Karaka Graduates Help Waller Break Record

Monday, 1st August 2016

Two alumni of the Karaka sale ring played a starring role as champion expat New Zealand trainer Chris Waller enjoyed a record-breaking treble at Rosehill on Saturday. Waller went into the meeting with 166 metropolitan wins in Sydney this season, needing another two to beat the record of 167.5 that he himself set in 2012-13. Win number 167 came courtesy of the Premier Sale graduate Harlem Lady (Zabeel), who won by a length in a Benchmark 85 event over 1500m. Pioneering (Sebring) became Waller's 168th winner two races later, and then the Karaka weanling sale graduate Marenostro (Duelled) capped the day with a tenacious victory in the feature race – the Listed Winter Challenge over 1500m. Ridden by Tye Angland, Marenostro raced close to the pace before throwing down a challenge to the leader Oxford Poet more than 500 metres from home and outgunning that rival down the straight to win by half a length. "We're very proud of the record," said Waller, a familiar face on the Karaka buyers' bench. "Our staff are just doing a fantastic job 52 weeks of the year. It's the last Saturday of the season today but they'll be there tirelessly tomorrow and they'll be there Monday for the start of the new season." He added: "So I'm proud for them and obviously proud of the support we get. It's a big thing. We're all here every Saturday doing our best, as all the other trainers are, and the competition is so great in Sydney."


Australian-Made Racing Helmet To Set Global Benchmark

Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Australian manufacturers are partnering with the local sports industry to design a gold-standard safety helmet prototype to improve safety for the nation's 5,000 professional jockeys. Every year nearly 500 jockeys in Australia suffer a fall, according to the National Jockeys Trust. META, a collaborative network of manufacturers and researchers, in partnership with the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), local sporting goods company Albion Sports and leading researchers from RMIT, is proud to announce the launch of their first collaboration: a gold-standard safety helmet prototype, pioneering safety in the horse racing and equestrian industries. The prototype helmet has been designed specifically to better absorb and spread impact across the head injury spectrum, reducing the risk of injury from a fall, kick or knocks to the head. The helmet will undergo extensive testing that will replicate speeds of up to 60 km/h, equivalent to thoroughbred racing conditions, as part of Australian Racing Board racing regulation. "The helmet is made with carbon fibre and is enhanced with additional materials, along with new foam technology which provides superior protection for jockeys," said Albion CEO, Brendan Denning. "Early results thus far indicate the performance benefits from the helmet will significantly decrease the likelihood of serious injury at both ends of the injury spectrum, from high speed, high impact injuries, to lower speed barrier knocks which can result in concussion for riders."


1st Winner For Puerto Rico Horse-Of-Year Triano

Friday, 13th July 2012

Also at Camarero Race Track, US-bred 10-year-old freshman stallion & 2005 Puerto Rico Horse-Of-The-Year Triano (Pioneering-So Re So, by Relaunch) recorded his 1st winner when 2YO filly Dinner Re So (Triano-Shanna Fever, by Formal Dinner) led all-the-way to score by 4-lengths over 6 furlongs. Triano stands at Potrero Los Llanos in Coamo in Puerto Rico & has 14 foals in his 1st-crop. On the track, Triano won 26 of 45 starts for US$495,028 earnings, highlighted by 10 victories from 11 starts in 2005 (including the Gr1 Clasico George Washington over 8.5 furlongs, Gr1 Copa 4 De Julio over 9 furlongs & Gr1 Clasico Angel Cordero over 9.5 furlongs).

1st Mares In-Foal To US Sire Sidney's Candy

Friday, 9th March 2012

An initial 2 mares have also been confirmed in-foal to recently-retired US Gr1-winner & 2-time track record-setting fellow 5YO stallion Sidney's Candy (Candy Ride-Fair Exchange, by Storm Cat) reported bloodhorse.com: they are stakes-winners Lawanda (Pioneering-Come On Joy, by Cormorant) & Dance Hall Days (Seeking Daylight-Dance Move, by Capote). Sidney's Candy is standing his initial breeding season at WinStar Farm in Kentucky for US$15,000. Sidney's Candy retired with 7 wins (including 2011's Gr2 Fourstardave Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Saratoga, plus 2010's Gr1 Santa Anita Derby over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr2 La Jolla Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Del Mar, Gr2 San Felipe Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr2 San Vincente Stakes over 7 furlongs at Santa Anita & Gr3 Sir Beaufort Stakes over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita) & 5 placings (including 2011's Gr1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes over 8 furlongs at Keeneland, Gr2 American Handicap over 9 furlongs at Hollywood Park & Gr2 Mervyn Leroy Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Hollywood Park, plus 2010's Gr2 Swaps Stakes over 9 furlongs at Hollywood Park) from 17 starts for over US$1.1 million earnings.


