Peter Brant continued his return to Thoroughbred breeding and racing in a big way Nov. 18, with his White Birch Farm going to €1.6 million (US$1,700,639) to purchase Beauty Parlour at the Goffs November breeding stock sale.
Abilene, a 3-year-old Samum filly offered out of training, brought the day's highest price of 270,000 ($370,291 in United States funds) at a vibrant second session of Arqana breeding stock sale Dec. 8.
Beauty Parlour justified her favoritism when she held off the challenge of Up to win the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas, Fr-I) at Longchamp May 13.
Planteur held off the late challenge of Sarafina to score a one-length victory in the Prix Ganay-Prix Air Mauritius (Fr-I) at Longchamp April 30.
Christophe Soumillon, a three-time French champion jockey, has signed on as the No. 1 rider for the Wildenstein family.
Arcangues, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at 133-1, has been euthanized in Japan because of complications from founder. He had been sent to Japan from the United States for stallion duty in 1995.
Alec Wildenstein, co-owner of a prominent racing stable with his brother, Guy, died Feb. 18 in Paris after a long illness.
Steve Buttgenbach, a popular Southern California veterinarian, died May 15 in his La Canada home from complications of cancer.
Angara, a millionaire and two-time grade I turf winner, has been retired from racing and booked to leading Irish stallion Montjeu.
Air de France, a son of the great French mare Allez France (by Sea-Bird II), was euthanized at Tobermory Stud in Australia.
With a powerful late run, Vallee Enchantee ran away with the HK$14 million, 1 1/2-mile Hong Kong Vase (HK-I), the first major race on the Hong Kong International Race card at Sha Tin Racecourse. The 3-year-old filly by Peintre Celebre was bred and is owned by the Wildenstein Stable of France.
Peinture Rose, a 3-year-old half-sister to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner and Coolmore sire Peintre Celebre, topped the first breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale in Newmarket yesterday when selling for 1-million guineas to French agent Frederic Sauque.
Alec Wildenstein's All Along, the 1983 Horse of the Year, has been pensioned. The 24-year-old mare is at Three Chimneys Farm near Lexington.
Trainer Elie Lellouche has told a representative of the International Racing Bureau in France that the Wildenstein family's Bright Sky will run in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) rather than the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I).
Polish Summer survived an inquiry to win last year's Grand Prix de Deauville Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) at Deauville, but he wasn't so lucky Sunday.
Ange Gabriel, a colt who until now, had only won in listed company, upset favored filly Aquarelliste and ran away with a two-length win in Sunday's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
Aquarelliste improved her career record to five wins from six starts with a half-length win over Execute in the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) on Sunday at Longchamp. Under Dominique Boeuf, the French-bred filly completed the 10 1/2 furlongs in 2:11.4 on good turf at the French track.
Daniel Wildenstein's French Oaks (Fr-I) winner Aqarelliste remained undefeated Sunday by winning the Prix Vermeille Hermitage Barriere (Fr-I) by a short neck over Diamilina at Longchamp. On good turf at the French course, Aquarelliste completed the 1 1/2 miles in 2:29 2/5 under jockey Dominique Boeuf.
Daniel Wildenstein's Aquarelliste maintained her unblemished career record Sunday at Chantilly, utilizing a wide rally to win the Prix de Diane Hermes--French Oaks (Fr-I) by 1 1/2 lengths over Nadia.
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