Dr. Tom Simon, the German-born, Spain-based lawyer who bounced into Australia and the United States four years ago with the purchase of Vinery in Kentucky and Australia, has decided it's time to expand the operation into Florida and is selling his entire broodmare band in Australia.
Marquetry, sire of two Breeders' Cup winners, arrived Tuesday at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington from Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.
Millionaire Peace Rules, whose retirement from racing was announced last week, will enter stud at Vinery's new Florida operation near Ocala.
Robert LaPenta's The Cliff's Edge, who finished third in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) suffered a fracture of the right front ankle during the running of the race and is scheduled to undergo surgery at the New Jersey Equine Clinic on Monday. Trainer Nick Zito said the injury is not life threatening.
Last year's boom Australian freshman stallion Mossman (Success Express -- Lichen Lady) has undergone surgery for colic and will not serve another mare at Vinery Stud this season.
Vinery stallion Red Ransom gained a fine start to the new Australian season with the stunning if narrow victory of his southern marquee son, Charge Forward, in the San Domenico (Aust-II) at Randwick Aug. 7.
Darby Dan Farm was left without power or telephone service Friday morning because of an overnight storm that ripped roofs off houses and damaged homes in Central Kentucky, but most Bluegrass horse farms appear to have emerged relatively unscathed.
Grade II winner Straight Man was represented by his first winner when his son Right Hand Man won May 15 at Calder Race Course at first asking.
Vinery's Australian farm announced its stud fees for this year and they too seem determined to offer value for money.
Grade I winner and millionaire More Than Ready was represented by his first winner when his initial starter, the filly Ready to Live, won a maiden special race April 21 at Lone Star Park.
Hussonet, a leading son of Mr. Prospector who is standing his first North American season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington, has joined the elite club of stallions that have sired more than 50 stakes winners.
Grade I winner Yonaguska's first reported foal was born Jan. 25 at Robert Ochocki's Columbiana Farm near Paris, Ky.
The first reported foal for grade II winner Pure Prize is a filly born Jan. 18 at Carrie Brogden's Machmer Hall near Paris, Ky.
Grade II winners Posse and Zavata, whose stallion plans were announced during the second half of 2003, closed out their racing careers in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) on opening day at Santa Anita. Best of the Rest, who also will enter stud, might race once more.
EquineCommerce.com quietly opened for business earlier this week, failing to sell any horses or stallion seasons in its first series of listings. But the company's chief executive was pleased because the software for the company's Web site worked well.
EquineCommerce.com, an online bid/ask system of selling horses that will act like a stock exchange, will be open for business Dec. 1.
Grade I winner Trust N Luck, co-holder of the highest Beyer Speed Figure for a 2-year-old, has been retired and will enter stud at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.
Tom Simon's Vinery announced that successful stallion Twining will not return to the Lexington farm following the conclusion of his current stallion duties at Vinery Australia, and instead will shuttle to the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station in Japan for the 2004 breeding season.
Hussonet, whose daughter Wild Spirit won the Sept. 13 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), will stand at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington in 2004.
Prominent stallion Red Ransom will relocate from Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington to Darley's Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket, England, for the 2004 breeding season
Posse, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Silver Deputy -- Raska, by Rahy, will enter stud at Vinery in Lexington, Ky. upon completion of his racing career. The 3-year-old colt is being pointed toward next month's King's Bishop (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Central Kentucky stallion Gilded Time won't be shuttling to Vinery-Australia.
English classic winner Mister Baileys, who stood first at Vinery in Kentucky before being purchased to stand in Europe, has been found to now be infertile, The Racing Post reported.
Grade I winner Scorpion, who entered stud this year at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington for a fee of $8,500, is suffering from fertility problems
Tom Simon was present to see the southern chapter of his Vinery operation record its first group I success when the aptly named Bollinger led almost wire-to-wire to secure a clear-cut victory in the Coolmore Stakes (Aust-I).
