Gainesway Farm

“A Mix of Speed and Stamina,” Olympiad Attracts Breeders at Gainesway

It's not often that a runner-up effort translates into a key selling point for a new stallion, but when that second-place finish comes behind a horse like Flightline, people take notice. Such has been the case for Olympiad (Speightstown - Tokyo Time, by Medaglia d'Oro), whose career finale in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic made him a standout in the 2023 class of incoming stallions. Ryan Norton, who joined Gainesway as the farm's new stallion director a few weeks before the Breeders' Cup, explained how Olympiad's performance at Keeneland over...

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Tapwrit's Undefeated Victory Formation Victorious in Smarty Jones

On the first page of the New Year, Brad Cox bolded his claim in the race for spots on the Kentucky Derby-points leaderboard when his undefeated colt Victory Formation cruised home the easiest of winners in the Smart Jones S. to pick up ten of them, while his stablemate Angel of Empire gave their shared conditioner the exacta. Christened a 'TDN Rising Star' after he stylishly devastated a deep Keeneland maiden field Oct. 21 last year by over four lengths, the good-looking son of Tapwrit showed he had heart to...

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NYTB Stallion Season Auction Returns in Late Jan.

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction from Friday, Jan. 27 to Tuesday, Jan. 31 on www.Wanamakers.com. The auction raises funds that allow the NYTB to carry on its two-fold mission of promoting New York breeding and racing and protecting the welfare of industry stakeholders. Attracting donated seasons from farms in the Empire State and Kentucky, the auction has included McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Sequel New York, Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions, Rockridge Stud, Darley, WinStar Farm, Darby Dan Farm, and Gainesway Farm....

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GISW Olympiad to Stand at Gainesway

Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable and LNJ Foxwoods' Olympiad (Speightstown--Tokyo Time, Medaglia d'Oro) will take up stallion duties at Gainesway Farm upon his retirement from racing. To date, Olympiad has won eight of 12 career starts, including five graded stakes victories, highlighted by the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup. Having already amassed over $2-million in earnings, the 4-year-old is expected to make his next start in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland next month. Trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Olympiad captured five graded victories this season, beginning...

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Thursday Insights: Quality Road Colt Tries the Turf at Kentucky Downs

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-KD, $150k, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2fT, post time: 1:58 p.m. ET WinStar and Gainesway Farm's SUNDANCE (Quality Road), an $800,000 Keeneland September yearling, moves to the lawn for his second outing. The Rodolphe Brisset trainee was a well-beaten fifth in his main-track debut at Ellis Park Aug. 6. The juvenile is the first foal out of Grade I-placed Cherry Lodge (Bernardini). Richard and Connie Snyder's Tollgate Canyon (Arrogate) makes his first trip to the post for trainer Joe Sharp. Out of graded-placed Burg Berg (Johannesburg),...

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Classic Win Emphasises Lear Fan's Broodmare Sire Legacy

Juddmonte homebred Westover (GB)'s seven-length thumping of the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby field last month was the second consecutive Irish Derby victory by a son of Frankel (GB) after Hurricane Lane (Ire) in 2021, but his achievement was also a timely reminder of the potency of his late broodmare sire Lear Fan. Born in 1981, the dark bay has also featured as the broodmare sire of another prominent Sadler's Wells-line runner, the two-time U.S. Champion Sire Kitten's Joy (El Prado {Ire}), who died at Hill 'n' Dale Farm...

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Coinage Hits it Big in Palm Beach

Winner of the GIII With Anticipation at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, Coinage returned to the winner's circle once again in the Palm Beach S. despite his early antics and notched another black-type victory to his resume. The chestnut placed third in the Nownownow S. at Monmouth Park Sept. 26 and weakened to ninth Nov. 5 at Del Mar in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf last year. Last out Feb. 5 in the GIII Kitten's Joy S. at this venue, he set all the pace, dueled in the lane and...

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First Foal Arrives for Tight Ten

Mountain Springs Farm in Palmyra, PA has announced the arrival of the first foal by Tight Ten (Tapit--Devils Humor, by Distorted Humor), who stood his first season there in 2021. He is the three-quarter brother to Winstar Farm's Constitution (Tapit). The bay filly is also the first foal of a multiple-winning half-sister to GISW Colonial Colony (Pleasant Colony). "She looks just like her sire," said Mountain Springs owner Rich Miller. "And we have lots more by Tight Ten due in the next few weeks." The stallion stands at the 200-acre...

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Dark Angel Influence Spreads To Kentucky

Fresh off a season in which he earned the mantle of Europe's leading sire of 2-year-olds, it would seem that Dark Angel (Ire)'s legacy as a sire of precocious and classy sprinter/milers is set. The question inevitably becomes, then, who is next in line to carry on his branch of the Acclamation (GB) sireline? The 17-year-old Dark Angel already has a Group 1-producing sire son in his G1 Diamond Jubilee S. and G1 July Cup-winning Lethal Force (Ire), whose Golden Horde (Ire) also won at the Royal meeting when he...

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Stylish Win for Kalypso in La Brea

David A Bernsen, LLC, Gainesway Stable, Rockingham Ranch and Chad Littlefield's Kalypso (Brody's Cause) became her sire's first Grade I winner with a stylish victory in the GI La Brea S. at Santa Anita Sunday. The 8-1 shot, making her first start since April, stalked the pace of Livingmybestlife (The Big Beast) through fractions of :22.11 and :44.92. Longshot Brilliant Cut (Speightstown) collared the pacesetter as they approached the stretch, but her advantage was short-lived as Kalypso ranged up three wide at the top of the lane and strode confidently...

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Sherri Ivanovich Promoted to Gainesway Farm Manager

Sherri Ivanovich, who has been with Gainesway Farm as yearling manager for two decades, has been named the Kentucky nursery's farm manager. "I have worked with Sherri for over 30 years and she is the epitome of hard work and dedication," said Brian Graves, Gainesway's general manager. "A great deal of any success we've had is a direct result of Sherri's support, and her commitment to excellence. I am very excited to promote her to this role at Gainesway." The farm said in a press release that her leadership has...

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Gainesway's Raging Bull Hits the Mark for Breeders

It can be a daunting task, bringing a horse untried on dirt to a stallion barn in Kentucky. But Gainesway Farm has nothing but confidence in their new addition, believing Raging Bull (FR) (Dark Angel {Ire} -Rosa Bonheur, by Mr. Greeley) has a unique combination of characteristics that will prove irresistible to American breeders. "We're very excited to have Raging Bull," said Gainesway Farm's Sean Tugel. "Gainesway was really established on bringing turf milers over here from Europe, so we're kind of going back to our roots. Turf racing in...

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