Coolmore America

TDN Snippets: Week of Apr. 25 – May 1

This week shed tears of sadness as we bid farewell to a fan favorite, and enjoyed a tonic of elation as we regaled a historic riding double and the newest 'Star' on the horizon. Break out the tissues for the sensitive souls, and join us as we reminisce careers, and revere achievements. Botta Bing, Botta Swing--to Rising Stardom... If there was a louder and prouder way to declare one's talent to the world, 'TDN Rising Star' Botta Swing (Not This Time) came close to topping it. Continuing her sire's hot...

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Classic Winner Tiz the Law Retired

Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law (Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow), winner of the GI Belmont S. and GI Runhappy Travers S. this summer, has been retired from racing. It was announced shortly after the Belmont that the sophomore colt would stand at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud upon retirement. "The entire Tiz The Law team is deeply disappointed that Tiz The Law will be unable to race as a 4-year-old as planned," stated Jack Knowlton, Operating Manager of Sackatoga Stable. "He has provided the 35 owners a unique opportunity to compete and succeed...

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New Faces in Ashford's Stud Barn

Coolmore's Ashford Stud welcomes a trio of new stallions to their program for the upcoming season. Maximum Security (New Year's Day) and Echo Town (Speightstown) will start off their stud career at the Versailles, Kentucky-based farm, while Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) will stand his first year in the States since relocating from Coolmore's headquarters in Ireland after spending two seasons there. Today we sat down with Adrian Wallace to discuss their two first-season sires. [tdn_vimeo_embed title="Echo Town and Maximum Security at Ashford Stud" admp4="" videomp4= "" thumbnail= ""]   Maximum Security...

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Echo Town Retired to Ashford

Grade I winner Echo Town (Speightstown--Letgomyecho, by Menifee) has been retired from racing and will stand for a fee of $10,000 at Coolmore's Ashford Stud. "We are delighted that Echo Town will be coming to Ashford," said Ashford's Director of Sales Charlie O'Connor. "He's a very good-looking horse and Speightstown is making an impression as a sire of sires. As one of the best sprinters of his generation we think Echo Town offers a similar profile to our own Munnings who continues to go from strength to strength." Echo Town...

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Maximum Security to Stand for $20,000

Eclipse Champion Maximum Security (New Year's Day--Lil Indy, by Anasheed) has been retired from racing and will stand as Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Central Kentucky for the 2021 breeding season. His fee will be $20,000. "Maximum Security was an exceptional racehorse and I have no doubt that he will prove very popular with breeders once they see him," said Ashford's Director of Sales Charlie O'Connor. "He's an extremely impressive-looking individual." Named champion 3-year-old colt in 2019, Maximum Security retires with an official record of four Grade I scores, including the...

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Caravaggio Relocated to Coolmore America

Scat Daddy's Royal Ascot superstar Caravaggio has been relocated from Coolmore's headquarters in Ireland to its American base at Ashford Stud, Coolmore announced Thursday. "Ever since he retired to stud, Caravaggio has been supported by top [North] American-based breeders such as David Anderson, Peter Berglar, John Gunther, Hunter Valley Farm, Runnymede Farm, Fred Hertrich, Mike Ryan, e5 Racing & Merriebelle Stables," said Ashford's Director of Sales Charlie O'Connor, who co-bred the MG1SW sprinter with his father-in-law's Windmill Manor Farms. "This support carried into the sales ring in both the U.S....

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Coolmore's Helen Otero Named Finalist for Dedication to Breeding Award

Congratulations to Helen Otero, one of three finalists in the Dedication to Breeding Award category of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA), presented by Godolphin. The Ireland native started with Coolmore in 1993 working in the barns and became a veterinary nurse before moving to the office. She has truly shined in the role of stallion administrator in one of the busiest breeding sheds in America. "When the breeding season starts," said Coolmore America's manager, Dermot Ryan, "we basically hand the keys and the driver's seat to Helen and she...

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Practical Joke Yearlings Hit Market at Opportune Moment

Champion sire Into Mischief has had a lot of good weekends. But this year's Kentucky Derby weekend had to be near the top of the list. On Friday, his son Owendale ran second in the GII Alysheba S. at Churchill Downs only to be defeated by By My Standards, sired by none other than Into Mischief's leading son Goldencents. Then the next day at Saratoga, Into Mischief's daughter Frank's Rockette became a Grade II winner in the Prioress S. while at Gulfstream, Cool Arrow won the GIII Smile Sprint S....

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Adrian Wallace on First-Crop Yearling Sires Classic Empire and Cupid

Three of Ashford Stud's Grade I-winning stallions will be in the limelight in the coming weeks as they are represented by their first crop of yearlings in the sales ring. Three-time GIW Practical Joke (Into Mischief), the regally-bred Cupid (Tapit) and juvenile champion Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) all ranked amongst the top of their class with the sale of their weanlings, and now look to continue the streak with their yearlings. We sat down with Coolmore's Adrian Wallace and discussed two of the young sires. [tdn_vimeo_embed title="Cupid and Classic...

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A Tale of Ashford Stud's Elder Statesman

It will be exactly 23 years ago on Sunday- August 23, 1997. Julie Krone vividly, and affectionately, recalls the day that she and Tale of the Cat took the GII King's Bishop S. "We had an inside post that day, and there were some great sprinters," Krone recounted. "It was a really tough field, but Tale of the Cat literally had wings. He just came out of there and it was like the faster we went, the more his ears came up and his stride got longer and more relaxed....

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Coolmore Renews Matrong S. Sponsorship

Coolmore has extended their support of the G1 Matron S. at Leopardstown during Irish Champions Weekend, Leopardstown announced on Monday. The race, which has twice been voted the highest-rated race for fillies and mares by the Longines World Thoroughbred Rankings, will be officially known as the G1 Coolmore America Justify Matron S. Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky stands two Triple Crown winners, American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Justify (Scat Daddy). The 2019 edition of the Matron was landed by Iridessa (Ire) (Ruler of the World {Ire}). "Coolmore are delighted...

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TCA to Host Online Auction of Classic Winners' Halters

The Thoroughbred Charities of America will host an online auction of halters worn by Triple Crown and Kentucky Derby winners during the upcoming virtual "Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown." The halter auction is set to open Friday at 9 a.m. and will conclude Saturday at 9 p.m. EST. All proceeds will benefit TCA. "As the 13 Triple Crown winners face off in the virtual running of the Derby, we are excited to offer halters worn by the only two living Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify, as well as...

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