Spendthrift & MyRacehorse Launch #FoalDerby Contest

Spendthrift Farm and have launched a weekly foal contest on social media called #FoalDerby, which will showcase foals from the first crop of their Horse of the Year and GI Kentucky Derby winner Authentic. The contest begins this week and will run weekly leading up to this year's Kentucky Derby. Breeders are encouraged to submit photos each week as their foals arrive and continue to submit as they grow over the course of the next 10 weeks. Submissions will be posted to Spendthrift's Twitter and Facebook platforms. The top...

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Mating Plans: Jason Hall

With the 2022 breeding season right around the corner, we will feature a series of breeders' mating plans over the coming weeks. Today we have Jason Hall. "My partners and I typically breed to sell, primarily at the 2-year-old sales," said Hall, "but if we have one that looks the part, we'll sell the occasional weanling at Keeneland November. That being said, if we feel like the market is being overly critical and we see some blue sky by going to the races with one, we're not afraid to go...

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Mating Plans: Marie Jones

In this edition of our ongoing mating plans series, we spoke with Marie Jones with additional notes from Katie Taylor and Doug Cauthen. Marie Jones is carrying on the successful breeding program that she first started with her late husband Aaron. Their program is responsible for Grade I winners and champions including Ashado, Speightstown, Drosselmeyer and Mrs. McDougal, as well as the dam of Life is Good. Today, her high-end, boutique operation focuses on acquiring accomplished, well-bred mares and maintaining a portfolio of shares and breeding rights in proven commercial...

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First Foal for HOTY Authentic

Spendthrift Farm's Authentic (Into Mischief-Flawless, by Mr. Greeley), winner of the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Breeders' Cup Classic in 2020, was represented by his first reported foal at Taylor Made Farm Sunday. He is set to stand his second season at stud in 2022 for a fee of $70,000 S&N. The colt is out of Streak of Luck, who was purchased for $620,000 at the Keeneland November sale last fall while carrying the colt. She was one of eight mares in foal to the 2020 Horse of the Year...

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Friday's Racing Insights: Bevy of Pricey, Well-Bred Runners Squeeze in '21 Starts

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-TAM, $26.5K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1m40yds, 1:08 p.m. ET    While their other four competitors are a combined 0-for-37, late-debuting newcomers Aussie Pride (Curlin) and Mint (Bodemeister) sport huge pedigrees and in one case, a massive price tag. The former, who carries the Godolphin blue for trainer Bill Mott, was the second topper at the 2019 Keeneland September sale at a gaudy $4.1 million. He's out of New Zealand champion sprinter Bounding (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}), who is a half to G1 Investec Derby hero Anthony Van...

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Into Mischief Again Scaling New Heights

As both prototype and paragon for a whole new era in commercial breeding, Into Mischief can increasingly be measured only against himself. Last year, in retaining the general sires' championship he had won for the first time in 2019, the Spendthrift phenomenon became the first North American stallion to break the $20-million barrier in progeny earnings. He ended up on $22,507,940, bulldozing Tapit's 2016 haul of $19,914,317. Now, as an overlooked consequence of Breeders' Cup success for his latest star Life Is Good, Into Mischief has surged past his own...

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Voting Underway for Vox Populi Award

Online voting is officially open for the 12th annual Secretariat 'Vox Populi' Award. Won by Horse of the Year Authentic (Into Mischief) last year, the Vox Populi was created by Secretariat's late owner Penny Chenery and recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the previous year. Fans can vote on one of six nominees selected by the award's committee or choose a write-in option. This year's nominees, along with their most recent winning race, are: GI NetJets...

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Strong Results Continue at Keeneland November

By Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale continued with strong demand during a lively session of bidding Thursday in Lexington. The auction's first of two Book 2 sessions concluded with both average and median up and the buy-back rate down from the corresponding session in 2020. "Incredible," Keeneland's Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said of Thursday's action. "It was a really vibrant market again today. I think people were a little frustrated in buying, but we had a lot of happy...

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Goldencents Leads the Way By 2021 Mares Bred

The Jockey Club has released its annual Report of Mares bred for 2021 and there's a new name atop the leader board. The Spendthrift Farm stallion Goldencents led all sires, having been bred to 230 mares. He was bred to 204 in 2020. His ascension to the top spot came after Spendthrift cut his stud fee from $25,000 to $15,000 and after a strong showing by his progeny in 2020. Goldencents was the leading third-crop sire in 2020 with $6,653,183 in earnings. His top performer during the year was By...

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BGFC Hosts Virtual Auction and Live Gala

Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC), which provides health and human services to people working on Central Kentucky's Thoroughbred farms, will host both a virtual auction and an in-person gala event in October. The 2nd Annual Relics and Rarities from the Bluegrass Region Virtual Auction will begin Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. and end Nov. 1, also at 7 p.m. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to bid on unique, rare, and fun items from area farms and businesses. Text BGFC at 76278 to connect and be a part of the auction. "We...

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Statement from Breeders' Cup on the Passing of B. Wayne Hughes

"We were very saddened to learn of the passing of B. Wayne Hughes, who has left an indelible impact and legacy on our sport as a breeder, owner, and industry innovator for the past 20 years. Foremost of his many achievements was his restoration of Spendthrift Farm to its grandeur and success as an internationally preeminent breeding operation, led by such prolific stallions as Malibu Moon and Into Mischief. Moreover, Mr. Hughes believed that breeders were the 'backbone of our industry,' and created programs that re-established the owner/breeder relationship, such...

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Authentic, Midnight Bisou To Be Added to Monmouth's Hall of Champions

Authentic (Into Mischief), the 2020 Horse of the Year who won the GI Haskell S. as a prelude to victories in the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Breeders' Cup Classic, and champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute), who won the GIII Molly Pitcher S. at Monmouth in 2019, will join Monmouth Park's Hall of Champions when the track kicks off its 76th season of live racing Friday, May 28. Monmouth Park's Hall of Champions was established in 1986 and is located on the track's first floor Grandstand with banners representing...

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