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Arch, the sire of 11 grade I winners, died Jan. 20 of an apparent heart attack, according to Bernie Sams, representative of Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., where the 21-year-old son of Kris S. stood at stud.
Keeneland's January sale featured a robust upper market in Book 1, but that didn't prevent declines in average and median at the end of the five-day auction, which saw a continuation of 2015's finicky market.
A full field of Florida-breds headed by Chad Brown-trained Fundamental has been entered for the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.
Virginia Kraft Payson sprang for three horses from the Sarah J. Leigh estate's dispersal, including session-topper Summer Solo for $700,000, to boost Keeneland January's opening session.
Jim and Susan Hill's son of Arch went four furlongs in an easy :50 4/5 Oct. 25 at Keeneland, a maintenance work for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale closed out its three-day run Aug.27 with another steady day of trading in the second of two open sessions.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. saved the best for last during the select session of its August yearling sale Aug. 25.
Jim and Susan Hill's Grand Arch roared past pacesetter King Kreesa entering the stretch and repelled the come-from-behind bid from Ironicus to win the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course.
Javier Castellano made his trip to Iowa worth it, scoring aboard Bent On Bourbon to take the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) June 27 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
Archarcharch got on the board in a big way April 23 at Keeneland, when 2-year-old filly Tia Flor became his first winner with a 9 1/4-length victory in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event.
Joel Rosario reached 2,000 wins April 23 with his first mount of the day at Keeneland, a closing victory with Sante Cellars Racing Club's Dating Lady Luck in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight event over the Keeneland turf.
Far From Over stems from one of the most prolific branches of the Betty Derr family, that of his fourth dam, the 1983 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, Courtly Dee.
Archwarrior, a 5-year-old son of Arch who stands at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla., was represented by his first foal -- a colt -- born Jan. 28.
Eclipse winner Blame, by Arch out of Liable, by Seeking the Gold, will stand for $20,000 live foal stands and nurses in 2015, according to Claiborne Farm. Algorithms to stand for $5,000.
Uncaptured, Canada's Horse of the Year of 2012 as a juvenile, will stand at J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud in Florida.
The Paris, Ky., farm's top sire War Front will remain at $150,000 for the 2015 breeding season.
John Oxley's Uncaptured, Canada's champion 2-year-old male and Horse of the Year in 2012, has been retired. Trained by Mark Casse, the 4-year-old son of Lion Heart won 7 of 18 starts, earned $1,065,147.
Julie's Love, who has plenty of graded stakes experience, gets a slight edge in the Sept. 13 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park. The $200,000 race for older fillies and mares is at a mile on the Widener Course.
Outsider Grand Arch, rallying through the long Woodbine stretch, caught favored Excaper in the final strides to register his first stakes win in the $187,759 King Edward (Can-IIT) June 22 on the turf.
Newsdad, making just his second start in the past year, closed with authority to nip outsider Vertiformer at the wire in the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf at Gulfstream Park March 29.
The median rose 33% as Keeneland's January sale ended four days of lively trade. Graded winner Scatman topped the final session at $135,000, and plans are to keep him in training.
Led by $310,000 broodmare prospect Lady Kierkegaard, Keeneland's January sale continued its solid performance and posted gains across the board on day three.
In her first try at two turns, Vexed delivered a hard-fought victory over nine other juvenile fillies in the $169,050 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 30 at Churchill Downs.
British raider London Bridge won the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships opener, mowing down the weakening leaders in the final sixteenth of a mile to take the $500,000 Marathon (gr. II) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Fasig-Tipton's October sale, which runs from Oct. 21 through Oct. 23, features a catalog of 1,130 horses, including some with notable pedigrees and a handful that have had eye-catching updates thanks to recent stakes wins.
Claiborne Farm announced its 2014 stud fees Oct. 9. Two stallions' fees have risen: War Front's fee has increased to $150,000 from his 2013 fee of $80,000; and First Samurai will stand for $15,000 next year, up from $10,000
Favored Temeraine, given a rail-skimming trip by Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens, slipped through for a neck victory in the $399,000 Kentucky Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) on a stakes-filled afternoon at Kentucky Downs Sept. 14.
So Long George, reunited with jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson, produced his first stakes victory at odds of 10-1 in the Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) July 21 over the Woodbine turf.
With Russian President Vladimir Putin and other dignitaries from the Gas Exporting Countries' Forum in attendance July 1, American-bred horses ran first and second in the President's Cup at the Central Moscow Hippodrome.
Returning from a layoff of a bit more than two months, 8-1 shot Sarach led throughout to win the $150,750 Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies on turf June 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Aidan O'Brien noted that Lines of Battle was sent to Dubai with the specific purpose of picking up Kentucky Derby-qualifying points offered in the race, and he earned 100 points, assuring him a spot in the starting gate.
Colts by Central Kentucky sires More Than Ready and Arch brought the top two prices on day one of the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale April 17 at Park Paddocks in Newmarket, both consigned by Friarstown Bloodstock.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Lines of Battle is likely to be the only starter in the Kentucky Derby to have won at in excess of nine furlongs.
A strong middle market helped pace the 2013 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale to solid gains in both average and median April 8 in Lexington.
View Arch and several of his progeny who have had careers on the race track. View this feature in the March 23, 2013 issue of The Blood-Horse. view slideshow
View this feature in the March 23, 2013 issue of The Blood-Horse.
- By Ron Mitchell
Bernie Sams, bloodstock manager at Claiborne Farm, discusses the farm's stallion Arch, who is profiled in the March 23 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine. Listen Now!
Clearly Now came off a third-place finish behind Itsmyluckyday and Shanghai Bobby in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) to claim a victory of his own in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. III) March 2 at Gulfstream Park.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Uncaptured was a multiple stakes winner on the Polytrack at Woodbine, but his Iroquois performance suggested he might be even better on dirt.
Newsdad, switching from turf to Polytrack and shortening up for the closing day $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, swept to a two-length victory under meet-leading rider Julien Leparoux Oct. 27.
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Hymn Book returned to winning ways Oct. 19, taking the $80,750 Frank "Pancho" Martin Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths in the slop at Belmont Park.
Waterway Run, trained by Ralph Beckett, is headed for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) after posting a half-length win in the Sahkee Oh So Sharp Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket Sept. 28.
Contested overcame a flat-footed start and closed from slightly off the pace to win the $500,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, nabbing her second grade I victory in New York this year.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Love Theway Youare is an example of the cross of Arch over mares by Storm Cat and his sons that has now produced four stakes winners from only 17 starters.
When the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) fell apart in the homestretch, 18-1 shot Love Theway Youare, rallying from last under Garrett Gomez, was there to take full advantage at BetFair Hollywood Park June 16.
Off for more than two months, Rothko made his 11-10 odds look like a bargain when he swept to victory in the $109,400 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) June 2 at Churchill Downs.
A look at his form makes it slightly surprising that I'll Have Another was underestimated in the Robert B. Lewis, and a glance at his pedigree marks him as a colt who could be expected to improve with time and distance.
Stuart Janney III's homebred Hymn Book tallied the biggest win of his career Feb. 11 at Gulfstream Park, roaring down the center of the track and outlasting Mission Impazible to take the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I).
The first foal by champion Blame arrived Jan. 13 in Pennsylvania.
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