5th Winner For US Freshman Sire Sun King

Tuesday, 13th September 2011

US dual Gr2-winning & 8-times Gr1-placed 9YO freshman stallion Sun King (Charismatic-Clever But Costly, by Clever Trick) recorded his 5th 1st-crop winner when 2YO filly Guava Girl (Sun King-Pioneer Inn, by Pioneering) scored over 5.5 furlongs on all-weather at Arlington Park in Chicago for trainer Wayne Catalano.


Van Nistelrooy Adds US Black-Type

Monday, 27th September 2010

Former NZ Trelawney Stud shuttler Van Nistelrooy (Storm Cat-Halory, by Halo) added a US black-type success when 5YO gelding Mogumbo Cat (Van Nistelrooy-Queens Casino, by Mogambo) scored by a head in the US$50,000 Listed Unbridled Handicap (8.5 furlongs) at Louisiana Downs to improve on his runner-up effort in this same race last year. Mogumbo Cat (ridden by Patrick Valenzuela for trainer Larry Robideaux) defeated 7YO gelding Sprightly Star (Pioneering-Zarb's Star, by Zarbyev) & Canadian-bred 5YO gelding Deputiformer (Silver Deputy-Barney's Mistress, by Dynaformer). Mogumbo Cat now has 7 wins (also including 2009's Listed Shishkabob Stakes over 8 furlongs at Louisiana Downs) & 4 placings (including August's Listed Shishkabob Stakes over 8 furlongs at Louisiana Downs & July's Listed Barksdale Handicap over 7.5 furlongs at Louisiana Downs, plus 2009's Listed Unbridled Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Louisiana Downs) from 20 starts for US$182,310 earnings.

1st Foal From US Gr1-Winner Behaving Badly

Tuesday, 16th March 2010

US Gr1-winning 9YO mare Behaving Badly (Pioneering-Timeleighness, by Sir Raleigh) produced her 1st foal at Hill n Dale Farms in Kentucky: a colt by dual US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner & Eclipse Award-winning 7YO stallion Midnight Lute, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. New York-bred Behaving Badly won 9 of 13 starts (including 2006's Gr1 Santa Monica Handicap, Gr2 Genuine Risk Breeders' Cup Handicap, Gr3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap & Gr3 Las Flores Handicap, plus runner-up in the Gr1 Humana Distaff Handicap) & earned US$749,224.


1st Winner For US Freshman Sire So Long Birdie

Wednesday, 21st October 2009

US 7YO freshman sire So Long Birdie (Pioneering-Dear Birdie, by Storm Bird) recorded his 1st winner when 2YO filly Senorita Bree (So Long Birdie-Season For Glory, by Four Seasons) scored by 7.25-lengths over 8 furlongs at Zia Park in New Mexico for trainer Chris Hartman. So Long Birdie (who will stand the 2010 season at Buena Suerte Equine in New Mexico) is a half-brother to 2003 champion 3YO filly Bird Town & 2004 Gr1 Belmont Stakes-Gr1 Travers Stakes winner Birdstone; on the track he notched 2 wins & 2 placings from 5 starts.

Honour And Glory Adds US Black-Type

Tuesday, 28th July 2009

Former Coolmore shuttler Honour And Glory (Relaunch-Fair To All, by Al Nasr) added a US juvenile black-type success when unbeaten daughter Noneofyourbeeswax (Honour And Glory-Honey Bee Pink, by Honey Jay) scored by a neck in the US$50,000 Listed Kevin Goemmer Tah Dah Stakes (5.5 furlongs) for 2YO fillies at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. Front-running Noneofyourbeeswax (ridden by Perry Ouzts for trainer Mike Rone) defeated Ohio Star (Pioneering-Ginger's Tiger, by Deposit Ticket) & dead-heaters Country Club Sue (Tenpins-Cincy Sue, by Cherokee Run) & Cowgirls Rule (Musical Dreamer-Willowy Proof, by Proof). Noneofyourbeeswax took her record to 2 wins from 2 starts for US$38,440 earnings.

