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.
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.
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.
Pioneerof the Nile, sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) victor Classic Empire, will head up WinStar Farm's 22-stallion roster in 2017 and stand for an advertised fee of $110,000.
Herbert Bloodstock, Richard Leggio, and Peter Peluso's Gloryzapper earned her first graded win Oct. 9 with a game effort in the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June sale got a new sale-topper early on its final day when a colt by City Zip brought $800,000 from Frank Fletcher Racing, a record price for the sale.
Below is a list of horses to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training to be conducted March 2, beginning at 4 p.m. EST.
Khozan, a son of Distorted Humor out of grade I producer and graded stakes winner Delta Princess, will stand the 2016 season at Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla. A fee will be announced in the future.
Two-time grade II winner Pretty N Cool was the headliner entering the $100,000 Dezi Arnaz Stakes Nov. 15 at Del Mar, but another hot prospect stole the show.
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Shadwell Stable's Matrooh was an emphatic winner Oct. 31 in the Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park, upsetting even-money favorite El Kabeir.
WinStar Farm Oct. 19 announced stud fees earlier than usual for the upcoming breeding season, and Pioneerof the Nile will stand for a minimum of $125,000, the highest on the farm's roster of 22 stallions.
- By Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp recaps the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, including a review of the numbers and comments from Bill Thomason, President and Chief Executive Officer of Keeneland. Watch Video
Nun the Less and Syntax, the one, three finishers in the Mystic Lake Derby will square off again Sept. 26 in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. Saratoga stakes winner High Noon Rider figures in the mix as well.
On a day colts by a range of established sires set the pace, a $1,525,000 Distorted Humor colt bought by Three Chimneys brought the highest price Tuesday at the Keeneland September yearling sale's second session in Lexington.
A Distorted Humor colt rocketed to the top about an hour into the second day of the Keeneland September yearling sale on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Rallying from last, Ironicus exploded through the stretch to take the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course in a turf course record time Sept. 7.
Ironicus, who has an electrifying late kick, will have to catch front-running Constitution, who makes his turf bow and first start since the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at the Spa.
Hillaby, a close second to Endless Light in the July 1 Sweet Briar Too Stakes, figures to be tighter second time out in the Aug. 8 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine. The seven-furlong race drew seven older fillies.
Tattersalls has cataloged 513 lots, including 18 from the first crop of champion Frankel, to Book 1 of the October yearling sale in Newmarket, England, Oct. 6-8.
Grade I winner Jimmy Creed will shuttle to Spendthrift Australia and participate in the farm's Share The Upside Program in 2015.
The longest price on the board delivered a game performance at Keeneland April 18, 30-1 shot Dramedy putting pressure on frontrunner My Afleet all the way around and then just holding off the late charge of Dynamic Sky.
The only graded stakes winner in the field, Joseph Shields Jr.'s House Rules showed her class with a sustained outside rally and was up late to win the $200,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. III) April 11 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Flaxman Holdings' homebred Hoop of Colour captured her second straight victory since moving to Southern California from England with a win in the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 15 at Santa Anita Park.
A bumped start barely fazed heavily-favored Khozan in his second straight romp at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22. The $1 million purchase by Al Shaqab Racing impressed again with a 12 3/4-length win.
Not to be missed in all of the stakes races Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park was a dazzling debut win by Al Shaqab Racing's Khozan, a half brother to three-time Eclipse champion Royal Delta.
The first reported foal for the stallion Alternation was a colt foaled Jan. 20 at Jim and Pam Robinson's Brandywine Farm near Paris, Ky.
Sire Cowtown Cat, a son of Distorted Humor previously stood in Florida, is moving to Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm near Polk, Ohio, in 2015.
While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.
Favored Hillaby, produced by 2007 Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill, registered her first graded stakes win with a powerful stretch-running score in the $205,481 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 16 at snowy Woodbine.
Don Alberto Corp. went to $2.85 million to purchase a 2-year-old filly in foal to Distorted Humor Nov. 5 at the Keeneland November yearling sale.
Rich Tapestry from Hong Kong isn't the only foreign runner headed for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). Wind Fire, a 3-year-old filly from England, will also try to defeat the best U.S. speedsters at six furlongs on dirt.
WinStar Farm announced 2015 stud fees for most of its 22-stallion roster, which is headed again by leading sire Distorted Humor at $100,000 stands and nurses, and includes a new fee for leading freshman sire Super Saver.
Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, in partnership with Gary Barber, will stand new stallion Boisterous for the 2015 breeding season at Tom and Debi Stull's farm near Santa Ynez, Calif.
Coltimus Prime scored a commanding win in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 29 at Fort Erie, cruising wire to wire in the second leg in the Canadian Triple Crown.
Hillaby, a 4-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor, was purchased by Stonestreet Stables for $500,000 to jump start the horses of racing age portion of the Fasig-Tipton July sale July 14.
Gary Barber's Boisterous, a seven-time stakes winner for Phipps Stable, heads the cast for the 12-furlong Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 12 at Belmont Park.
A 4.3% uptick in total sales was offset by a 25% drop in median and a rise in the RNA rate.
It's not often that the connections of a one-horse consignment lead over a sale topper at public auction, but that's exactly what happened to Hoby and Layna Kight at Fasig-Tipton's Florida sale March 24.
Fire With Fire, rated well on the lead by Tyler Baze, outfought stablemate Lucayan in deep stretch to register his first graded stakes win for trainer Neil Drysdale in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT)
What Now, a half brother to 2013 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow, has moved to R Star Stallions at RichWine Farm near Anderson, Ind., where his 2014 fee is $500.
Whisper Hill Farm's Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty both produced their first foals at Timber Town Farm near Lexington, a Tapit filly from Havre de Grace and a colt by Distorted Humor out of Plum Pretty.
Maclean's Music, a promising young son of Distorted Humor, sired his first reported foal when a dark bay filly was born at Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind., Jan. 16.
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.
The second of four sessions saw declines across the board when compared with an equivalent session last year that featured two million-dollar horses.
Photographer Chad Harmon, who won the WinStar StableMates Saratoga Challenge, shares photos from his visit to WinStar Farm on December 20, 2013. View Slideshow
Distorted Humor 2014
$4 million Awesome Maria, dispersals lift Keeneland November opener's numbers.
Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., announced 2014 stud fees for its expanded 23-stallion roster, led again by leading sire Distorted Humor who stands for $100,000 stands and nurses.
Conquest Stable and trainer Mark Casse buy $500,000 Distorted Humor colt, $320,000 half sister to My Conquestadory to spur Fasig-Tipton October increases.
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