables' Curlin had his first work since his second-place finish in the Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT), breezing an easy half in :51 2/5 over a muddy surface on the Oklahoma training track July 21.
Jess Jackson, whose Stonestreet Stable is majority owner of Horse of the Year Curlin, is appealing to the horse's fans to help him decide which direction he should take with the colt's campaign for the remainder of 2008.
Reigning "Horse of the Year" Curlin worked an easy half-mile over the main track at Churchill Downs July 7 in preparation for what trainer Steve Asmussen plans as the colt's debut on turf this weekend.
There are moves and then there are huge moves. On June 28 in the Boiling Springs Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park, My Princess Jess made a "huge" move. But she then had to hold off the late-charging Much Obliged to get the victory.
While Einstein, a multiple grade I winner on turf, acquitted himself well on the dirt by running second in the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, it was a situation he was never meant to be in.
Trainer Steve Asmussen was none too pleased with the 128-pound impost assigned to 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin for his expected bid in the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Still, after a half-mile breeze in :49 seconds by the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner June 9, Asmussen indicated the horse would start in the 1 1/8-mile event.
Pussycat Doll, a grade I winner three separate years, has been retired from racing because of a foot abscess. Owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, she has been bred to Ghostzapper and pronounced in foal.
Graded stakes winner Newfoundland came up with his first winner when his daughter Newfound Magic won April 30.
- By Steve Haskin
Lael Stables' dual grade I winner Showing Up has been retired from racing.
Lael Stables' dual grade I winner Showing Up has been retired and will enter stud next season, trainer Barclay Tagg told The Blood-Horse Tuesday.
As 12 horses headed to the post in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), trainer Steve Asmussen stood in the paddock at Nad Al Sheba racecourse. "I'm just wanting the real Curlin to show up," he said. Moments later, the Smart Strike colt more than obliged, rolling to a 7 3/4-length win and convincing viewers of one sure thing - right now "the real Curlin" is the best horse in the world.
Four yearlings that escaped from their handlers at William S. Farish's Lane's End/Oak Tree Division near Lexington were killed when they were struck by a car.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who campaigned 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, say they are not involved with plans to unveil a statue in New York's Central Park that memorializes the late classic winner.
Trickey Trevor, a northern California stakes-winning speedster, will enter stud at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds near Vacaville, Calif.
Curlin, the favorite for Horse of the Year after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), is now down to three owners.
Curlin swept past Hard Spun down the stretch to win the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths.
The Sales Integrity Task Force presented its initial recommendations Oct. 15 at Keeneland, suggesting the industry opt for self-regulation through the conditions of sale rather than through legislation.
Behrens, a multiple grade I winner who earned $4.5 million, will stand at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Farm near Vacaville, Calif.
Long celebrated for Emmy Award-winning sports documentaries, HBO scores another winner with "Barbaro" that debuts Wednesday at 10 p.m (ET).
Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators are currently voting to elect 13 individuals to the Breeders' Cup board of members and trustees.
The Steve Asmussen-trained duo of Curlin and Zanjero each worked a half-mile at Churchill Downs as Kentucky Derby week got off to a warm and busy start Monday, April 30.
NBC's one-hour documentary, "Barbaro: A Nation's Horse," will premiere Sunday, April 29, on what would have been the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner's fourth birthday.
Holy Roman Emperor, just turned 3, has been retired to stud at Coolmore in Ireland to replace George Washington following the discovery that the latter, last year's top turf miler, has fertility problems.
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