By Dan Liebman -- Numbers. This business is about numbers. Big numbers... dramatic numbers...incredible numbers. The wildest number of 2004, and in fact perhaps the wildest number ever in the history of this game, is the number of stakes winners sired by Danehill. With only 19 stallions having sired 100 or more stakes winners in their entire careers, Danehill, by Danzig, was represented by 51 in 2004.
Overbrook Farm homebred Storm Surge took the lead in the top of the stretch and went on to capture the $60,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes for 2-year-olds Friday at Fair Grounds Race Course.
The $8-million Storm Cat colt, which was the highest-priced Thoroughbred sold at public auction this year, is in Florida being prepared for racing by brothers J.B. and Kevin McKathan.
Storm Bird, a European champion who sired the great Storm Cat, was euthanized the night of Dec. 3 following a bout with colic at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Billed as the "greatest season auction of all time," Friday night's auction of stallion seasons to benefit the Kentucky Equine Education Project raised more than $2.2 million.
Ogden Phipps' slowly developing Good Reward, making his first start in a grade I event, made all the patience pay off when he came from off the pace with jockey Jerry Bailey to win the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT).
Louisiana Super Derby (gr. II) winner Fantasticat breezed four furlongs Wednesday at Churchill Downs in preparation for a possible run in the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 26.
Leading sires Storm Cat and A.P. Indy are among dozens of stallions whose seasons will be auctioned during a Dec. 3 event to raise money for KEEP -- the Kentucky Equine Education Project. The auction will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, Ky.
A 2-year-old daughter of Storm Cat and a 3-year-old Unbridled filly were both bought by Arch Bloodstock to top Tuesday's session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The session average was up 36.7% and the median rose 50% over the comparable day one year ago.
Sweet Catomine, who wrapped up an apparent Eclipse Award with a resounding victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, may try to add an exclamation point to a brilliant year with a final start in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) on Dec. 19.
Turbo Storm, an unraced 3-year-old full brother to three-time grade I winner High Yield, has been sold privately to stand stud duty in Russia. Owned by horsemen Bob Walton and Jim Elliott, Turbo Storm will take up duty at Donskoi Stud near Rustov Ma Donn, Russia.
Topped by millionaires Unbridled Elaine and Take Charge Lady, Keeneland's November breeding stock sale jumped out to a healthy start Monday, with a 16.2% increase in gross receipts over the same session one year ago. The median price rose 2.8%, the buyback rate was down substantially, and the average price fell 5% over the same session last year.
Multiple group I winner One Cool Cat has been retired and will stand in 2005 at John Magnier and partners Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
Win or lose Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I), champion Storm Flag Flying will be making her last start.
Dr. Tony Ryan's Castleton Lyons announced today that Bernstein, a leading freshman sire of 2004, will stand the 2005 breeding season as Ryan's Thoroughbred farm near Lexington.
Trainer Laura de Seroux went to $230,000 for a bay colt by Richter Scale in the final hour of Monday's opening session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton fall yearling sale at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.
Trainer Shug McGaughey is gearing up Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying for a historic run at the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I) at Lone Star Park. The $2-million Distaff kicks off the eight-race World Thoroughbred Championships.
A quality field of seven 3-year-old fillies will line up to contest the prestigious $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) at Keeneland Saturday.
Consolidator justified his $1.25 million sale price with an impressive performance in winning the $500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Sweet Catomine emerged from the $200,000 Oak Leaf (gr. II) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet as a major contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park with a sweeping victory Saturday.
New details have emerged about plans for Keeneland September's most expensive horse ever.
The inaugural New York Breeders' Sale Company's fall mixed sale broke new ground for Empire State breeders, owners, and consignors at the Sept. 29 close of its two-day run at Saratoga Race Course. The sale grossed $1,234,100 with 186 hips selling for an average of $6,361. The median was $2,600.
Outsider Fantasticat held off perennial bridesmaid Borrego to grind out victory in the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) by a half-length at muddy Louisiana Downs Saturday.
