Hunter Valley Farm

17 Added to Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age Sale

Seventeen horses have been supplemented to the upcoming Fasig-Tipton July Selected Horses of Racing Age sale. The newest entries are catalogued as hips 501-517 and include: Lake Abanakee (Central Banker) (hip 503), a 3-year-old New York-bred filly who is undefeated in two starts this year and who is consigned by Elite, agent. Tigerish (Tiz the Law) (hip 509), a first-out winner at Horseshoe Indianapolis and a half-sister to Grade I winner Avenge (War Front), graded stakes winner Liguria (War Front), and multiple stakes winner and stakes producer Lira (Giant's Casueway)....

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Shamrocks In The Bluegrass: Adrian Regan Of Hunter Valley

"A man of my kidney." All the way back to Falstaff, this curious expression has tokened a particular kinship in temperament or personality. In the case of Adrian Regan of Hunter Valley Farm, however, it has an uncommon resonance--both literal and figurative. In the former sense, he was fortunate that his brother should have turned out to possess not only a matching kidney when Regan needed a transplant, but also the big fraternal heart to go willingly under the knife. Regan will never forget Dr. Erickson at the Mayo Clinic...

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Dilger Scholarship Winners Reflect On Kentucky Experiences

The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation was established in 2020 in memory of Gerry Dilger, the beloved and well-respected breeder and pinhooker of such horses as GI Kentucky Derby winners Nyquist and Always Dreaming, who passed away on Feb. 24, 2020. The Foundation awarded three scholarships for 2024 for the Kentucky farm experience to Sean Berns and Sara Pepper to go to Springhouse Farm in Lexington, and to Larry Mulvaney, who was placed at Hunter Valley Farm. A pair of 2023 scholarship recipients--Ivanna Dempsey and Elle Sorensen--who did their farm...

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MGISW Caravel Retired, Date With Justify Scheduled

GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint heroine Caravel (Mizzen Mast) was retired to Kentucky's Hunter Valley Farm by the ownership group of Qatar Racing, Madaket Stables and Marc Detampel, and will be bred for the 2024 season to Justify, as first reported on the Lancaster Farming website by Mid-Atlantic Horse correspondent Sam Cavalieri. Bred by Elizabeth Merryman and raised on her farm in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Caravel is heading to the breeding shed after she RNA'd for $2.4 million at the Keeneland November Sale. "The ownership group has very much kept me...

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Dilger Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

Sean Berns, Sarah Pepper and Larry Mulvany are the recipients of the Gerry Dilger Equine Foundation Kentucky Experience scholarship, which places the winners on Kentucky farms for a period of one year beginning in January 2024. Like the late and beloved Dilger, Berns graduated from the prestigious Irish National Stud and will be placed in Kentucky at Springhouse Farm. Though not originally from a horse background, Berns has studied equine business at Maynooth College and has worked at Derrinstown Stud and Coolmore in Ireland and at Newgate Stud in Australia....

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$725K Justify Colt Vaults to the Top as Action Heats up at Fasig-Tipton October Sale

LEXINGTON, KY-The Fasig-Tipton October Yearlings Sale produced its strongest session of the week Wednesday at Newtown Paddocks, bringing its cumulative figures within striking distance of its 2022 record levels. Through three sessions, 790 yearlings have grossed $38,981,000 for an average of $49,343 and a median of $23,500. The average is down just 4.5% from the same point of last year's sale and the median is down 6%. "It was another solid day," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. "Today the numbers were up over the similar session last year and...

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MGISW Caravel and Dam Zeezee Zoomzoom Entered In Keeneland November Sale

Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, MGISW and MGSW Caravel (Mizzen Mast), who has earned nearly $2 million, and her dam, Zeezee Zoomzoom (Congrats), who is in foal to Justify, have been cataloged to Book 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale on Nov. 8, the sales division said in a release Friday afternoon. "Both Adrian and I are delighted to be selling such a unique package on the same day," Fergus Galvin of Hunter Valley said. "We feel both will complement each other well. Obviously Caravel is a...

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Friday's Racing Insights: Not This Time Colt Tackles Two Turns in Spa Grass Debut

1st-SAR, $136K, Msw, 2yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:10 p.m. Purchased by St. