Thoroughbred Breeding

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Washington Stallion Demons Begone Dead

Demons Begone, whose profuse bleeding as the favorite in the 1987 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) resulted in him being pulled up on the backstretch, died July 4 of a ruptured aorta at Ron and Nina Hagen's El Dorado Farms near Enumclaw, Wash.

Lost Soldier's First Winner

Graded stakes winner Lost Soldier was represented by his first winner when Lynne M. Scace's homebred colt Awol Soldier won July 4 at 5 1/2 furlongs at Prairie Meadows.

King's Best Not Going to Dubai

English stallion King's Best will not be sent to Dubai to stand next year's breeding season, according to Joe Osborne, managing director of Kildangan Stud in Ireland, where the classic winner completed his first season as part of the brigade of Darley stallions.

Hearing Set for Palomino AI Case

A hearing between the Jockey Club and a Palomino Thoroughbred breeder who feels she had registration documents revoked unfairly has been set for Aug. 9 in Lexington, Ky.

Meadow Flight Dead

Young Florida stallion Meadow Flight died July 2 at P. Noel Hickey's Irish Acres Farm near Ocala. The 10-year-old stallion had stood this year's breeding season for $3,500 as the property of High Mark Farms and Leonard Pivnick at Richard Simon's Sez Who Thoroughbreds near Ocala, where he covered about 20 mares.

Top Sprint Filly Swept Away is Retired

Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein's Swept Away, a winner of nine of 16 starts for earnings of $550,500, was retired June 26 because of an injury to her left front sesamoid. In her last race, the grade II Genuine Risk Handicap at Belmont Park May 12, Swept Away finished an uncharacteristic eighth.

Millionaire Ecton Park Retired to Stud

Mark Stanley's millionaire Ecton Park, whose defeated foes included Menifee and Lemon Drop Kid, has been retired from racing after re-aggravating an injury and will begin his stallion career at Wintergreen Stallion Station near Midway, Ky.

Tejano Run's First Winner

Millionaire Tejano Run was represented by his first winner when his son Shaws Creek won June 24 at 5 1/2 furlongs at Woodbine by 7 1/4 lengths.

Cal-Champ Ex Marks the Cop Retired

Maynard Davis and Charles Richard Novak's homebred stakes winner Ex Marks the Cop has been retired from racing. Ex Marks the Cop was named California-bred champion 2-year-old male after winning the 1997 California Sires and California Cup Juvenile Stakes.

Montbrook Gelding Tops OBS Session

Boreen, a gelding by Montbrook consigned by Ocala Stud Farms, brought $105,000 to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale Tuesday, the sale company reported. Choctaw Racing bought Boreen, a half-brother to stakes winner Backatem and graded stakes placed Throwthebookatem. His quarter mile in :21 2/5 was the fastest work of Saturday's under tack show. He is out of the Deputy Minister mare Deputy's Mistress.

New York Reinstates Residency Requirement for Mares

The Board of Directors of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund has reinstated the 90 day residency rule for returning mares. The Board had previously waived the rule in response to growing concerns about foal losses throughout Kentucky earlier this spring and uncertainty regarding the possible contagiousness of the problem.

Champion Steinlen Dies After Fracturing Leg

Eclipse Award winner Steinlen died June 9 at John C. Harris' Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., after fracturing a rear leg in a paddock accident. Campaigned as a homebred by Daniel Wildenstein, Steinlen was voted champion grass male in 1989 following triumphs in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), Arlington Million (gr. IT), and Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IT).

Valid Expectations Tops 2-Year-Old List

First-crop stallion Valid Expectations moved up from third to first on the sires of 2-year-old list when his son Expected Hour won the June 16 Victoria Stakes at Woodbine in his career debut.

Eltish's First Winner

Florida stallion Eltish was represented by his first winner when his daughter Eltisha won June 18 at 5 1/2 furlongs at Calder Race Course at first asking.

Gold Case's First Winner

Undefeated stakes winner Gold Case was represented by his first winner June 13 when Glenbriar Girl won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Arlington Park.

English Stallion Salse Euthanized

English stallion Salse, whose 16 stakes winners includes $2.3-million earner Luso, was euthanized in early June at a vet clinic because of a crumbling pedal bone.

Jockey Club Registers First DNA Foal

The Jockey Club reports that it has registered the first foal from the 2001 crop, making the filly by Eskimo--Home Together, by Homebuilder the first to be issued a certificate by using DNA to certify its parentage.

Langfuhr's First Winner

Champion Langfuhr's first winner emerged June 10 when Happy to Be Home won at five furlongs in 1.00.39 at Woodbine at first asking.

Sadler's Wells New Leader by Gr. I Winners

Irish stallion Sadler's Wells continues to put some distance between himself and former leader Sir Tristram in the category of group/grade I winners. Sadler's Wells came up with No. 48 when his son Galileo captured Saturday's Epsom Derby (Eng-I) for the Coolmore connection of Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor.

Breeder/Owner S. Christian Brown Dead

S. Christian Brown, retired former president and CEO of Criticare Therapy Products in Richmond, Va., and an active Thoroughbred owner and breeder in West Virginia and New York since 1972, died of leukemia on Memorial Day, May 28, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Virginia. He was 73.

Jockey Club Launches AI Inquiry, Sets Separate Hearing

The Jockey Club has launched an inquiry into whether artificial insemination was used at Valley Creek Farm in California, which is co-owned by Jack Liebau, one of its members. Additionally, the Jockey Club has agreed to conduct a hearing into the fraudulent registration of four Palomino Thoroughbreds.

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