Confidence Behind 'The Next Sottsass' Ahead of French Derby

Jean-Claude Rouget is not prone to hyperbole so, when the decorated French handler compared the unexposed Al Hakeem (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) to his only G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) earlier this week, some people did a double take. Not Benoit Jeffroy, who manages Haras de Bouquetot on behalf of the Al Shaqab operation. Jeffroy has long been aware of the standing in which the multiple Classic-winning trainer has held Al Hakeem and, when the colt won the Listed Prix de Suresnes at Chantilly on...

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Eugene Melnyk Passes Away at 62

Eugene Melnyk, the owner of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League and a prominent horse owner and breeder who was a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, has passed away at age 62. His death was announced Monday by the Senators, which posted a statement from Melnyk's family on its website, which noted that he died "after an illness he faced with determination and courage." The team did not disclose the exact cause of death. He underwent a liver transplant in 2015. A native of...

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Snapy Halo To Stand in Virginia

Former Calumet Farm stallion Snapy Halo (Arg) (Southern Halo--Ensaola {Arg}, by Ringaro) will stand the 2022 breeding season at Covilar LLC Farm, the former Owl Hollow Morgan Farm. The nursery, located on 120 acres in Floyd, Virginia, was recently purchased by Josep Bassaganya-Riera, a entrepreneur and biotech pioneer. "I am pleased to announce that Covilar LLC initiated operations in the second half of 2021," Bassaganya-Riera said in a release. "We are proud to build on the legacy of success of the Owl Hollow Farm. The breeding barns are fully functional...

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Mo Forza Gets First Mare In Foal

The first mare bred to Grade I winner Mo Forza (Uncle Mo), Alice Bamford's two-time winner Californiasunshine (Lucky Pulpit), has checked in foal on a single cover. Mo Forza, who entered stud this year at Rancho San Miguel in the Golden State, won no fewer than seven graded races in the course of his career, including the 2019 GI Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. "Mo Forza has handled the transition to his breeding career with class and vigor, just like he sailed through his racing career," said Rancho San Miguel...

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First Mares Confirmed in Foal to Knicks Go and Tacitus

The first mares bred to Horse of the Year Knicks Go (Paynter) and MGSW Tacitus (Tapit) have been confirmed in foal, Taylor Made announced today. Suchada, a daughter of Frosted, has been scanned in foal to Knicks Go, and stakes winner Lady Joan, a daughter of Courageous Cat, has been confirmed in foal to Tacitus.

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Hog Creek Hustle Retired to Buck Pond

Grade I winner Hog Creek Hustle (Overanalyze--Candy Fortune, by Candy Ride {Arg}) has been retired from racing and will stand at Buck Pond Farm for a fee of $5,000. He will be available for viewing along with Buck Pond's other stallions at an open house Feb. 25 from 11a.m. to 2p.m. Runner-up in the GIII LeComte S. and GIII Pat Day Mile in 2019, Hog Creek Hustle sprung an 18-1 upset when rallying to victory in the GI Woody Stephens S. at Belmont that summer. He was also second in...

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C$1M Set To Be Distributed To Ontario Breeders

A total of C$1 million will be distributed to Ontario breeders in 2022, owing to enhancements made by Ontario Racing's Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP) Committee in its Mare Purchase and Recruitment Programs for the 2021-2022 sales season. Focusing on the Mare Purchase Program (MPP), the TIP Committee increased the maximum credit available to C$75,000 from C$50,000, lowered the minimum purchase price from US$15,000 to US$10,000 and removed the $100,000 maximum purchase price restriction. We made changes to the Mare Programs to make them less restrictive, but never in our wildest...

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First Foal For Country House

Darby Dan Farm's Country House (Lookin At Lucky), winner of the 2019 GI Kentucky Derby, was represented by his first foal when a colt out of the City Zip mare American Values was born Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Scarteen Stud. He was bred by Mrs. J.V. Shields, one of the owners of Country House, who was bred by her late husband. A 'TDN Rising Star', Country House was a good second in the 2019 GII Risen Star S. and crossed the line second behind champion Maximum Security (New Year's Day)...

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WTBOA Stallion Season Auction On Now

The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's annual online stallion season auction began Dec. 15 and runs through Dec. 22. In addition to stallion premiums, this year the WTBOA has added a chance for bidders to receive a bonus. All winning bidders will now be eligible for one of two bonus level amounts, as they will be entered into a drawing to receive a credit of up to $1,000 or the actual bid amount, whichever is less, on their stallion season purchase. The second drawing will be for a $400...

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Shoplifted, Gold Double To Stand At Valor Farm

'TDN Rising Star' Shoplifted (Into Mischief--Shopit, by Yes It's True) and Gold Double (Medaglia d'Oro--Fiftyshadesofgold, by My Golden Song) will enter stud for the upcoming breeding season at Valor Farm in Texas. Bred by Machmer Hall, Craig and Carrie Brogden, Shoplifted was a $525,000 Keeneland September yearling turned $800,000 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream breezer and raced for Robert Clay's Grandview Equine, Everett Dobson's Cheyenne Stable and the Roth family's LNJ Foxwoods. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Shoplifted won his maiden by 4 1/2 lengths at first asking at Saratoga in 2019 and was...

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Girvin Tops Ocala Stud Roster For 2022

Girvin (Tale of Ekati), whose first yearlings sold for up to $200,000 this season, will remain at $6,000 for his fourth year at Ocala Stud, the farm announced Monday. Winner of the GII Risen Star S. and GII Louisiana Derby in 2017, the Brad Grady colorbearer made that year's GI Haskell Invitational S. the biggest victory of his career. His yearling son of Grade III-winning juvenile filly Gold Edge (Eddington) was purchased by BSW/Crow for $200,000 at Fasig-Tipton this past July, the joint-highest price for a yearling by a first-crop...

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Rock Your World Retired To Spendthrift

Rock Your World (Candy Ride {Arg}--Charm the Maker, by Empire Maker), who defeated GI Kentucky Derby winner and GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Medina Spirit (Protonico) in the GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby in his first start on the dirt, has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2022 at Spendthrift Farm. The nursery had previous announced the acquisition in last April. The handy winner of a six-furlong turf sprint on career debut at Santa Anita Jan. 1, the $650,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase took the one-mile...

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