Matt Lyons has been named vice president and general manager of Woodford Thoroughbreds' farms in Versailles, Ky., and Reddick, Fla., owners John and Susan Sykes announced Dec. 13.
John Sykes' Woodford Thoroughbreds now owns 100% of He's Had Enough, a grade I-placed son of Tapit. Woodford, one of Florida's largest stallion operations, began standing He's Had Enough this year in partnership.
The son of War Front broke his maiden in the grade III With Anticipation Stakes.
Repent, who began his stallion career at John Sykes' CloverLeaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla., will stand in 2013 on the same property, now called Woodford Thoroughbreds. The son of Louis Quatorze's fee is $3,000.
Vineyard Haven, a multiple grade I winner, will stand in 2013 at John Sykes' Woodford Thoroughbreds near Reddick, Fla.
A Scat Daddy colt commanded $575,000 around 11 a.m. (EDT) during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland. He is the highest-priced horse sold so far during the auction.
Daddy Long Legs was foaled and raised at John and Susan Sykes' Woodford Thoroughbreds.
Longtime Ocala horseman Will Johnson has been tabbed as the new stallion manager at John Sykes' CloverLeaf Farms II.
Repent, who began his stallion career at John Sykes' CloverLeaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla., will stand in 2012 at CloverLeaf, where he will join his newly retired son, Crown of Thorns, at stud.
Leading freshman sire Congrats will stand the 2011 breeding season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.
Diva Delite, who was bred by John Sykes in the name of his Clover Leaf Farms II, was bought back by her breeder following her stellar victory in the Florida Oaks (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs for an undisclosed sum March 19.
Three ClassicStar principals -- David Plummer, Spencer Plummer, and Terry Green -- have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. through a fraudulent tax shelter under the ClassicStar Mare Lease Program, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
John Sykes' stallion Alke has been sold and will stand at Sawangjai Farms in Thailand in 2010. The 9-year-old son of Grand Slam had been standing at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Summerfield, Fla.
Tony Ferguson said Aug. 4 he has sold his partnership interest in Woodford Thoroughbreds to his partner John Sykes.
Launching a new business venture in the midst of a global financial crisis would be a daunting task for most people, but the connections of several new consignments at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling auction seemed eager to take on the challenge the weekend before the sale's July 20 start.
John Sykes and Tony Ferguson's Woodford Thoroughbreds will offer its first consignment at the Fasig-Tipton July select yearling auction in Lexington. The operation also will sell horses at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select and Keeneland September yearling sales.
- By Ryan Conley
A new entity called Woodford Thoroughbreds is setting up shop at the former ClassicStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., a venture that will include the transfer of John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farm II operation from Florida.
- By Ryan Conley
John Sykes has confirmed he is moving his Cloverleaf Farm II operation from Florida to a Kentucky location, a site that is believed to be ClassicStar Farm in Woodford County.
Congrats, recently sold as a stud prospect to John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farm, is instead back in training at the Calder Race Course stable of Kathleen O'Connell.
Grade II winner Congrats has been purchased for stallion duty by John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
Classic winner Sarava's first crop includes a filly born Jan. 3 at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
Wildcat Heir, a grade I-winning son of Forest Wildcat, will enter stud at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla. His fee will be $8,000.
Hard Buck, a millionaire and grade I turf winner, will enter stud at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
Grade II winner Exploit, who ranks among the leaders on the second-crop sire list by 2004 and lifetime progeny earnings, will be relocated to John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
Sarava, who upended the Triple Crown bid of War Emblem by winning the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will enter stud at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
Favorite Trick, the first 2-year-old Horse of the Year since the great Secretariat, and 2004 graded stakes winner Alke will stand next year at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
I'll Get Along, the dam of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select November mixed sale on Nov. 7 in Lexington.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's selected yearling sale offered enough quality to keep buyers on the grounds until the very last hip. As a result, the sale average climbed 25.5% to $97,671 and the median jumped 27% to $71,000.
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