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Overall Breeding Stats Decline; Into Mischief Top-Covering Stallion

For the fourth consecutive year, and for the 12th time in 13 years, the number of reported mares bred (RMB) in North America has declined, according to year-to-date statistics through Oct. 16 released on Monday by The Jockey Club. The 30,274 covers reported thus far in 2018 represent a drop of 5% from the 31,863 reported in North America at this time last year. That reduction is similar in scope to the 5.6% RMB decline from 2016 to 2017. The number of active stallions also continues to fall. The 2018...

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Hope Springs Eternal for Ben Walden

However the owners end up resolving their differences, everyone can agree on at least one thing. At Adena Springs, it must remain business as usual. With one of Kentucky's most influential and valuable stallions leading the roster, his stature as a broodmare sire freshly gilded by a Triple Crown winner, the team has an important job to do. And, after all, the timeless cycles of the breed transcend even the most excruciating ups and downs in the lives of horsemen. How fortunate, then, that Ben Walden is able to bring...

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Hall of Fame Holiday Open House Dec. 1

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be offering free admission for its Holiday Open House Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature numerous artists, authors, photographers, crafters and other vendors with goods for sale in a holiday marketplace setting. Special holiday-themed events will take place throughout the day, including an appearance by legendary racecaller Tom Durkin as Santa Claus. Durkin will be available for photos with children and families beginning at 11 a.m. and will also lead a special children's...

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Breeders’ Cup Premieres Docuseries on Facebook Watch

Breeders' Cup premiered the pilot episode of its first-ever digital docuseries Monday. Titled "ALL IN: The Road to the Classic," the series offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the journey to the $6-million GI Breeders' Cup Classic, following owners, trainers, breeders and horses. Executive produced by celebrity chef and Thoroughbred owner and breeder Bobby Flay and his Rock Shrimp Productions co-founder Kim Martin, Hennegan Brothers Creative and Shelley Schulze, ALL IN will be comprised of seven episodes available for viewing on the show's Facebook Watch page. The first episode was...

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Old Friends to Host Post-Breeders’ Cup Party

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., will host a special Breeders' Cup Celebration Sponsored by Red Brand Sunday, Nov. 4 from 12-4 p.m. Tickets to the event, available now, are $30 plus tax for the general public, $15 plus tax for 2018 Old Friends membership holders, and children under 12 are free. Guests will enjoy a barbecue buffet by Proud Mary's, guided farm tours, live Bluegrass music with Steve & Friends, and both live and silent auctions of racing memorabilia. Reservations can be booked online by visiting...

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Pinnacle of Polk’s Career, Daddys Lil Darling, A ‘No-Brainer’

She was a racing fan, making annual trips to the Bluegrass from her home in Michigan to watch the racing at Keeneland, until one day in 1997, at the suggestion of a friend, Nancy Polk turned her hobby into something much more. With the purchase of the historic 250-acre Normandy Farm, the final resting place of both Man o' War's sire and dam, Polk carved out a path for herself that would change the last 20 years of her life. She once said her aim was to be the caretaker...

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Letter to the Editor: Remembering Rick Violette Jr.

I saw Rick at Keeneland September where a mutual friend who did not know of our long-standing friendship asked me, "Do you know Rick Violette?" I looked at him and as I replied, "Oh, you mean do I know 'Rick-Get-That-Filly-Out-of-My-Barn Violette'?" He roared and everyone else looked at us not knowing that in the 1990s I'd asked him to train what turned out to be a pretty obstinate filly, whom he finally persuaded our syndicate was wasting our training bills. Shortly after that he came to the fore with his...

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Fasig-Tipton October Opens Monday

LEXINGTON, KY - The Fasig-Tipton October Fall Yearlings Sale will attempt to build on its record-setting 2017 renewal when it opens for a four-day run at the company's Newtown Paddocks Monday in Lexington. A total of 1,464 yearlings have been catalogued for the auction, with bidding scheduled to begin daily at 10 a.m. through Thursday. A broad cross-section of shoppers were out at the sales barn on a chilly, but sun-dappled day in Lexington Sunday. "We've had good steady traffic here at the barns the last two days," said Gainesway's...

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FTBOA, Ocala Jockey Club Event to Offer $1,000 Award

The Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event organizers and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' & Owners' Association have created a new award designed to highlight the success of retired racehorses in second careers. The $1,000 award will go to the top-placed Florida-connected horse and rider competing in the Three Day Event at Ocala Jockey Club Nov. 15-18. "The FTBOA believes the care and support of retired Thoroughbreds is a common sense responsibility shared by all who participate in the racing and breeding industry," said FTBOA CEO Lonny Powell. "This high profile,...

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The Week in Review: Obscure Maiden Race Yields Future Hall-of-Famers

Jockey Javier Castellano hit the 5,000 career win mark on Saturday at Belmont Park. Considering his 21-year career has been an upward arc of accomplishment, the milestone numbers are probably starting to blur for the 41-year-old native of Venezuela who comes from a family of race riders and is widely considered a solid citizen of the sport. The four-time Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey and record-setter for earnings in a year ($28.1 million in 2015) has now exceeded $20 million in purses for seven consecutive years. When Castellano was...

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