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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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Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner Vino Rosso Arrives At Spendthrift Farm, Available For Inspection

Vino Rosso, last Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic hero, has arrived at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., to take up residence for his next career as a stallion. The multiple Grade 1 winner by Curlin is set to be unveiled to the public for the first time at Spendthrift on Friday, Nov. 8 […]

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Spendthrift Announces 2020 Stud Fees For Breeders’ Cup Winners Vino Rosso, Mitole

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has set fees for the remainder of its 2020 stallion roster, including Breeders’ Cup winners Vino Rosso and Mitole who have both been retired from racing on a high note after their respective monumental victories Saturday at Santa Anita. Vino Rosso, the dominant winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), […]

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Dirt Mile Notes: Omaha Beach, Blue Chipper Both Blow Out Three Furlongs

Omaha Beach – Trainer Richard Mandella called an audible Tuesday morning and sent Breeders’ cup Dirt Mile favorite Omaha Beach to Santa Anita’s main track at 9 o’clock for a three-furlong blowout in 36 1/5. “We had set it up to work three-eighths tomorrow three days out, tomorrow. Just something easy in :37 and change. […]

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Pletcher: Classic Contender Vino Rosso ‘Thriving’ At Belmont

With one week remaining until the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park from November 1 – 2, conditioner Todd Pletcher oversaw the final major preparations on Friday morning at the Belmont Park training track before the contingent travels west on Monday. Headed towards the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, 4-year-old Vino Rosso […]

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Pletcher Following Effective ‘Blueprint’ For Classic Contender Vino Rosso

Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables’ Vino Rosso visited the Belmont Park training track on Friday for the second time since being disqualified and placed second in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 28. The multiple graded-stakes winner breezed five furlongs in 1:01.58, with Irad Ortiz, Jr. up. Under the watchful eye […]

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Spendthrift Farm Announces 2020 Stud Fees, Led By Into Mischief At $175,000

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm announced 2020 fees for most of its roster of 24 stallions set to stand at the Lexington-based farm this upcoming breeding season, spearheaded at the top by North America’s current number-one general sire Into Mischief, whose fee has moved to $175,000 S&N and is booked full. Spendthrift is bringing in […]

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Coal Front Out-Duels Diamond King In Parx Dirt Mile

Making his first start in two months, Coal Front won a stretch long duel with Diamond King and took the $153,500 Parx Dirt Mile for trainer Todd Pletcher and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith Saturday at Parx Racing. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Coal Front surged past 2-1 second choice Diamond King and […]

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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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War Story Gritty To The Wire In Monmouth Cup

Imaginary Stable and Glen Ellis’ War Story hadn’t won a race since March of 2018, but the gutsy chestnut didn’t let that stop him from prevailing in Saturday’s G3 Monmouth Cup. Despite being passed at the head of the lane, the 7-year-old son of Northern Afleet dug in gamely to defeat Bal Harbour by a […]

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