1st Winner For US Freshman Sire Habayeb

Tuesday, 28th July 2009

Habayeb (Storm Cat-Gone To Venus, by Gone West) recorded his 1st winner & 1st stakes-winner when his son Drummond Island (Habayeb-Cait, by Pioneering) won the Listed Hoover Stakes (5.5 furlongs) at River Downs. Habayeb (a US$3.3 million Saratoga yearling) won 4 of 20 starts & stands at Fair Winds Farm in Ohio for a private fee.

US Gr1-Producing Sire Pioneering Sold To Brazil

Thursday, 28th May 2009

US 16-year-old sire Pioneering (Mr Prospector-Terlingua, by Secretariat) "has been purchased by a group of Brazilian breeders to stand at Haras Castelo," reported racingpost.com. Pioneering (sire of US Gr1-winner Behaving Badly & a half-brother to Storm Cat) has stood at Overbrook Farm in Kentucky since his retirement to stud in 1997, where his 2009 fee is US$3,500. Overall he has sired 31 stakes-winners (also including US Gr2-winner Give Praise, Peruvian Horse-Of-The-Year Triano & Mexican Horse-Of-The-Year Canoa).

Distorted Humor Adds US Black-Type

Tuesday, 31st March 2009

Also in the US, former Grand Lodge Thoroughbreds shuttler Distorted Humor (Forty Niner-Danzig's Beauty, by Danzig) added a black-type success when 6YO gelding True Course (Distorted Humor-Cry Chick, by Summer Squall) scored a 1.75-lengths victory in the US$50,000 Listed B-Connected Stakes (8 furlongs) at Delta Downs in Louisiana. True Course (ridden by Iram Vargas Diego for trainer Steve Margolis) defeated fellow 6YO gelding Grand Traverse (Pioneering-Mimicry, by Alysheba) & 4YO entire Proud Kentuckian (Proud Citizen-Paris Sky, by Skywalker). True Course now has 7 wins & 13 placings from 31 starts for US$239,895 earnings.


Kentucky Yearlings Day-14: Top Lots

Wednesday, 24th September 2008
  • US$52,000 Candy Ride-Wise Love filly (Haras Cifra)
  • US$42,000 Devil His Due-My Sweet Westly filly (Diamond G Ranch)
  • US$40,000 Domestic Dispute-Paper Cut colt (Heiligbrodt Racing)
  • US$37,000 Stroll-Valeta colt (Orion Stables)
  • US$35,000 Southern Image-Double Boarded filly (Heiligbrodt Racing)
  • US$33,000 Pioneering-Leapus Creek colt (C.Oyola)
  • US$30,000 Mingun-Run Early Run Fast colt (R.Harris)
  • US$30,000 Cuvee-Ethel Is Best colt (The Twins)

UK Trainer Mark Wallace Moving To Sydney

Thursday, 11th September 2008

English trainer Mark Wallace, 35, announced he is leaving his Newmarket stables after 5 years & moving to Sydney in 2009 to be based at Warwick Farm. Wallace (who previously spent time as an assistant to Coolmore's Balldoyle-based trainer Aidan O'Brien) told London's The Times newspaper it was a "pioneering opportunity" & noted: "People might wonder why I'm leaving when things are going well here, but this is a chance to do something that's never been done before. To the best of my knowledge, no trainer has gone from Britain to set up in Australia. I'm the right age to take it on & nothing is tying me to this country: my girlfriend Lisa O'Neill is coming out with me."

Medaglia D'Oro Half-Brother Rescued For US$425

Wednesday, 2nd April 2008

Wednesday Odd Spot 1: SOS Equines (a rescue organisation in the state of Washington) has bought Cappucino Kid (half-brother to multiple Gr1-winning US freshman sire Medaglia d'Oro) for just US$425 from a feed lot, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Cappucino Kid (a 10-year-old Pioneering gelding who earned US$248,951 in a 44-race career that included 10 wins) will now join the Old Friends Equine retirement facility in Kentucky. Old Friends founder Michael Blowen said Linda Madsen from Maine paid the US$425 for Cappucino Kid, who will arrive at Old Friends later this week. Blowen said Holly Hill Inn (a restaurant in Midway in Kentucky) is organising a cappuccino festival in the gelding's honor & declared: "We'll probably raise the transportation costs fairly quickly."

