The outbreak of equine influenza that is jeopardizing the Australian breeding season has breeders from Down Under thinking about sending their mares to Kentucky-based stallions this fall and winter so they can be bred on Southern Hemisphere time.
Gato Del Sol, the 1982 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up who died Aug. 7, not only boasted a Hall of Fame sire in Cougar II, but a female family from which many fine runners descend.
Gato Del Sol, who won the 1982 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as a homebred for Arthur B. Hancock III and Leone J. Peters, was euthanized Aug. 7.
Flame Thrower, a California grade II winner, will be relocated from Florida to California to stand in 2007 at Oak Hill Farm near Paso Robles
Sand Ridge, a multiple stakes winner who earned $708,149, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Joe and Sharon Kerby's Key Ranch near Salado, Texas.
Three Chimneys Farm has announced that pedigree analyst Anne Peters will join its staff as the farm's new Seasons and Matings Advisor beginning in August.
Pedigree and conformation experts espoused various breeding theories and stated what is wrong with modern bloodstock practices during a panel discussion at the Thoroughbred International Exposition Conference on prioritizing between pedigree, conformation and performance.
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