Darby Dan Farm announced the birth of the first foal by champion sprinter Aldebaran.
Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm announced the arrival of Sky Mesa's first foal, a bay colt out of Star of Africa, by Polish Precedent, born Jan. 5 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
Old Friends, an equine retirement organization based in Midway, Ky., has announced that it will bring champions Criminal Type and Sunshine Forever back to the Bluegrass from Japan.
Millionaires Golden Missile and Classic Cat as well as grade I winner Vicar were represented by their first winners the beginning of July.
Roy, a Florida-bred who reached leading sire status in Argentina and Chile, became the latest to sire 100 stakes winners.
Darby Dan Farm announced that champion producer Sonada and grade I winner Plenty of Grace are among the first mares in foal to Aldebaran.
Aldebaran, the leading contender for a sprint championship whose 122 Beyer Speed Figure is the second-highest of any runner this year, arrived for stallion duty the afternoon of Oct. 28 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington and will be housed in the same stall that once was home to Honor Grades, Sailor, Sword Dancer, and the great farm homebred Roberto.
Aldebaran, the leading contender for a sprint championship, will arrive Oct. 28 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
Aldebaran, who figures to be the favorite for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) in what will be his final start, will begin his stallion career for $50,000 live foal at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
Empire Maker, the colt that was supposed to win the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby (gr. I) because of his pedigree, instead won the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes (gr. I) because of his pedigree. That's a lot of pedigree for one horse, even for one from the vast international breeding empire of Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms.
Kelley's Day, dam of millionaire and Japanese leading sire Brian's Time, was euthanized April 15
Wings of Grace, dam of champion Soaring Softly and grade I winner Plenty of Grace, died Feb. 12 from foaling complications at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington
Little Current, who won the 1974 Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont (gr. I) Stakes the year he was champion 3-year-old male, was euthanized Jan. 16
By Ray Paulick -- Creative breeders are continuing to explore new ways to promote their stallions.
Millionaire Hap, a six-time graded stakes winner, has arrived at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington
Aldebaran, who has won or placed in all 15 starts and is being pointed for the Oct. 26 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will stand at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington upon his retirement from racing.
Sale records were established for gross revenue and average price during the Doncaster breeze-up auction, which ended its two-day run on Friday in England.
Honor Grades, who might not have been as well known as his half-brothers A.P. Indy and Summer Squall, but who nonetheless achieved plenty of success as a stallion, died unexpectedly March 31 at Darby Dan Farm.
A colt from the first crop of European champion Giant's Causeway was born Jan. 18 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington
First-crop stallion Matty G, who ranks seventh on the freshman sire list by progeny earnings, will be relocated to Darby Dan Farm (John Phillips, managing partner) near Lexington and will be re-syndicated.
A colt by Fit to Fight brought the top price of $105,000 at Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's summer yearling sale. The auction was held on Tuesday at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs.
- By Ray Paulick
John A. Bell III reached into his pocket and pulled out two sheets of paper with the cold, hard facts. "Well, here's the bad news," he said. Bad news, indeed, for the family-owned and operated Jonabell Farm that Bell founded in 1956. Of 76 mares previously checked and believed to be in foal for next year, 33 of them, 44%, are no longer pregnant. "Never seen anything like it," Bell said. His wife, Jessica, shook her head, adding, "It's just devastating."
John Phillips, managing partner of Darby Dan Farm near Lexington announced that grade I winners Behrens and Vicar have settled their first mares.
Champion Soaring Softly produced her first foal, a Storm Cat colt, on Feb. 8 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
Behrens, a multiple grade I winner and graded winner in three of the four years he raced, has been retired and will take up stud duty for the 2001 season at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. The 6-year-old's stud fee will be $20,000.
Stakes winner Repriced, who has $1.6 million in 2000 progeny earnings, has been moved to John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, where he will stand for $7,500 live foal.
For the second straight year, Ashford Stud stands the top three stud horses among North American-based stallions bred to 100 or more mares in 1999. Ashford's Grand Slam was bred to 166 mares, Tale of the Cat followed by covering 147, and Southern Halo was mated to 141.
Dual grade I winner Vicar has arrived at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, where he will enter stud for $10,000 live foal.
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