Yes It’s True is quite likely the most prominent manifestation of a sire line that has not deviated from its founder’s racing and breeding aptitudes for more than a half-century, that of Bold Ruler’s brilliant son Raja Baba.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, the champion female sprinter of 2015, has been retired from racing and will be bred later this year to top sire Medaglia d'Oro.
The son of Is It True was diagnosed with a perforated intestine and was euthanized Nov. 23 at age 19.
Sheila Rosenblum withdrew Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) runner-up La Verdad from the Nov. 1 Fasig-Tipton November sale and will breed her in 2016.
The Big Beast, winner of last year's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will stand in 2016 at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud in Florida.
The son of Curlin will stand at Three Chimneys Farm.
La Verdad stretched her unbeaten streak on the year to five with a wire-to-wire score in the Sept. 26 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Grade I winner The Big Beast has been shut down for the year, owner Alex Lieblong said Sept. 25, because of nagging foot issues and a lack of races at his best distances.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale closed out its three-day run Aug.27 with another steady day of trading in the second of two open sessions.
George and Lori Hall's Calamity Kate, an entry-level allowance winner two starts back, took the advantage early and never looked back en route to a 50-1 upset in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) July 11.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad returned to the races and to her winning ways April 18, galloping by 5 1/4 lengths over three rivals in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred Icon Ike, a stakes-winning son of Yes It's True, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Dr. Linda Robbins' Starfish Stallions near Hot Springs, Ark. His fee will be $1,000.
Three Chimneys Farm announced champion Will Take Charge will stand for a $30,000 fee during his inaugural season at the Versailles, Ky., farm in 2015.
Big Drama generated plenty of headlines during a stellar racing career, and the 2010 champion sprinter and multimillionaire is now a distinguished young stallion.
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's The Big Beast jumped up from allowance company to grade I competition and did not disappoint his connections Aug. 23, winning the King's Bishop (gr. I) by a neck.
A change in location and a strong catalog propelled the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling and broodmare sale to record levels Aug. 11.
La Verdad seeks her first win beyond six furlongs as she heads a group of nine New York-bred fillies and mares in the $200,000 Critical Eye at one mile. Earlier on the card, Flipcup heads $125,000 Bouwerie.
Front-running La Verdad left her rivals behind leaving the turn en route to her initial graded stakes win, a 3 3/4-length romp in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 19.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the rescheduled $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) set for Saturday, Feb. 22 at Laurel Park.
Three Chimneys Farm announced their 2014 stallion roster, with several of their stallions' fees showing decreases from 2013.
Keeneland's November sale continued throwing off big prices Tuesday as the 11-day auction rocketed into its second week with more large gains across the board.
The ceiling for top prices dropped as Keeneland's September yearling sale ended its penultimate session Sept. 20, but overall figures for the 12-day auction stayed on course to beat last year's returns.
Opening night for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale saw powerful gains as 18 horses, topped by a $300,000 filly, sold for $100,000 or more Aug. 10.
Half brother to New York Derby winner Amberjack sells for $200,000 to Peter Deutsch on night one of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. Watch Video
Half brother to New York Derby winner Amberjack sells for $200,000 to Peter Deutsch on night one of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale.
Hip 300, a Yes It's True colt who is a half to New York Derby and Mike Lee Stakes winner Amberjack, walks at the Marshall Silverman consignment before the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale Aug 10-11 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Freshman sire Yesbyjimminy wasted no time in picking up his first winner as his first starter, Flay Mignon, scored a gate-to-wire victory in his career debut June 28 at Monmouth Park.
Three fillies worked a furlong in :9 4/5, the fastest works at the distance at the second session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2013 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.
Calumet Farm has listed stud fees for three new stallions scheduled to spend the 2013 breeding season at the historic Thoroughbred operation near Lexington.
Aikenite, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Yes It's True who campaigned for Dogwood Stable, has been purchased privately for stallion duty by Calumet Farm.
Flower Alley, sire of 2012 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another, will see his fee increase to $20,000 (stands and nurses) in 2013 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm.
Dogwood Stable's dual graded stakes winner Aikenite has been retired from racing after re-injuring an ankle while prepping for his final appearance in the Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
A Yes It's True colt purchased by California trainer James Kasparoff for $220,000 topped the Sept. 19 ninth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale that continued to show strength entering the home stretch.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
While the leading dirt runners of the 3-year-old division have fallen by the wayside, Silver Max steadily has been establishing dominance of the second-season runners on the turf.
A daughter of Successful Appeal was among the standouts May 16 during the first session of the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale enjoyed some big upswings in its key business figures on its opening night, Aug. 13, in upstate New York.
Dogwood Stable's Aikenite took the grade II Churchill Downs Stakes by a nose over Apriority.
Dynaformer, this year's leading turf sire by progeny earnings, will stand in 2011 for $150,000 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Four fillies are the quickest at an eighth of a mile during the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select juvenile auction.
Becomes third horse to bring $400,000 or more at OBS February juvenile auction.
Ammerland Stud's Nordic Truce was well back in upper stretch, but picked off everyone with a furious late move and got up to win the $100,000 Dania Beach by a neck at Gulfstream Park Jan. 16.
Graded stakes winner Yesbyjimminy has been retired from racing and will stand the 2010 breeding season at the Appleton family's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.
In keeping with most other sales this year of 2-year-olds in training, the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. ended its two day June sale June 17 with decreases in all major indices.
Proud Accolade, a grade I winning son of Yes It's True whose first foals are 2-year-olds this year, was euthanized June 16 at Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., where he stood the past two years.
A son of Tiznow sold for $300,000 topped the Barretts 2-year-old sale May 11, as the average fell along the lines of most juvenile sales this winter and spring. Buy-backs and withdrawals of some of the most buzz-worthy horses contributed to the 30.25% decline in average to $37,087.
Horse of the Year Tiznow, second on the general sire list this year, emerged on top the list of leading sires by average (with three of more sold) for the Sept. 11 fourth day of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
An American-bred 2-year-old Elusive Quality colt, which had failed to go under the hammer at Tattersalls' Guineas breeze-up sale in May, topped the second day of the company's July sale in Newmarket, England, July 9 when making 55,000 guineas.
When trainer Bobby Dibona saddled Actin Good for the $250,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) on the Breeders' Cup undercard at Monmouth Park Oct. 27, he respected the horse more than the bettors who sent him off at odds of 10-1. Actin Good rewarded Dibona's faith with a gutsy frontrunning performance, fighting through a neck-and-neck stretch duel with Now A Victor to take the 1 1/8-mile event by a neck.
When Yes It's True retired to stud in 2001, it was with mixed prospects. By September 2004, he was at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, thanks to a freshman sire season that eventually saw him finish a solid second to Successful Appeal in the first-crop sire standings. Since then, he has quietly proceeded to add to his reputation as a stallion who offers consistent value for his stud fee.
Three Chimneys' stallion fees will remain the same or decrease in 2008, the farm announced Oct. 12. Also, the farm will contractually limit the stallion books to 110 mares, as has been its informal custom for several years.
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