b. wayne hughes

Spendthrift Farm Announces Five New Stallions For 2020

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has announced five new stallions for the 2020 breeding season, including Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Vino Rosso, last year’s undefeated 2-year-old Maximus Mischief and five-time graded stakes winner Coal Front. Spendthrift previously announced it will stand Horse of the Year contender Mitole and Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach. […]

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‘We Are On The Edge Of The Cliff’: B. Wayne Hughes Joins WHOA

B. Wayne Hughes becomes the latest industry leader to join the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act (HR1754/S1820). Passage of the bill would create a uniform standard for drug rules and testing through a national program overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a private, non-governmental entity. “I wholeheartedly […]

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‘Consistent Brilliance’: Spendthrift Acquires Breeding Rights To Mitole

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to leading sprinter and miler Mitole, who earned his third Grade 1 win of 2019 in the form of a stakes-record performance in Saturday’s $600,000 Forego S. (G1) at Saratoga. A winner also of this year’s prestigious Metropolitan H. (G1) at Belmont and Churchill Downs […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: An ‘Experiential Investment’ In Horse Racing

Cot Campbell changed the face of horse racing ownership when he introduced the public partnership in 1969. His ground-breaking ideas sparked the development of thousands of ownership syndicates and introduced Thoroughbred ownership to an entirely new demographic. Michael Behrens is taking Campbell’s idea a step farther, launching racehorse ownership into the 21st century. He is […]

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Spendthrift Farm Acquires Breeding Rights To Omaha Beach

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has entered into an agreement with Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm to acquire the breeding rights to Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner and Kentucky Derby contender Omaha Beach. “First, I’d like to thank Rick Porter for the opportunity to stand such a special horse as Omaha Beach,” said Hughes. “We […]

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Spendthrift Farm Launches “Safe Bet” Program For Breeders

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has introduced a new breeding program for 2019 called the “Safe Bet” program, designed to incentivize breeders to support the farm’s fourth-year stallions. The Safe Bet program assures breeders that a stallion’s first crop of 2-year-olds will have at least one graded/group stakes winner in 2019, or the breeder will […]

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‘So Many People Happy’: Rare Form Wins For Churchill Downs Racing Club

The Churchill Downs Racing Club silks were donned in the winner’s circle for the 10th time Thursday when 3-year-old Rare Form recorded a front-running 2 ¾-length score in a 6 ½ furlong maiden special weight at Churchill Downs. “It was great to see so many people happy after that win,” trainer Dale Romans’ assistant Baldemar […]

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Free Drop Billy Retired To Spendthrift Farm For 2019 Breeding Season

Free Drop Billy, the dominant winner of last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, has been retired to stud at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. The G1-winning son of Union Rags will be the newest stallion offered through Spendthrift’s renowned “Share The Upside” program in 2019. “Free Drop Billy is a […]

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Spendthrift Will Discontinue Stallions Stakes Due To Black-Type Ruling

Spendthrift Farm has announced the discontinuation of the Spendthrift Stallions Stakes at Churchill Downs after 2018, citing a refusal by the North American International Cataloguing Standards Committee to give black-type consideration as the reason. The $300,000 race for two-year-olds is set to run for the final time this Oct. 28th during Churchill’s Fall meeting. “I […]

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Free Drop Billy To Join Spendthrift Farm Stallion Roster At End Of Racing Career

Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm announced that it will stand Grade 1-winning juvenile and 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Free Drop Billy, a son of Union Rags, at the end of his racing career. Trained by Dale Romans and campaigned by Albaugh Family Stables (which also raced Spendthrift stallion Brody’s Cause), Free Drop Billy is Union […]

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