On a raiding trip from Canada for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, Ontario-bred Shakhimat galloped to his first graded score in the $100,000 Transylvania (gr. IIIT) April 8 on Keeneland's spring meet opening day.
Sagamore Racing announced March 2 its fourth annual Thoroughbred Naming Contest.
Weanlings were the big-ticket items Nov. 8, as Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock sale entered its second week with losses, but still stayed on course to beat last year's figures overall.
Matthew Schera's Isotherm came with a wide run under Jose Lezcano to narrowly win Belmont Park's Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds over Azar.
A daughter of Darley's Central Kentucky shuttler Lonhro sold for a Magic Millions National weanling sale record price for a filly.
Kentucky-based bloodstock agent John Moynihan and Spendthrift Farm were among a strong international presence at the Inglis Easter yearling sale on its April 8 opening day, which saw several seven-figure horses.
Darley's Central Kentucky shuttler Lonhro was recognized as one of Australia's greatest racehorses with his induction into the nation's Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies March 9 in Canberra.
"Going Green" is a feature published in the March 8, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. The feature examines why turf sires may be making a comeback in North America. view slideshow
"Going Green" is a feature published in the March 8, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. The feature examines why turf sires may be making a comeback in North America.
Average price was up 11% on the first day of the Inglis Melbourne premier yearling sale March 2, with trading led by a Northern Meteor colt for $450,000 ($400,542 in United States funds).
A colt by elite dual hemisphere sire More Than Ready sold for the highest price of $600,000 ($539,460 in United States funds) on the fourth day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale Jan. 11 in Queensland.
An unlucky second in the New Zealand One Thousand Guineas (NZ-I) last time out, favorite Bounding took control early in the Railway Stakes (NZ-I) Jan. 1 at Ellerslie and held on for a breakthrough triumph at the top level.
Darley's roster also adds Denman, Australia's leading first-crop sire and a son of Lonhro, who became Darley's first reverse shuttler in 2012.
Sheikh Mohammed's Darley in America has announced it will hold online auctions for 2014 nominations to Medaglia d'Oro, Lonhro, and Street Sense.
A Fastnet Rock colt sold for the overall highest price of Aus$290,000 (US$280,788) on second and final day of the Magic Millions National weanling sale May 28 on the Gold Coast.
Buyer selectivity has defined the first two days of the Inglis Easter broodmare sale, where Legal Consent, in foal to Darley's Central Kentucky shuttler Lonhro, brought the top price of $190,000 (US$196,447) on day two.
U.S.-based Solis Bloodstock spent $1.26 million to acquire the two highest-priced horses at the first session of the Inglis Easter broodmare sale April 16.
An Australian-bred filly by Darley's Central Kentucky-based Lonhro sold for $200,000 ($269,207 U.S.) to top the first session of the Magic Millions Perth yearling sale Feb. 19 at the Belmont Park sales complex.
Australian group I winner Mental grabbed the lead late from Kavanagh and drew clear to a one-length victory in the $200,000 Al Shindagha Sprint Sponsored by Jaguar XJ (UAE-III) at Meydan Feb. 14.
Darley in America will hold a series of online stallion season auctions to Medaglia d'Oro, Hard Spun, and Lonhro for the 2013 breeding season.
A Redoute's Choice colt sold for $800,000 (approximately US$845,585) to top trading Jan. 11 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale, where figures remained ahead of last year's sale through three days.
A daughter of Lonhro brought Aust$160,000 ($155,901 in U.S. funds) to top the second and final session of the Magic Millions national yearling sale June 6 in Australia.
Two-year-old colt Pierro remained unbeaten in four starts when he collared pacesetter Snitzerland for a half-length victory in Australia's $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (Aus-I) at Rosehill April 7.
Mahbooba will try and turn the tables on First City when she faces that rival and eight others in the $200,000 Balanchine Stakes Sponsored by S.O.G. Operations (UAE-IIT) at Meydan Racecourse Feb. 17.
Images from some of the Kentucky Farm Open Houses in January 2012. View Slideshow
Bernardini, who heads the second-crop sires' list by progeny earnings this year, will stand in 2012 at Darley's Jonabell Farm near Lexington for $150,000, double his 2011 fee of $75,000.
