Laoban, who broke his maiden when he captured the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths, has been retired due to a soft tissue injury and will enter stud at Sequel Stallions in New York, co-owner Mike Moreno said Dec. 14.
Mary Beth Woods of Shreveport, La., submitted the winning entry of Southern Phantom in a name-the-foal contest offered exclusively at BloodHorse.com.
Mike Moreno of Southern Equine Farm will donate $5,000 to the Racetrack Chaplaincy of Saratoga in the name of the person whose suggestion is picked as the name of Moreno's Bodemeister colt.
Moreno is scheduled for his first start in the Pelican State Saturday, in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
- By Steve Haskin
There seemed to be an inordinate amount of people who were displeased with the result of the Aug. 2 Whitney Handicap, mainly due to the winning trainer Eric Guillot, who, to put it mildly, is not your typical trainer. read blog
Bodemeister, who thrilled race fans with his speed while placing in both the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) has been retired. He will enter stud at WinStar Farm.
The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training turned in a strong performance, enjoying a business boost from an improving Thoroughbred market overall and slots-rich tracks nearby.
Ahmed Zayat has been second in the Kentucky Derby twice in the past three years, and his Eskendereya, the would-be favorite in 2010, was scratched the day of the race.
Bodemeister worked a strong five furlongs in :59.48 April 29 on a muddy but firm Churchill Downs track.
Tom Roach, who operated his family's Parrish Hill Farm near Midway, Ky., died Sept. 3 after a long illness. The horseman who co-bred 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic was 63.
Broodmare prospect Careless Jewel, who captured the 2009 Alabama Stakes (gr. I), brought $1.95 million Nov. 7 during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale.
Better Than Honour, the 2007 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year, produced "an incredible" Street Cry filly earlier this year and she is back in foal to Street Cry and carrying another filly.
The gross fell 38.3% during the select yearling auction, which had enjoyed upswings in 2009.
Southern Equine not only has Champagne d'Oro in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, but its champion broodmare, Better Than Honour, is also scheduled to deliver a Street Cry filly any day.
"The best is yet to come," according to the trainer, who says the operation is downsizing to focus on quality.
Grade I winners Point Ashley and Spoken Fur, both in foal to Ghostzapper, have been sold privately after being scratched from the Jan. 12 second session of the Keeneland horses of all ages sale.
World's most expensive broodmare will be bred back to Street Cry
Amongst all the equine sapphires and emeralds selling at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale, breeders are also going to be offered the chance to buy the equine equivalent of the Hope Diamond.
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