Patton, a stakes-winning son of Lord at War and a retiree at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky., was euthanized at Hagyard's Equine Medical Institute Jan. 5.
Louvakhova, a stakes-winning daughter of Maria's Mon, was purchased by Glen Hill Farm for $425,000 during the Jan. 6 first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Life Happened, the dam of grade II winner Vyjack, was purchased by Solis/Litt for $750,000 as the top-priced offering early during the Jan. 6 first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Grade I winner Rail Trip is headed for retirement at Old Friends farm in Kentucky, owner Samantha Siegel confirmed Jan. 5.
Darby Dan Farm has hired Carl McEntee as director of sales and bloodstock at the Lexington-based facility.
With the major November breeding stock sales delivering stronger than expected results for many sellers, consignors heading back to Keeneland's auction ring in January are predicting that the market will remain healthy.
More than $818,000 was raised Jan. 4 during the live auction portion of the 24th Annual Select Stallion Season Auction benefiting Thoroughbred Charities of America.
With an 80% chance of showers in the Lexington, Ky., area for the afternoon of Jan. 5, Adena Springs announced it has canceled its scheduled stallion show that day due to safety concerns.
Spendthrift Farm and Gainesway are both holding an open house for visitors to inspect their stallions in conjunction with the Keeneland January sale.
An open house will be held from Jan. 4-9 between 8 a.m. and noon at the Taylor Made stallion complex on Union Mill Road in Nicholasville, Ky.
Ashford Stud will have an open house daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the Keeneland January mixed sale Jan. 4-9.
Castleton Lyons is welcoming visitors without appointment to inspect the Lexington farm's stallions Jan. 4-9 from noon to 3 p.m. each day, including the newest addition to its roster, Justin Phillip.
Kentucky-based turf writer Marty McGee is the winner of the 2013 Media Eclipse Award in the feature/commentary writing division, and Chicago-based Marcus Hersh landed the Eclipse in the news/enterprise category.
Jamie Radosevich-Hernandez of Louisville, Ky., has won the 2013 Eclipse Award for photography for her picture of Wise Dan racing to the finish line in an evening rainstorm in the Firecracker Handicap (gr. II).
Kitten's Joy, the Ken and Sarah Ramsey-raced stallion who stands at their Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., overcame the odds to emerge on top as North America's leading sire for 2013.
Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm will host its annual stallion open house Sunday, Jan. 5, from noon to 5 p.m. EST at its stallion barn on Spurr Road near Lexington.
New Year's Day, winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will stand the 2014 breeding season for a fee of $12,500 live foal stands and nurses, Hill 'n' Dale Farm announced Jan. 1.
Former Spendthrift Farm president Leslie Brownell Combs II died Dec. 29, 2013, in Lexington at age 80.
Three Chimneys Farm has secured a 50% interest in multiple grade I-winning 3-year-old Will Take Charge, this year's favorite for the Eclipse Award as 3-year-old male champion and also a Horse of the Year candidate.
The highlight of the winter/spring meet is the Spiral Stakes, now under title sponsorship of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. The race for top 3-year-olds is scheduled for March 22.
New Year's Day, who upset favored Havana in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired after sustaining an injury and will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington.
The 24th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Stallion Season Auction will be held Jan. 2-4 and will offer a wide variety of seasons, trips, tickets, unique experiences, and other auction items.
WinStar Farm said Dec. 23 it has promoted David Hanley to general manager at the Versailles, Ky., operation.
Castleton Lyons has announced that entries are now being accepted for the eighth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, a competition recognizing excellence in writing in the Thoroughbred industry.
Multiple graded winner Cyber Secret lived up to his favored billing in the Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park Dec. 21, setting a track record for 1 1/16 miles of 1:42.26 on the Polytrack en route to a 4 1/2-length victory.
Chris Baker has accepted the position of chief operating officer at Three Chimneys Farm, the Thoroughbred operation near Lexington announced Dec. 21.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners is sponsoring no-cost mobile mammography screening services to women Dec. 27 at Turfway Park as part of a charitable partnership with the regional affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Multiple graded stakes winner Mission Approved, winner of the 2011 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT), has retired from racing.
OwnerView, a website and information resource developed by The Jockey Club and TOBA to assist both current and prospective owners, will host a national two-day ownership conference in October 2014 at Keeneland.
Tommy and Wyndee Eastham announced Dec. 19 that they have relaunched Legacy Bloodstock, the Lexington, Ky.-based Thoroughbred sales agency that Tommy Eastham co-owned with former partner Mark Toothaker.
The measure provides that horses running in allowance optional claiming races for a claim price of at least $25,000 will be eligible for money added to purses from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.
The American Gaming Association announced Dec. 17 that Churchill Downs Inc. will join about 13 other top gaming industry companies on the AGA board of directors.
Paced by Novellist, Christoph Berglar has won the third annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeder of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Grade III winner Keep Up will retire from racing and begin his stud career at Mill Ridge near Lexington. He will stand for $5,000 live foal stands and nurses.
Turkish bloodstock agent Tarik Tekce has purchased multiple graded stakes winner Zanjero on behalf of local owner/breeder Serdar Kemal Ozcolak.
When veteran jockey Perry Ouzts dismounted after the sixth race at Turfway Park Friday, he had reached another milestone in his long career: his 46,000th race.
Recently retired three-time grade I winner Flat Out will enter stud for 2014 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington. He will participate in Spendthrift's Share The Upside program and stand for a fee of $10,000.
Turfway Park will increase purses for the seven stakes races on its schedule from January through March, director of racing Tyler Picklesimer announced Dec. 13.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Dec. 11 approved changes to its withdrawal time guidelines for all racing breeds in line with the national uniform medication rules.
Daughter of Naskra won four grade I stakes and produced two graded stakes winners.
Three-time grade I winner Flat Out has been retired, owner Art Preston confirmed. Stallion plans are pending.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
Eight stakes were elevated in or to graded status and 11 were downgraded for 2014 during the meeting of the American Graded Stakes Committee Dec. 4 in Lexington.
Because of an impending storm expected to dump several inches of snow on Northern Kentucky by post time, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for tonight, Friday, Dec. 6.
Multiple grade I winner and millionaire General Quarters (Sky Mesa -- Ecology, by Unbridled's Song) will stand at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington. His 2014 fee will be $5,000 stands and nurses.
Keeneland president Bill Thomason has been elected to the American Horse Council board of trustees, succeeding Nick Nicholson.
- By Eric Mitchell
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
The redesign of BloodHorse.com offers a more user-friendly navigation and now allows commenting on articles.
In response to widespread media speculation Juddmonte Group chief executive Douglas Erskine-Crum issued a statement Dec. 4 saying Prince Khalid Abdullah's worldwide racing and breeding operation is not for sale.
The Churchill Downs fall meet saw a double-digit percentage decline in average daily wagering at this year's 25-day stand that wrapped Saturday, Nov. 30.
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, on a 4-2 vote Dec. 3, recommended the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission adopt the national uniform medication rules for Thoroughbred racing.
John and Debby Oxley and the Retired Racehorse Training Project will be honored at Thoroughbred Charities of America's 24th Annual Select Stallion Season Auction on Jan. 4, 2014, at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.
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