From Brookstown Farm's Soil, an Oak Flourishes

Judy Hicks will be the first to say that it's not the fanciest farm in Kentucky. The fences are not painted and the lawns are not perfectly manicured. But there is good soil at Brookstown Farm and there is plenty of it, enough to where no more than six of the 100 horses who reside there ever share the same pasture. Hicks and her husband R.W. purchased the 600-acre property located just outside of Versailles in 1983 and since then, R.W. has been meticulous in fertilizing and re-seeding the pastures...

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Letruska the Star of Terrazas Thoroughbreds

Five-time Grade I winner and 2021 Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Female Letruska (Super Saver) produced her first foal, a filly by Curlin, on Feb. 4 at Terrazas Thoroughbreds in Lexington, KY. Farm owner Eduardo Terrazas reported that the foaling was normal and that as the leggy filly has flourished in her first few weeks of life, she seems to have adopted her sire's physical and her dam's personality. "Her mama is a very secure type of mare, very sure of herself, and the baby definitely shows that," he said. "Ever...

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Taylor Made's Foaling Season Starts with Flightline's First Foal

Foaling season is off to a flying start at Taylor Made Farm as they're already up to nearly a dozen foals on the ground. Everything has gone smoothly so far, but a real showstopper came early when they welcomed the first foal by Horse of the Year Flightline. A star-faced bay filly with a bit of chrome on her hind legs, the new arrival is also the first foal out of Grade I winner Juju's Map (Liam's Map). "It's really a blessing to have such a well-bred horse here," said...

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Symbiosis of Breeders, Gluck Equine Research Center Reaches New Heights

When Dr. Emma Adam took on the role of equine outreach veterinarian in 2018, the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science hoped that the renewed position could continue to bridge the gap between their research and diagnostic laboratories and the industry that they serve. With five years now under her belt in the role, Adam is pleased with the strides that have been made in fostering relationships with the equine community--particularly within the Thoroughbred business in Central Kentucky--and she is optimistic that those connections will lead to further advancements...

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Ramspring Farm Hits the Mark with a Top-Class Turfer

The rest of the Patrick family had all come and gone by the time Belle's Finale (Ghostzapper) was preparing to sell at the 2017 Keeneland November Sale, but Mary Leigh Patrick was there to watch as the pretty bay mare stepped into the ring. Mary Leigh had decided to hold out for the rest of the session, hoping to find one last addition for Ramspring Farm's broodmare band ahead of another breeding season. The octogenarian knew she had accomplished the mission when she spotted Belle's Finale, an unraced 3-year-old out...

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Zenyatta Foals War Front Filly, Set to Retire as Broodmare

Beloved Hall of Famer Zenyatta (Street Cry {Ire}) produced her last foal, a filly by War Front, on June 9 at Lane's End Farm. According to, the champion's co-owner Ann Holbrook (Moss), as well as Lane's End managers Todd Claunch and Jenn Laidlaw, were present for the successful foaling of the newborn, who sports a prominent blaze quite reminiscent of her dam's recognizable markings. The post also stated that this will be Zenyatta's last foal as the 19-year-old mare enters into retirement. The winner of 19 of 20 starts...

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Three Grade I Winners Reflect Godolphin's Evolving Program

From Pretty Mischievous (Into Mischief) getting Godolphin their first win in the GI Kentucky Oaks on Friday to Matareya (Pioneerof the Nile) and Cody's Wish (Curlin) both coming home with Grade I scores on Saturday, the first weekend in May was one for the books for Godolphin USA. The global racing powerhouse is coming off back-to-back Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Owner and Breeder, but Godolphin USA's Director of Bloodstock Michael Banahan said that this year's Derby weekend ranks near the top of the list of great weekends for the American...

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The It Girl: Monomoy Girl Shines at Spendthrift Alongside First Foal

Champion Monomoy Girl displayed many admirable traits during her four years on the racetrack, but those closest to her would be quick to say that she has never exactly been known for her easygoing nature. Independent, tenacious and self-assured would be much better adjectives to describe the GI Kentucky Oaks victress and two-time GI Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine. "She's very sassy, that's for sure," said Florent Geroux, who teamed up with the chestnut daughter of Tapizar for 16 of her 17 lifetime starts. "She's not really a 'people horse' who...

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GISW Lexitonian Represented By First Foal

GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. winner Lexitonian (Speightstown) was represented by his first foal Sunday. The filly, out of a half-sister to dual Eclipse winner Roy H. (More Than Ready), was born at Calumet Farm. "We've been excited to see the foals for our homebred Lexitonian and are delighted that the first one is born at Calumet," said Eddie Cane, general manager of Calumet. "She has a lot of leg, good bone, and is well balanced." Lexitonian stands at Lane's End for a fee of $7,500.

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Havana Grey Breeding Right And A Sister To Durston To Be Offered At Tattersalls Online

A lifetime breeding right to young sire Havana Grey (GB) and a full-sister to Group 1 winner Durston (GB) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) will be offered at the Tattersalls Online December Sale on Dec. 14-15. During the Tattersalls Online November Sale, a breeding right sold for 115,000gns to Badgers Bloodstock to top the sale. The Whitsbury Manor Stud-based grey is the leader of his intake in Europe across most first-crop sire categories, and sports five black-type winners and 13 black-type horses to date. He will stand for £18,500 next season....

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Tanya Gunther on Justique and Her Full-Sister at Glennwood

Tanya Gunther was thrilled to watch the latest 'TDN Rising Star' Justique (Justify) trounce the competition in her breathtaking debut, but the horsewoman admitted that a few thoughts of what could have been flashed through her head as she remembered the promising filly's early days spent at Glennwood Farm. "I didn't really want to sell her," Gunther said with an acquiescing smile. "Most of our yearlings do go to the sale, but I was a bit sad when we let her go." Bred by Tanya's father John Gunther in partnership...

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Early Voting's Pedigree Reflects Ongoing Success at Three Chimneys

Three Chimneys Farm's stallion sensation Gun Runner set a new record for progeny earnings by a first-crop sire last year, headlined by six stakes winners including champion Echo Zulu, but the striking son of Candy Ride (Arg) was just getting started in 2021. When Klaravich Stables' Early Voting captured the GI Preakness S., Gun Runner added a fifth tally to his remarkable count of Grade I winners from his first crop. Early Voting's win at Pimlico was worth celebrating at Three Chimneys for more reasons than one. Not only did...

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