Hill 'n' Dale Farm owner John Sikura said Wednesday Eclipse Award finalist and grade I winner Point Ashley will be bred to leading sire Storm Cat.
Jade Hunter, whose daughter Azeri is North America's richest female earner, has arrived for stallion duty at Liberty Stud near Ghent, N.Y.
Racing or Stallion Prospect Half Ours Tops Opening Session of Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale
The 14-day Keeneland November breeding stock sale kicked off with a bang when Half Ours was purchased by Aaron U. Jones for $6.1 million, which is a record for a horse in training sold at Keeneland.
Behaving Badly, one of the year's top sprinting distaffers, has been retired after a disappointing fourth as the favorite in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) Oct. 14 at Keeneland.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington released its 2007 stallion fees Oct. 13 with seven of the 11 stallions standing next year for the same amount as the '06 breeding season.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced that Vindication's stud fee will remain $60,000 for the 2007 breeding season.
Serena's Tune, whose Vindication colt sold for $2.8 million the first day of the Keeneland September yearling sale, was euthanized because of acute laminitis several days after the sale.
Grade I winner Buddha's first winner came when his daughter, Lenaro, won June 3 at Churchill Downs.
Quick Temper, a graded stakes winner last year, has been retired and booked to Ghostzapper.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced the first five mares bred to grade I winner Roman Ruler have been pronounced in foal.
The first foal by undefeated champion and grade I winner Candy Ride was born Jan. 14 at David E. Hager II's Idle Hour Farm near Paris, Ky.
The first foal by unbeaten Candy Ride arrived Jan. 14 at David Hager's Idle Hour Farm near Paris, Ky.
High Yield, announced two weeks ago as moving to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington for the 2006 breeding season, will instead stand the Northern Hemisphere season in France.
High Yield will be relocated for the 2006 breeding season to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington. His fee will be $7,500.
The New York Racing Association announced Nov. 16 that Hill 'n' Dale Farm has become sponsor of Aqueduct's $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I). Formerly, the NYRA Mile, the 17th running of the Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile will be run on Saturday, Nov. 26.
News and Notes from the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale: Big day for Taylor Made... A big buyback... Jackson and Hughes, friends and competitors.
Mass Media, who counts the grade I Forego Handicap at seven furlongs among his six career victories, will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington in 2006 for $7,500 live foal.
Millionaire Roman Ruler, a leading member of his generation at two and three, has been retired for stallion duty at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Amid continued high buyer demand, the expanded Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale concluded Wednesday with the auction house posting across the board gains when compared to its two-day cataloguing last year. Held over three days, cumulative figures showed substantial improvement over the company's 2004 sale in gross, average, and median prices.
A Giant's Causeway colt brought $200,000 to top the final day of action at Fasig-Tipton's expanded three-day Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale in Lexington.
El Corredor, whose first crop includes one of the favorites for the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will have his stud fee raised from $20,000 to $30,000 for the 2006 breeding season.
Demand for offspring of top stallion Storm Cat coupled with the strong buying power of the Maktoum family pushed Tuesday's second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale to record levels.
Roman Ruler, winner of the Aug. 7 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington upon his retirement.
Hill 'n' Dale announced Wednesday that the farm has purchased a majority interest in Lady Tak, a multiple grade I-winning 5-year-old mare from Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt.
Champion Vindication, who showed signs of discomfort at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, has returned to breeding after spending time at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.
Millionaire Vision and Verse was represented by his first winner April 28 when his initial starter, Acceleration, won at Hollywood Park.
The first winners sired by graded stakes winners Broken Vow and El Corredor won maiden special weight races April 22 at 4 1/2 furlongs in their debuts.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - What does is take to operate a Thoroughbred breeding farm in the height of the breeding season? In this issue of The Blood-Horse, we attempt to show you.
Estrapade, winner of an Eclipse Award as champion female turf horse, died from an apparent heart attack at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky. Friday. She was 25.
George Krikorian's millionaire and grade I winner Starrer produced her first foal, a Danzig filly, Feb. 19 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Michael Pegram's two-time champion filly Silverbulletday produced her third foal, a dark bay filly by undefeated champion Vindication Jan. 28 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
Hill 'n' Dale Farm announced Tuesday that Dr. Terry Blanchard, an internationally recognized authority on stallion fertility and mare reproduction, will join the Lexington, Ky. farm as resident veterinarian, starting Jan. 1. Blanchard has been a professor of equine theriogenology at Texas A&M for the past 17 years.
So often a disappointment when on the verge of stardom, Lion Tamer jumped up and surprised in the 16th running of the $350,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct on Saturday.
Marquetry, sire of two Breeders' Cup winners, arrived Tuesday at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington from Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.
Dr. George Mundy, resident veterinarian and general manager of Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, Ky. announced Tuesday his resignation to pursue other endeavors within the equine industry.
With the yearling auction season winding down, the topic will soon turn to the November mixed sales and what top race mares will be heading to the auction ring.
Stakes winner Nicholas, a son of Danzig who stood at Calumet Farm near Lexington, will stand in 2005 at Larry and Wayland Smalley's C & S Stables near Chelsea, Okla.
Colts by Giant's Causeway and Monarchos brought final bids of $750,000 to top the third session of Keeneland's September yearling sale Wednesday. All key figures for the sale took sizable moves forward in a heated, marathon session that grossed $43.9 million.
Unbeaten grade I winner Candy Ride, who recorded the highest Beyer Speed Figure of 2003, has been retired from racing and might be headed to stud at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, Ky.
Grade II winner Saarland will begin his stallion career in 2005 for a fee of $10,000 live foal at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Royal Roberto, one of Illinois' most successful stallions, died in July of a heart attack.
Handpainted, a Sovereign Award finalist as a 2-year-old, has been retired from racing after reaggravating an ankle injury in the Aug. 14 Ellis Park Breeders' Cup.
Millionaire Medaglia d'Oro, a three-time grade I winner who was retired to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, will begin his stallion career in 2005 for a fee of $35,000.
Undefeated My Lordship came up with another sterling performance, this time in the inaugural $109,500 Hill 'n' Dale Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Woodbine.
Millionaire Medaglia d'Oro, a three-time grade I winner and twice runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has been retired and will enter stud at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
- By Victor Ryan
Darby Dan Farm was left without power or telephone service Friday morning because of an overnight storm that ripped roofs off houses and damaged homes in Central Kentucky, but most Bluegrass horse farms appear to have emerged relatively unscathed.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms reported that Footing is the first mare confirmed in foal to champion Vindication.
The first reported foal sired by grade I winner Buddha is a filly born Jan. 17 at John Penn's Pennston Farm near Ocala, Fla.
The 2004 equine auction season got a quick jump out of the gate this week as the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale continued the bull market seen during September and November. The five-day sale that ended Friday resulted in a 58% increase in gross, a 49% gain in average price, and a 30% rise in median when compared with the 2003 auction.
- By Dan Liebman
Richard L. "Dick" Duchossois, who brought Arlington Park back from the ashes, and then saw the track become a part of Churchill Downs Inc., has been selected to receive an Eclipse Award of Merit.
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