Big Brown, champion 3-year-old of 2008 when he won the first two legs of the Triple Crown and a leading third-crop sire, will stand the 2015 season in New York.
Pivotal has enjoyed a level of success that could not have been predicted from his race record and pedigree.
French classic winner and prominent sire Soviet Star died Oct. 7 at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland. He was 30.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Toormore is the third group winner sired by Arakan, and the second out of Danzig line mare.
Maxios upstaged favorite Olympic Glory in the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I) Sept. 16 at Longchamp, romping home by five lengths in his second group I victory of 2013.
Pensioned in 2010, Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector -- Miesque, by Nureyev) ruled the Sept. 2 international racing scene, providing two stakes winners on the day, including his 93rd lifetime added-money winner. read blog
It's unusual for a runner to cross the finish line before a champion, unusual for any horse to have ancestors from 6 nations in her 3rd generation, and definitely Pretty Unusual to fit both of these descriptions.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Three times is impressive in any race; Good Ba Ba's three-peat in the group I Hong Kong Mile was an even greater feat because it came against some of the world's best racehorses.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Oct. 13 that champion and leading sire Theatrical has been pensioned from stud duty.
The stallion Unusual Heat broke the California record for progeny earnings in one year Dec. 11.
Mien, the dam of 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown, will be bred to Henrythenavigator in 2009. An English and Irish classic winner, Henrythenavigator (by Kingmambo) finished second in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). He will be standing his inaugural breeding season at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $65,000.
Three Chimneys Farm announced their 2009 stud fees Oct. 31, and dual classic winner Big Brown will stand his first season for $65,000.
Kingmambo excelled at a mile on the track but his offspring have shown a mix of speed and stamina. Henrythenavigator, a three-time group I winner, is among Europe's leading milers this year. He is the sixth group winner and third classic winner produced from the cross of Kingmambo with Sadler's Wells daughters.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Winchester, winner of the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) is part of an exceptionally strong contingent of European turf runners this year. The son of Theatrical may be headed for the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). If he wins, Theatrical will become the first Turf winner to sire a Turf winner.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Big Brown's victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Hard Spun's second in the Derby last year are the latest indicators that the Danzig line is asserting some authority in America's premier dirt races. Want more proof? How about last year's older male champion Lawyer Ron (a son of Danzig's son Langfuhr)and the emerging sire Exchange Rate, who got two grade I winners in his first crop.
Bloodstock legend Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey, a lynchpin in the success of the Niarchos family's racing and breeding operation, died Feb. 3 at his home in Newbury, England.
I have long been intrigued by the potential upgrading effects of inbreeding through brothers, sisters, three-parts brothers and sisters, and other close relatives.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Alan Porter has been intrigued for a long time by the potential upgrading effects of inbreeding through brothers, sisters, three-parts brothers and sisters, and other close relatives. Naturally, the top international group I winners Ramonti and Good Ba Ba attracted his attention because they are two interesting examples of inbreeding via siblings.
In October 1987, Walmac International and its veterinarians went to extensive lengths to save the life of stallion Nureyev. Those efforts paid off, adding 14 years to the horse's life. When the son of Northern Dancer died this past Oct. 29 at age 24, he had been represented by 130 stakes winners. This article detailing how Nureyev was saved in 1987 was originally published in the Oct. 10, 1987 Blood-Horse.
Group stakes winner Mingun, a 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of the mighty Miesque has been retired from racing and will enter stud next season at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His opening fee will be $7,500 live foal.
Act of Duty, a half-brother to Northern Afleet who sold for $3.6 million as a yearling but failed to win on the racetrack, has been retired and will stand in 2006 at Arthur Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Atticus, a 12-year-old son of Nureyev who has sired three stakes winners, has been purchased by Suarez Racing and will stand in 2005 at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif.
John T.L. Jones Jr. has sold Walmac International to entities controlled by his son, John III, and his son's former partner in several horse ventures, Bobby Trussell. The deal, signed Sept. 10, involves the farm's property but no stallion interests.
