The Price of ‘Chrome’: A Triple Crown Winner’s Worth?

As the racing world anxiously awaits California Chrome’s bid for history in the Belmont Stakes, stallion farms are punching calculators to figure out what a Triple Crown winner might be worth to their operation. Or maybe they aren’t. Popularity on the racetrack hasn’t always led to appeal in the breeding shed. While his humble beginnings […]

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At the OBS 2-year-old sales last April in Ocala, the stallion who rocked buyers back on their heels was the little-heralded Two Step Salsa, a son of Petionville. After seeing just a few of them breeze and noticing the stats they were putting up, I asked myself, “Where did these guys come from?” Although I […]

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First Starter a Winner for Freshman Sire Hold Me Back

WinStar Farm freshman sire Hold Me Back, the Grade 2-winning and multiple Grade 1-placed son of Giant’s Causeway, sired his first winner from his first starter Thursday, April 10th. The 2-year-old filly Truth in the Lies made her career debut in a 4 1⁄2-furlong heat at Pimlico, breaking with good speed and leading the field […]

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Proud Papa: Three Fillies Among Bodemeister’s First Foals

WinStar Farm’s Bodemeister, the brilliant Grade 1-winning millionaire by Empire Maker, recently sired three bay fillies as his first reported foals to arrive from his introductory crop at stud. One of the bay fillies is out of the multiple stakes-winning Speightstown mare Mother Ruth and was born at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY. Another […]

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Retired BC Juvenile Winner New Year’s Day to Stand for $12,500

Hill ‘n’ Dale announced today that New Year’s Day, who defeated the best of his generation on dirt in the 2013 $2,000,000 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will stand the 2014 breeding season for a fee of $12,500 live foal stands and nurses. New Year’s Day became the second Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Winner for his […]

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Close Call: Kitten’s Joy Edges Speightstown to Top Sire List

It was an extremely close race, but it appears Ramsey Farm’s Kitten’s Joy has secured the title of leading North American sire by earnings for 2013. Heading into today’s cards, according to the widely-recognized General Sire List at, Kitten’s Joy runners had collected $11,320,523 in earnings, giving him a slim $89,342 advantage over Speightstown, […]

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Taylor Made sets 2013 fees for stallions

Taylor Made Stallions has announced fees for it’s 2013 roster of stallions, headlined once again by leading sire Unbridled’s Song who will stand for $60,000 stands and nurses.   Unbridled’s Song stands as one of the most accomplished active sires in the world, siring 42 graded stakes winners—including 14 Grade 1 winners—and three Breeders’ Cup […]

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Majesticperfection’s first foals arrive

The first-crop foals of Airdrie Stud’s Grade 1 winning sire Majesticperfection have been hitting the ground this winter.  A dominant winner of the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga, a race in which he bested champion sprinter Big Drama by 2 3/4 lengths, Majesticperfection retired undefeated on a fast track with 6 furlong […]

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Eng: Trend of stakes horses retiring early hurts the sport

Did you think that the drop in stud fees would keep horses from retiring so quickly? You’d be in good company as Richard Eng discusses the concern that too many stars go to the breeding shed immediately after major success.

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2010 Travers winner Afleet Express to stand at Gainesway

Press Release Multiple Graded stakes winner AFLEET EXPRESS, tenacious winner of the $1,000,000 Travers S. (G1) in his last racetrack appearance, will stand the 2011 season at the Beck family’s Gainesway Farm, it was announced today. Also winner of the $200,000 Pegasus S. (G3) at Monmouth and third in the $500,000 Jim Dandy […]

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