Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's The Big Beast, who finished second in a pair of grade I sprints in 2015 at Saratoga Race Course, was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in the annual poll.
Canadian grade II winner Excaper has been retired to stand at Francisco Bravo's River Oaks Farms near Sulphur, Okla., as the property of Mike Grossman.
- 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.
Naughty Natisha, the dam of 2007 New York-bred horse of the year Naughty New Yorker, died Feb. 24 at Stepwise Farm near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Jockey Club has announced that the 2016 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at jockeyclub.com.
Ashford Stud has purchased the 725-acre Waterford Farm near Midway, Ky. for $10,135,072 from the West family.
Dr. Robert A. Leonard, an equine veterinarian and managing partner in the prominent Glade Valley Farm in Maryland, died Feb. 10 at his residence in Chester, Md., at age 92.
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.
Seasons to Lane's End-based stallions Honor Code, Liam's Map, Tonalist, The Factor, Union Rags, and Mr Speaker, will headline an online auction that will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Six stallions that are male-line descendants of A.P. Indy are represented in the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Florida juvenile sale.
Following is information on incoming stallions to Kentucky standing for $10,000 and up and on select leaders in other markets:
Oratory, a top-10 Oklahoma stallion in 2014 and 2015, has been euthanized following an accident that occured while he was recovering from surgery to address a nerve problem.
Canadian champion Alpha Bettor and grade I winner Mast Track have joined the stallion ranks at Daehling Ranch near Elk Grove, Calif., Adena Springs announced Feb. 16.
Vicar, the 1999 Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth Stakes (both gr. I) winner, died Jan. 24 at the Korean Racing Authority's Jeju Stud Farm as a result of a "throat obstruction," according to the KRA.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Sales, Northeast Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic 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 first reported foal for Joseph LaCombe Stables' California stallion Typhoon Slew is a gray colt out of Babes Bridge It born Feb. 6.
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.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Sales, Southeast Region, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will host a pedigree and conformation clinic March 1 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
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.
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association Feb. 9 announced several incentives for those who breed in Minnesota, including bonuses for graduates of the MTA auction and a new stakes for eligible 2-year-olds.
Rockridge Stud celebrated a remarkable new arrival on Jan. 24 when Pincesspatseattle foaled a rare white Thoroughbred colt. America's Best Racing took a trip to the New York farm to meet the son of Honorable Dillon.
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.
Grade I winner Strapping Groom, who sustained a career-ending injury at Penn National Race Course in 2014, will begin his stallion career in Panama after selling at the Keeneland January horses of a sale.
The first reported foal for Central Kentucky stallion Strong Mandate is a filly, born Jan. 3 at Pickett Thoroughbreds in Louisiana.
When Rock Sand swept the English Triple Crown series in 1903, many thought him lucky not to have faced Zinfandel.
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-Atlantic 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.
Grade I winner Seek Again, who is standing his first season at stud at Stroud's Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla., will shuttle to Haras Carampangue in Argentina for the Southern Hemisphere season later this year.
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.
Lane's End will host a stallion season auction and open house to coincide with the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Mixed Sale.
Halling, a son of Diesis who provided Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin with some of its earliest success at the group I level, died Feb. 2 at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, as a result of the infirmities of old age.
The first reported foal for new sire Souper Speedy is a colt out of stakes-placed winner Birsay, by Bold Executive, born Jan. 30 at Jennifer Leuty's Fox Hollow Equestrian Centre in Ontario.
The first edition under the name of The Blood-Horse was identified as Vol. XIII, No. 6, and was dated "Week Ending May 11, 1929."
The first reported foal for Mark Valeski is a chestnut filly out of Ambition Unbridled born Jan. 27 at Susan and John Sykes' Woodford Thoroughbreds Florida near Reddick.
The first reported foal by stakes winner Awesome Bet is a filly, born Jan. 25 at Peach Lane Farms, Opelousas, La.
Panelists discuss changes in stallion market and managing some of the top stallions of the 1980s and '90s.
Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, in comments that helped kick off the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association symposium Feb. 2, said horse racing and breeding in the state is strong, but challenges remain.
The Kentucky Equine Education Project is mobilizing support for House Bill 112, which will provide the same exemption from state sales tax on feed, supplies, and equipment that other agriculture animals receive.
The first reported foal for graded stakes winner and California stallion Northern Causeway is a filly born Jan. 28.
Bob Manfuso, breeder of Maryland-bred Cathryn Sophia, believes the filly can move forward off her scintillating score in the Jan. 30 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II).
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, the champion female sprinter of 2015, has been retired from racing and will be bred later this year to top sire Medaglia d'Oro.
The keynote address by radio personality and horse owner Jim Rome at OwnerView's Thoroughbred Owner Conference has been downloaded more than 4,000 times since it was delivered at Gulfstream Park Jan. 13.
Texas oilman Mike Rutherford has sold his 250-acre Manchester Farm adjacent to Keeneland Race Course to Brad Kelley's Calumet Farm for $12.5 million.
New York-based sires Bob and John and Musket Man have been sold to stand in 2016 in South Korea.
The unpredictable nature of this business is illustrated by Colonel John, a top-class runner whose fee dropped to $7,500 for 2016 and suddenly has a pair of colts on the Derby Trail.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Northeast Region, Midwest Region
Officials from the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Ontario Division, and Woodbine Entertainment Group plan to meet in the near future to discuss reductions in Ontario Sire purse bonuses for 2016.
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