$4.6-million Keeneland September sale yearling Maimonides will begin his stallion career at Tom Simon's Vinery in Florida
Santa Anita Derby victor Pioneerof the Nile, second to Mine That Bird in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, will begin his stallion career at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery in Kentucky.
Mister Baileys, a stakes-record-setting English classic winner who stood several seasons in Kentucky, has died at the age of 18 because of lengthy complications from grass sickness.
Purge got his initial winner when Perfect Drive won the first race at Arlington Park July 30 by nine lengths.
Beau Genius, who topped the $2-million mark in progeny earnings eight consecutive years, has been pensioned because of declining fertility at Donald and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif.
A colt from the first crop sired by grade II winner War Front was purchased by Steven W. Young for $180,000 as the top-priced offering during the first half of Day 1 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington.
A filly from the first crop of grade II winner Congrats was purchased by Thomas M. McGreevy, as agent for Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm, for $150,000 during the opening minutes of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington July 20.
Black Tie Affair, 1991 Horse of the Year, has been pensioned at Randy Funkhouser's O'Sullivan Farms near Charles Town, W.Va.
Street Hero, who stood his first season at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery in Kentucky this year, will shuttle to Tony Santic's Makybe in Victoria, Australia for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Stormello, who stands at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington, will shuttle to Alberto Stein's Haras La Leyenda near Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Friesan Fire, the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is recuperating from surgery at Vinery near Lexington.
Grade II winner Limehouse came through with his first winner when his daughter Lover's House won May 21 at Hollywood Park.
Tom Ludt was sitting on top of the world. It was the morning of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and after I Want Revenge was scratched, Friesan Fire became the new favorite in the classic. Ludt is the general manager of Tom Simon's Vinery, which owns Friesan Fire in partnership with Rick Porter's Fox Hill Stable.
A.P. Indy was the leading sire at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale based on the average price of $858,043 brought by 23 of his offspring. But Friesan Fire, who is by the 1992 Horse of the Year, got lost in the crowd and was bought back for $725,000 by the Vinery's Dr. Tom Simon, who bred the colt in the name of Grapestock.
Friesan Fire burned up the track April 27 at Churchill Downs, working five furlongs in a blazing :57 4/5 during his final serious move before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I). Wearing red and white blinkers and carrying jockey Gabriel Saez, the 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy turned in splits of :11 1/5, :22 1/5, :33 3/5, and 45:1/5. Friesan Fire galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.
Friesan Fire, one of the top choices for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Keeneland the morning of April 14.
Friesan Fire, whose Louisiana Derby (gr. II) romp cemented his status as one of the leading Triple Crown contenders, will most likely not have another race before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Larry Jones said April 1.
Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire swept the Louisiana 3-year-old series and made a bold statement for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when overwhelming eight rivals to win the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) by 7 1/4 lengths March 14 at Fair Grounds.
Headed by Fastnet Rock, Coolmore Stud stallions filled six of the top 10 places in terms of number of mares covered during the 2008 Australian breeding season.
Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farms' Friesan Fire stamped himself as a legitimate Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender by winning his second consecutive graded stakes race at Fair Grounds. This time, the A.P. Indy colt posted a two-length victory in the $200,000 Risen Star (gr. III) Feb. 7.
Yonaguska will be relocated from Vinery in Kentucky to Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana.
Stormello's first foal was born Jan. 16 at Ramspring Farm near Frankfort, Ky.
Friesan Fire, a talented 3-year-old colt who had disappointed in his last three starts, finally showed why trainer Larry Jones considered him a legitimate Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prospect from the outset.
Fire Slam, a grade II-winning sprinter, will stand in 2009 at Elite Thoroughbreds near Folsom, La.
Three-year-old Kodiak Kowboy, a Canadian champion and a grade II winner this year and last, will not enter stud in 2009 and instead will remain in training.
Two-year-old Street Hero, winner of the Norfolk Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.
Centennial Farms' Chelokee will stand the 2009 breeding season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.
Tom Simon's Vinery announced it will stand successful sire More Than Ready in 2009 for $45,000.
When Vinery Stables transferred a handful of horses in-training from Steve Asmussen into the barn of Larry Jones earlier this summer, graded stakes winner Kodiak Kowboy grabbed much of the attention as the highest profile colt changing hands. But when Jones received his new shipment of horses Kodiak Kowboy wasn't necessarily the one he was most excited about. It was 2-year-old colt Friesan Fire.
Eight-year-old stallion Trust N Luck has been purchased by Danny Bramer, Eric Gulley, and Mike Jester from Tom Simon's Vinery for stallion duty at Jester's Penn Ridge Farm near Middletown, Pa.
Repent, a leading Florida stallion last year with his first crop, will relocate to Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington from Vinery's Florida farm near Summerfield.
Chelokee, who sustained injuries during the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard at Churchill Downs, has changed residencies from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital to Tom Simon's Vinery, both near Lexington.
The Thoroughbred Action Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Aug. 28 recommended changes in riding crops and their usage for racing and training. Perhaps the biggest change is a recommendation for stricter enforcement of current regulation and penalties for non-compliance.
After July 10, Vinery will no longer have horses with trainer Steve Asmussen. But Tom Ludt, general manager of the farm, said it is likely the stable will have horses with Asmussen again at some point in the future.
Grade I winner The Cliff's Edge was represented by his first winner when his son Efficient Edge scored June 29 at Churchill Downs.
Grade I winner Peace Rules not only sired his first winner May 25, but also his initial stakes winner in the process.
Lantana Mob equaled the six-furlong track record at Pimlico May 17 when he ran down Silver Edition for a neck victory in the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes (gr. III) on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard.
More Than Ready, who figures to top this season's Australian 2-year-old sires list, has had his stud fee bumped to $110,000 (approximately $103,000 in U.S. funds) for this year's Australian bookings.
Brahms, a grade I-winning son of Danzig, will stand the 2008 breeding season at Elite Thoroughbreds near Folsom, La.
Posse's first runners came out blazing, leading him to the freshman title.
Grant Williamson will join Vinery's seasons and shares division in January 2008.
Gilded Time, an Eclipse Award winner who has sired the earners of $43.4 million, has been purchased by Bar None Ranches and will stand at that farm near Dewinton, Alberta, Canada, in 2008.
Stormello, a grade I winner at 2, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.
Vinery Stables is looking to score a progeny/sire double in the Oct. 27 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) with Kodiak Kowboy, a son of freshman sire Posse, who stands at the Lexington farm.
Three stallions -- Congrats, Alke, and Repent -- previously announced as standing in 2008 at Brent Fernung's Journeyman Stud will instead take up residence at the Florida division of Tom Simon's Vinery near Summerfield, it was announced Oct. 19.
- By Claire Novak
Ask Rick Porter and Vinery Farm manager Tom Ludt to comment on the sales histories of the 2-year-old Posse colt Kodiak Kowboy and his dam, Kokadrie, and the two men spin a circular tale.
In a Sept. 14 meeting at Keeneland Race Course, William Inglis and Son -- Australia's leading Thoroughbred sales agency since 1867 -- sought American help to fight the ramifications of an equine influenza outbreak that could result in the loss of half of the country's Thoroughbred foal crop of 2008.
Tom Simon's Vinery has acquired a major interest in Florida stallion Pomeroy. The 6-year-old son of Boundary will stand at Vinery near Summerfield, Fla.
William and Corinne Heiligbrodt, who campaigned grade II winner Posse in the name of Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, have sold the majority of their shares in the leading first-crop stallion to Posse Partners.
It would take a full blown posse to find the last freshman sire to be represented by as many as five stakes winners this early in the year.
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