Thoroughbred Breeding

Thoroughbred stallion and farm news plus pedigree analysis

  • Josh Pons

    Country Life Offers Breeding Partnerships

    Racing partnerships by most estimates today make up more than half of the ownership entities racing Thoroughbreds. The Pons family of Country Life Farm in Maryland has now taken the partnership concept into the breeding arena.

  • Farms in Focus

    Farms in Focus

    One of the benefits of a thriving Thoroughbred horse racing industry is the infrastructure of scenic and productive farmland needed to raise and cultivate racehorses.

  • Maryland Horse Industry Picks Up Steam

    An economic impact study of the Maryland horse industry released Nov. 21 shows that Maryland horse farming brings in more than $1.15 billion in economic activity a year, 23% higher than the $930 million it generated in 2010.

  • Uncaptured

    Ocala Stud Sets 2017 Fees

    J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud has set 2017 stud fees for its expanded 13-stallion roster, led again by Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured and grade I winner The Big Beast, who will both stand for a fee of $6,000, stands and nurses.

  • First Stakes Winner for Caleb's Posse

    Three Chimneys Farm stallion Caleb's Posse recorded his first stakes winner when the Donnie Von Hemel-trained Sweet Posse triumphed in the $75,000 Slide Show for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-old fillies at Remington Park Nov. 18

  • Boarding - Finding The Right Fit

    Choosing where to board your broodmare and, subsequently, where to raise your foal are crucial decisions not to be made without careful study and examination of all alternatives.

  • Flintshire wins the 2016 Sword Dancer.

    Flintshire's Stud Fee Set at $20,000

    Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Nov. 14 Juddmonte's homebred and leading turf horse Flintshire will stand the 2017 breeding season for a fee of $20,000, live foal stands and nurses. 

  • Tapit continues his reign as the top-priced stallion in North America

    2017 Kentucky Stud Fees

    Gaineway's Tapit retains his title for 2017 as the highest-priced stallion in North America with a fee of $300,000. The following is cumulative list of the fees announced through Nov. 11 for stallions standing in Central Kentucky.

  • 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.