A service in memory of the late Dr. Michael Osborne will be held Monday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary church in Lexington, Ky.
Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Henny Hughes has not yet joined Godolphin Stable, but is in training with Millennium Stables at Nad al Sheba under the ownership of Sheikh Mohammed's son Sheikh Rashid.
Ashado, who sold for a world-record $9 million at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, is booked to Storm Cat, the world's most expensive stallion.
Alkaased, who won the Nov. 27 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) in world-record time to end his career, will begin his stallion career at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Stallion Complex in Japan for a fee of ¥2.5 million (approximately $20,700).
Alkaased, who won the Nov. 27 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) in world-record time, has been retired to stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Japan following Darley's purchase of the 5-year-old son of Kingmambo.
Leading European 3-year-old filly Shawanda and multiple group I winner Valixir are among four horses that Godolphin Stables has purchased from the Aga Khan.
Pampered Princess and Stellar Jayne, both grade I winners, have been retired from racing to become broodmares.
Tattersalls' December Foal Sale finished Saturday with a record aggregate of 23,295,600 guineas, up 27% on 2004, and a record median of 18,000 guineas, a 24% increase.
The only Sadler's Wells catalogued topped a furious day's trading at Tattersalls' December Foal Sale in Newmarket Friday when selling for 470,000 guineas to Demi O'Byrne on behalf of the Coolmore team.
Trading stepped up a gear as the better lots appeared on day two of Tattersalls' December Foal Sale in Newmarket, England Thursday, with John Ferguson buying three of the four six-figure lots on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed.
When champion filly Ashado was led into the Keeneland sales ring Monday, there was an air of anticipation that big things were about to happen. In the end, the result was a bidding war between agent John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed, and the Coolmore group; Ferguson came out on top, paying a world-record price of $9 million for a broodmare or broodmare prospect.
So far, Darley Stable's Henny Hughes has been the best man to First Samurai's groom. But Henny Hughes' new trainer, Kiaran McLauglin, thinks it's possible to move his colt into the No. 1 spot in Saturday's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation has announced its fees for the 2006 season, and will start newcomers Dubawi at £25,000 and Doyen at £10,000 at Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket, England.
The opening session of the Tattersalls October yearling sale Part Two in England on Tuesday returned very strong figures.
Irish 2,000 Guineas (Ire-I) winner Dubawi, a son of Dubai Millennium's only crop, has been retired because of an injury. He was to have started next in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
European champion Shamardal, who currently is spending his first season at stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Australia near Aberdeen, will begin his Northern Hemisphere career in 2006 at the Sheikh's Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
Sheikh Mohammed's Darley organization has donated a season to its successful stallion Elusive Quality to the American Red Cross "Katrina Relief" fund.
Pebbles, the first British horse to win a Breeders' Cup race, has died in Japan.
The promise of a "family affair" was kept Saturday at Haydock Park with the result of the group I William Hill Sprint Cup. Goodricke, carrying the colors of Sheikh Mohammed, held off the speedy filly La Cucaracha to notch his first group I score.
Godolphin's Dubawi stormed down the middle of the Deauville course Sunday to record a decisive victory in the Prix Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) and shatter the unbeaten filly Divine Proportions' nine-race winning streak.
Mick Kinane landed his second group 1 win within the space of five days when he helped Proclamation, the 3-1 second favorite, gain a tactical edge over 2-1 market leader and defending champion Soviet Song to land the one-mile Sussex Stakes Wednesday at Goodwood.
Polish Precedent, sire of the multiple group I winners Pilsudski, Rakti, and Pure Grain, died following complications arising from colic surgery Tuesday night.
Nineteen horses still remain eligible Thursday for the UltimatePoker.com Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I), the first British classic of the season at Newmarket on Saturday. Despite the sizable field, all eyes will be on the unbeaten colt, Dubawi.
The proposal from Dubai World Cup committee member Michael Osborne that the highlight of the meeting should be on turf racing and not a dirt race is unlikely to receive much support from his colleagues.
Godolphin's second string Blues and Royals turned the UAE Derby (UAE-II) into a procession under Kerrin McEvoy in a race run at a furious gallop Saturday at Nad Al Sheba.
It was the greatest show on earth...at least as far as sales of 2-year-olds in training are concerned. Fueled by an international cast of big spenders eager to acquire expensive young horseflesh, the Fasig-Tipton Florida select auction at Calder Race Course rocketed to unprecedented heights Tuesday.
A son of Tale of the Cat got Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course off to a roaring start when Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Management went to a world-record $5.2 million to purchase the colt from the consignment of Robert Scanlon, agent.