The first reported foal sired by grade I winner Brahms is a colt born Jan. 13 at Suzi Shoemaker's Lantern Hill Farm
Tom Simon's Vinery harvested the top-priced Sunday Silence at the Magic Millions Yearling sale on Australia's Gold Coast. The Vinery principle was present as the son of the deceased champion and unraced Miner's Mark daughter topped the auction at $900,000 (Australian funds).
Grade II winner Pure Prize, by Storm Cat out of champion Heavenly Prize (by Seeking the Gold), has been retired and will enter stud at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington
Vinery announced fees for prominent incoming stallions Yonaguska and Scorpion, both of whom are Saratoga grade I winners.
Champion and dual classic winner Real Quiet, who stood at Tom Simon's Vinery Farm near Lexington, will be relocated to Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., for the 2003 breeding season.
Grade I winner Yonaguska, a $1.95 million auction 2-year-old, has been purchased by Tom Simon's Vinery from Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier, wife of Coolmore managing partner John Magnier, for stallion duty at the Lexington farm.
WinStar Farm and Tom VanMeter's Mr. Mellon scored his second career stakes victory June 29 with a stout finish in the Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) at Arlington Park.
Four-year-old Scorpion, one of 28 grade/group I-winning offspring of Seattle Slew, has been purchased by Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery for stallion duty.
Vinery Australia consigned the sale-topping bay filly by Red Ransom at the annual Australian select weanling sale in Sydney on May 3. From champion South African filly Tracy's Element was purchased at $300,000 (Australian funds) by Gerry Harvey, a leading electrical goods retailer and co-Magic Millions principal. Harvey also owns Baramul Stud.
First-year stallion Brahms, a grade I winner in the U.S and twice group I placed in England, has gotten three of his first four mares in foal.
Grade I winner Brahms has been retired from racing and is scheduled to arrive Nov. 1 at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.
Twelve-year-old American Chance, whose deceased sire, Cure the Blues, headed the New York general sire list several times, will stand the 2002 season at Lou Salerno's Questroyal Stud near Hudson, N.Y.
Grade I winner Trippi, who was scheduled to stand the 2002 breeding season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington, instead will begin his stallion career at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Trippi, whose five graded stakes wins included a score in last year's Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.
Four years after they purchased and expanded Highland Farm near Paris, Ky., George and Kay Hofmeister have listed the Bourbon County estate for sale for $60 million.
Four years after buying and building Highland Farm, near Paris, Ky., George and Kay Hofmeister have listed the Bourbon County estate for sale for $60 million. "We're going to scale way back, but we're not going to leave the industry," George Hofmeister said Thursday.
Jamie LaMonica, director of stallion administration at Vinery, has been relieved of his duties at the Midway, Ky., farm.
Millionaire and grade I winner More Than Ready, who is scheduled to enter stud in 2001 at Vinery near Lexington, will close out his career in the Nov. 25 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
A pair of Flying Spur fillies provided an historic 1-2 for their sire in the Vinery-sponsored One Thousand Guineas (Aust-I) at Caulfield on Wednesday.
Tom Simon's Vinery Kentucky released its stallion roster and scheduled fees for the upcoming breeding season. Topping the fees is again Red Ransom, who has a $75,000 fee for next year.
Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Mister Baileys will return to the country where he celebrated his biggest win. Mister Baileys (Robellino -- Thimblerigger, by Sharpen Up) has been purchased by Kern Lillingston Association and Warrender Associates and will stand the 2001 season at Chris Harper's Whitsbury Manor Stud in Hampshire, England.
Ben P. Walden Jr. and his wife, Elaine, founders and former owners of Vinery, have a new venture. The couple purchased one of three tracts of land previously comprising Castleton Farm near Lexington, and plan to raise yearlings owned by them in partnership with Jim and Pat Bohanon on the 192-acre property.
Vinery has signed a deal to buy a percentage of graded stakes winners Trippi and More Than Ready and to stand them at the Lexington, Ky. farm at the end of their racing careers.
Trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Jose Santos teamed up to win the $100,000 Vinery Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT) with the 4-year-old filly Horatia Sunday at Monmouth Park.
Vinery Australia will stand French champion Way of Light at its New South Wales base after being overwhelmed with inquiries for the services of the 4-year-old Mr. Prospector grandson.
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