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Giant’s Causeway tops 2010 sires’ list

For the second year-in-a-row, Ashford Stud’s Giant’s Causeway was the United States’ leading stallion according to figures by Equineline. His runners earned $8,806,163 which was down significantly from 2009. The leading sire will stand for $85,000 in 2011. The top five included WinStar Farm’s Distorted Humor ($100,000), Spendthrift Farm’s Malibu Moon ($60,000), the deceased Maria’s […]

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Temple City to stand for $5,000

Spendthrift Farm’s Temple City, who recently retired as the only track record-setting son of Dynaformer at stud, will stand in 2011 for $5,000 stands and nurses. He will also be part of the Share the Upside program. “Temple City is a perfect candidate for our Share the Upside program,” said Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes. […]

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Ashford tops 2010 progeny earnings, Vinery has leading freshman sire

Coolmore’s Ashford Stud had three stallions in the top five on the list of 2010 progeny earnings for North America-based sires. Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant’s Causeway led the way with more than $11 million each in earnings by their runners.  Ashford’s Tale of the Cat also made the top five. Third on the list was […]

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2010 highs and lows of Florida breeding

The performances of Awesome Feather on track and Wildcat Heir in stud duty highlight the year in Florida breeding. 2010 was also a year that saw some Florida breeders forced out of business.

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Sire Shamardal recovers from surgery

The Darley stallion, Shamardal, is resting in Newmarket following surgery to repair injuries sustained in Australia. The shuttle stallion fell while on stud duty at Darley’s Kelvinside facility.

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Can a psychic help find a missing horse? All signs point to probably not

Call us skeptics but when we came across this story about a psychic trying to find a missing horse, our crystal ball cried bull crap. But we decided to read further. Maybe the $40 for a 15-minute phone call seer would produce results for a desperate and loving rodeo cowboy who just wanted his horse […]

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How big a danger is fescue to pregnant mares?

Fescue, a hardy grass that thrives in horse pastures despite heavy hoof traffic, grazing and adverse growing conditions, is oftentimes infected with Acremonium coenophialum. This endophyte can cause a legion of problems in broodmares and has become a danger to pregnant mares.

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Odds of Rachel and Curlin making a champion?

Lost in all the hoopla about which stallion Zenyatta will mate to in 2011 is the exciting planned pairing of Rachel Alexandra and Curlin. But what are the odds that the two will make a champion foal? According to Avalyn Hunter of the Blood-Horse, sixteen such matings of former Horse of the Year winners have […]

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Coolmore pays ultimate compliment to NZ breeding

Coolmore Stud’s $30 million payment for a controlling share in champion New Zealand-bred So You Think estimates the value of the two-time Cox Plate winner at $60 million. This exceeds the high water mark for an Australasian Thoroughbred and was paid to finish his racing career in the European circuit and begin his breeding career […]

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Invincible Spirit sets world record mark for 2-year-old winners

Irish racing champion Invincible Spirit who currently stands at the Irish National Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland set the world record mark for 2-year-old winners. With 42 juvenile winners in 2010, he broke the record of 39 co-held by Chapel Royal and Wildcat Heir.

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