1st Foal From US Gr1-Winner Behaving Badly

Thursday, 7th February 2008

US Gr1-winning 7YO mare Behaving Badly (Pioneering-Timeleighness, by Sir Raleigh) produced her 1st foal at Hill n Dale Farms in Kentucky: a colt by 2006 US champion 3YO male & Darley shuttler Bernardini, reported bloodhorse.com. New York-bred Behaving Badly won 9 of 13 starts (including 2006's Gr1 Santa Monica Handicap, Gr2 Genuine Risk Breeders' Cup Handicap, Gr3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap & Gr3 Las Flores Handicap, plus runner-up in the Gr1 Humana Distaff Handicap) & earned US$749,224.

High Yield Adds US Black-Type

Monday, 7th January 2008

Ill-fated multiple Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler High Yield (Storm Cat-Scoop The Gold, by Forty Niner) added a US black-type success when Gleaming Elegance (High Yield-Juliet's Way, by Farma Way) blitzed her rivals by 5.5-lengths in the US$50,000 Listed Bold Ego Thoroughbred Handicap (5.5 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Sunland Park in New Mexico. Gleaming Elegance (ridden by C.Lambert for trainer Steve Asmussen) defeated Kranky Karol (Pioneering-Desert Haze, by Baldski) & Diamond Chimes (Chimes Band-Belle Amie, by Marquetry).


US$300k Storm Cat Heads Overbrook 2008 Roster

Wednesday, 17th October 2007

US sire Storm Cat (who has carried the world's highest stud fee at US$500,000 since 2002) will stand for US$300,000 during the 2008 breeding season at Overbrook Farm in Kentucky," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Storm Cat will turn 25 next year & his yearlings averaged US$536,739 at the recent Keeneland September yearling sale (down from US$1,270,208 in the same sale in 2006). A 2-time leading general sire & 7-time leading juvenile sire, Storm Cat has sired 96 graded stakes winners (including 8 champions) & overall boasts 651 winners from 897 starters that have earned US$109,517,414. On the track, Storm Cat was a Gr1-winner of US$570,610 in 8 starts. The Overbrook Farm 2008 roster includes:

  • US$300,000 Storm Cat (Storm Bird-Terlingua, by Secretariat)
  • US$10,000 Jump Start (A.P.Indy-Steady Cat, by Storm Cat)
  • US$7,500 Cape Town (Seeking The Gold-Seaside Attraction, by Seattle Slew)
  • US$7,500 Cat Thief (Storm Cat-Train Robbery, by Alydar)
  • US$5,000 Pioneering (Mr Prospector-Terlingua, by Secretariat)
  • US$3,500 Grindstone (Unbridled-Buzz My Bell, by Drone)
  • US$3,500 Tactical Cat (Storm Cat-Terre Haute, by Caro)

Dance Floor Adds US Gr2

Tuesday, 10th July 2007

NZ Ashford Park Stud stallion Dance Floor (Star De Naskra-Dance Troupe, by Native Charger) added a US group success when 5YO daughter Somethinaboutlaura (Dance Floor-Crystals Of Ice, by It's Freezing) won the US$150,000 Gr2 A Gleam Invitational Handicap (7 furlongs on the all-weather track) for fillies & mares at Hollywood Park for the 2nd year in succession. Somethinaboutlaura ridden by Victor Espinoza for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer) scored by 0.75-lengths from Strong Faith (Pioneering-Let's Eat Out, by Banquet Table) & Theverythoughtof U (Unbridled's Song-Stormy But Valid, by Valid Appeal). California-bred Somethinaboutlaura notched her 4th straight stakes win (& 5th victory from 7 starts this season) to take her overall record to 15 wins from 27 starts for US$913,315 earnings.

HKJC Wins Asian IT Award

Friday, 30th March 2007

The Hong Kong Jockey Club's Veterinary Management Information System has won 1 of the 2007 CIO Awards (presented in Singapore): an honour given to the top 5 organisations across Asia that have successfully applied ground-breaking innovation in the strategic use of information technology. The VMIS is an all-in-one veterinary management system which provides surgeons with real-time, on-the-spot horse health & medical information through the use of tablet computers, wireless LAN connections & integration with X-ray, ultrasound, document imaging & inventory systems. HKJC director of information technology Sunny Lee commented: "This is a pioneering system in both the racing & medical sectors. It is believed to be the 1st of its kind in the racing industry anywhere in the world & it is the 1st in the medical care industry for either humans or animals in Hong Kong."

