For the second time in nine months, Old Friends plans to welcome a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner as War Emblem is scheduled to join the Thoroughbred retirement farm in September.
Allen Murray, who with his wife, Audrey, operated Murmur and Berkley farms in Darlington, Md., died Aug. 13 at age 80.
Miner's Mark, a grade I winner and the first foal out of the legendary Personal Ensign, was euthanized April 30 at Blue Ridge Farm in Virginia. The son of Mr. Prospector was 23.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
From time to time there are results that make us wonder, what if? One of those moments came Dec. 9 when Robe Tissage scored an upset victory in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Jpn-I).
Fifth Third Bank is asking a federal bankruptcy court for assistance in taking possession of certain assets held by ClassicStar LLC, including stallion shares and income from other sires.
Moved to a tranquil area away from other stallions and shielded from most visitors, temperamental champion and dual classic winner War Emblem now spends his days in a quiet grassy paddock over looking fields containing grazing mares and foals.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
The travails of War Emblem's stud career in Japan have been fairly well documented. Less realized, however, is that the results from his few representative runners have been extremely good, and that in 2008 he is already sire of three 3-year-old black type winners.
After five frustrating years of trying to coax dual American classic winner War Emblem into performing regular breeding duties, Shadai Stallion Station officials may be reaching the limit of their patience with the horse they purchased for about $17 million as a stallion prospect.
This may color your decision-making in regard to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Champion Personal Ensign delivered a colt by Forest Wildcat April 2 at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. The chestnut colt was bred by the Phipps Stable and is Personal Ensign's 11th foal.
Our Emblem, sire of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner War Emblem, has been sold to Goncalo and Regina Borges Torrealba's TNT Stud in Centro-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He previously stood at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., and has shuttled to TNT Stud since 2004. The 15-year-old son of Mr. Prospector will remain in Brazil, according to Taylor Made Farm.
Forestry, who ranks in the runner-up spot on the leading second-crop sire list by 2004 progeny earnings, will stand for $75,000.
Byron Rogers, former bloodstock and stallion nominations manager at Arrowfield Stud in Australia, is the new director of the stallion division at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Taylor Made Farm and WinStar Farm have agreed to lease Our Emblem to Goncalo Borgs Torrealba's TNT Stud in Centro-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the upcoming season.
Anna Em, ridden by Larry Melancon, jumped out to a quick lead and drew off for an impressive 6 1/2-length victory over stablemate Movant in the first running of the $112,300 Open Mind for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
Private Emblem, whose unbeaten streak in the spring of 2002 helped bring national attention to his sire, Our Emblem, was euthanized after fracturing both sesamoid bones in his left front leg.
Private Emblem shook off a victory draught of nearly 11 months to post a 1 1/4-length triumph in Saturday's $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III), keeping his record perfect in four starts at Oaklawn Park.
The Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm announced a 2004 fee of $125,000 for Unbridled's Song, up from $100,000.
Grade III winner September Secret has been retired, owner/trainer Mike Machowsky said, and will likely be bred this year. The 4-year-old daughter of Our Emblem finished fourth in the Genuine Risk Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park in her last start May 11.
Our Emblem, whose popularity rose to new heights after his son War Emblem won this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will stand for $35,000 in 2003 at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Private Emblem avenged his New York Derby loss to Trial Prep with a win over that colt and No Parole in Wednesday's Albany Stakes at Saratoga.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation raised a record $325,000 Monday evening at a dinner auction at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
War Emblem tops Bob Baffert's wedding cake and Monmouth Park's celebration cake.
The price that WinStar Farms and Taylor Made Farm paid for Our Emblem, the sire of Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem, was $10.1-million, according to WinStar president Doug Cauthen.
Our Emblem, the sire of Triple Crown contender War Emblem, has been purchased by WinStar Farm in partnership with Taylor Made Farms and will stand the 2003 season at Taylor Made in Kentucky. The fee has not been determined.
After War Emblem hit the wire in the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Audrey Murray cashed a $5 ticket on the speedy colt and got back $19. But any day now, she and her husband, Allen, could be celebrating an even bigger payoff as the result of War Emblem's success in the Triple Crown races.
Few stallions in recent memory have enjoyed more of an upswing in their reputation in such a short span as Our Emblem.
September Secret, a daughter of leading sire Our Emblem, wins the Railbird Stakes.
Last fall, E. Allen Murray, and his wife, Audrey, took a chance on purchasing the young Kentucky stallion Our Emblem and standing him at their Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md. All Our Emblem has done since then is have his name thrust into the national spotlight as the sire of Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem and Triple Crown contender Private Emblem.
A filly by Our Emblem and a colt by Always Fair turned in the fastest eighth of a mile works Sunday during the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton and Texas Thoroughbred Association's sale of 2-year-olds in training. Both covered the distance in :10.
Our Emblem and Disco Rico will stand the 2002 breeding season at E. Allen and Audrey Murray Jr.'s Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md. Ten-year-old Our Emblem, who has arrived at the farm, formerly stood at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. He will stand for a syndicate managed by the Murrays. Disco Rico, who will enter stud, will arrive next week. The fee for each is $4,000 live foal.
A colt by Our Emblem posted the fastest quarter mile breeze, stopping the timer in :21 1/5 on Sunday, during this past weekend's Under Tack Shows in preparation for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2001 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age sale.
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