Birdstone, Cape Canaveral Yearlings Top CTHS Alberta Sale

Edited Press Release A colt by Cape Canaveral and a filly by Birdstone brought in top price of $35,000 during the 2022 CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale Friday, Sept. 16 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta. With a total of 40 yearlings sold, revenue from the 2022 sale increased to $443,600 this year and the average price rose to $11,090. In 2021, the sale grossed $405,600 for 37 yearlings and an average of $10,962. Purchased by agent Karlene Kingston, the Cape Canaveral colt, consigned by Starline Thoroughbreds, is out of...

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Derby Winner Grindstone Passes Away

Grindstone, the winner of the 1996 GI Kentucky Derby, passed away at age 29. The news was reported by Oakhurst Equine of Oregon, which acquired the stallion in 2009. "RIP Champ," Oakhurst Equine posted on its Facebook page. "Thank you for providing us with the thrill of a lifetime. You changed our lives when you joined us and will always be missed." Grindstone was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner, a status he enjoyed for just a few days. At age 31, 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin died...

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Bird Song Sold to Saudi Arabia

Multiple graded stakes winner Bird Song (Unbridled's Song--Bird Town, by Cape Town) has been purchased to continue his stud career in Saudi Arabia in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock. The 7-year-old previously stood at Gainesway Farm, with his oldest crop being yearlings of this year. Trained by Ian Wilkes on behalf of Marylou Whitney, Bird Song won the GII Alysheba S. and GIII Fred W. Hooper S. as a 4-year-old in 2017 and finished his career with over $500,000 in earnings. His dam, who captured the...

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Birdstone Pensioned to Old Friends

Birdstone (Grindstone--Dear Birdie, by Storm Bird), who sired the winners of two-thirds of the 2009 Triple Crown with runners from his first crop to race, has been retired from stud duties at Gainesway. He will live out his days at Old Friends Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. Bred by the late Marylou Whitney and trained by Nick Zito, the year-older half-brother to GI Kentucky Oaks winner Bird Town (Cape Town) won two of his three starts as a juvenile, including a 2 1/2-length success in the GI Champagne S. Eighth...

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Gainesway Open House This Week

Gainesway Farm will be open to visitors this week for inspections of its 2020 roster of stallions. Open House hours will be held from Monday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

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