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.
- By Claire Novak
Kellyn Goder is a skilled horseman, one of the few trainers who actually deserve that distinction. He is not famous, but that is about to change. Gorder is on the verge of a breakthrough.
- By Ron Mitchell
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.
Intercontinental, one of many highly consistent turf runners from the Bobby Frankel barn, should be the solid choice when a field of nine goes a mile on the turf Sunday at Keeneland in the WinStar Galaxy Stakes (gr. IIT).
Jess Jackson went to $900,000 for a son of Distorted Humor during the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Thursday.
Sister Act, a grade I winner, was euthanized Aug. 24 at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., after foundering.
A day after the third-highest price ever recorded for a yearling sold at public auction, things were much calmer at Wednesday's session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. But there was a $1-million horse sold and the gross and average were up.
Graded stakes winner Indian Ocean, who was retired this summer because of a tendon injury, will enter stud at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Three time grade I winner Southern Image, who has earned more than $1.8 million, has been purchased by the Taylor Made / WinStar Venture for stallion duty.
Act of Duty, a half-brother to Northern Afleet who sold for $3.6 million as a yearling but failed to win on the racetrack, has been retired and will stand in 2006 at Arthur Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.
The victory by Folklore in the July 27 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) opening day at Saratoga was more than just her first stakes win. It also was the first to represent her sire, Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year.
Horse of the Year Tiznow came through with his first winner when his daughter Folklore won June 3 at Belmont Park.
The Northern Afleet syndicate and its manager Taylor Made/WinStar venture has agreed to donate the proceeds of a live auction of a 2006 Northern Afleet no guarantee season to benefit "Alex's Lemonade Stand." The auction of this season will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. on the backstretch of Churchill Downs adjacent the clocker's stand.
This spring, Churchill Downs and the Klein Family Learning Center/WinStar Library and Classrooms (Learning Center) will offer The Groom Elite ™ Program, which has never been offered in Kentucky. The program, which can host 30 grooms at a time, will begin May 10. The program is free to students and is sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
The first two mares have been confirmed in foal to Speightstown, the champion son of Gone West who is standing his first season at stud this year.
Champion sprinter Speightstown, who experienced colic problems in mid-December, is fully recovered from his ordeal and covered his first mare Feb. 14 at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
WinStar Farm, owned by Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt, is donating $100,000 to establish a Thoroughbred industry fund to assist in the relief efforts associated with the Indian Ocean tsunami.
"Once a winner, always a winner" could be the motto for Victory Gallop, who is now continuing his winning record in his stud career.
It may have lacked a seven-figure lot, but Tuesday's second breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale at Newmarket, England saw a fantastic trade resulting in figures that just fell short of the same day 12 months ago.
Bolsa, an 8-year-old daughter of Mr. Prospector in foal to Deputy Commander brought a top price of $400,000 during Monday's session of Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale.
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