Thoroughbred breeding

Bloodlines: Volume And Value Among Less-Expensive New Sires For 2020

The continuing great challenge for any farm or stallion manager in standing and managing a young sire with a lower-price stud fee is getting enough mares, especially getting enough of the right mares. The challenge of getting sufficient volume to less-known or less-popular stallion prospects has been there since the days of Eclipse, but Spendthrift […]

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Bloodlines: Price Is Right For New 2020 Stallion World Of Trouble?

In the hyper-competitive world of managing and standing commercial stallions, the higher-end horses get a chance, frequently a superb chance, to prove whether they have the genetic and phenotypic qualities to make a successful sire. The economic stress of the undertaking, however, means there is a pivot-point in the pricing of stallions, a point at […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Breeding On Foal Heat

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about sales and healthcare of Thoroughbred auction yearlings, weanlings, 2-year-olds and breeding stock. QUESTION: How does foal heat differ from a regular heat cycle, and do I need to do anything differently to breed a mare back on foal heat? DR. MARIA SCHNOBRICH: Foal heat […]

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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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Bloodlines: A First Look At New 2020 Sires Catholic Boy, Audible

In the first article on the new sires entering stud in Kentucky at the top end of the stud fee rankings, one point of interest was the large group of well-performed 3-year-olds in 2019 who will remain in training for 2020. This generates increased competition and produces more excitement and anticipation at the racetrack, all […]

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Ask Your Insurer Presented By Muirfield Insurance: Protecting Foals Before They Hit The Ground

Equine insurance experts answer your questions about insuring Thoroughbreds for the breeding and auction realms. Email us at [email protected] if you have a question for an insurer. QUESTION: What options are available to insure the in-utero foals that are purchased with a broodmare at auction? BRYCE BURTON: In Utero, or Prospective Foal Insurance (PFI), can […]

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Bloodlines: A First Look At New High-End Sires, Part 1

From the perspective of racing fans, the list of 3-year-olds and older horses coming back to race next year is excellent news. One reason for this is some of these young stars of the equine firmament need to prove themselves further on the racetrack to justify a premium stud fee. But in addition to this […]

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Bloodlines: Belvoir Bay Goes Out In A Blaze Of Speed

If you wanted to race very fast, you needed to be at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup, and if you wanted to race fastest of all, you needed to be Belvoir Bay (by Equiano), racing at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint over five fast furlongs. The 6-year-old bay mare won for […]

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Bloodlines: Florida-Based Khozan Quietly Moves Up Stallion Rankings

While Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile) is battling for freshman sire supremacy with Florida Derby winner Constitution (Tapit), nestled in among the highly ranked young sires standing for five-figure or six-figure fees is a pair of less-expensive animals: Competitive Edge (Super Saver) in third and Khozan (Distorted Humor) in fourth on […]

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Multiple Grade 1 Winner Catholic Boy Retired From Racing, To Stand At Claiborne Farm

Dual-surface star Catholic Boy has been retired from racing, and will join the stallion roster at historic Claiborne Farm. His 2020 stud fee has been set at $25,000 LFSN, announced farm representative Bernie Sams on October 18. A six-time graded stakes winner, Catholic Boy became only the third American 3-year-old in history to win a […]

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