White Mare Patchen Beauty Produces 1st Non-White foal

Wednesday, 28th March 2007

Wednesday Odd Spot: Patchen Beauty (the white mare who has produced 3 white, non-albino thoroughbreds) "ended that trend when she produced a bay Skip Away colt at Patchen Wilkes Farm in Kentucky," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The colt was the 4th foal out of winning 12-year-old Hatchet Man mare Patchen Beauty. Patchen Beauty's white foals include: 5YO horse The White Fox (by Pioneering); 3YO filly Spot Of Beauty (by Skip Away); & 2YO colt Patchen Prince (by Pioneering). Skip Away (a 14-year-old Skip Trial horse) was named 1998 Horse-Of-The-Year Year & Champion Older Male in both 1997 & 1998; he won 18 of 38 starts (including the 1997 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic & both the 1996 & 1997 Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup). Skip Away now stands at Hopewell Farm in Kentucky for US$15,000. Patchen Beauty will be bred to Devil His Due this year (who stands for US$10,000 at Margaux Farm in Kentucky).

Giant's Causeway Adds US Black-Type

Monday, 26th March 2007

Former Coolmore shuttler Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) added a US black-type success when daughter Charm The Giant (Giant's Causeway-Olympic Charmer, by Olympio) scored by a head in the US$54,000 Listed Hillsborough Handicap (8.5 furlongs on turf) for mares 4YO & up at Bay Meadows. Charm The Giant (ridden by F.Alvarado for trainer Ron McAnally) defeated Strong Faith (Pioneering-Let's Eat Out, by Banquet Table) & Somethinaboutlaura (Dance Floor-Crystals Of Ice, by It's Freezing). Charm The Giant also finished runner-up in January's Listed Tuzla Handicap (8 furlongs on turf) at Santa Anita.

Magic Millions Appoints Iran Rep

Thursday, 1st March 2007

In what thoroughbredinternet.com calls "a pioneering move", Magic Millions "has appointed thoroughbred racing enthusiast Hamid Nikoumanesh as its Iranian representative". Managing director David Chester said Nikoumanesh (who has already purchased about 20 horses) believed Iran's racing industry would undergo sharp growth in the immediate future, noting: "Dubai is obviously very strong, but its horses are almost exclusively sourced from the Northern Hemisphere. However we are hoping to establish links with Iran & have a presence as racing there grows." Chester added Nikoumanesh was "enthusiastic about the idea of a Magic Millions-run auction in Iran in July" & he was "also bringing potential purchasers from Iran to the Magic Millions Gold Coast sales in March & June". Magic Millions also has consulting agents in NZ (Steve Davis), South Africa (Andy Williams), Korea (Yoo Jae-Hyung) & the US (David Bernsen).

Hennessy Adds US Black-Type

Monday, 15th January 2007

Former Coolmore shuttler Hennessy (Storm Cat-Island Kitty, by Hawaii) added a US black-type success when daughter Mary Delaney (Hennessy-Crafty Emerald, by Crafty Prospector) scored a half-length victory in the US$50,000 Listed Wishing Well Stakes (6 furlongs) for mares 4YO & up at Turfway Park. Mary Delaney (ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Eddie Kenneally) defeated Mocha Queen (Cozzene-Cappucino Queen, by Java Gold) & Asyouwish (Pioneering-Nature's Magic, by Nijinsky).


Overbrook Farm Confirms 2007 Fees

Thursday, 26th October 2006

While the world's leading commercial sire Storm Cat remains at a US$500,000 stud fee for the 2007 season at Overbrook Farm in Kentucky (reported last week), Overbrook has announced the fees for its other stallions reported thoroughbredtimes.com:

  • Jump Start US$10,000 (unchanged)
  • Cape Town US$10,000 (down from US$15,000)
  • Cape Canaveral US$7,500 (down from US$10,000)
  • Cat Thief US$7,500 (down from US$10,000)
  • Tactical Cat US$5,000 (unchanged)
  • Pioneering US$5,000 (up from US$3,500)
  • Grindstone US$3,500 (down from US$5,000)