A muscular bay Tale of the Cat colt shattered the record for a 2-year-old in training sold at public auction Tuesday when his price soared to $5.2-million during the Fasig-Tipton Florida select juvenile auction at Calder Race Course.
Dr. Michael Osborne, has assumed the position of chairman of World Racing Championships Ltd.
Sheikh Mohammed was, and he'll say the same today too, always adamant Dubai Millennium was the best horse he'd ever seen and was going to be the best stallion.
A 639-strong entry has been received for the 2006 Vodafone Derby at the initial yearling entry stage, just nine short of the record 648 entries made for the 2005 classic at Epsom Downs.
Any fears that an indifferent start would deter pinhookers as Tattersalls' December Foal Sale came to life Thursday were soon banished after a day of strong trade that all but matched the record-breaking 2003 figures.
Elusive Quality, who began his stallion career standing for $10,000 and has sired 16 stakes winners to date including Smarty Jones, will stand in 2005 for $100,000.
A German-bred colt by Montjeu colt consigned by Peter Kavanagh's Irish-based Kildaragh Stud topped day three of the Tattersalls October yearling sale in Newmarket Wednesday when realizing 320,000guineas (approx. $525,500).
Sheikh Mohammed struck early at the second of two select sessions at the Goffs' Orby Sale at Kill, Co Kildare, Ireland, Tuesday, but the overall figures for the select part of the sale were down.
On the hurricane rating scale of 1 to 5, the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling auction was a Category 3. It packed a strong financial punch on Sept. 13 in Central Kentucky, driving the market past 2003's hot numbers. But the key business figures didn't grow quite as fast as they did a year ago.
Boosted by the aggressive buying of Sheikh Mohammed, with additional support from a broad base of domestic and foreign buyers, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale got off to a solid start Monday.
We love men in pink, burgers and brats at Rick's, Juddmonte Farms hats, show-off-the new-stallion parties, Taylor Made's zones, and the cute little kid in the very big cowboy hat.
Germany's premier yearling sale, which took place on Saturday at Baden-Baden, saw sharp increases in gross revenue, average price, and median price, helped by presence of John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser.
Sheikh Mohammed's Layman, bred in Kentucky by Darley, romped to victory in the Prix de Cabourg (Fr-III) for 2-year-olds at Deauville Sunday by five lengths under jockey Gary Stevens.
Sheikh Mohammed, who called champion Dubai Millennium his best horse ever, experienced a special thrill July 8 in the Weatherbys Superlative Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket when the stallion's homebred son, Dubawi, became his sire's first stakes winner.
Sheikh Mohammed's Illustrious Miss, a 3-year-old filly bred in the United States by William S. Farish and E.J. Hudson Jr. Irrevocable Trust, bounded away in the final furlong to post a solid victory in Saturday's totesport Chartwell Fillies' Stakes (Eng-III) at Lingfield Park.
It seems purchasing sprinting sensation Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona) for A$22 million (U.S. $16.9 million) last month wasn't enough for the ever-expanding Darley in Australia. The big boys have just grown a tad more and in the interim again turned the screws on all Australian stud rivals by buying Australia's best 3-year-old Reset (Zabeel-Assertive Lass) for A$20 million (U.S.$15.3 million) overnight.
When Darley came to Australia in 2001, everyone connected withThoroughbred breeding sensed it was going to be a move of significance. Last year, Darley stood 10 stallions and attracted 785 mares.
Sheikh Mohammed stressed his enthusiasm for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) even though Godolphin will not be represented in the big race for the second year in a row.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March select sale of 2-year-olds in training ended its record-setting run Wednesday, posting major gains that lifted the gross revenue, average price, and median price to the auction's highest levels ever.
Exceed and Excel has been sold for a reported record $22 million (Australian funds; about U.S. $16.2 million) to Sheikh Mohammed. As a direct result, the Danehill colt will miss a Dubai confrontation with Cajun Beat and others in the Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai March 27.
Darley stallion In the Wings, who won the 1990 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) and was a champion in France, was diagnosed with laminitis the past weekend and has been relieved temporarily from stallion duty.
The market for 2-year-olds in training continued to build on this year's gains when the action moved to Barretts in Southern California Tuesday. A daughter of Awesome Again brought $2 million, breaking the world record for a juvenile filly sold at public auction.
Prices soared to world record heights Tuesday during Fasig-Tipton Florida's sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. A handsome colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus set a new standard for a juvenile sold at public auction by commanding $4.5 million. In addition, a colt from the first crop of Stephen Got Even also blew past the previous mark of $2.7 million, bringing $3.1 million earlier in the auction.
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