Pensioned California Stallion Birdonthewire Dies At Age 31

Madera Thoroughbreds’ pensioned stallion Birdonthewire, who sired 11 stakes winners with total progeny earnings of more than $14 million, passed away on May 16 at the age of 31. The son of Proud Birdie was a Grade 1 winner on the track, taking the Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont as a 4-year-old en route to career […]

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Champion Forty Niner Dies In Japan At Age 35

Forty Niner, the champion 2-year-old of 1987 whose precocity passed on through his runners in the U.S. and Japan, died on May 18 at age 35. Out of the stakes-winning Tom Rolfe mare File, the son of Mr. Prospector raced as a homebred for Claiborne Farm, and made an immediate impact, winning on debut, then […]

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Omaha Beach, Vino Rosso Set To Shuttle For Spendthrift Australia’s Southern Hemisphere Season

Two exciting newcomers will complete the five-stallion 2020 Spendthrift Australia roster, with the announcement of three-time Grade 1-winning son of legendary War Front, Omaha Beach, and dual Grade 1-winning son of Curlin, Vino Rosso winner of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Both stallions demonstrated brilliance on the racetrack, are by champion sires, and possess deep female […]

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Honorable Dillon Sold To Stand In Uruguay

A syndicate of breeders from Uruguay recently purchased Grade 2 winner and veteran stallion Honorable Dillon for the 2020 Southern Hemisphere breeding season, per an announcement by bloodstock agent Carlos Moore. The 10-year-old son of Tapit previously stood at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, N.Y., where he was last advertised for a fee of $4,000. Honorable […]

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Stallion Spotlight: Claiborne Farm’s Walker Hancock And Bernie Sams On First Samurai

Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they finalize their mating decisions for the 2020 breeding season. In this edition, Claiborne Farm president Walker Hancock and stallion seasons and bloodstock manager Bernie Sams discuss First Samurai, the sire of Grade 1 winners Lea, Justin Phillip, and Executiveprivilege. First […]

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Stallion Spotlight: Tom Hamm Of Three Chimneys On Funtastic

Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they finalize their mating decisions for the 2020 breeding season. In this edition, Tom Hamm, director of stallion seasons at Three Chimneys, talks about Funtastic, a Grade 1 winner whose first foals are arriving in 2020. Funtastic Gr. or ro. h., […]

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‘A Very Rare Commodity’: Hill ‘N’ Dale Farms Buys Breeding Rights To Charlatan

Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky., announced on Wednesday the purchase of undefeated Grade 1 winner Charlatan’s breeding rights. “Horses with Charlatan’s immense ability combined with superior pedigree, conformation, depth of female family, and star-quality appeal are a very rare commodity,” said John G. Sikura, president of Hill ‘n’ Dale. Charlatan’s career to date […]

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Bloodlines: Nadal Poised To Extend His Branch Of Arch Sire Line

Is Arch (by Kris S.) trying to construct his own male line, bridging time and space and fashion? The effort of Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner Nadal (by the Arch stallion Blame) suggests that this is not out of the realm of possibility, although Arch, one of the supremely solid sires of the breed, left […]

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Classic-Placed Bravazo Retired From Racing

Bravazo, a Grade 2 winner and runner-up behind Triple Crown winner Justify in the 2018 Preakness Stakes, has been retired from racing, per the Facebook account of Laurie Lukas, wife of trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Stud plans remain to be announced for the 5-year-old son of Awesome Again, who raced as a homebred for Calumet […]

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