An emotional John Velazquez received a standing ovation from a standing-room only crowd Aug. 10 at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as the jockey led five other inductees into the Hall of Fame.
- By Tom LaMarra
Talking out both sides of the mouth ... and trying to make sense of it all. read blog
Graded stakes winner Buffalo Man has been sold to stand at Totara Park Stud near Whangarei, New Zealand.
Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year and champion older male, has had his 2010 fee reduced to $30,000 from the previously announced $50,000.
Frank Stronach plans to close his Adena Springs South stallion operation near Williston, Fla., and relocate some of the stallions to either Adena Springs near Paris, Ky., or Gardiner Farms near Caledon East, Ontario, Canada.
Einstein, who is scheduled to run in the Sept. 6 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, has been bought by Frank Stronach's Stronach Stables for an undisclosed sum.
North Light, who won the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) in 2004, notched his first winner as a sire July 12 when North Ballade won in Russia.
Citronnade, a homebred grade I winner for Frank Stronach's Stronach Stables, was euthanized April 1 following colic surgery.
Indy King, a son of A.P. Indy, will stand at Indiana Stallion Station near Anderson, Ind.
A longtime adversarial shareholder in MI Developments has blasted the latest reorganization proposal to spin-off subsidiary Magna Entertainment Corp., a plan which includes $75 million in funding for a potential slots parlor at Laurel Park in Maryland.
Wilko, the 2004 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner, sired his first foal Jan. 8 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Sligo Bay, Florida's fourth-leading second-crop sire in 2008, will be relocated to Gardiner Farms near Caledon East, Ontario, Canada.
Following a trend from stallion farms that began soon after the last hammer fell at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm announced Dec. 8 a number of stallions will have their stud fees reduced for the 2009 breeding season.
Despite the earlier announcement that Magna Entertainment Corp. had a quarterly loss of $48.4 million and is seeking to sell core assets, including one or more of its top racetracks, management of the company that holds 60% equity interest in MEC continues to be optimistic of a turnaround.
Magna Entertainment Corp. has announced the termination of a purchase agreement to sell 489 acres of land near Ocala, Fla., it was announced Nov. 3.
Ginger Punch, last year's champion older female, has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for breeder/owner Frank Stronach.
Awesome Again and Ghostzapper will stand in 2009 for $150,000, the same stud fee they each commanded this year. The stallions stand at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Ky., which announced its 2009 fees Oct. 23.
Showing Up, a millionaire and multiple grade I winner for Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stables, has been retired from racing and will stand in 2009 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Kingmambo and A.P. Indy, two stallions who stand at Will Farish's Lane's End Farm, emerged on top of the list of leading sires of yearlings sold (minimum three sold) during the Sept. 9 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association once again honored the top men and women in racing in North America for their industry achievements from the previous year at its annual dinner.
Scott Borgemenke, the former Ohio State Racing Commission chairman who joined Magna Entertainment Corp. as executive vice president of racing earlier this year, departed from the company, effective July 18.
Valid Victress, dam of Eclipse Award winner Perfect Sting, died June 16 from foaling complications.
Graded stakes winner Olmodavor was represented by his first winner when his daughter Miss Dixie Dancer set a track-record.
Fresh off her victory in the April 26 Calder Oaks, Stronach Stables' homebred Ginger Brew looks to tackle the first leg of Canada's Triple Tiara, as she goes to post as the favorite in the 53rd edition of the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks June 8.
Yanks Music, the 1996 champion 3-year-old filly, was euthanized May 15 because of intestinal problems discovered after she colicked.
Ginger Punch, last year's champion older female, had her first work since winning the Louisville Stakes (gr.II) on the morning of May 16 at Belmont Park.
Due primarily to losses by Magna Entertainment racetracks, MI Developments, the property arm of Canadian auto-parts empire Magna International, reported lower first-quarter profit May 7.
Despite mounting losses and lack of investor confidence, executives of racetrack operator Magna Entertainment remain confident the company's fortunes can be reversed.
In a race named for Muhammed Ali's hometown, Ginger Punch delivers a knockout blow in easily taking the Louisville Stakes (gr. II) under the Twin Spires.
Stronach Stables' homebred Sugar Swirl has taken everything trainer Brian Lynch has thrown at her, including four back-to-back stakes races " three of them graded. Now the 5-year-old daughter of Touch Gold seeks her first grade I victory against the likes of Hystericalady, Baroness Thatcher, and Intangaroo in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).
As the Florida legislature prepares to end its annual session May 2, chances appear very slim that it will pass either of two slot machine bills being sought by the Thoroughbred industry.
Stronach Stables' homebred mare Sugar Swirl will try to extend her winning streak to four on March 22 at Gulfstream Park, as she faces six rivals in the $200,000 Shirley Jones Handicap (gr. II), a seven-furlong test for older fillies and mares on the main track.
Warren Williamson was voted owner of the year, and his racemare Nashoba's Key was chosen horse of the year, in the Thoroughbred of California's annual owner awards selection.
Due to weather conditions, the first Adena Springs 2-year-old in training under tack show has been rescheduled for March 6.
The 5-year-old mare pulled away in the stretch to take the Hurricane Bertie (gr. III) Feb. 17 at Gulfstream Park.
Lady Marlboro and Sugar Swirl are proven winners contesting the Feb. 17 Hurricane Bertie at Gulfstream Park.
Frank Stronach covers a variety of topics in this exclusive video interview, including a look at the newly relocated Adena Springs Farm.
Ginger Punch was all action in 2007. Her victory in the 2007 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Monmouth Park proved powerful enough to propel the daughter of Awesome Again to an Eclipse Award in the older female division
Citronnade, a grade I-winning homebred for Frank Stronach, is booked to Stronach's Horse of the Year Ghostzapper.
Silent Name, a grade II winner by Sunday Silence, has arrived at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris, where he will enter stud for $7,500.
Multiple grade II winner Silent Name will retire to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris after starting in the Nov. 23 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.
Aristocrat, a winning full brother to Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
- By Ron Mitchell
The Keeneland November sale will include dispersals or major reductions by Adena Springs, Swettenham Stud, Golden Eagle Farm, the partnership of retired trainer MacKenzie Miller and the late Smiser West, and California owner Stan E. Fulton.
Macho Uno, sire of grade I winner Wicked Style from his freshman crop, will relocate from Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla., to stand the 2008 season at Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris.
- By Ron Mitchell
Frank Stronach took a major step toward the top of the breeders' list when his homebred Ginger Punch won the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
In the most thrilling stretch duel of the day, Ginger Punch took the worst of it on the rail but still won the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) over Hystericalady.
The main reason trainer Bobby Frankel is able to attend to his ill dog back in California and not make it to the Breeders' Cup is his fantastic staff of assistants who are able to step in and run the show.
Wilko, winner of the 2004 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been purchased by Frank Stronach's Adena Springs.
Magna Entertainment Corp. has announced plans to sell Thistledown near Cleveland, Ohio, and to shed its interest in Portland Meadows, located in Portland, Ore.
Horse of the Year Ghostzapper's first reported foal is a colt born Jan. 12 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs North near Aurora, Ontario, Canada.
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