In a surprise move, Coolmore Australia has canceled the southern season of Peintre Celebre.
Turf course record holder Special Ring returned from a nine-month layoff with a scintillating front-running victory in the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) at Del Mar Sunday.
Kentucky-bred Arakan returned to form with a determined victory in the Criterion Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket on Saturday.
Irish-based freshman stallion Fasliyev tied End Sweep's record mark of 34 2-year-olds from a year's crop when his daughter Ouimonamour won Nov. 4 at Maisons-Laffitte in France.
Prestonwood Farm's Special Ring clipped a remarkable four-fifths of a second off the 1 1/8-mile turf track record while going gate to wire Sunday in Del Mar's $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT).
Gay Smith's favored Thady Quill closed from midpack on the final turn to take the $110,000 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup Saturday at Garrison Savannah Racetrack near Bridgetown, Barbados.
Istintaj, a son of Nureyev and multiple grade III winner on the dirt, will stand his first season at Hartley/De Renzo Walmac South near Ocala, Fla.
Good Journey, whose four-race victory began with last year's Citation Handicap and ended last month when narrowly beaten in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will be a solid favorite Saturday to repeat in Hollywood Park's $500,000 Citation (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Trainer Wally Dollase said that Good Journey returned in top shape from a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) and is considering two options for his next start.
Paul J. Reddam's Momentum, a contender for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic Oct. 26, has been withdrawn from the race due to a soft tissue injury to his right foreleg.
Atto Mile (gr. IT) winner Good Journey, winner of the Atto Mile Stakes at Woodbine, worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.80 at Hollywood Park on Thursday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.
Bobby Frankel attempts to become the all-time leading trainer in the storied history of the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) when he sends out Dance Dreamer Saturday in the 70th running of the turf feature.
Juddmonte Farm's Dance Dreamer, the 4-5 favorite in a five-horse field, hit the front in mid-stretch and cruised to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Escondido Handicap at Del Mar Wednesday.
Victories by Jungle Pocket in the Japan Cup and by Kurofune in the Japan Cup Dirt gave the home team a sweep in the two international races.
By Frances J. Karon -- Nureyev's empty stall echoes the emptiness in the hearts of those of us who knew him. From his birth on May 2, 1977, the Thoroughbred world had many ambitious expectations of Nureyev to which he responded with a resounding affirmation of our faith.
Nureyev was one of those horses whose stratospheric yearling price of $1.3 million in 1978 and championship status on the racetrack earned plenty of attention. That type of attention was nothing compared to the type of admiration he later earned for his many accomplishments at stud and for coming back from a life-threatening injury.
A European champion racehorse and sire of 129 stakes winners, Nureyev has faced many difficult obstacles during his racing and breeding careers.
John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International released its stallion fees for 2002, and once again Nureyev is pegged at a private fee.
A champion and racing star on grass in the mid-1980s, Theatrical enjoyed a stellar weekend at Arlington Park with his lawn runners and took over the top spot on the turf sire list from Dynaformer.
Prominent Central Kentucky stallion Nureyev, whose total of 124 stakes winners ranks among the most in history, will be limited in 2002 to mares either owned or approved by shareholders.
The Tattersalls December Mares Sale, Europe's leading breeding stock sale, got underway at Park Paddocks in Newmarket, England on Monday. The sales company reported the average was up 5% to 33,502 guineas on the corresponding day last year and the median rose 11% to 21,000 guineas, with the day's trade grossing 6,398,900 guineas.
John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International, which boasts two of the nation's leading sires by number of career stakes winners, announced its stallion fees for 2001.
For the second straight year, Ashford Stud stands the top three stud horses among North American-based stallions bred to 100 or more mares in 1999. Ashford's Grand Slam was bred to 166 mares, Tale of the Cat followed by covering 147, and Southern Halo was mated to 141.
Augustin Stable's No Matter What split horses to surge to the lead and then held off Theoretically in deep stretch as horses making their North American racing debuts filled the top three finishing positions in the $250,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) Sunday at Del Mar.
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