Topped by 36 entries from trainer Aidan O'Brien and Coolmore Stud connections, a total of 138 horses remain nominated for the 230th running of the Epson Derby (Eng-I) at the first scratching deadline.
Headed by Fastnet Rock, Coolmore Stud stallions filled six of the top 10 places in terms of number of mares covered during the 2008 Australian breeding season.
The first foal by English group II winner Strategic Prince is a colt born Jan. 14.
Chapel Royal, a former Kentucky stallion getting ready to stand his first season at William Schettine's Signature Stallions near Reddick, Fla., in 2009, has become the new leader among Northern Hemisphere first-crop sires.
The combination of owners Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor have 72 early entries between them for the 2010 Epsom Derby (Eng-I) that will be run June 5, 2010, at Epsom Downs. A total 388 entries were made for the classic, which will have a purse of Â£1,250,000.
Zarkava was the big winner at the at the 2008 Cartier Racing Awards in London's Grosvenor House Hotel Nov. 17, collecting both the Horse Of The Year and Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Filly awards.
The five European Breeders' Cup winners missed out on trophies at the Cartier Racing Awards, Europe's equivalent of the Eclipse Awards, which were presented in London Nov. 17.
Prominent European sire Galileo, who underwent colic surgery in September, will stand for a private fee in 2009 at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
The 2009 stud fees for Ashford Stud stallions were announced Nov. 7, including the fees for their newest additions, Henrythenavigator and Majestic Warrior. There was a decline in fees for many of the stallions at Ashford, a division of Coolmore located near Versailles, Ky.
The only offspring by English and Irish champion George Washington figures to be one of the main attractions at the Goffs November foal sale in Ireland.
Henrythenavigator, an expert miler who finished second in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Majestic Warrior, impressive winner of the 2007 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been retired from racing for stallion duty in 2009 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Leading European sire Galileo was reportedly recovering from colic surgery performed Sept. 18 at Fethard Equine Hospital.
The Green Monkey, whose $16 million price is the highest ever for a horse sold at public auction, will begin his stallion career for a fee of $5,000 in 2009.
An impressive looking son of Storm Cat fetched a final bid of $2 million from Michael Vincent Magnier of Coolmore Stud during the second session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale Aug. 5.
Following Henrythenavigator's fourth consecutive group I victory in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood July 30, trainer Aidan O'Brien, who was saddling his 16th Group I win of the year, said the colt's ultimate goal is the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) on the synthetic surface at Santa Anita.
As part of a new sponsorship strategy, the Breeders' Cup, announced July 21 it has formed three distinct tiers of marketing partners and developed expanded benefits for those partners.
Central Kentucky farm owner and consignor Sidney D. Kleeman Jr. died July 4.
The Inglis Australian Breeding Stock Sale quickly established its place within the bloodstock trade when the Southern Hemisphere record for a Thoroughbred sold at auction was obliterated by Danehill mare Milanova, who sold for Aus$5 million as part of the Tyreel Stud Reduction.
The two-day Inglis weanling sale in Australia concluded June 27 with a significant rise in average and an RNA rate of only 20.8%.
A $625,000 More Than Ready filly from regally-related Danehill mare Milanova highlighted a strong opening day of selling at the Inglis Australian select weanling sale in Sydney, Australia.
Adieu, a grade I winner, and champion producer Tacha have died.
Kieren Fallon, the six-time leading jockey in Great Britain who is currently banned from riding because of a failed drug test, revealed in an interview that he wants ride in North America every winter, and maybe more.
It is little wonder the Australian-bred galloper is gaining credibility all over the world. This fact was confirmed yet again by Coolmore announcing its stunning roster of stallions to stand down under in 2008.
Dual group I winner Haradasun will enter stud at Coolmore Australia for the 2008 breeding season.
Irish-based Coolmore Stud announced May 12 that legendary sire Sadler's Wells is to be retired from stud duties due to declining fertility.
