Valid Expectations, a seven-time leading Texas stallion, reached another prominent milestone when he passed deceased Sunny's Halo to become the state's all-time leader by progeny earnings.
- By Ryan Conley
Harold Plumley has put his Florida Thoroughbred property and business up for sale as a turn-key operation, a move the horse owner and breeder said is part of prudent financial planning.
Canadian champion Exciting Story has been retired and will enter stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Texas near Hempstead
Eugene Melnyk, who recently finalized his purchase of Mockingbird Farm near Ocala, Fla., has renamed the property Winding Oaks Farm.
Leading owner/breeder Harry T. Mangurian Jr. and California senior steward Pete Pedersen have been named co-recipients of the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Harry Mangurian's pensioned stallion Valid Appeal, whose male line remains vibrant through such young sons as Valid Expectations and Valid Wager, was euthanized Jan. 5 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.
Harry T. Mangurian Jr. completed the dispersal of 99% of his breeding stock in 2000. So in 2001, his primary involvement in the Thoroughbred business was that of an interested onlooker. As he watched and tallied, nearly 600 horses bred in his name and that of his Mockingbird Farm raced, won 36 stakes races at 16 different tracks, made more than 4,500 starts, and earned approximately $16.5 million.
Pharmaceutical executive Eugene Melnyk has signed an agreement to purchase Mockingbird Farm in Ocala, Fla., from Harry T. Mangurian Jr., the leading breeder in 1999 and 2000 in North America by purses earned. Mangurian, who is on top of the breeders' standings again in 2001, is no longer in the breeding business after dispersing nearly of all his stock.
Open Forum, who ranks second on the first-crop sire list by progeny earnings, will be relocated to William S. Farish's Huisache Farm near Hempstead, Texas, where he will stand for $7,500 live foal.
The average price didn't change much from a year ago, but the gross revenue and the median price were down significantly during the open portion of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale, which ended Friday in Central Florida after a four-day run. For all the open sessions combined, 686 horses were sold for a gross of $6,447,400, an average of $9,399, and a median of $5,000. The gross, average, and median were down by 13.2%, 2.5%, and 16.7% from a year ago when 771 yearlings were sold. The buy-back rate was 29.2%, up slightly from last year's rate of 28.1%.
Mockingbird Farm's Exciting Story will return to action Saturday at Woodbine in a one-mile allowance event over the E. P. Taylor Turf Course. The start will be his first since winning the May 28 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Florida stallion Open Forum, who heads the nation's first-crop sire list in several categories, might be headed to Central Kentucky. According to trainer Mark Casse, who serves as director of operations for Harry Mangurian Jr.'s Mockingbird Farm, the farm is negotiating with a major Central Kentucky outfit for the sale of the 7-year-old stallion, but the deal is far from being over.
If you heard a shot ring out at Aqueduct on March 18, it was just another of those Benny and Buzz bullets that have been known on occasion to blast a hole in the wind. The latest speeding bullet from the Benny Perkins Jr./Buzz Chace arsenal is Richly Blended, a son of Rizzi who left his field for dead in the $200,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III).
Last fall, most horses bred by Frank Stronach in his name or that of Stronach Stables were changed to have the breeder listed as Adena Springs. The change pushed Adena Springs to second on the year-end list of leading breeders with $9,929,737, behind Harry T. Mangurian Jr., who bred the earners of $10,757,845 in 2000. The list, compiled by The Jockey Club Information Systems, is for North American-based horses only.
First-crop stallion Valid Wager has been bought by Tom and Debi Stull from Harry Mangurian Jr.'s Mockingbird Farm.
Raymond Dweck's Stormy Pick zipped to a wire-to-wire victory over eight other 2-year-old fillies in Friday's $200,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, giving freshman sire Storm Creek a leg up on his competition in the list of leading first-crop sires.
A record price of $335,000 for a yearling sold by the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company was set Monday when Aaron and Marie Jones went to that price to acquire a Storm Creek colt from the Mockingbird Farm consignment.
News briefs about racing and breeding.
Raymond Dweck's Stormy Pick dueled early with the previously unbeaten With Ability before running away to a 1 3/4-length victory over Zonk in the $150,000 Sorority Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Monmouth Park. Under Jose Ferrer, Stormy Pick completed the six furlongs in 1:10.96 over a sloppy track.
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