Alphabet Soup (left) and Louis Quatorze battle to the wire, along with Cigar, in the '96 Classic (Breeders' Cup photo)
Apparent Heart Attack Claims Life Of Classic Winner Louis Quatorze

Louis Quatorze, winner of the 1996 G1 Preakness Stakes, died suddenly in his paddock Feb. 17 at Murmur Farms in Darlington, Md. The son of Sovereign Dancer was 24. Bred in Kentucky by Georgia Hofmann, Louis Quatorze was campaigned in a partnership between Hofmann, William Condren, and Joseph Cornacchia. He was trained by Nick Zito. […]

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‘The Fight Between Coal And Foals’: Hunter Valley Mining Proposal Rejected For Fourth Time

Thoroughbred farms based in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia, won yet another major victory after a coal mine proposed for the area was rejected by area planners. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) rejected a bid from Anglo American Mining regarding its Drayton South project. It was the fourth time that the company has been […]

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Selectivity of yearling buyers has led to a challenging market for stallions entering stud at the lower end of the stud fee scale
Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Challenging Market For New Stallions On Lower Tier

In an earlier article, I assessed the top tier of entering stallions for 2017, which are led by Horse of the Year California Chrome (by Lucky Pulpit), Grade 1 winner Frosted (Tapit), Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (Uncle Mo), and Preakness winner Exaggerator (Curlin). In a rational scheme or market, a breeder would expect an upper […]

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Charismatic arrives at Old Friends Farm in December 2016
Updated: Charismatic’s Death Caused By Pelvic Fracture

The shocking death of dual classic winner and Horse of the Year Charismatic on Sunday has been determined to be a result of a pelvic fracture, reports The fracture caused lacerations in the local vasculature, leading to fatal internal hemorrhaging. Charismatic had been found dead in his stall, without any apparent signs of distress. […]

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Bedford Falls (by Forestry) is a half brother to Harlan's Holiday.
Cuddle Alert Becomes First Stakes Winner For Sire Bedford Falls

California-based stallion Bedford Falls was represented by his first black-type stakes winner on Feb. 19, when his second-crop daughter Cuddle Alert upset Santa Anita’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap by a hard-fought head. After breaking from the rail at odds of 8-1 under veteran jockey Agapito Delgadillo, Cuddle Alert stalked the pace in fourth early, moved […]

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Charismatic, as shown in his last JBBA conformation photo
Dual Classic Winner Charismatic Dies Suddenly

Dual classic winner and 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic has died. The 20-year-old stallion, who returned to the United States from the JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan on December 4, 2016, was pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. The announcement of his sudden passing was made this afternoon […]

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California Chrome, at Taylor Made Farm  in 2015
Stakes Winner You Bought Her Goes To California Chrome After Final Start Saturday

The 7-year-old mare You Bought Her (Graeme Hall) will have a chance to join exclusive company when she vies for her third consecutive victory in the $50,000 Minaret Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. But she may have a more important date with destiny within the next couple of months. Trainer David Hinsley, who co-owns You […]

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Safety Check won consecutive editions of both the G2 Zabeel Mile and G2 Al Fahidi Fort Stakes at Meydan
Group 2 Winner Safety Check To Stud In Argentina

Safety Check (Ire) (Dubawi x Doors To Manual, by Royal Academy), a dual winner of both the G2 Al Fahidi Fort and G2 Zabeel Mile for Godolphin, has been retired from racing to stand at stud in Argentina. Diego Mitagstein, of Turf Diario and Heritage Bloodstock, handled the deal for the purchaser, Diego Franceschini’s Heritage […]

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Just The Judge wins the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine
E.P. Taylor Winner Just The Judge Delivers Colt By Dubawi

Globetrotting Grade 1 winner Just The Judge delivered her first foal earlier this week, a bay colt by Dubawi, at Britain’s Tweenhills Stud. Just The Judge, a 7-year-old mare by Lawman, captured the G1 Irish One Thousand Guineas in 2013 and took the G1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine the following year. According to the […]

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Mr. Z gallops at Churchill Downs April 21, 2015
Millionaire Mr. Z At Owner’s Calumet Farm

Ohio Derby winner Mr. Z, a 5-year-old son of Malibu Moon who has compiled over $1 million in earnings while winning two of 25 starts, has been vanned from the Oaklawn Park barn of trainer D. Wayne Lukas to owner Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm in Lexington. Mr. Z began his career racing in the colors of Zayat Stable […]

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