Thoroughbred Breeding

Thoroughbred stallion and farm news plus pedigree analysis

  • Giant's Causeway

    Sources of Stamina

    It's time to remind breeders and broadcasters alike that stamina still exists in America and remains an essential part of breeding classic winners.

  • Ide Be Cool

    Ide Be Cool Named LA Horse of the Year

    Henry Ray Dunn's Ide Be Cool, unbeaten in four starts at 2 in 2013, was named accredited Louisiana-bred horse of the year May 24 at the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeder Association's annual meeting in Opelousas.

  • GII Victor Tizdejuvu Has First Winner

    Multiple graded stakes winner Tizdejavu was represented by his first winner as a stallion when his juvenile daughter Miss Dejavu prevailed by 1 3/4-lengths in the second race at Gulfstream Park May 26.

  • California Chrome

    A Pedigree Story Made for Hollywood

    The son of an $8,000 mare and a stallion that stood for $2,500 in the year of his conception, the flashy chestnut became the first California-bred since Decidedly in 1962 to win the Run for the Roses.

  • In the Fairway, a 4yo WV-bred Posse colt bred and owned by Jeff and Susan Runco's Coleswood Farm, won the Confusion Say Stakes at Charles Town April 19. Runco trains the colt, who has earned more than $300,000 in 16 starts, 15 of them at Charles Town.

    Funds Intact, But WV Prepares for Change

    The West Virginia legislature ended a short special session May 21 and apparently left more than $14 million in gaming revenue to purses and breed development programs for horse and dog racing intact for fiscal year 2015.

  • Tinkler Reaches Deal to Sell Patinack Farm

    Financially beleaguered coal mining baron Nathan Tinkler has agreed to sell Patinack Farm, his vast Australian racing and breeding operation, to an unnamed group of Middle Eastern buyers, according to published reports.

  • Dehere

    Champion Dehere Dead at 23 in Turkey

    Dehere, the champion 2-year-old male of 1993 and sire of 77 stakes winners, has died in Turkey. The son of two-time leading sire Deputy Minister is the broodmare sire of Take Charge Indy, Will Take Charge, and Midnight Lute.

  • Divine Light Dies in Turkey

    Turkey-based stallion Divine Light died May 12 at Adana Seyhan Covering Station due to complications from a lipoma tumor being coiled around his intestines. The son of Sunday Silence--Meld Sport, by Northern Taste, was 19.

  • Love the Chase, California Chrome's dam.

    California Chrome Boasts Maryland Connection

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome's first two dams were bred in Maryland by Dr. Thomas Bowman in partnership with Milton Higgins III. Both mares are products of Northview Stallion Station sires.

  • Silver City Sires First Winner in Texas

    Stakes winner Silver City was represented by his first winner as a stallion when his 2-year-old daughter Promise Me Silver won the third race at Lone Star Park in her career debut May 11.

  • Ring Weekend

    Gelded Ring Weekend Seeks Rare Preakness Win

    West Point Thoroughbreds founder and president Terry Finley had to reach deep into his wallet to acquire Preakness Stakes contender Ring Weekend, a son of Tapit, at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Seattle Slew

    The Continuing Impact of Seattle Slew

    While Seattle Slew did well crossed back to almost any of the major strains in his pedigree, he was particularly effective when bred to mares carrying Buckpasser in their pedigrees.

  • California Chrome

    California Chrome Was Flashy From the Start

    From the time he was a foal at Harris Farms in California's Central Valley, California Chrome made sure people noticed him. With his flashy markings, the chestnut colt was easy to spot, but he seemed to seek out attention.

  • Tribal Rule Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

    California breeding sustained a big hit May 1 when Tribal Rule, the state's leading sire, died from an apparent heart attack while covering a mare at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif.

  • Vicar's in Trouble
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    Louisiana Hopes Riding on Vicar's in Trouble

    In stature Vicar's in Trouble will be one of the smallest starters in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but he will carry big hopes for not just his connections but the state of Louisiana as well.

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    Pair of Oaks Fillies Work at Churchill Downs

    While no horses being pointed to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) worked at Churchill Downs April 25, a pair of fillies being pointed to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) breezed.

  • Rubiano, son of Ruby Slippers, was named champion sprinter of 1992.

    Ruby Slippers

    Of the two most expensive stallions at stud in North America for 2014, one is out of a mare by Rubiano, and the other is out of a three-quarters sister to Rubiano.

  • California Chrome will try to become the first California-bred to win the Kentucky Derby Decidedly in 1962.

    Seven Derby Hopefuls Bred Outside Kentucky

    Likely Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite California Chrome will try to become the first California-bred to win the Louisville classic since Decidedly in 1962, but six other Derby hopefuls were also foaled outside of Kentucky.

  • Safely Kept

    HOF Member Safely Kept Dies at 28

    Hall of Fame member and champion sprinter Safely Kept was euthanized the morning of April 22 at Lyn Burleson's Burleson Farms near Midway, Ky., due to the infirmities of old age. She was 28.

  • California Sire Benchmark Pensioned

    Prominent California stallion Benchmark, sire of champion Points Offthebench and several other grade I winners, has been pensioned from stud duty due to fertility issues, Ballena Vista Farm announced April 21.