Thoroughbred Breeding

Thoroughbred stallion and farm news plus pedigree analysis

  • Awesome Humor Nearing End of Racing Career

    With her days as a race mare numbered, grade I winner Awesome Humor is looking to go out a winner when she takes the gate for Saturday's $200,000 Churchill Downs Distaff (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. If all goes well in the Distaff trainer Elliott Walden expects her to wrap up her career in Churchill Downs' $300,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) on Thanksgiving Day before joining the broodmare band at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Ciano Cat to Gardner Farms in Ontario

    Ciano Cat, one of Canada's leading first-crop sires, will stand the 2004 season at Gardner Farms near Caledon East, Ontario, Canada, for $4,000 (Canadian funds).

  • Windsharp, sold for $6.1 million.

    Boosted by Thoroughbred Corporation Horses, Keeneland Numbers Soar

    When Johar finished in a dead-heat with High Chaparral for first in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) on Oct. 25, it was one of the closest and most exciting races in the 20-year history of the Breeders' Cup and left racing fans buzzing for days. The excitement from that race extended into the sales ring during Tuesday's second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock in Lexington, Ky. as Windsharp, Johar's dam, brought a top bid of $6.1 million.

  • Announce, Saf to Swifty in Indiana

    Graded stakes winner Announce and newcomer Saf will stand in 2004 at Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind.

  • Cloud Hopping to Lambholm in Florida

    Six-year-old Cloud Hopping will stand the 2004 season at Roy Lerman's Lambholm South near Reddick, Fla., for a fee of $3,500.

  • Graded Winner Scottish Halo, Four Others to Jubilee in Florida

    Jubilee Farm, owned by Tim and Renee Dodd and located near Citra, Fla., announced a stallion roster consisting of stakes winners Scottish Halo, Awesome of Course, and Runspastum, plus stakes-placed Holiday Thunder and A. P. Five Hundred.

  • Black Tie Affair Back in the U.S.A.

    Black Tie Affair, 1991 Horse of the Year after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), arrived Nov. 1 in Virginia, where he will stand at Blue Ridge Farm near Upperville.

  • Coolmore Ups Fasliyev's fee to 75,000 Euros

    Coolmore freshman stallion Fasliyev, who is on the verge of becoming the all-time leader by number of 2-year-old winners in a single year, has his fee upped from 20,000 euros (approximately $23,000) to 75,000 euros ($87,000) for 2004.

  • Major Sire Silver Hawk Pensioned

    Silver Hawk, a prominent turf stallion who sired 66 stakes winners, has been pensioned at Brereton and Libby Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.

  • Leading Sire Broad Brush Mending Following Surgery

    Broad Brush, the leading sire in 1994 when his son Concern won the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), underwent arthrodesis surgery to his left fore fetlock Oct. 1 due to degenerative arthritis.

  • Volponi, center, winning the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Volponi Headed to Hopewell Farm

    Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson's 5-year-old multi-millionaire Volponi will enter stud at Rick and Liz Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky., in 2004.

  • Coolmore Adds Six to Stallion Roster

    Dual Breeders' Cup hero High Chaparral, runaway Lockinge Stakes winner Hawk Wing, and international sprinting sensation Choisir will be joined on the new Coolmore stallion roster by Catcher In The Rye, Spartacus, and Statue Of Liberty.

  • Louis Quatorze to Murmur in Maryland

    E. Allen Murray and his wife, Audrey, who bought the stallion Our Emblem two years ago and watched him develop into a star when his son War Emblem won the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). have purchased 10-year-old Louis Quatorze for stallion duty at their Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md.

  • Amended Jockey Club Rule Book Available

    The Jockey Club announced Oct. 31 it has published an updated version of the Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Stud Book.

  • Juddmonte's Tates Creek Retired; Might Go to Empire Maker

    Millionaire Tates Creek has been retired after her unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT). The homebred filly for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms might be bred to the farm's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker.

