2023 Mating Plans, Presented by Spendthrift: China Horse Club

As we approach the opening of the 2023 breeding sheds, the TDN staff is once again sitting down with leading breeders to find out what stallions they have chosen for their mares, and why. The China Horse Club's Christie DeBernardis, Matt Houldsworth and Michael Smith clued us in on which sires they have chosen for some of their top American and European mares. ALBEROBELLO (m, 8, Bernardini—Carson Jen, by Carson City), booked to Justify Alberobello hails from a very deep family that is constantly improving. Her full-sister's daughter Key to...

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First Foal A Colt For WinStar Farm's Independence Hall

MGSW & GISP Independence Hall (Constitution) sired his first reported foal when a colt out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Seascape was born Monday, Jan. 16 at Mahoney Eden Manor Farm in New York. The colt was bred by Mahoney Eden Manor, Dark Horse Racing Stable and Cutair Racing. "He's a very leggy, racy-looking colt, just what you imagine when you look at Independence Hall," said Britt Wadsworth. "If they come out looking as such, we're all in good shape." From the first crop of leading sire Constitution, Independence...

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FTHA Honors 2022 Award Winners

The Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association held its annual General Nominating Meeting and Awards Dinner Jan. 7 at Gulfstream Park, hosting more than 100 guests at Ten Palms. FTHA President Joe Orseno, completing his first term in the role, provided the assemblage with a look back at an eventful 2022. The culmination of the evening was the presentation of the 2022 FTHA Awards. Host Ron Nicoletti announced the winners in 11 categories, including the newly added Champion Tapeta Horse and Champion Tapeta Filly/Mare. Raina Gunderson was chosen as the 2022 "Person...

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2023 Mating Plans, Presented by Spendthrift: Bobby Flay

As we approach the opening of the 2023 breeding season, the TDN staff is once again sitting down with leading breeders to find out what stallions they have chosen for their mares, and why. First up: Bobby Flay. AMERICA (m, 12, A. P. Indy--Lacadena, by Fasliyev), booked to Gun Runner As she continues to produce quality foals, including MGSW First Captain (Curlin), the co-sales topper at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale for $1.5 million, and his full-sister, who sold for $2 million at Saratoga last August, I'm excited to see...

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Flightline Leads TCA Stallion Season Auction Roster

The Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction presented by Mt. Brilliant will begin Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. and run through Friday, Jan. 6, with staggered closing times starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.  Nearly 200 seasons will be available for online bidding on  Select seasons to Constitution, Flightline, Good Magic, Maxfield (with 2024 breed back), Nashville (with 2024 breed back), Not This Time, Nyquist (with 2024 breed back), Olympiad, and Quality Road will be sold at the 'Tis the Seasons Celebration on Sunday, January 8 at the...

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TCA Holds Auction, Honors Moss and Second Stride

Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Maggi Moss with the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award and Second Stride with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 33rd Annual Stallion Season Auction and 'Tis the Season Celebration presented by Mt. Brilliant on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at Grand Reserve in Lexington, Kentucky. The Allaire du Pont Leadership Award is presented annually to an organization or individual whose philanthropic endeavors are consistent with TCA's mission. Past award winners include Jen Roytz, LNJ Foxwoods, and Dan Rosenberg, just to name...

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Constitution 2YO Sweetlou'sgotaces Breaks Maiden in Aqueduct's Tepin

After recording the highest Beyer Speed Figure in the field (85) when runner-up by just a nose last out over this course in a six-furlong maiden special weight Nov. 4, Sweetlou'sgotaces (Constitution--Kayce Lu, by Lonhro {Aus}) broke her maiden in Aqueduct's Tepin S. when stretched to a mile for the first time. She was also a narrow second on debut Sept. 1 at the Spa and off the board Oct. 8 in the GIII Matron S. at the Belmont at Aqueduct meet. In the Tepin, Sweetlou'sgotaces broke from the rail...

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Constitution Leads WinStar '23 Roster

With Constitution leading the way at $110,000, WinStar Farm has released the 2023 stud fees for its stallion roster. Constitution, the sire of eight individual runners who have earned 100+ Beyers in 2022, has been represented this year by GIII Peter Pan S. winner 'TDN Rising Star' We the People, GIII Distaff H. winner Glass Ceiling, GIII Greenwood Cup S. winner Ridin With Biden and GIII San Juan Capistrano S. winner Breakpoint (Chi). He was also responsible for a pair of seven-figure yearlings at the Keeneland September sale. Constitution stood...

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Thursday Insights: $1.35M Into Mischief Colt Debuts For Winchell Thoroughbreds

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency                        7th-KEE, $100K, Msw, 2yo, 7f, 4:12 p.m. Purchased by Winchell Thoroughbreds for $1,350,000 out of last year's Keeneland September Sale, EXTRA ANEJO (Into Mischief) debuts Thursday for trainer Steve Asmussen. A bay son of Superioritycomplex (Ire) (Hard Spun), herself a half-sister to MGSP Abingdon (Street Cry {Ire}), he hails from the extended family of MG1SW & American champion grass mare Islington (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), G1SW & MG1SP Greek Dance (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), GSW &...

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Bidding Now Open for Fasig-Tipton October Digital Selected Sale

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 30 entries for its October Digital Selected Sale, which may now be viewed at Bidding is officially open and will close Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. ET. The catalogue offers selected horses of racing age and breeding stock. "The October Digital catalogue includes another first for our digital platform - the opportunity to purchase a 50% interest in a Breeders' Cup-bound undefeated 2-year-old filly," said Leif Aaron, Director of Digital Sales. "Showgirl Lynne B is now a winner of all three of her starts--including a...

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Blockbuster Book 1 Concludes at Keeneland With Another 13 Million-Dollar Yearlings

by Jessica Martini, Christie DeBernardis & Christina Bossinakis The elite Book 1 section of the Keeneland September Sale, which began with a powerhouse session Monday, maintained its energy all the way through to the end of Tuesday's second session. After nine yearlings sold for $1 million or more Monday, a further 13 horses topped that mark during Tuesday's session, led by a $1.8-million son of Constitution. "Coming out of day one, I think that momentum was almost euphoric," said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy. "Coming into day two,...

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Another Constitution Colt Stars at Keeneland for China Horse Club

A second colt by Constitution bred by China Horse Club hit the seven-figure mark at Keeneland September Tuesday when Jim and Dana Bernhard's Lynnhaven Racing purchased hip 311 for $1.8 million. The bay colt is out of Grade I winner Last Full Measure (Empire Maker) and is a half-brother to GI Juddmonte Spinster S. winner Valiance (Tapit). He was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency. China Horse Club purchased Last Full Measure for $1.5 million at the 2014 Keeneland November sale.

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