Pussycat Doll Wins US Gr1 Humana Distaff

Monday, 8th May 2006

Former Vinery shuttler & 1998 Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet (Quiet American-Really Blue, by Believe It) added a Gr1 triumph when owner-breeder Mike Pegram's Pussycat Doll (Real Quiet-Hookedonthefeelin, by Citidancer) "ran down her favored stable-mate Behaving Badly for a 1-length" victory in the US$290,000 Gr1 Humana Distaff Handicap (7 furlongs) for mares 4YO & up at Churchill Downs, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Pussycat Doll (also ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Bob Baffert) defeated front-running 5YO mare Behaving Badly (Pioneering-Timeleighness, by Sir Raleigh) & fellow 5YO mare Bending Strings (American Chance-Straight South, by Hail The Pirates). Pussycat Doll (who won the Gr1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita in December) finished 4th last start in the Gr2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita on February 12; overall she now has 5 wins from 10 starts for US$507,831 earnings.

Borrascoso & Triano Share Puerto Rico Horse-Of-Year

Friday, 24th March 2006

In the Caribbean, Borrascoso (winner of the 2005 Clasico del Caribe) & last year's champion imported 2YO male Triano "were each honored as Puerto Rico's 2005 Horse-Of-The-Year during ceremonies for the Camarero Awards for native-bred & imported divisional champions at the San Juan Hotel & Casino," reported thoroughbredtimes.com.

  • Puerto Rican-bred Borrascoso (Fappiano's Star-Maquinita, by Hardy Man) won 3 of 10 starts last year (including both the Copa Gobernador & Clasico del Caribe, the annual Caribbean thoroughbred championship for 3YOs of the 10-member Confederacion Hipica del Caribe) & earned US$293,900 for the season; campaigned by Luis Archilla's Silent Stable, Borrascoso was also honored as champion 3YO male.
  • Kentucky-bred Triano (by Pioneering) won 10 of 11 starts last season (including the Copa George Washington, Copa 4 de Julio & Clasico Angel Cordero, all of which are considered Gr1 events there) & earned US$206,080; he was also honored as champion sprinter & imported 3YO colt.

Thomas-Lakin US Partnership Reduction

Wednesday, 22nd February 2006

In the US Becky Thomas & Lewis Lakin, "one of the thoroughbred industry's most dynamic teams in pin-hooking & commercial breeding, have begun a major reduction of their partnership ventures," reported bloodhorse.com. Thomas confirmed they have completed a "like kind" exchange of farms: with Thomas taking the portion of the former Silverleaf Farms land they owned in Florida & Lakin taking Lakland Farm in Kentucky. They are continuing to operate Lakland North together in New York. In November & January in Kentucky, Thomas & Lakin sold some of their jointly-owned horses, which Thomas said included "160-170 mares & their off-spring". Thomas explained the reason for the cutbacks by noting: "We are looking for different things within the industry. There won't be a major dispersal: it will be a gradual reduction, lasting 2-3 years. We won't be adding anything new & in some ways, it will be a natural attrition kind of thing." Lakin added: "I'm 72-years-old & at a time in life when I don't need to be tied-up with so many assets. I need to get more liquid in my estate planning. We're going to reduce our mutual interests, but I'm going to stay in with her on the short-term type of stuff if she wants me. There isn't going to be any fire sale. My interest is not in expansion, but to cash in on what we've done, which is significant." Thomas & Lakin have been together since the mid-1990s, when Lakin & his wife Brenda "became investors Florida-based Thomas's yearling-to-juvenile pin-hooking program"; Thomas later became the Lakins's "principal adviser when they expanded into breeding & other auction-related ventures". Thomas-Lakin successes included selling 2YOs-in-training for world record prices: Morocco sold for US$2 million to Prince Ahmed Salman's The Thoroughbred Corp at the 1999 Barretts March select juvenile auction; & Diamond Fury sold to Charles Fipke for US$2.7 million at the 2003 Barretts Sale. Thomas & Lakin also bred 5YO mare Behaving Badly (Pioneering-Timeleighness, by Sir Raleigh), winner of last month's Gr1 Santa Monica Handicap.

