Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has his first mare reported to be in-foal and she's a star as well, Untouched Talent, dam of grade I winner Bodemeister.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will offer 36 Thoroughbred stakes valued at more than $4.4 million during its 2016 racing season, the track announced Feb. 25.
The diversification of racetrack and gaming company Churchill Downs Inc. not only has improved the company's bottom line, it also has provided some expertise from one segment to another.
Churchill Downs Inc. has reported record net revenues and record adjusted earnings for 2015, and its racing-related operations contributed to the record year.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Northeast Region, Kentucky
Northern Spur, champion grass horse of 1995, died earlier this month at a New York farm following a bout with colic. An Irish-bred son of Sadler's Wells, Northern Spur was 25.
The 2016 breeding season brings challenges for stallion owners and breeders: more expensive stud fees for top-tier stallions, fierce competition for mares, and the stock market suffering a worst-ever start to a new year.
In a career that would land her a spot in the Racing Hall of Fame, Davona Dale enjoyed the kind of 3-year-old season that even Affirmed had to admire.
Ashford Stud has purchased the 725-acre Waterford Farm near Midway, Ky. for $10,135,072 from the West family.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Feb. 23 announced that Horse PAC, the Thoroughbred racing industry's federal political action committee, has added Keith Chamblin to its board of directors.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has been named the charitable recipient of the 2016 Fillies and Lilies Party, to be held after the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on Friday, May 6.
Churchill Downs Feb. 22 announced a multi-year agreement with Fanatics to exclusively operate online and on-site retail for Kentucky Derby (gr. 1) weekend beginning this year.
It remains to be seen whether the connections of Shogood will attempt to stretch him out around two turns for his next start, but on Feb. 20 he had little trouble winning the 6 1/2-furlong WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park.
Trainer Wesley Ward continued his roll at the Turfway Park winter/spring meet the evening of Feb. 19 with three victories, including the returning group II-winning filly Acapulco.
Historical wagering at the Red Mile in Lexington, conducted in partnership with Keeneland, enjoyed a fast start in its initial months of operation in 2015.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund paid out more than $10.5 million to eligible horses based on 2015 races, and the number of mares nominated to the program continues to increase.
Though Gainesway stands Tapit, the leading sire who commands the highest North American stud fee, and brought Empire Maker back from Japan for 2016, the farm is all in on Karakontie, who shares several ties with Kingmambo.
When it comes to winter racing and training, Gerald Aschinger, who operates War Horse Place in Kentucky with his wife, Dana, said Tampa Bay Downs is an excellent spot to build a foundation for horses before they head north.
A full field of 3-year-olds will line up for the $50,000 WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday, Feb. 20 for the 30th renewal of the 6-1/2 furlong race.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland last year fueled double-digit tourism growth in Lexington in 2015, VisitLEX said Feb. 17.
Following is information on incoming stallions to Kentucky standing for $10,000 and up and on select leaders in other markets:
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced owners John Oxley, Heaven Trees, and Speedway Stables have pledged earnings to the "Share the Wins" program from potential graded stakes wins on the Kentucky Derby trail.
Churchill Downs Racetrack and charitable partners Feb. 16 announced that the online nomination process to select 142 breast and ovarian cancer survivors to walk in the 2016 Survivors Parade is open to the public.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Sales, Northeast Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlanic Region
Carolyn Rogers, a longtime owner, breeder, buyer, seller, and patron of the Thoroughbred industry, died Feb. 14 in Leesburg, Va., at the age of 88.
The 3-year-old colt Riker, a Canadian grade III winner at 2, has been bought into privately by Team Valor International and Gary Barber and will be turned over to trainer Mark Casse to work toward a Triple Crown prep.
Lexington-based bloodstock agent David Ingordo, who was responsible for selecting the great Zenyatta for Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss as a yearling, has been added to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Turf writer and lifelong pedigree enthusiast Marianna Haun, who developed a theory connecting Thoroughbred heart size to the X chromosome, died Feb. 12 after a lengthy illness.
Undefeated Mohaymen (15) and Nyquist (17) were the top individual horses, while the mutuel field option, or "all others" (24), was favored when Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Feb. 14.
With single-digit temperatures expected during racing hours, Turfway Park canceled live racing for Feb. 13, and New York's Aqueduct Racetrack also canceled the day's card, citing high winds and sub-zero wind chills.
Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 12 that Drew Fleming has been named to the new position of senior vice president, development and administration.
A pair of unbeaten 3-year-olds -- Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist -- are rated as the top individual horses on the morning-line for the second Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
In her fourth mount, apprentice Rosie Higgins broke her maiden in the second race at Santa Anita Park Feb. 11 aboard Blue Law.
Trainer Graham Motion and owner Team Valor International, who teamed to win the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom before later going their separate ways, are back with another promising 3-year-old in Kasseopia.
A bill that would provide a tax break for Kentucky's horse industry advanced Feb. 10, when the Kentucky House Agriculture Committee unanimously approved HB 112.
Jockey Calvin Borel said the key to their success together was to allow Rachel Alexandra to be the boss. She knew she could handle fractions that often seemed impossibly fast. His biggest job was to stay out of the way.
The Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale concluded Feb. 9 with across-the-board declines as buyers continued to be selective and competitive on the upper echelon horses and little demand for lesser quality offerings.
The fourth annual Fantasy Derby Challenge, a free handicapping contest presented by WinStar StableMates, starts Friday, Feb. 12.
Graded stakes winner Flashy American and stakes-winning Funfair sold in quick succession for $395,000 and $350,000, respectively, Feb. 9 during the second day of the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will host the Rood & Riddle Report Live, an educational seminar for people engaged in the equine industry, Feb. 25 at Embassy Suites in Lexington.
There were few surprises during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale, with buyers continuing to show selectivity for quality stock while there was little demand for cheaper horses.
Uncle Mo, North America's top freshman sire of 2015, was among the leading sires at the Inglis classic yearling sale in Australia, which closed Feb. 8 with records in all key market indicators and a 90% clearance rate.
Wide Range, an 11-year-old half sister to 2015 champion 2-year-old filly Songbird, has been purchased privately in Thailand by Team Valor International, which plans to breed the mare this spring.
Central Kentucky sire Old Fashioned will soon join a number of other U.S. stallions who recently have shipped to the Far East to continue their careers in South Korea.
An organization formed to represent the interests of racetrack veterinarians has become proactive in the area of research into therapeutic medications and continues to make its case that vets should be part of drug reform.
Maggie d'Oro, a 6-year-old mare in foal to the late stallion Scat Daddy, was purchased by Green Lantern Stables for $210,000 during the early portion of the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale's first session Feb. 8.
Fasig-Tipton has added a no-guarantee season to Medaglia d'Oro, one of North America's leading sires, for its upcoming Kentucky winter mixed sale.
Two-day February sale is last opportunity to buy broodmare and broodmare prospects before the beginning of the breeding season and a solid marketplace for just-turned yearlings.
The first reported foal for Central Kentucky stallion Strong Mandate is a filly, born Jan. 3 at Pickett Thoroughbreds in Louisiana.
The first reported foal for Spendthrift Farm stallion Can the Man is a colt born Feb. 3 at Breakaway Farm in Indiana.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlanic Region
BloodHorse.com is compiling a list of upcoming open house days showcasing stallions for the 2016 breeding season. Open house days will be added to the list below as they are received.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders board of directors Feb. 5 released the nominees for 2015 KTA/KTOB Kentucky-bred champions and Broodmare of the Year.
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