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‘Miracle Child’ Manitoulin Hoping To Regain Top Form At Ellis Park

Before he ever hit the ground and got the chance to make good on the purple bloodlines flowing through his chestnut frame, the two mantras that would sum up Manitoulin’s entire being were already set. Patience and faith are preached by many a learned horsemen but, in the case of the strong-bodied Phillips Racing Partnership […]

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Altissimo Named Ohio’s 2018 Horse Of The Year

Trainer Richard Zielinski outlined the most competitive season of 5-year-old Altissimo’s career in 2018 and his well-planned schedule reaped four stakes victories and two stakes placings for earnings of $320,875 and the Horse of the Year title by the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association. The OTBO’s Annual Awards Banquet was held on May 17 […]

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Darby Dan Farm ‘Stunned And Deeply Saddened’ Over Death Of Controller Tracie Willis

Darby Dan Farm sadly reports that controller and friend, Tracie Willis, passed away last Tuesday. For several years she battled painful and chronic pancreatitis, complications from which ultimately claimed her life. Notification of her immediate family and next of kin, who were scattered around the country, was finalized over the weekend. Tracie was a dedicated […]

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Sky Of Hook Tallies First Win For Darby Dan Farm’s Tapiture At Belmont Park

Sky of Hook closed resolutely in the lane to post a narrow victory in a $62,000 maiden special weight at Belmont Park on Friday, becoming the first winner for Darby Dan Farm stallion Tapiture. Ridden in the five-furlong test by Luis Saez, Sky of Hook is owned by EV Racing and was bred in New […]

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Veteran Horseman, 1989 Farm Manager Of The Year Robert Alexander Dies At 83

Longtime Kentucky farm manager and 1989 Farm Manager of the Year Robert Allen Alexander died Sunday at the age of 83. The native of Lexington began in the Thoroughbred industry working on veterinarian Dr. Charlie Hagyard’s farm, then he went to work for trainer John T. Ward, Sr. For three years in the mid-50’s, Alexander […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: Darby Dan’s Star Racer Has Floppy Ears

On one stormy evening last summer, a group of Darby Dan Farm employees gathered at Lexington’s Red Mile to cheer on a cherished four-legged athlete in his first race. They discussed running strategy and trained their runner to properly break from the gate. And when a herd of floppy-eared Dachshunds (a.k.a wiener dogs) came charging […]

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First Foal Is A Colt For Grade 1 Winner Klimt

Darby Dan Farm’s Klimt, a Grade 1-winning juvenile by Quality Road, sired his first reported foal on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Britt Wadsworth’s Mahoney Eden Manor in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Bred by Randy Brandon, the colt is produced from the winning Medaglia d’Oro mare D’Orsay, who is out of the Roar mare Forty Marchanta (ARG), […]

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Morgan Joins Vinery Sales As Sales, Bloodstock Consultant

Vinery Sales is pleased to announce its recent hire of Lauren Morgan, a native of Michigan and graduate of Michigan State University, who joins the team as sales and bloodstock consultant. Morgan comes to Vinery Sales with nine years of experience in the Thoroughbred industry. Since 2016, Morgan worked in sales at Darby Dan Farm, […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: European Imports Left Their Mark At Idle Hour Stock Farm

It’s not unusual, when you look at one of Kentucky’s historic Thoroughbred farms, to find the land has changed hands through the ages. Each new owner brings a little of their own flair to the operation; bloodlines and business plans change. There is something of an exception on one piece of property along Old Frankfort […]

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Met Mile Winner Bee Jersey To Stand 2019 Season At Darby Dan

Bee Jersey, winner of this year’s Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and Steve Sexton Mile Stakes (G3), has been retired and will stand the upcoming breeding season for $5,000 S&N at Darby Dan Farm. Bee Jersey scored the biggest win of his career in the historic $1,200,000 Metropolitan Handicap in June. Sent off as the race favorite, […]

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