He didn’t know it when he phoned to congratulate us on multi-millionaire Rabada’s historic victory in the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) on Saturday evening, but Vaughan Koster, breeder of Bela Bela, the heroine of the fillies’ equivalent, the Woolavington Stakes (Gr.1), had a connection to the families of both the glitterati.
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The great pendulous of life was back in full swing on Saturday, with the outcomes of the first two French Classics of the season harking back to the glory days of French breeding, when the stallion firmament glittered with the stars Riverman, Lyphard, Nureyev, Blushing Groom, Cavo, Arctic Tern, Irish River and Green Dancer.
Yesterday marked a new chapter in the second life of one of our most famous graduates. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum and Andre Macdonald’s spectacular race filly now-turned broodmare, Igugu, gave birth to a daughter; her first foal by the Juddmonte Farm celebrity, Dansili, leading British-based sire of Group winners for the past four seasons.
Surfer's Eye borders on a broodmare phenomenon - having produced eight runners, seven winners - with four of them achieving Black Type status, not a statistic common among broodmares.
Bloodline is a short film that depicts historical selective breeding of horses for speed emphasizing the significance of research into Thoroughbred horse genomics in the context of the global Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industries.
Gentildonna (Jpn) (Deep Impact) made her final start Sunday in the G1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama Racecourse ending off an illustrious racing career with a tenacious victory in front of 110,000 largely adoring fans and capping off a season which included a spectacular win in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March.
Horse of the Year and GI Breeders' Cup Classic winner Zenyatta (Street Cry) will be bred to War Front (Danzig) in 2015. The 10-year-old resides at Lane's End Farm and was not bred this season.
Andre Hauptfleisch, breeder and part-owner of Via Africa, was at Scottsville Sunday and reported that his Champion Sprinter had been in Dubai for three weeks already and was doing 'very well'.
Classic winner Just The Judge made a deserved 4,500,000gns when selling at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale Tuesday – and she races on next season with trainer Charlie Hills.
Goffs Kildare Paddocks may have been enshrouded in fog, but the Frankel (GB) filly out of dual Classic heroine Finsceal Beo (by Mr. Greeley) shone like the star she's bred to be when becoming the most expensive foal to sell in Ireland with a €1.8 million price tag on her head at the Goffs November Foal Sale.
The South African-bred Crimson Palace (Elliodor) was reunited with former owner Barry Irwin when the Team Valor principal snapped up the dual Gr.1 winner at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Here are a few photos for you of some of our mares and foals, both young and older
Guard the Lines (War Front) will be heading to South Africa for a date with the country's multiple champion Variety Club (Var) after selling for $400,000 during Thursday's third session of the Keeneland November Sale.
Weanlings toped the boards Thursday as Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale steamed through its third session.
Led by a $3.9 million mare and a North American record $3 million weanling, Book 1 closed at Keeneland November Wednesday with continued evidence of a vibrant market for high-end Thoroughbreds.
The King Of Prussia Stable-owned four-year-old Princess Of Sylmar, by Majestic Warrior out of the Catienus mare Storm Dixie, sold for $3.1 million yesterday at the Fasig-Tipton November sale. She was purchased by Shadai Farm.
Avontuur Estate announced the delivery yesterday morning of a healthy, strong filly by Frankel out of their South African Champion Sprint filly, Val De Ra.
It lacked a block-busting individual price, but Tattersalls' October Sale Book 1 smashed records over the boundary during its three-day run which concluded yesterday evening.
Yes, emotion is everywhere, but it’s the raw, shouty elation or fury kind, not the drippy kind. But I challenge you to set eyes upon a newborn thoroughbred filly foal, with furry ears and tail, taking its first dizzy steps on unfeasibly long legs, and not murmur “Ag shame”. Not possible.
Does family matter? Listeners to Dr James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” at 5:50am on East Coast Radio, will tell you it does, Hugh Jonsson, Jet Master’s breeder, would’ve told you it doesn’t, yet here’s a story that reminds us of its value.