Lonhro, Australia's 2010-11 leading sire, will shuttle to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley at Jonabell near Lexington for the 2012 breeding season.
Arapaho Miss, winner of the 2007 Crown Oaks (Aust-I), sold for Aust$650,000 ($695,682 in U.S. funds) to top the second session of the Magic Millions national broodmare auction in Australia May 30.
The clearance rate was 93% during the first session of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne Great Southern weanling sale May 18 in Australia. The 131 horses that sold grossed Aust$1,063,250 (approximately $796,948 in U.S. funds) and averaged Aust$8,116 ($6,083). The median price was Aust$4,000 ($2,998).
- By Ric Chapman
Darley Australia has spent nearly a half-billion Australian dollars (U.S $415 million) to purchase the Ingham brothers' impressive Woodlands Stud operation.
Shadea, the dam of Australian Horse of the Year Lonhro, was found dead in her paddock Tuesday at Woodlands Stud in New South Wales, Australia.
The Magic Millions national weanling sale produced more highlights on day two of the weanling section.
Ghostzapper, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) during his undefeated season, has been rated the top racehorse in the world on two international classifications.
The mother of the world's best sprinter Silent Witness (El Moxie--Jade Tiara, by Bureaucracy) is in foal to one of the greatest racehorses Australia has ever produced in Lonhro.
Newly-crowned Australian Horse-of-the-Year Lonhro (Octagonal -- Shadea, by Straight Strike) added another major award Aug. 5 at the New South Wales Racehorse Owners' Association Night Of Champions at Royal Randwick racecourse in Sydney.
Retired Australian great Lonhro collected more than 94% of the possible votes to be named the continent's Horse of the year Aug. 4.
Woody Allen once said he didn't want to know when or how he would die, just where, so he wouldn't go there. Obviously no one warned Lonhro about going back to Randwick for his final race.
Betting lines on Saturday's $2 million (Australian funds) Australian Derby (Aust-I) suggest Niello is facing a far from easy task to become the fifth colt to win Australia's Triple Crown.
Australia's best racehorse, Lonhro (Octagonal--Shadea), will retire to stud in about three weeks.
Most Australian horses live in the shadow of Lonhro, but when you're his kid brother it can be a real trial. Not that Lonhro would be unaware of what its like, having always chased the reputation of their dad, Octagonal.
Into his final couple of races in his hometown of Sydney, Lonhro owns a strike rate of 75% and change. But the champion was mugged on the way to his 10th group I victory in his final Melbourne appearance Monday, his 22nd in a row as the betting favorite.
Onlookers might have suffered a heart flutter when Alinghi settled at the rear. Someone had to be second last of the 12 Blue Diamond (Aust-I) aspirants in the $1 million (Australian funds) juvenile feature, but it isn't supposed be the heavy favorite.
Octagonal's wonderful son, Lonhro drew within one of his father's 10 group I victories in a successful start to his final campaign in the C.F. Orr Stakes (Aust-I), at Caulfield on Feb. 7.
As if to foreshadow several upsets-in-waiting at Santa Anita during the 20th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Fields of Omagh sprung a 16-1 surprise in the W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) at Melbourne, Australia, on the same day (Oct. 25).
Longshot Fields of Omagh grabbed the lead with a quarter of a mile to go and held off Defier by a neck in the $3 million (Australian) Draught Cox Plate (Aus-I) at Moonee Valley Saturday, denying favored Lonhro for the second straight year.
A field of eight runners was finalized today for the 82nd running of the Carlton Draught Cox Plate (Aus-I) to be run October 24. First race post time is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. EDT on Breeders' Cup eve, post time for the Cox Plate is set for 1:00 a.m. EDT.
A Victoria Racing Club appeals' panel slapped a $20,754 fine Monday on "relieved" Australian jockey Darren Beadman, who described the action as a "fairytale."
Lonhro is an odds-on quote to win the W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) on Oct. 25 after easily defending the Oct. 11 Caulfield Stakes (Aust-I).
Northerly, who won the Cox Plate (Aust-I) and Caulfield Cup (Aust-I) was named Australia's Horse of the Year for 2003 at a dinner at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.
Hennessy landed his first Australian group I win as his 4 year-old son Grand Armee raced to a brilliant 3 1/2 length victory in the $2.5 million (Australian funds) Doncaster Handicap on April 19.
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