Today’s Edition

Lord Nelson to Begin Stud Duties After Laminitis Battle

In the days leading up to the 2016 GI Breeders' Cup Sprint, the connections of Lord Nelson (Pulpit--African Jade, by Seeking the Gold), B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm and Bob Baffert, couldn't have imagined being in a better spot. Their horse was the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the race and had reeled off three straight Grade I wins. Win or lose in the Sprint, the next stage was what figured to be a promising stud career at Spendthrift Farm. Then everything unraveled. The then 4-year-old developed an infection in his...

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Northern Irishman Finds Success Down Under

In six years of operating James Harron Bloodstock in Australia, the Northern Irishman by the same name has already accomplished what few achieve in a lifetime. He has bought Melbourne Cup, Golden Slipper and Classic winners both privately and at auction, done multi-million dollar stallion deals and has more recently launched a public syndication company. James Harron Bloodstock was also the owner of the slot occupied by Redzel (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}) when he won the inaugural A$10-million The Everest on Oct. 14. TDN's Kelsey Riley caught up with Harron to...

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Mr. Misunderstood Giving Young Owner a ‘Flurry’ of Success

Coming of age in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the home of Oaklawn Park, it's difficult to avoid horse racing in the winter and spring. It's even harder when your family owns a parking lot across the street from the track. That's where Staton Flurry, the 27-year-old owner of Flurry Racing Stables LLC, was introduced to the sport, and it's where he still spends most of his days, even as his nascent stable reaches an exciting new peak. "I've grown up on the other side of that wall at Oaklawn and have...

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Frankel’s Jockey Queally Debuts at Golden Gate

Once you've ridden Frankel (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) it might be hard to get excited about a starter allowance race with a purse of $10,500 on a Thursday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields. But jockey Tom Queally, 33, says that won't be the case when he rides in today's first race at Golden Gate and kicks off a new chapter in his career. "People say to me do you really want to ride these lower-class horses?" Queally said. "Everyone asks me that because they know I was associated with Frankel, the...

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A Tattersalls Winter Wonderland

A cheeky smattering of artistic licence may have been applied to the banner currently in rotation on the Tattersalls website which proclaims 'Winter is coming.' Taken literally, winter is indeed on the way in Newmarket, but the four-time Group 1 winner of the same name is not in the catalogue for this year's December Mares' Sale, though Tattersalls can indeed lay claim to her dam, Laddies Poker Two (Ire) (Choisir {Aus}), a graduate of the 2008 sale. Instead of Winter (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the December Sale offers some extremely enticing...

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Vibrant Trade Continues at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky - The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale produced another day of brisk bidding Tuesday in Lexington as the two-day Book 4 section concluded with a sparkling 17.7% buy-back rate. Tuesday's session included a selection of horses of racing age and the day's top-priced offering was the 3-year-old racing prospect You're to Blame (Distorted Humor), who sold to bloodstock agent Steve Young for $440,000. Consigned by Lane's End, the colt was one of two to top $200,000 during the session. A filly by Tiznow out of graded stakes winner...

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Enable Crowned Horse of the Year

Juddmonte homebred Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), the winner of five consecutive Group 1s this year, was named Cartier Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly in a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London, England on Tuesday night. Trained by John Gosden and ridden throughout the season by Frankie Dettori, Enable was third behind stablemate Shutter Speed (GB) (Dansili {GB}) in a Newbury conditions race on her first start of the year and hasn't lost since. She put herself in Classic contention with a 1 3/4-length score in the...

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First-Crop Sires Making Their Mark at November Sales

The November sales often mark the emergence of a handful of first-crop sires as successes on the commercial market, and 2017 has proven to be no exception. While the aura of a Triple Crown winner or the presence of an heir apparent to A.P. Indy come with high expectations, a number of lower-profile sires have enjoyed breakout results in the sales ring in recent days. The top three first-crop sires of weanlings at the November sales have indeed been somewhat predictable, with Coolmore's 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof...

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Q and A With Walker Hancock

Each year's breeding stock sales are eagerly awaited by stallion farms looking to answer the question asked two years earlier when the top sires of that year retired to stud: how will they be received in the marketplace? This week's sales have brought good news to a wide variety of farms standing stallions at a wide variety of fees (more from Ben Massam in tomorrow's TDN). One such home run was hit by Claiborne Farm as they watched Lea's first progeny, bred on a $12,500 fee, bring an average of...

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Caulfield: Australia’s Effect on Sire Success

Thanks to the shuttle system, breeders are sometimes forced to revise their assessment of a stallion when he returns home a conquering hero. The perfect example has to be Danehill. Although Danehill started his career at a fee of IR£25,000 in 1990, he quickly started to slip down the ranks at Coolmore, to the extent that by 1993, Coolmore had seven stallions standing at higher fees than the IR9,000-guinea Danehill. By 1994, Danehill was only tenth in the pecking order. Although his early Irish crops forced a rapid reappraisal, Danehill...

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