The mares took center stage at Rosehill Gardens April 19 with the running of the group I Coolmore Classic over seven and a half furlongs - just for females.
Giant's Causeway, who ranks third on this year's general sires list, will stand the 2008 Southern Hemisphere breeding season at La Mission stallion station near Buenos Aires.
Cartier Award winner One Cool Cat was represented by his first winner when his Irish-bred daughter Cool Tarifa won March 30 at The Curragh.
Two colts by Redoute's Choice each bring Aust$2.2 million at Magic Millions sale.
Van Nistelrooy, a young promising son of Storm Cat, will not be returning to Trelawney Stud in New Zealand for the 2008 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
A George Washington filly born at the Irish National Stud Feb. 4 is likely to be the deceased Coolmore stallion's only offspring.
George Washington, who was euthanized after breaking down in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) in October, sired his first reported foal.
Jockey Johnny Murtagh is "really looking forward" to his new role as retained rider to the powerful triumvirate of John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith -- the main owners involved in the Coolmore breeding and trainer operation.
Royal Academy, who distinguished himself at various locales around the world, will not stand in 2008 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., as planned, but will remain at Coolmore Australia,
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Hold That Tiger, 10th on the first-crop sires list by progeny earnings, is scheduled to stand at Alain Regnier's Haras de la Haie Neuve in France.
Tom Ryan, a member of Pete Bradley's team at Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage since 2001, is striking out on his own.
Grade I winner High Yield, who stood at several locales before ending up in France at Alain Regnier's Haras de la Haie Neuve near Mondevert, has died.
An electric day's trade in Newmarket at the December Sale yesterday produced an aggregate of over 36 million gns ($70,718,740), the highest turnover ever seen in a day at a European bloodstock auction with no less than three lots making 3 million gns ($5.89 million) or more.
John Ferguson purchased a quartet of 3-year-olds for a total of 10.1 million gns ($19,840,540) on a lively opening breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale in Newmarket yesterday. He also set a new European record for a filly when he bought Satwa Queen for 3.4 millin gns (nearly $6.7 million).
Australian health officials didn't seem too concerned when stallion Encosta de Lago arrived in late August at the Eastern Quarantine facility with an elevated temperature and nasal discharge, according to a groom with Coolmore. The groom also told a judge leading an inquiry into an outbreak of equine influenza that procedures for monitoring the people going in and out of the quarantine were not being followed closely.
Inquiry reveals that five stallions being shipped from Japan to Australia were not checked when they arrive in Sydney because the plan had stopped in Melbourne first. One of the five stallions, Black Hawk, didn't even make it to Sydney even though the health certificate indicated the stallion should have been on board.
The Green Monkey, that well-known $16-million purchase from Fasig-Tipton's 2006 Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training, will run in a $44,000 maiden special weight over the Hollywood Park turf course Nov. 21 as trainer Todd Pletcher seeks a win for the colt.
Danehill, the top English/Irish stallion the last two years, picked up another sire title this year.
Scorpion, winner of three group I stakes, has been retired from racing and will stand for Coolmore National Hunt at Castle Hyde Stud in Ireland, Coolmore said in a Nov. 9 release. Meanwhile, Coolmore has sold Fasliyev, Europe's 1999 juvenile champion, to a syndicate of Japanese breeders.
English champion Playful Act shattered the world record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction when her price soared to $10.5 million Nov. 5 on the opening day of the Keeneland breeding stock sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Agent John Ferguson, who did not make any purchases at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected mixed sale, emerged as the leading buyer this year with four horses purchased for a total of $15,750,000.
- By Ron Mitchell
There has been much hand-wringing and questioning over the circumstances surrounding the sale of multiple grade I-winning filly Octave to agent John Ferguson for $4 million at the Nov. 4 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky mixed sale.
Rising superstar Weekend Hussler easily wins Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
The Coolmore partnership has acquired a majority interest in Thewayyouare, who won the Nov. 1 Criterium International (Fr-I).
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