Santa Anita Park Feb. 10 announced the stakes schedule for its upcoming spring meeting and the most notable change was a tip of the cap to one of the best mares to ever run at the Southern California track.
Third Day successfully stretched out to one mile and picked up his second win in as many starts Feb. 8 when he rallied from fourth to win a $60,000 overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park.
- By Steve Haskin
Atlanta Falcons’ starting tight end Jacob Tamme is having a ball as a partner, along with fellow NFL star Wes Welker, in the Hat Creek Racing partnership run by Gatewood Bell.
Despite a tenuous situation, Spendthrift Farm general manager Ned Toffey says there is reason for optimism in the prognosis of multiple grade 1 winner Lord Nelson as he battles laminitis.
Spendthrift Farm’s Palace, the multiple grade 1 winner by City Zip, sired his first reported foal on Jan. 18 when a filly was born at Hilltop Stables in Deposit, NY.
The only thing Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder had left to chase last year was her own legacy.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson has developed laminitis, which will cause him to miss the 2017 breeding season, the farm announced Jan. 20.
Spendthrift Farm's Danza, winner of the 2014 Arkansas Derby (G1), sired his first reported foal Jan. 15 when a filly was born at Millennium Farms near Lexington, Ky.
Spendthrift Farm and Churchill Downs have announced an expansion of the Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes, which will now be run as two divisional races starting in 2017: one for 2-year-old males, and, now, one for 2-year-old fillies.
Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count, the classic-placed, graded stakes-winning son of Dynaformer, sired his first reported foal Tuesday, Jan. 10 when a filly was born at Mallory Farm in Lexington.
The filly was born Jan. 9 at R Star Stallions.
The first foal for grade 1 winner Wicked Strong arrived Jan. 1 at Jim and Pam Robinson's Brandywine Farm near Paris, Ky. Wicked Strong stands at Spendthrift near Lexington.
Spendthrift Farm, one of the Thoroughbred industry's leading breeding farms, has made a generous donation of $30,000 to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Ky.
Three-time champion and this year's Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Beholder arrived at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, Ky. Nov. 21 to start her new life as a broodmare.
Gaineway's Tapit retains his title for 2017 as the highest-priced stallion in North America with a fee of $300,000. The following is cumulative list of the fees announced through Nov. 11 for stallions standing in Central Kentucky.
Hit It a Bomb, a son of War Front and winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT), has been retired and will stand in 2017 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington. He will be part of the 'Share the Upside' program.
The racing days of Beholder have finally drawn to a close, as Spendthrift Farm officially announced the 6-year-old’s retirement Nov. 6, two days after her thrilling victory over Songbird in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I).
A Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) for the ages on paper played out in real time in the most dramatic and epic way.
Ten grade I wins, three Eclipse Awards, and two Breeders' Cup race victories into her career, Beholder is set to have one last chance to add to all of the above when she makes what is slated to be her final career start in the 1 1/8-miles Distaff.
Spendthrift Farm's son of Pulpit has a cut on his right leg that has become infected and requires treatment with antibiotics.
Into Mischief's fee rises, while Malibu Moon's drops
Spendthrift Farm's Cover Song had to wait out an extended inquiry, but her connections still got to celebrate her first stakes victory in the Santa Anita Park winner's circle Oct. 29.
Spendthrift Farm's two best current racehorses will almost surely make their final runs on the racetrack during the Breeders' Cup Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park.
Cinco Charlie, a graded stakes-winning juvenile by Indian Charlie, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder may have shown a glimpse of what's to come in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) during an Oct. 20 workout at Santa Anita Park.
Three-time grade I winner Lord Nelson will stand at his owner B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm upon retirement, the farm announced Oct. 16.
A little more than three weeks out from their upcoming showdown in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), champions Beholder and Songbird went about their business minutes apart during the earliest morning workout session at Santa Anita Park.
Brody's Cause, a grade I-winning 2- and 3-year-old by Giant's Causeway, has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2017 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm as the newest participant in the Share The Upside program.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson continued his dominance in Southern California sprints Oct. 8 with a clear score in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I), his final prep for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson appears set to continue his tear through the top-level sprints on the Southern California circuit in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
The budding rivalry between champions Beholder and Stellar Wind will see its third round Oct. 1 in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
After Beholder's last timed workout in preparation for the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I), just more than a week out from the Oct. 1 race, trainer Richard Mandella said she is ready to take on Stellar Wind in a rematch of champions.
Spendthrift Farm has partnered with Churchill Downs to create the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes, a new $300,000 race to be run this fall for 2-year-olds that are sired by Spendthrift stallions.
After her second work since a second-place run in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), trainer Richard Mandella is leaning toward running Spendthrift Farm's Beholder in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Keane Stud has acquired controlling ownership of second-crop sire Dublin; The Lumber Guy sold to stand in Chile.
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked a half-mile in :47 Aug. 16 at Del Mar, prepping to defend her title in the Aug. 20 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I).
After Beholder's first workout since a second-place run in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I), trainer Richard Mandella is still mulling over whether to send the three-time champion to defend her title in the Aug. 20 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.
Spendthrift Farm confirmed the sale and relocation of second-crop sires Victor's Cry and Wilburn from its stallion station near Lexington.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got a perfect trip and made the best of it July 31 to collect his second straight grade I score in the $300,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar.
The two champions were head-and-head from the five-sixteenths pole July 30 in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) at Del Mar, but Stellar Wind outdueled her rival to the wire to win by a half-length, ending an eight-race win streak for Beholder.
The Thoroughbred Breeders of Australia at its board meeting last week voted unanimously to oppose new rules for foal and their owners. Horse owners say the rules are being forced upon them by the nation's racing regulator, Racing Australia.
Chris Hartman brought a string to Del Mar this year, but one in that group stood out. The trainer calls Black Hawk Stables' Alsvid the "head dog" of his stable and he'll try to earn his first top-level score in the Bing Crosby (gr. I).
Three-time champion Beholder July 24 worked five furlongs in :59 1/5 at Del Mar and seemingly could not have done it easier.
Three-time champion mare Beholder went through a business-like workout July 17 at Del Mar, where she covered seven furlongs in company in 1:27 under gray skies with regular rider Gary Stevens at the controls and trainer Richard Mandella looking on.
Tom's Ready, winner of the Woody Stephen Stakes (gr. II) in June, will stand at Spendthrift Farm upon his retirement following an agreement with owner GMB Racing to acquire the breeding rights to the son of More Than Ready.
Spendthrift Farm stallion Can the Man, whose first North American offspring are foals of 2016, will not shuttle to B. Wayne Hughes satellite facility in Australia for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season, the farm announced July 3.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got up just in time to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Wanting an easy half-mile breeze from Beholder in her first timed work since a victory in the Vanity Mile (gr. I), the final two clicks on Richard Mandella's stopwatch showed :35 and change for three furlongs and :47 and change for the half.
Spendthrift Farm freshman sire Dominus sired his first winner from his first starter when the filly P Boo reported home first by 4 1/4 lengths in a $28,000 maiden special weight race at Evangeline Downs.
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