Thoroughbred sires

Shackleford, Jersey Town arrive at Darby Dan for stud duty

Grade 1 winners Shackleford and Jersey Town have officially been retired from racing and have arrived at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm in Lexington to take up residence. Both new stallions will be available immediately to breeders for inspection, and Darby Dan will host an Open House on Tuesday, December 4th from 10 am to […]

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Stallion Monarchos undergoes emergency surgery for colic

For the second time in about a year, 2001 Kentucky Derby winner and Nuckols Farm stallion Monarchos is battling colic.  The farm reports that the 14-year-old was rushed to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Tuesday night to undergo emergency colic surgery.  Charles Nuckols III said Monarchos was recuperating and that updates on his progress would be […]

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Big Brown becomes ‘Big Blue’ for the Final Four

The entire state of Kentucky has gone even more basketball-crazy than usual this week since the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the University of Louisville Cardinals will face each other in the Final Four Saturday.  The 2008 Kentucky Derby winner is in on the mania, too. Friday, Big Brown’s name was changed temporarily to “Big […]

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Shackleford to stand at Darby Dan in 2013

Shackleford, last year’s Preakness (G1) winner, will stand stud at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY following the 2012 racing season. The 4-year-old multimillionaire is currently pointing for the April 7 Carter Handicap (G1) at Aqueduct, with the Breeders’ Cup as a year-end goal before retiring to Darby Dan for 2013. “Shackleford possesses […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: A Proud Streak

Thoroughbred breeders have seen this play out before, many times over.  An American Graded Stakes-winning horse goes to stud, is priced right, marketed well, and gets a very good reception in both his first and second years in the breeding shed. By the time the third year rolls around, however, the polish is off the […]

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Old Friends: Sire Fortunate Prospect euthanized at age 31

Fortunate Prospect, a top sprinter and broodmare sire, was euthanized due to complications of old age on March 15 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY.   The son of Northern Prospect out of the Lucky Debonair mare Fortunate Bid was 31.   Michael Blowen, President and founder of Old Friends, where the stallion […]

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Adios Charlie retired to Ocala Stud

Adios Charlie, winner of the Jerome S. (G2) and a leading three-year-old miler of 2011, has been retired from racing and will stand the immediate 2012 breeding season at J. Michael O’Farrell Jr.’s Ocala Stud Farm in Ocala, FL. His fee is $3,500 stands and nurses. “Adios Charlie had real brilliance and could carry his […]

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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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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Ranking the Sires

There’s been some discussion in the last few weeks, spurred on by S.H. Fernando, president of Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, about the absence of an annual “official” leading sires list to which breeders and others in the industry can refer. Blood-Horse has one list, Thoroughbred Times has another. Neither of the two trade weekly magazines calls […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Sire Power

Last week we looked at performances in North American Graded Stakes by leading trainers, attempting to quantify some of the statistics that had Todd Pletcher far ahead of the field in the total number of Graded Stakes winners and wins during the 2011 racing season. This week, we’ll look at leading sires of North American […]

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