Jibboom, a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, has been retired from racing because of a suspensory injury.
Brian O'Rourke, who has worked for the last 12 years in Kentucky, is leaving America to take up the post of managing director of Britain's National Stud in Newmarket.
Juddmonte Farms' Jibboom came into the Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) off two seconds in allowance company, was making just her fourth career start, and had to run down 12 other fillies. But Oct. 20, going seven furlongs over Keeneland's Polytrack, the filly won her first graded stakes event with a bang.
Plantation Stud of Newmarket, England, announced Monday that it has acquired the 220-acre Silver Springs Stud near Paris, Ky.
Darley stallion Mark of Esteem, who is coming off a fifth-place ranking on the 2006 English/Irish sires list, has been indefinitely suspended from stud duties following recent tests that have indicated a decrease in his fertility level.
Champion Afleet Alex's first reported foal is a colt born Jan. 21 at Bettina Jenney's Derry Meeting Farm near Cochranville, Pa.
Araafa, a two-time group I winner, will stand at stud in 2007 at Dermot O'Rourke's Plantation Stud, but not before completing this year's racing season.
Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms has reached an agreement on the sale of an equal share in successful sire Distant View to Haras Vacacion S.A.
Dermot O'Rourke, former director of the Irish National Stud, bought historic Plantation near Newmarket, England, for an undisclosed sum.
French champion and prominent sire Machiavellian, a Darley standard bearer, has been withdrawn from covering duties at Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket, England, because of a recurrence of laminitis.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Flute has been retired due to a small chip in one ankle. She is expected to return to her birthplace, Juddmonte Farms near Lexington, Ky. on Thursday. No breeding plans have been decided.
The secret is out--Garrett O'Rourke, manager of Prince Khalid Abdullah's North American division of Juddmonte Farms, is this year's Kentucky farm manager of the year.
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