By Dan Liebman - William S. Kilroy was racing a small, modest stable in Louisiana 30 years ago when he decided he wanted to enter the breeding side of the business. He approached a family friend with whom he had much in common, and the two hatched a plan to execute Kilroy's wishes.
Maryland Stallion Station announced it has begun construction of its permanent facility to be located in the Worthington Valley on land that was originally part of Alfred G. Vanderbilt's Sagamore Farm.
Bowman's Band, a 6-year-old grade II stakes winner of more than $1.1 million, will be retired at the end of 2004 and will stand at the Maryland Stallion Station's new facility as the property of Martin S. Schwartz and Maryland Stallion Station.
Lane's End Farm, a perennial leader at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sales, will not have a consignment at this year's sale held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 10-12. Instead, the sales agency of the Woodford County farm will focus its yearling prospects to Keeneland's September yearling sale in Kentucky, to be held Sept. 13-25.
Even though Pleasantly Perfect's upset win in Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) puts trainer Neil Howard's retired colt Mineshaft securely in the driver's seat for Horse of the Year honors, the conditioner wasn't accepting congratulations Sunday morning.
Donald Litz, the driving force behind the newly created Maryland Stallion Station, has announced the farm's stallion corps will consist of Rock Slide, Seeking Daylight, Outflanker, Eastern Echo, and Jazz Club.
Move over Vindication. There's a new leader among the stallions entering stud in 2004. Mineshaft, the leader on the NTRA poll, will begin his stallion career in 2004 for $100,000, twice that of Vindication, last year's champion juvenile male.
Will Farish has not attended Keeneland's September yearling sale since he became the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain in 2001. But the Lane's End Farm owner is back for this year's edition of the auction.
Rubiano, champion sprinter of 1992, was euthanized Tuesday following complications from laminitis, according to a release from William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm where he had stood since his retirement in 1992.
Came Home's first-year stud fee will be $40,000. The son of Gone West, a multiple grade I winner and millionaire, will stand his first season at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Lord Avie, champion 2-year-old male of 1980 for SKS Stable and sire of 74 stakes winners, has been pensioned at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., because of advanced age and a decline in fertility.
A.P. Indy, who is having another good year at stud with eight stakes winners and the earners of $3.8 million, will stand in 2003 for the same $300,000 amount that he stood for in 2002, according to figures released by William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm.
A no guarantee season to the Mr. Prospector stallion Gulch sold for $35,000 to top Equine Spectrum's online sale of 2002 stallion seasons on Wednesday. The buyer was Headley Bell's Nicoma Bloodstock, which is based in Lexington. Gulch stands for a live foal fee of $50,000 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Donn Handicap winner Stephen Got Even and multiple grade I winner Tomisue's Delight are among 25 horses that will be dispersed by Stephen and Tomisue Hilbert at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale on Feb. 11 in Lexington, Ky.
The role of the U. S. Embassy in London, England has taken on added significance since the terrorist bombings of Sept. 11, according to William S. Farish, the Lane's End Farm owner who began his tenure in the diplomatic post last July.
Equine Spectrum, the online Thoroughbred auction company based in Central Kentucky, has a new executive director, Dan Kelliher, and plans to conduct up to five sales this year. The first will be an auction of stallion seasons that is scheduled for Feb. 6. Another sale will be held in April that will feature horses and stallion interests with connections to Triple Crown contenders. Additional auctions in 2002 will include one with tie-ins to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
The rise of Thunder Gulch from champion 3-year-old male to leading sire has been meteoric to say the least. Just six years removed from a championship season as North America's top sophomore, and with just three crops of racing age, the son of Gulch has made it to the apex of the sire charts.
Halory Hunter, who won the 1998 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) for the Celtic Pride Stable of basketball coach Rick Pitino, is being moved for the 2002 breeding season from William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., to Wade and Fred Feuring's Rockin River Ranch in Winterset, Iowa.
William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm announced its stallion fees for 2002 and has placed premium fees for the services of A.P. Indy and Kingmambo. A.P. Indy, whose millionaire son Aptitude won the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) over the weekend, will stand for $300,000, and Kingmambo's fee will be $200,000.
Lane's End Farm owner Will Farish was confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain by the Senate Wednesday. Given previous reports, Churchill Downs will have two to three weeks to replace him as chairman of the board.
Lane's End Farm and Turfway Park announced a three-year agreement that will give the breeding farm located near Versailles, Ky., title sponsorship of the Northern Kentucky racetrack's premier Triple Crown prep race in the spring. It will be called the "Lane's End Spiral Stakes," which next year will be held March 23.
Officials at Lane's End Farm and Turfway Park announced today a three-year agreement that will give the Central Kentucky breeding farm title sponsorship of Turfway's premier Triple Crown prep race in the spring. The grade II Lane's End Spiral Stakes will be held next year on March 23.
The flurry of recent stakes sponsorships continued Thursday with the announcement that the $100,000 Bassinet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at River Downs will be supported by Pepsi-Cola for at least three years. Last year's Bassinet was won by Caressing, who eventually was named champion 2-year-old filly of 2000.
For the second year in a row, Lane's End Farm will not have a consignment at the Keeneland July select yearling sale. Lane's End owner William S. Farish told The Blood-Horse on Wednesday that the farm would continue to focus its marketing efforts on Keeneland's September auction in 2001. Lane's End's consignment to the select portion of the 2000 Keeneland September yearling auction enjoyed phenomenal success. The 45 horses sold grossed $45,697,000.
Grade I winner Dixie Union, who entered stud this year at Gerald Ford's Diamond A Farms near Versailles, Ky., as the property of a syndicate managed by William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm, has been relocated to Lane's End near Versailles.
Weekend Surprise, dam of classic winners Summer Squall and A.P. Indy, died after foaling a Belong to Me filly Tuesday. The foaling was without incident, but that evening Weekend Surprise hemorrhaged and died. The filly has been placed on a nurse mare and is doing fine.
President Bush on Monday nominated Lane's End Farm owner William S. Farish to be ambassador to Britain. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer announced the nomination during his daily press briefing. Farish, 62, is chairman of the board of Churchill Downs and is a Bush family friend. The nomination, which had been rumored for weeks, is subject to Senate confirmation. Farish played host to former president George Bush at last year's Kentucky Derby and to candidate Bush during the presidential election.