Sole Volante Shows Dirt Form, Defeats Independence Hall In Sam F. Davis

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Andie Biancone and Limelight Stables’ Sole Volante ended the undefeated streak of 3-5 favorite Independence Hall in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, racing away by two lengths on the wire. The 3-year-old son of Karakontie ran 1 1/16 miles over Tampa Bay Downs’ fast main track in 1:42.60, adding the […]

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Explode Takes Canadian Derby Via Disqualification

Ole Nielsen’s Explode stretched his winning streak to four races in a row on Sunday, elevated to first place after the disqualification of Journeyman due to interference in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Century Mile Racetrack. The 3-year-old son of Trappe Shot, ridden by Amadeo Perez for trainer Mark Cloutier, completed 1 1/4 miles […]

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Bloodlines: Grass Turning Greener For Turf Sires?

Not long ago, being a turf horse was nearly the equivalent of being a gelding as a gauge for a racehorse’s prospects as a stallion in Kentucky or the primary regional markets. A farm simply could not stand one and have any reasonable expectation of support from breeders. This state of affairs always seemed strained […]

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Bloodlines: Recent Deaths Weigh Heavy In Breeding Business

Kentucky breeders and racing fans everywhere have been slammed over the past week or so with the deaths of champions and leading sires. Both Gulch (age 32) and Kingmambo (26) died full of years and honors; they will be missed, but the time comes for us all. Champion sprinter Gulch was bred and raced by […]

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Champion, Leading Sire Kingmambo Euthanized

Breed-shaping sire Kingmambo has been euthanized at 26 due to the infirmities of old age. The influential stallion stood his entire career at Lane’s End Farm and was pensioned from stud duty in 2010. Kingmambo will be buried at Lane’s End. Regally-bred by the Niarchos Family, Kingmambo was by Mr. Prospector out of the Champion […]

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Group 1 Winner Campanologist Succumbs To Colic

Young sire Campanologist has died after suffering a bout of colic. He was 10. The Racing Post reports that the son of Kingmambo was returning to Gestut Fahrhof in Germany, where he has stood since 2013, from Argentina. The stallion suddenly took ill and vets were unable to save him. Campanologist was trained by Mark Johnston early in his career, […]

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Kitalpha, brother to Kingmambo, succumbs to cancer

Gerry Aschinger of War Horse Place announced today that Kitalpha was found dead in his paddock early Monday morning. The 13-year-old stallion was diagnosed with cancer just within the past month. Tests had determined that the cancer had entered his lymph system. The son of Mr. Prospector had been under treatment with a newly discovered […]

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Encke stuns Camelot in St. Leger, ending Triple Crown hopes

Godolphin’s Kentucky-bred Kingmambo colt Encke, winning at the Group level for the first time, handed previously unbeaten Camelot a stunning upset in Saturday’s Group 1 Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster, ending Coolmore and Ballydoyle’s hopes of winning England’s Triple Crown for the first since Nijinsky II accomplished the feat in 1970. Ridden by Mickael […]

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Kitalpha, full to Kingmambo, sires first North American winner

Press Release Champion sire Kitalpha, a full brother to Kingmambo, sired his first winner from his initial North American crop when his 2-year-old son Keg won a six furlong race at Prairie Meadows on July 12 in his career debut. The homebred races for John James Revocable Trust. Kitalpha, who was bred by Stavros Niarchos’ […]

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