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Rutherienne Wins Noble Damsel Photo

Rutherienne Wins Noble Damsel Photo

Rutherienne has had some tough beats during a 10-race stretch in which she won just once but finished on the board in every one of those starts. Her improbable victory in the $107,000 Noble Damsel Handicap (gr. IIIT) Sept. 19 at Belmont Park will make up for some of that disappointment.

Breeders Say Stud Fees Need to Be Cut More

Stallion managers slashed stud fees last year after this country's recession deteriorated into a financial crisis and spread around the world. With prices for Thoroughbreds continuing to decline after falling significantly in 2008, commercial breeders are calling for even more stud fee reductions for 2010.

Keeneland Sale Continues Downward Spiral

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Keeneland Sale Continues Downward Spiral

Three seven-figure horses pumped up the excitement on the second day of the Keeneland September yearling sale, but they didn't provide a big enough boost to end the discouraging slump in the auction's key business figures.

Payson Weds Real Estate Broker Cole

Payson Weds Real Estate Broker Cole

Virginia Kraft Payson, who owns Payson Stud in Lexington and the Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center near Staurt, Fla., and prominent Colorado real estate broker David Libby Cole were married Dec. 19 at the Vail (Colorado) Chapel.

Rutherienne Skims Hedge to Win Lake George

Rutherienne Skims Hedge to Win Lake George

Virginia Kraft Payson's favored homebred Rutherienne continued her impressive 2007 season Friday thanks to a fearless hedge-skimming ride from jockey Garrett Gomez and a bit of luck in the $115,100 Lake George (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Breeders' Cup-Winning Breeders Honored

Breeders of the winning 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races were honored Jan. 12 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association/Breeders' Cup and the Thoroughbred Club at a dinner held at Keeneland Race Course.

Carr de Naskra Pensioned

Carr de Naskra, who won the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and whose runners include the leading New York-bred money earner of all time, has been pensioned from stallion duty at Virginia Kraft Payson's Payson Stud near Lexington

Owner Payson Splits With Trainer Bond

After a 13-year association, Virginia Kraft Payson has taken her horses from trainer James Bond and distributed the 14 to five trainers: Allison Register, Bruce Miller, Tom Voss, Sonny Wigginton, and Mary Jo Lohmeier.

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