Alpha Bettor produced a 23-1 upset in the $152,202 Seagram Cup (Can-III) when he edged City Wolf by a half-length for his first stakes victory Aug. 4 at Woodbine.
Pimlico Race Course held the show to showcase the versatility of Thoroughbreds.
Odds-on choice Game On Dude repelled a major challenge from stablemate Richard's Kid to make Chantal Sutherland the first female jockey to win the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Showing he's happy to be back in California, Game On Dude romped to victory in the $147,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) June 2 in his first start since a nearly tragic trip to the Dubai two months ago.
Awesomemundo recovered from a poor start and gamely outdueled Love and Pride in a spirited stretch duel to win the $100,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (gr. III) by a head May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
The longest race at Santa Anita Park, the closing day San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT), was settled by about an inch when Bourbon Bay came from far out of it at the quarter pole to tag Eagle Poise at the wire.
The 1 1/2-mile San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) at rainy Santa Anita came down to the final jump when favored Bourbon Bay nipped Slim Shadey by a head on the turf March 25.
Game On Dude may have caused his backers a bit of concern when he trailed the field in the San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) after a tardy start, but it all worked out for the 3-10 favorite, who romped to victory at Santa Anita.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs continues to crank out top-level stakes winners and knocked down its seventh Eclipse Award for breeder in the last eight years.
Tiago, who stands at Adena Springs Standing at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y., might miss the 2012 breeding season.
For the ninth consecutive year, Adena Springs was the leading North American breeder in 2011, with $14,641,413 in earnings for horses bred by Frank Stronach's operation.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs announced Harlem Rocker will undergo a surgical procedure to alleviate symptoms of spinal cord compression and is expected to miss the 2012 breeding season.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky announced that Awesome Again will continue to stand for $50,000 and his son, Horse of the Year Ghostzapper will remain at $20,000 for 2012.
By every measure, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale was a resounding success. Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said Oct. 26 the company had high expectations, and they were exceeded.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt grabbed the spotlight in the middle of the afternoon at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale in Lexington Oct. 26. He became the auction's highest-priced horse so far when he commanded $380,000.
Fueled by three horses that sold for more than $200,000 apiece, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale kept churning out impressive results during its second session after getting off to a fast start on its opening day.
A flashy Unbridled's Song filly became the highest-priced horse sold so far at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale when she brought $210,000 during the lunch hour of the auction's second session Oct. 25.
A Macho Uno colt commanded $180,000 to become the highest-priced horse sold so far during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale Oct. 24 in Lexington.
California grade II winner Noble Court will enter stud in 2012 at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif.
Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner, will relocate to Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif., for the 2012 breeding season.
Red Bullet, winner of the 2000 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been pensioned at age 14 due to declining fertility.
In his return to Santa Anita, Game On Dude won for the first time since taking the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in March, holding sway over late-running Awesome Gem in the $250,000 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1.
Royal Currier, sent off at odds of nearly 19-1, clocked a track record for six furlongs at Philadelphia's Parx Racing Sept. 24 while winning the $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths.
In a span just over a half-hour, trainer Mike Maker and jockey Victor Lebron teamed up to win a pair of Kentucky Cup races with flare.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm is buying yearlings to replenish bloodstock holdings that have been diminished due to a selloff by the farm, acquiring yearlings priced between $8,000 and $1.34 million at Keeneland.
Two fillies that each sold for $110,000 highlighted the 11th session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Awesome Again, who underwent colic surgery Sept. 13 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, arrived back at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris, Ky., Sept. 19.
The Keeneland September sale experienced what pinhooker Hoby Kight described as a "feeding frenzy" during its fifth session Sept. 15 in Lexington.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs went to $1.35 million to buy an Awesome Again-Legs Lawlor colt (Hip No. 957) from Greenwood Lodge Farm as the second seven-figure offering during the Keeneland yearling sale's fifth session.
Awesome Again, the leading active sire of Breeders' Cup winners, is recuperating from colic surgery performed the morning of Sept. 13 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.
A benefit dinner, including live and silent auctions for the YMCA in Paris, Ky., will be held Sept. 16 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Paris.
Celtic New Year, coming from off the pace, got through an opening in the stretch and held off heavy favorite Bourbon Bay and Imponente Purse in a tight finish in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf Aug. 28.
Bourbon Bay, who swept Santa Anita's distance turf races last season, showed his prowess on Polytrack, setting a track record while winning the Cougar II (gr. III) at Del Mar July 29.
Cash-strapped breeders prefer proven sires over young stallions, making it tougher to launch the careers of new studs.
R Betty Graybull, a four-time stakes winner who placed in three other stakes, has been retired from racing.
Stronach Stables' homebred Don Cavallo took the lead with a half-mile to go and rolled to a 3 3/4-length victory in the 10-furlong Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) July 1 at Woodbine.
In her first start over the Woodbine turf course since she won the Natalma Stakes (Can-IIIT) as a 2-year-old in 2009, Bay to Bay ran away at 6-1 odds over yielding ground in the Nassau Stakes (Can-IIT) June 4.
Adena Springs Farm owner Frank Stronach has been selected to receive the inaugural Earle I. Mack Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Champion Award.
Primal Force, the 2000 Broodmare of the Year and foundation mare for Frank Stronach's Adena Springs, died on the morning April 17 as a result of complications during foaling at the Paris, Ky. farm.
Brereton Jones' homebred filly Biofuel, winner of four stakes at Woodbine in 2010, was named Canada's Horse of the Year April 1 during the Sovereign Awards presentations at Woodbine.
Game On Dude survived a 12-minute stewards' inquiry to win the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) by a nose over Setsuko March 5, making Chantal Sutherland the first female jockey to win the race in 74 renewals.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm was rewarded with its seventh Eclipse Award when they were announced Jan. 17, with horses bred by the farm earning more than $13.3 million last year.
Awesome Feather, the undefeated winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), is presently out of training with no set timetable for her to return to competition.
Adena Springs finished 2010 as the leading individual breeder in North America with earnings of $13,369,852.
Canadian champion Too Late Now brought $50,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale, which posted increases of 25.5% and 22.2% in its gross revenue and average price, respectively, from a year ago.
Stunning Stag, charging from the rear of the pack, swept past his rivals leaving the furlong pole to easily register his first graded stakes win Nov. 13 in the $169,461 Autumn Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine.
The robust market for top-end young mares continued during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale as five horses sold for seven-figure prices.
Awesome Again, who stands at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Ky., will stand for the same $50,000 fee in 2011 that he stood for in 2010.
Adena Springs Farm lit up the bid board at Keeneland Nov. 9, going to $2,550,000 to purchase Dreamtheimpossible, a daughter of Giant's Causeway consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
Adena Springs, owned by Frank Stronach, has chosen Chad Brown as the new trainer of Awesome Feather, the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner it bought for $2.3 million.
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