Six weeks ago, WinStar Farm looked as though it would be without a starter in the upcoming Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Now, the powerful outfit could have three, the final potential starter coming thanks to a eye-catching, last-to-first victory by Advice in the $300,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) April 18 on the Keeneland Polytrack.
Weekend in Indy, dam of graded stakes winners Any Given Saturday and Bohemian Lady, died in mid-January from foaling complications.
WinStar Farm's favored Leah's Secret backed off of an early speed duel and came late to pick up the pieces at Aqueduct Nov. 28, rallying past Slewfoundmoney for a three-quarter-length victory in the 69th running of the grade II, $150,000 Top Fight Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner Funny Cide will become the newest resident of the Kentucky Horse Park, it was announced Nov. 26. Funny Cide, scheduled to arrive at the park Dec. 5, will join another Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba, who came to the park in October.
The 2009 stud fees for WinStar and Taylor Made/WinStar Venture stallions standing at WinStar Farm, near Versailles, Ky., were announced Nov. 6. In a departure from the general trend of declining stud fees, the fee for Tiznow will rise from $30,000 to $75,000 for 2009.
Taylor Made Farm announced Unbridled's Song will stand in 2009 for the same $150,000 fee that he stood for in 2008.
WinStar Farm has announced that Distorted Humor, North America's leading sire by number of stakes winners in 2005, '06, and '07, will stand the 2009 breeding season for a $225,000 stud fee.
Spring At Last, the leading U.S. earner by Silver Deputy, will stand at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a $15,000 live foal fee during his inaugural season in 2009.
With the second week of the Keeneland September yearling sale drawing to a close, numbers continue to be down, though buyers and consignors are still claiming it's a strong market for a quality horse.
Horse of the Year Tiznow, second on the general sire list this year, emerged on top the list of leading sires by average (with three of more sold) for the Sept. 11 fourth day of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Kingmambo and A.P. Indy, two stallions who stand at Will Farish's Lane's End Farm, emerged on top of the list of leading sires of yearlings sold (minimum three sold) during the Sept. 9 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A son of A.P. Indy continues to top the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale with a price tag of $1.5 million. The second highest price of the day--$1.25 million--belongs to a daughter of Giant's Causeway purchased by Troy Steve Bloodstock.
Winter's Gone, dam of three graded stakes winners, died after foaling a dead Storm Cat offspring this year.
Just missing in the Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) a month ago, WinStar Farm's Leah's Secret was not to be denied this time around.
Making his first start in stakes company, Tiz Now Tiz Then made a bold five-wide move into the stretch, took over near the furlong marker and won going away in the $250,000 Iowa Derby June 27 at Prairie Meadows.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Colonel John is scheduled to return to California next week from Kentucky, trainer Eoin Harty said May 16 at Santa Anita.
Freshman sire Speightstown (Gone West-Silken Cat, by Storm Cat) was represented by his first winner May 15 at York in England.
WinStar Farm's Colonel John, one of the favorites for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), solidified his status with a scintillating five-furlong bullet work over the main track at Churchill Downs Sunday morning.
Grade I winner Spring At Last has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2009 at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm
Four runners trained by Nick Zito, all potential contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), lead the list of 52 3-year-olds nominated for the $350,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 24.
Spring At Last had only one start under his belt after winning the Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) last March, and that was a Dec. 26 allowance race over the Santa Anita turf. But Doug O'Neill had no qualms about sending the Silver Deputy colt into the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I), and the trainer's faith was rewarded when his 4-year-old runner returned with a solid victory at Gulfstream Park Feb. 2.
The Jockey Club of Turkey is poised to conclude lengthy negotiations to purchase champion and classic winner Victory Gallop.
International Equine Acquisitions Holdings has acquired an ownership interest in grade II winner Court Vision with an eye toward the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The first reported foal by grade I winner Bluegrass Cat is a colt born Jan. 4 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
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Agent John Ferguson, who did not make any purchases at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected mixed sale, emerged as the leading buyer this year with four horses purchased for a total of $15,750,000.
Distorted Humor now shares top honors with fellow stallions A.P. Indy and Storm Cat when it comes to 2008 stud fee
Topped by a Victory Gallop filly sold for $95,000, Sunday's 13th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale followed the pattern of the 10 previous sessions as the gross receipts and average and median prices soared.
Any Given Saturday, recent winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, will became a member of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley team following this year's Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Champion Victory Gallop, whose first crop included nine stakes winners, will shuttle to Haras Porta Pia near Santiago, Chile.
Trainer Todd Pletcher continued the classic preparations for three of his five probable Kentucky Derby starters when Scat Daddy, Any Given Saturday, and Circular Quay worked over the Polytrack surface at Lexington's Keeneland Racecourse Sunday, April 22.
Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables has acquired an interest in major Triple Crown contender Any Given Saturday from Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm.
It's No Joke, a two-time graded stakes winner by Distorted Humor, will enter stud at Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm Stallions near Versailles, Ky.
Grade I winner Summerly, a 2005 Eclipse Award finalist, has arrived at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., to become a broodmare.
The 3-year-old colt Spring At Last, sold as a racing prospect, brought a final bid of $675,000 from J. Paul Reddam to top Tuesday's session at Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale.
WinStar Farm, which already has released 2007 fees for Distorted Humor ($225,000) and incoming stallion Bluegrass Cat ($50,000), will keep sprint champion Speightstown (Gone West--Silken Cat, by Storm Cat) at $40,000 live foal.
Distorted Humor, who leads all North American sires with 18 stakes winners and 24 stakes wins, will stand in 2007 for a fee of $225,000, up from $150,000.
Bluegrass Cat, a twice classic-placed grade I winner, will begin his stallion career in 2007 for a fee of $50,000 at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Unbridled Energy, a multiple graded winner by Unbridled's Song, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington for a fee of $10,000.
If any 3-year-old is going to head to the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes (gr. I) with a legitimate shot to knock off the Bernardini, he will have to show what he's made of in Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
Eclipse Award winner Countess Diana, whose Breeders' Cup win remains the third-largest margin of all time, was euthanized over the Memorial Day weekend at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.
Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm has acquired an interest in classic contender Sharp Humor.
Todd Pletcher, whose bench is stronger than most other trainers' first string, sends out the first team on Saturday, when he'll saddle Bluegrass Cat in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III).
The first foal by champion sprinter Speightstown is a colt born Jan. 28 at Windfields Farm near Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
WinStar Farm's homebred Well Armed burst down the stretch at Nad al Sheba racecourse in Dubai Thursday to win his first start as a 3-year-old in a campaign that ultimately is aiming for the May 6 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Gary Bush, who recently resigned as general manager at WinStar Farm, has been named manager of Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky.
Wildcat Heir, a grade I-winning son of Forest Wildcat, will enter stud at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla. His fee will be $8,000.
At the close of the Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale's ninth session Tuesday, the Lexington, Ky., sales company reported gross receipts of $281,046,100 surpassing last year's 12-day sales total of $279,680,200.
One of the groups paying particular attention at the rail the past few mornings at Belmont Park are those who will have some of the participants in their next careers – the farm owners and stallion managers.
Distorted Humor, who stands at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., is the newest member of the six-figure club.
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