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2007 TOBA Awards Dinner to be Held at Hill 'n' Dale

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Jan. 4 its 2007 National Awards Dinner will be held at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington Saturday, Sept. 8, marking the first time that the event will be held on a Saturday.

Hill 'n' Dale to Sponsor Cigar Mile

The New York Racing Association announced Nov. 16 that Hill 'n' Dale Farm has become sponsor of Aqueduct's $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I). Formerly, the NYRA Mile, the 17th running of the Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile will be run on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Grade I Winner Mass Media to Stand at Hill 'n' Dale

Mass Media, who counts the grade I Forego Handicap at seven furlongs among his six career victories, will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington in 2006 for $7,500 live foal.

Grade I Winner Mass Media to Hill 'n' Dale

Grade I winner Mass Media will retire for the 2006 breeding season to Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky. where he will stand for a fee of $7,500 live foal as the property of Gary and Mary West, in whose colors he was campaigned.

Grand Reward to Hill 'n' Dale

Grand Reward, a grade II-winning son of Storm Cat produced from champion Serena's Song, will retire to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington where he will stand the 2006 season for $12,500.

Lakow Joins Hill 'n' Dale Farm as G.M.

Mike Lakow, who was relieved of his duties as racing secretary in a July shake-up of the New York Racing Association, has been named general manager of John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.

A Breed Apart

By Dan Liebman - What does is take to operate a Thoroughbred breeding farm in the height of the breeding season? In this issue of The Blood-Horse, we attempt to show you.

Silverbulletday Produces Vindication Filly

Michael Pegram's two-time champion filly Silverbulletday produced her third foal, a dark bay filly by undefeated champion Vindication Jan. 28 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.

Keeneland Gross Surpasses Total for 2003 Sale

With seven days remaining, gross receipts for Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale already top last year's total. Through Friday's fifth session of the 12-day auction, Keeneland has sold 1,180 horses for $236,323,000, an average of $200,274 and a median of $93,500.

Grade I Winner Candy Ride Retired

Unbeaten grade I winner Candy Ride, who recorded the highest Beyer Speed Figure of 2003, has been retired from racing and might be headed to stud at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, Ky.

Stakes Winner Handpainted Retired

Handpainted, a Sovereign Award finalist as a 2-year-old, has been retired from racing after reaggravating an ankle injury in the Aug. 14 Ellis Park Breeders' Cup.

Mongoose to Signature Stallions in Florida

John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington has announced that Mongoose, the Grade I-winning son of perennial leading sire Broad Brush, who stood the 2003 season at Hill 'n' Dale, will be moved to Florida to stand the 2004 breeding season at William Schettine's Signature Stallions near Reddick, Fla.

Theatrical's Fee Stays Same

John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm, which earlier released a $50,000 fee for incoming stallion Vindication, will keep major stallion Theatrical at $75,000.

Champion Vindication Retired to Hill 'n' Dale in Kentucky

With trainer Bob Baffert reporting that Vindication's training schedule is just too tight to make the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge (gr. I), Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables announced the early retirement of the unbeaten 2-year-old champion male of 2002.

Keeneland's First Session: Down, But Not Out

The market didn't collapse during the first session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. But it was clear from the early results the auction would not keep pace with last year's edition, which established a November record for average price and piled up gross revenues of more than $300 million for the second time in its history.

A P Valentine's Dam Brings $4-Million

They saved the best for last during Monday's opening session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, as two of the day's top prices came in the waning moments of the day. In the end, Brushwood Stable's Elizabeth Moran went away with the top prize, purchasing the dam of grade I winner A P Valentine for $4-million.

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