Hard Spun, one of an elite group of stallions to sire at least two grade I winners in North America in 2014, will return to Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for the 2015 breeding season after a successful season in Japan.
Darley has acquired a 29% interest in Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom, Arrowfield Stud and Team Valor International announced April 3.
Jessica Gay Bell, who along with her late husband, John A. Bell III, founded Jonabell Farm, died March 14 in Naples, Florida, after a brief illness. She was 90.
Bernardini, the leading third-crop sire by 2012 progeny earnings, will stand in 2013 for the same $150,000 fee that he stood for in 2012.
1994 Horse of the Year and successful stallion Holy Bull, who counts 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo among his progeny, has been pensioned and will retire at Sheikh Mohammed's Jonabell Farm, Darley announced July 7.
Street Sense was the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to win the Ketucky Derby, and the first 2-year old champion to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid.
Gold Legend, an 18-year-old half-brother to Dayjur (by Seattle Slew), will stand the 2009 season at Pierre Esquirol's Esquirol Farms in Alberta, Canada for $2,500 (Canadian funds).
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - So many people owe thanks to Jonabell Farm founder John A. Bell III, who served on countless committees with numerous industry organizations for more than a half-century.
Housebuster, the last two-time Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, died May 15 after he was taken to a veterinary clinic. The 18-year-old son of Mt. Livermore is represented as a stallion by 32 career stakes winners.
Mr. Trieste drew away for a 3 1/2-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race at Churchill Downs Saturday, giving his sire Old Trieste his first win.
Preston Clayton Curd, a former manager of Jonabell Farm who worked for the Bell family's historic Lexington nursery for more than 30 years, died May 2
Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner and the only stallion in history to win 14 Grade 1 races, will be memorialized at Darley at Jonabell with a sculpture by renowned equine artist Gwen Reardon.
Luis Chavez heads to New York... Dan Pride to Darley...Countdown to the Breeders' Cup in Saratoga...National Museum of Racing seeks works by Henry Koehler...Churchill stakes deadline approaches.
Events often overtake intentions. When Edward J. DeBartolo created the Super Derby in 1980 for his Louisiana Downs, he intended it to be a late-season showdown for the top 3-year-olds in the nation. And although its name might have been a touch hyperbolic, even arrogant, the Super Derby indeed became a highlight on the racing calendar.
Multi-millionaire Street Cry, who arrived Sept. 10 at Sheikh Mohammed's Jonabell Farm near Lexington, figures to be the star attraction at the stallion showcase scheduled Sept. 13 at the farm.
Climate upset even-money favorite Shibboleth and Ladies Din Friday while running the fast turf mile of the current Santa Anita meet.
Gold Legend will move to Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer's Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas, for the 2002 breeding season.
Sheikh Mohammed's first order of business as owner of Jonabell Farm in Lexington will be to "give the land a rest," according to his chief bloodstock adviser John Ferguson. The sheikh's purchase of the 790-acre farm is scheduled to close Oct. 1.
As Central Kentucky breeders and owners prepare for the "ripple effect" from mare reproductive loss syndrome, Kentucky legislators are in the process of gathering information to assess the damage. Meanwhile, a state equine emergency management plan is in the works.
- By Ray Paulick
John A. Bell III reached into his pocket and pulled out two sheets of paper with the cold, hard facts. "Well, here's the bad news," he said. Bad news, indeed, for the family-owned and operated Jonabell Farm that Bell founded in 1956. Of 76 mares previously checked and believed to be in foal for next year, 33 of them, 44%, are no longer pregnant. "Never seen anything like it," Bell said. His wife, Jessica, shook her head, adding, "It's just devastating."
Less than two weeks after recommending a new runway at Lexington's Blue Grass Field, the city's Urban County Airport Board has reversed course, opting instead to expand the existing runway.
By John Williams -- As many of us coped with the death of Affirmed on Jan. 12, one underlying theme was evident: it seemed everybody connected to the horse considered it a privilege that he had touched their lives. This had been true all of his life, I am sure.
Central Kentucky stallion Affirmed, who underwent surgery on his left front pastern joint at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington in the fall, is back at the clinic. The 26-year-old stallion was sent there on Jan. 8 from the Bell family's Jonabell Farm near Lexington. It is questionable whether he will be able to begin breeding when the season begins Feb. 15.
Jonabell Farm announced that Affirmed arrived back at the farm Oct. 26 and is expected to make a full recovery from ankle surgery and be ready for the start of the 2001 breeding season.
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