Growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia that have seen Russia call for an embargo of U.S. agricultural products has sale officials at Keeneland concerned.
Magomet Kappushev, who once trained and rode horses for Russian President Vladimir Putin, finished second in the first race at Gulfstream Park Nov. 11 in his U.S. debut.
Dual grade I winner and first-crop sire Pioneerof the Nile saw his first winner May 12 as juvenile filly Zarnica won her first start in a 1,000-meter race in Russia at the Rostov-On-Don Hippodrome.
Curlin, the 2007-08 Horse of the Year, came through with his first two winners when the colts Lucky First and Zimniy Dvorets won in Russia June 17.
Anasheed, a 10-year-old son of A.P. Indy, has been sold for stallion duty in Russia.
Vicarage, a graded stakes winner and grade II stakes-placed, will head to the Republic of Georgia to start his stallion career.
Turbo Storm, an unraced 3-year-old full brother to three-time grade I winner High Yield, has been sold privately to stand stud duty in Russia. Owned by horsemen Bob Walton and Jim Elliott, Turbo Storm will take up duty at Donskoi Stud near Rustov Ma Donn, Russia.
Four agriculture officials from Russia toured horse farms, racetracks, and veterinary clinics the week of Oct. 18 at the invitation of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Representatives of the Maryland horse industry and the state Department of Agriculture are on a 12-day trip to Russia. One objective is to secure Russian buyers for Maryland horses.
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