Thoroughbred Breeding

Thoroughbred stallion and farm news plus pedigree analysis

  • Hit it a Bomb winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

    Hit It a Bomb to Spendthrift

    Hit It a Bomb, a son of War Front and winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT), has been retired and will stand in 2017 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington. He will be part of the 'Share the Upside' program.

  • Hip 590, Sea Island, from Claiborne brings $480,000 from Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm

    Phipps Mares Prove Popular at Keeneland

    Sea Island, a 7-year-old daughter of Pulpit and part of the Phipps Stable reduction, sold for $480,000 during the first session of Book 2 of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale. The ticket was signed by Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farm.

  • Ironicus Retired to Claiborne Farm

    Multiple graded stakes winner Ironicus has been retired and will enter stud at Claiborne Farm for 2017, it was announced Nov. 10. The son of Distorted Humor will command a $7,500 fee.

  • Dynaformer wins the 1988 Discovery Handicap

    Improved Silks and Dynaformer's Discovery

    Racing, like football, is a game of inches, a sport wherein slight margins can mean the difference between glory and defeat. An example was the Nov. 12 Discovery Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct. By inches—a nose, in fact—the stakes went to Dynaformer.

  • True Sweetheart is the first winner for Uptowncharleybrown

    First Winner for Uptowncharleybrown

    True Sweetheart wired a field of 11 2-year-old fillies at first asking Nov. 8 at Parx Racing, becoming the first winner for her sire, Uptowncharlybrown, with an emphatic 10-length victory.

  • California Chrome at Santa Anita

    California Chrome to Command $40,000 in 2017

    California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, will stand his first season at Taylor Made Farm in 2017 for an advertised fee of $40,000, Taylor Made president Duncan Taylor confirmed Nov. 8 during the opening session of the Keeneland November sale. 

  • Fort Larned will relocate back to Adena Springs Kentucky from Adena Springs South

    Adena Springs Relocates Three Stallions

    Multiple grade I winner Fort Larned will relocate from Florida back to Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris, Ky., along with King's Bishop (gr. I) winner Capo Bastone and City Wolf, the graded stakes-winning half brother to Ghostzapper and City Zip.

  • Tamarkuz with Mike Smith wins the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (GI) at Santa Anita on November 4, 2016.

    Tamarkuz Retired to Shadwell Farm

    Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, a convincing winner of the Nov. 4 Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) has been retired and will stand 2017 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington. The son of Speightstown's fee will be $12,500.

  • Frosted Retired to Darley

    Godolphin's 4-year-old homebred son of Tapit won the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap by a record 14 1/4 lengths this year. He will stand for $50,000 stands and nurses.

  • Ashford Stud Releases 2017 Fees

    American Pharoah's fee is private, while Uncle Mo's has doubled to $150,000. European champion Air Force Blue will stand for $25,000 in his first year, while reverse shuttler Vancouver will stand for $15,000.

  • Beholder

    Beholder to be Bred to Uncle Mo

    The racing days of Beholder have finally drawn to a close, as Spendthrift Farm officially announced the 6-year-old’s retirement Nov. 6, two days after her thrilling victory over Songbird in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Sisterson to Join Eaton Sales

    Eaton Sales announced today that trainer Jack Sisterson, assistant to Doug O'Neill, has accepted a position with the consignment company and will start his employment as account executive during the upcoming Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sales. 

  • WinStar stallion Distorted Humor

    WinStar Launches Incentive Network

    WinStar Farm will launch Nov. 4 its new WinStar Incentive Network (WIN), a new rewards program for the breeders of WinStar-sired racehorses that goes into effect in time for this week’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.

  • Sidney's Candy to Remain in Argentina

    Grade I winner Sidney's Candy, who has stood at WinStar Farm since 2012, will take up permanent residence at Ricardo Benedicto's Haras La Pasion in Argentina where he will stand during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. 

  • Smile for Daddy

    The upcoming mixed sales in Kentucky will be the first time we will be able to see a cornucopia of weanlings from stallions that entered stud in 2015.

  • Awards for Breeders of Breeders' Cup Winners

    The Breeders' Cup announced today the introduction of the Breeders' Edition of the Breeders' Cup World Championship Trophy, which will be awarded to the breeder of the winner of each of the 2016 World Championship races. 

  • Miesque, with Freddy Head up, wins 1988 Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.

    A Look Back: Miesque's Second Mile Victory

    This week is a recap of the 1988 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, written by Kimberly Herbert with the headline "Mile After Mile" from the 1988 BloodHorse Breeders' Cup special issue.

  • Drosselmeyer to Remain in Brazil

    Drosselmeyer, one of only eight horses to win an American classic and the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has been purchased by Stud TNT and will remain in Brazil to stand stud.

  • WinStar Farm Sets 2017 Stud Fees

    Pioneerof the Nile, sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) victor Classic Empire, will head up WinStar Farm's 22-stallion roster in 2017 and stand for an advertised fee of $110,000.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos passed away at age 18

    Kentucky Derby Winner Monarchos Dies

    John C. Oxley's 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos died the morning of Oct. 22, after displaying signs of internal discomfort Oct. 21 and undergoing emergency surgery to repair a ruptured intestine. He was 18.