  • Tiznow's Fee Remains $30,000

    Tiznow, the sole horse to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) twice, will continue to stand for $30,000.

  • Grade I Winner Whitmore's Conn to Ireland

    Whitmore's Conn, a grade I turf winner for owners Michael and Lynn Shanley, will take up stallion service at Bert House Stud in County Kildare in Ireland.

  • Unbeaten Cactus Ridge Retired

    Country singer Toby Keith's unbeaten Cactus Ridge has been retired from racing because of an injury to his right front knee that was discovered following a workout in preparation for the Oct. 25 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

  • Victory Gallop's Fee Doubles

    Victory Gallop, who inched up to the runner-up spot on the freshmen sire list after his daughter Victory U. S. A. earned $110,000 for her third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will have his fee doubled from $15,000 to $30,000 at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Twining to Shadai in Japan

    Tom Simon's Vinery announced that successful stallion Twining will not return to the Lexington farm following the conclusion of his current stallion duties at Vinery Australia, and instead will shuttle to the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station in Japan for the 2004 breeding season.

  • Derby Runner-Up Proud Citizen to Airdrie

    Proud Citizen, second in last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and third in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to champion War Emblem, has been retired and will stand for $12,500 live foal at Brereton and Libby Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.

  • Aldebaran Arrives at Darby Dan

    Aldebaran, the leading contender for a sprint championship whose 122 Beyer Speed Figure is the second-highest of any runner this year, arrived for stallion duty the afternoon of Oct. 28 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington and will be housed in the same stall that once was home to Honor Grades, Sailor, Sword Dancer, and the great farm homebred Roberto.

  • Skip Away Down to $15,000

    Skip Away, 1998 Horse of the Year, will stand the 2004 for $15,000, down $5,000 from his past fee, at Rick Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Joe Matyas walks his horse, Bart, to safety amidst a heavy cloud of smoke as out of control wildfires also threaten the safety of the Southern California horse population.

    Facilities Take in Horses as California Wildfires Rage

    Despite the nine massive wildfires that have charred nearly 500,000 acres and continue to burn in Southern California, only one Thoroughbred farm was reported to have suffered any damage, and it was considered minor, according to Dawn Gerber of the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.

  • Millionaire Dollar Bill to Signature in Florida

    Gary and Mary West have made it officlal by announcing that their millionaire Dollar Bill will enter stud at William Schettine's Signature Stallions near Reddick, Fla., for a fee of $3,500 live foal.

  • Storming Home, Nayef Retired to Nunnery in England

    Sheikh Maktoum's homebred Storming Home, whose chance for victory in the Oct. 25 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) was compromised because of an injury to his right hind foot suffered during a bumping incident rounding the first turn, has been retired for stallion duty at Sheikh Hamdan's Nunnery Stud in England.

  • Millionaire Shine Again Retired

    Millionaire Shine Again, who just missed winning the Oct. 25 First Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct by a neck after winning the previous two runnings, will head to breeder/owner Allaire du Pont's Woodstock Farm near Chesapeake City, Md., for her retirement.

  • BC Winner Volponi Retired

    Multi millionaire Volponi, last year's winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), but last in this year's renewel when it was sponsored by Dodge, has been retired from racing, but no decision has been reached as to where he will enter stud.

  • Pensioned Stallion Strong Currency Dead

    Pensioned stallion Strong Currency was euthanized Oct. 17 at Harmony Star Farm near Claremore, Okla., because of the infirmities of old age.

  • Captain Bodgit to Mill Creek in New York

    Millionaire and grade I winner Captain Bodgit is scheduled to be relocated to Tim Little and Anne Morgan's Mill Creek Farm near Stillwater, N.Y., where he will stand for $5,000.

  • Distorted Humor's Fee Goes to $50,000

    Distorted Humor, sire of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide, will stand in 2004 for $50,000 at Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.