Breeding

Jockey Club, Kentucky Department Of Ag Issue Recommended Breeding Shed Protocols For COVID-19

The challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic have led to new protocols for Thoroughbred breeding to minimize risk of infection among farm staff and related personnel charged with transporting and handling horses. The Jockey Club recommends that all North American, Central American, and Caribbean Thoroughbred stud farm operations at a minimum follow guidelines from the Kentucky […]

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Let There Be Light: Length Of Day Used As Mare Management Tool

Mares have been put under artificial light in order to encourage the onset of seasonal reproductivity for years; extending the length of “daylight” to about 16 hours is a common management tool on may farms. Research has shown that blue light, which has a shorter wavelength, is very effective at suppressing melatonin secretion and initiating […]

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It Must Be The Genes: Australian Thoroughbreds Have Specific Signature For Early Success

Irish researchers say that Australian Thoroughbreds have their own genetic signature that relates to locomotion, skeletal muscle physiology, cardiac function and behavior. Breeders, by selecting for these specific traits, have made choices that contribute to early 2-year-old speed. Drs. Haige Han, Beatrice McGivney, Gabriella Farries, Lisa Katz, David MacHugh, Imtiaz Randhawa and Emmeline Hill used […]

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OBS March Sale Catalogs 681 Two-Year-Olds In Training

The catalog for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2020 March Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training is now available via the OBS website at obssales.com. A total of 681 juveniles have been cataloged for the two-day sale, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17th and 18th, with both sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Under Tack […]

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Calumet Farm Tops North American Breeders By Earnings In 2019

Calumet Farm has topped the individual breeders list in North America in 2019 with $12,545,854 in earnings, according to statistics released today by The Jockey Club Information Systems. Calumet Farm bred 410 starters with 332 wins, 310 seconds, and 323 thirds out of 2,435 starts. Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey was second with earnings of […]

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Peter Brant Purchases Dam Of Breeders’ Cup Winner Uni At Arqana

Resurgent owner Peter Brant went to €1.25 million (about US$1.38 million) on the 10-year-old broodmare Unaided at the Arqana Breeding Stock sale this week, reports the Racing Post. The mare is the dam of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Uni, and is currently in foal to No Nay Never. “Nothing has been decided yet,” agent Michel Zerolo […]

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Bloodlines: A First Look At New 2020 Sires Catalina Cruiser, Yoshida

One of the fascinating things about the horses entering stud for 2020 is that they show such a wide variety, in both pedigree and racing character, that breeders are virtually sure to find one or more they can’t live without. In addition to pro-tem divisional champions like Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso (by Curlin) […]

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Classic Winner Fort Larned To Stand At Duncan Farms In Ohio

Fort Larned is relocating from Adena Springs Kentucky to Daryl and Sally Duncan’s Duncan Farms in Ohio for the upcoming breeding season. A three-time Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist for America’s Top Older Male in 2012, Fort Larned won the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and earned more than $4.4 million in a […]

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Dr. Clare Card: Studying Early Embryonic Death In Horses

Dr. Claire Card, of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, has been searching her entire career for a means to avoid early embryonic death in horses. Card says that about 15 percent of equine pregnancies are lost very early on, which has a large economic impact on the equine […]

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