Richard Mandella has a certain giddiness about him when one of his good horses is going well. Not so long ago, after Beholder's morning breezes, he had a frequent pep to his step. In the Santa Anita grandstand April 27, the excitement was back.
In the days following four-time champion Beholder's departure from the barn of Richard Mandella, the Hall of Fame trainer was asked a simple question—what's next?
California breeding sustained a big hit May 1 when Tribal Rule, the state's leading sire, died from an apparent heart attack while covering a mare at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif.
Prominent California stallion Benchmark, sire of champion Points Offthebench and several other grade I winners, has been pensioned from stud duty due to fertility issues, Ballena Vista Farm announced April 21.
Eclipse Award winner and former leading California stallion Bertrando succumbed naturally to infirmities of old age March 27 at River Edge Farm, longtime farm manager Russell Drake confirmed.
Grade I winner Harmonious brought $2.8 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6. Acquired by Mandore International Agency, the daughter of Dynaformer was consigned by Lane's End, agent.
Grade I winner Courageous Cat has been retired from racing and will enter stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Stakes winner Calimonco, a full brother to Breeders' Cup winners Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet, will enter stud in 2012 at Donald and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif.
Grade I winner Courageous Cat will stand at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., following his retirement from racing.
Grade II winner Sierra Sunset will stand his first year at stud in 2012 at Tom and Nancy Clark's Rancho San Miguel near San Miguel, Calif.
Barretts' California Cup Yearling Sale showed strength in a two-day format Oct. 12-13. Led by a $105,000 topper at the first session, the auction averaged $14,128, an increase of 13.8% over 2009.
Bloodlines from leading California breeders Martin and Pam Wygod dominated the Barretts California Cup yearling sale at Fairplex Oct. 12.
Life Is Sweet, the 2009 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) winner for Martin and Pam Wygod, has been pronounced in foal to Smart Strike.
The connections of Life Is Sweet, who unleashed a powerful stretch run to win the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I), have accepted an invitation to take on males in the Dubai World Cup.
Courageous Cat, last seen finishing a close second to champion Goldikova in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), stalked the early pace before taking the lead in midstretch and then held off a challenge to win the Canadian Turf.
Pam and Martin Wygod's locally-based Life is Sweet rallied from last on the far turn, engulfed the field in the stretch and drew away to a three-length victory in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Martin and Pam Wygod's homebred Courageous Cat took over on the far turn and held off Sal the Barber in the stretch to claim his third consecutive turf victory in the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 14 at Saratoga.
The eighth day of trading at Keeneland's November breeding stock sale ended Monday evening with the Lexington auction house gaining slightly in most categories when compared to the same session last year. Up were the gross, average, and number of horses sold, with only a dip in the median keeping gains from reaching across the board.
Sweet Catomine, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, is in foal to leading sire A.P. Indy off a single May 5 cover.
A full sister to Martin and Pam Wygod's champion 2-year-old filly Sweet Catomine was foaled March 5 at Mill Ridge Farm.
Grade I winner Silent Sighs has been retired from racing because of an ankle injury.
Stakes winner Yankee Gentleman, a homebred for Martin and Pam Wygod, has been retired from racing because of a suspensory injury.
Six-year-old Tribal Rule, who started only four times in his star-crossed career, has been retired from racing after suffering a sesamoid injury in a July 10 allowance race at Hollywood Park
Feverish, a grade II winner as a homebred for Martin and Pam Wygod, has been retired from racing with $908,983 in earnings.
Millionaire Tranquility Lake, who was scheduled to run in the Dec. 15 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, was retired prior to the race and will begin life as a broodmare for owners Martin and Pam Wygod.
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