Bloodstock

Bloodstock market stabilizing in 2011

According to statistics provided by the Jockey Club, it appears this year’s foal crop will be at a 20-year low. But that is not all bad news as the reduction in crop has also led to a stabilizing of the market across the board. “Last year it held its own. We have seen that, across […]

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The Jurga Report: The ins and outs of colic surgery

Fran Jurga walks horsemen and women through the experience of colic surgery in her latest offering. If you are going through a potential surgery with one of your horses or if its possible in the future, Jurga’s piece is a must read to learn what to expect during the process.

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Graded Stakes: Spendthrift Farm’s wide array of young and exciting stallions

As we find ourselves into the breeding season, there has perhaps been no farm more forward thinking in their approach to selling stallion seasons than Spendthrift Farm with their “Share the Upside” program. And leading the way with Malibu Moon, they have many stallions that could certainly give the upside necessary to breed a highly […]

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Inglis Melbourne yearling sale starts Monday

The Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling auction begins a four-day sale Monday in Australia. Recent graduates of the sale include world class and undefeated sprinter Black Caviar.  The 2011 catalog includes 83 siblings to stakes winners and 92 horses from stakes-winning dams.

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Classic Champion Thoroughbreds: Emotional conformation

On his Classic Champion Thoroughbreds blog, pedigree analyst Calvin Carter discusses the importance of “emotional conformation,” citing examples such as Lookin At Lucky and the keen eyes of trainers like Bob Baffert and the late Frederico Tesio: “Indeed, Tesio knew how to embrace the magic within the spirit of the horse. He was known for […]

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Oaklawn stakes winner Stephanie Got Even sold

Stephanie Got Even, winner of the American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn Park this season, has been sold by owner/trainers Joe and Tim Martin. The Martin brothers turned a $1,200 investment into $97,573 in track earnings and a $200,000 sale price. The 4-year-old filly is now on her way to South Florida to continue her racing […]

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Kentucky vets report more cases of placentitis

Veterinarians at the University of Kentucky are reporting an increase in the number of cases of nocardioform placentitis.  It’s a unique form of bacterial placentitis affecting late gestation mares, and it can cause abortion, stillbirth or compromised foals.

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Summer Bird has first in-foal mare

Press Release Three-time G1 winner and 2009 Eclipse Champion 3-Year-Old Male Summer Bird had his first confirmed in-foal mare since entering his initial season at stud at Mr. & Mrs. Ben P Walden Jr’s Pauls Mill Farm in Versailles. The Mining mare Love Tunnel was checked in foal to Summer Bird at 16 days on […]

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Richard’s Kid named Maryland-bred HOTY

For the second year in a row, Richard’s Kid was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and champion older male, in a poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. In 2010, Richard’s Kid won two Grade 1 races – the Pacific Classic and the Goodwood Stakes.  He also won the Grade 2 San Antonio.

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Gulf Coast Farms countersues bank

Gulf Coast Farms filed a countersuit Thursday against Fifth Third Bank, claiming the bank engaged in fraudulent and deceitful practices. Fifth Third sued the farm in January, alleging Gulf Coast defaulted on $15 million in loans.  In its response, Gulf Coast said the suit should be dismissed because any default was “created by or resulted […]

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