Behaving Badly Wins US Gr1 Santa Monica Handicap

Tuesday, 31st January 2006

In the US, lightly-raced 5YO mare Behaving Badly (Pioneering-Timeleighness, by Sir Raleigh) "dominated a highly accomplished field in a front-running 4.5-lengths victory" in the US$250,000 Gr1 Santa Monica Handicap (7 furlongs) for mares 4YO & up at Santa Anita Park, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Behaving Badly (ridden by Victor Espinoza for trainer Bob Baffert) defeated fast-finishing 7YO Argentine-bred multiple Gr1-winner Miss Terrible (Numerous-Teidi, by Farnesio) & 4YO fellow Gr1-winner Leave Me Alone (Bold Badgett-Fabulous Ballet, by Moscow Ballet). New York-bred Behaving Badly now has 5 wins & a runner-up from just 7 starts (also including victory in the 2005 Gr3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar in her stakes debut) & has earned US$347,000.


So Long Birdie To Buena Suerte

Thursday, 10th November 2005

In New Mexico, 3YO colt So Long Birdie (a half-brother to Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone & champion filly Bird Town) will stand in 2006 at Buena Suerte Equine, reported bloodhorse.com. So Long Birdie (Pioneering-Dear Birdie, by Storm Bird) won 2 of 5 starts (plus runner-up by a nose in the San Miguel Stakes at Santa Anita).

Overbrook Cuts Most 2006 Fees

Monday, 24th October 2005

Meanwhile Kentucky-based Overbrook Farm (home of the world's highest-priced stallion Storm Cat) "has reduced most of its stallions fees for 2006," reported racingpost.co.uk. Overbrook had previously confirmed Storm Cat (Storm Bird-Terlingua, by Secretariat) will remain at US$500,000 for the 2006 breeding season: his 26 yearlings sold at the Keeneland September yearling sale averaged a record US$1,766,730. Among Overbrook's other stallions:

  • Young sire Jump Start (A.P.Indy-Steady Cat, by Storm Cat) whose 1st foals are yearlings, will also remain level with his 2005 fee of US$10,000
  • Cat Thief (Storm Cat-Train Robbery, by Alydar) drops from US$25,000 to US$10,000
  • Cape Town (Seeking The Gold-Seaside Attraction, by Seattle Slew) drops from US$20,000 to US$15,000
  • Cape Canaveral (Mr Prospector-Seaside Attraction, by Seattle Slew) drops from US$15,000 to US$10,000
  • Tactical Cat (Storm Cat-Terre Haute, by Caro) drops from US$10,000 to US$5,000
  • Grindstone (Unbridled-Buzz My Bell, by Drone) drops from US$10,000 to US$5,000
  • Storm Cat's half-brother Pioneering (Mr Prospector-Terlingua, by Secretariat) drops from US$5,000 to US$3,500

1st UK Horse Sold Via Barter

Tuesday, 6th September 2005

In the UK, trainer Charlie Mann "has made history after what is claimed to be the 1st sale of a racehorse in Britain through the barter system," reported racingpost.co.uk. In a "pioneering move that could encourage more owners to the sport, Mann sold an unraced gelding for the equivalent of £25,000 in goods & services that can be obtained from more than 4,000 British companies"; although "neither cash nor cheque changed hands in the deal with Bartercard chief executive David Wright, the Lambourn-based trainer now has £25,000 of credit to spend on the world's largest business-to-business trade exchange". This could pay for anything from "tarmacing his drive & re-roofing the stable to purchasing a new horsebox or taking an exotic holiday". Wright, (who has had horses previously with Mann & also Brian Meehan) has been visiting England's Doncaster Sales "in the hope of converting stud owners to the benefits of bartering which has permeated all levels of Australian society, including the racing & breeding industries. Mann (who will continue to train the 4YO son of Sir Cat, who is set to be named Bartercard) said: "Bartering is a fascinating & exciting idea, & I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work in the racing context. It has worked big time in Australia. I haven't decided how I am going to spend my £25,000 of credit, but the Bartercard directory lists over 4,000 companies in Britain advertising all the goods & services you could possibly want." Wright added: "Bartercard enables businesses to trade with each other without cash. Basically you get in a bartering system. We run an exchange & while you don't necessarily want the product of the company dealing with you, we'll find other people that will take their product; meantime one is in credit & one is in debit, so we basically put trading people together. In Australia it is a mega-business: you wouldn't even buy a sandwich unless it was on trade, & they buy horses, cars, houses, everything in Australia on trade. This is the 1st horse in Britain to be bought through the system & will be an advertising vehicle for Bartercard. If we can get this going in a big way, we can introduce a huge number of new owners who wouldn't otherwise have got involved in racing. If I can get stud owners involved, we can get the whole cycle going & I am convinced it would work really well."