With six sessions remaining, the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale established itself as the highest grossing September auction in the history of the Central Kentucky sale company--breaking the mark of $291,827,100 set at the close of the 2000 September sale. The mark was broken following the sale of hip 2696, an Awesome Again colt, purchased for $55,000 by Bradley Shannon from the consignment of Middlebrook Farm.
Roar of the Tiger, a full brother to Giant's Causeway, has been retired and will stand in 2005 at Hartley/De Renzo Walmac South near Ocala, Fla. His fee will be $6,000.
Speightstown, winner of the recent Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II), will stand next year at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Storm Cat, the leader at the Keeneland September yearling sale, will again stand for $500,000 live foal.
Yukari Sekiguchi, the daughter-in-law of Fusao Sekiguchi, said her father-in-law did not buy the $8-million Storm Cat colt Tuesday that became the most expensive horse ever sold at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
In a scenario reminiscent of the horse industry's heyday of the early 1980s, Japanese trainer Hideyuki Mori won a bidding duel with Irish agent Demi O'Byrne Tuesday to acquire a Storm Cat colt for $8 million at Keeneland's September yearling sale.
Boosted by the aggressive buying of Sheikh Mohammed, with additional support from a broad base of domestic and foreign buyers, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale got off to a solid start Monday.
Penny's Fortune, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Storm Cat who cost $650,000 at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale, surged to the lead entering the stretch and went on to a two-length victory in the $57,825 Carmel Handicap at Bay Meadows Sunday.
It was a family affair at Saratoga on Friday when Storm Flag Flying wore down 3-5 favorite Azeri to win the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) by more than a length.
Yearlings sired by Storm Cat were in demand Thursday night during the third and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, New York. After gross and average price declines during the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions, numbers rose during the final session when compared with the same night one year ago.
History could repeat itself at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale when hip No. 148 steps into the ring.
A Storm Cat colt produced from the champion mare Sky Beauty (by Blushing Groom) has been withdrawn from the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
Roar of the Tiger, a full brother to European star Giant's Causeway, breezed a half-mile on Thursday at Churchill Downs as the 5-year-old took another positive step in his latest comeback from injury.
Roy, a Florida-bred who reached leading sire status in Argentina and Chile, became the latest to sire 100 stakes winners.
Storm Flag Flying returned to her championship form Saturday at Belmont Park, winning the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) by a half-length as the even-money favorite.
A champion trying to get back on track heads the field for Saturday's Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez combined for their fourth win on Saturday's Gulfstream Park card when Sumaya Us Stables' Newfoundland won the $100,000 Skip Away Handicap (gr. III).
Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly in 2002, was victorious Thursday at Gulfstream Park in her first start in more than eight months, going over the $1 million mark in career earnings in the process.
Champion Storm Flag Flying returned to the winner's circle Thursday at Gulfstream Park by notching a 3 3/4-length win in an optional allowance claiming contest. Redoubled Miss was second, with Keiai Sakura 1 1/4 lengths back for third. Storm Flag Flying completed the mile and 70-yard distance in 1:42.78.
Robert LaPenta, the Connecticut communications company executive who campaigns Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender The Cliff's Edge, went to $1,050,000 Monday to acquire a son of
Cat Fighter relinquished the lead to Fencelineneightbor in the stretch and then surged back for a head victory in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
Frankie Dettori, Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin opened their account for the season when Catstar made virtually all the running to win the UAE 1,000 Guineas, a mile conditions race on the dirt.
Hold That Tiger, who will stand his first season at stud this year at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., will shuttle to Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Trainer Todd Pletcher bought the first horse he has ever purchased for Bob and Beverly Lewis at public auction today, going to $425,000 for a colt by Sir Cat out of the Red Ryder mare Limestone Landing at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s juvenile auction at Calder.
Sumaya Us Stable's Newfoundland, competing in Saturday's $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap when it was switched to the sloppy Gulfstream Park main track because of showers, scored the most significant victory of his career by a neck over favored Millennium Dragon.
Grade 1 millionaire Tout Charmant delivered her first foal, a Storm Cat filly, Thursday evening at Stonerside Farm near Paris, Ky.
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