Former trainer John T. Ward has left his position as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the second major leadership departure at the regulatory agency since Matt Bevin assumed office as governor.
A fire at Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky., has destroyed the organization's hospital/quarantine barn. Alphabet Soup and Archie's Echo were safely evacuated.
Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, died Jan. 22 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital from complications during foaling, according to Claiborne Farm bloodstock manager Bernie Sams.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Jan. 22 the first report foal for Flashback, a grade II-winning son of 2015 leading sire Tapit. The colt was born on Jan. 20 at Guy and Stella Jenkins' farm in New York.
Stallion Noble Mission was represented by his first foal born earlier this week when the mare Forgotten Miss produced a filly at Woodspring Farm in Versailles, Ky.
Churchill Downs officials have cancelled simulcast wagering and will close their offices Friday, Jan. 22 because of a looming winter storm that could produce 5 to 9 inches of snow in the Louisville area.
Arch, the sire of 11 grade I winners, died Jan. 20 of an apparent heart attack, according to Bernie Sams, representative of Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., where the 21-year-old son of Kris S. stood at stud.
Breed-shaping sire Kingmambo has been euthanized at 26 due to the infirmities of old age, Lane's End Farm announced Jan. 20. The influential stallion stood his entire career at the Kentucky operation.
For Kentucky horse breeding to achieve success with its 2016 legislative priority item, breeders and others need to become proactive within the legislative process, according to state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said American Pharoah, the newly minted World's Best Racehorse, brought fans back to the sport.
American Pharoah was named the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Longines World's Best Racehorse three days after winning Eclipse Awards as U.S. Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.
"Of the horses I'm familiar with," trainer "Buddy" Delp said in a 2001 interview with the Los Angeles Times, "only Citation and Secretariat would have run with the Bid."
Advertising in the early editions for the most part involved stallions promoted via in stark formats. There were 31⁄2 pages of advertising in the eight-page February 1917 number.
Three Chimneys reported that the first reported foal for champion Will Take Charge was born at Siena Farm near Paris, Ky., on Jan. 13.
The connections of Beholder, La Verdad, and Glen Hill Farm also accepted honors with quote-worthy responses Jan. 16 at the 45th annual Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park.
Hold Me Back, among the nation's top 10 second-crop sires in 2015, has been sold to stand in 2016 at Irish Hill Century Farm near Stillwater, N.Y.
A by-the-numbers look at Zayat Stables' American Pharoah's Triple Crown run in which he became the 12th Triple Crown winner completing a sweep of the classics with his June 6 victory in the Belmont Stakes.
Multiple grade I winner Verrazano was represented by his first reported foal when Night Brigade produced a filly last weekend at Anchor and Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md.
Gulch, champion sprinter of 1988, was euthanized the morning of Jan. 17 because of complications of cancer at Old Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky
Tepin secured her Eclipse Award honors with a slam-dunk performance in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), beating the boys by 2 1⁄2 lengths in a race which has now had a female winner upon nine occasions.
Keeneland's January sale featured a robust upper market in Book 1, but that didn't prevent declines in average and median at the end of the five-day auction, which saw a continuation of 2015's finicky market.
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- Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Thoroughbred Racing, Kentucky, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlanic Region
American Pharoah's win in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to land the first Triple Crown in 37 years was named the 2015 National Thoroughbred Racing Association "Moment of the Year."
Should Lani finish first or second in Dubai, Yahoo Japan reported, Matsunaga plans to enter the colt, a son of leading sire Tapit, in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Keeneland announced that its track kitchen, located in the stable area of the track, is set to undergo renovation work to its kitchen area.
Tidal Volume, a stakes-winning son of leading stallion Tapit, sired his first reported foal, a filly out of the Woodman mare Runawayskye, Jan. 7.
The first reported foal for multiple grade/group I winner Magician was foaled Jan. 13 when the Nayef mare Proximity produced a bay colt at Curraghmore Farm in Canada.
The first reported foal by grade I winner Cross Traffic is a colt born Jan. 10 at Red River Farm near Coushatta, La.
Veracity, a 5-year-old Distorted Humor mare offered as a broodmare prospect, was purchased by Mike Ryan, agent, for $460,000 during the late stages of Keeneland's January horses of all ages second session.
Canadian Oaks winner Roan Inish, an Elusive Quality mare in foal to Arch, was purchased by Evelyn Benoit for $500,000 during the second session of Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale.
Multiple stakes winner Mother Ruth was acquired by Highland Yard for $420,000 during the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 12.
Long before Secretariat and Riva Ridge carried the colors of Meadow Stable to Triple Crown glory, those blue and white checkered silks of the Chenery family were made famous by one of the best horses of an earlier generation.
The year 2016 marks the centennial of the publication that proved to be the predecessor of Blood-Horse. Through the year we will publish frequent articles reflecting upon our history and progress.
Virginia Kraft Payson sprang for three horses from the Sarah J. Leigh estate's dispersal, including session-topper Summer Solo for $700,000, to boost Keeneland January's opening session.
Two back-to-back offerings from the partial dispersal of the Estate of Sarah J. Leigh became the new toppers at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 11 when they were purchased by Virginia Kraft Payson.
Exchange Rate, who has stood at Three Chimneys Farm for the last nine years and has sired 68 stakes winners, was euthanized Jan. 11.
A 2015 Arch filly produced from the Seeking the Gold mare Seeking Atlantis was purchased by Virginia Kraft Payson for $450,000 during the opening session of Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale Jan. 11.
Paris Bikini, a 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini and a half sister to grade III winner America, was purchased by WinStar Farm for $425,000 at the Jan. 11 session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
My Limit, the dam of grade I winner Birdatthewire, was purchased by Castleton Lyons for $350,000 during the Jan. 11 first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 480 entries for its 2016 Kentucky winter mixed sale, scheduled for Feb. 8-9, in Lexington. Sessions will begin each day at 11 a.m. EST.
The Thoroughbred industry has made meaningful progress in important areas such as medication, uniformity, and capitalizing on big events, but greater unity is needed going forward.
Spirited bidding from a gathering of about 250 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center Jan. 9 bought $714,000 in stallion seasons to benefit of the Thoroughbred Charities of America.
Taylor Made Farm has released Ecatalog, an online catalog that includes photos, pedigrees, updates, and walking videos of each horse in Taylor Made's consignment at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Revolutionary, WinStar's multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire, sired his first reported foal Jan. 8, when a filly was born at Rancho Ballena near Ramona, Calif.
For the third consecutive year, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey topped the individual breeders list in North America in 2015 with $9,399,425 in earnings.
Stakes winner Flick died Jan. 8 from complications of colic. The 24-year-old gelding resided at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
Peace Burg, listed in the catalog as the only mare at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in foal to leading sire War Front, has been withdrawn after producing a filly from that mating.
Robert Holley, a former member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, died at age 74, Monday, Jan. 4 in Lexington.
Spendthrift Farm's Shakin It Up, winner of the Malibu (gr. I), Strub (gr. II), and San Vicente (gr. II) stakes, sired his first reported foal late Jan. 6, when a colt was born at Brandywine Farm in Paris, Ky.
Three Chimneys Farm announced Jan. 7 that Jacob West has been appointed as director of bloodstock services, a new division created to expand the farm's commercial reach for its growing customer base.
A total of 1,796 horses have been cataloged to the January horses of all ages sale which runs through Friday, Jan. 15.
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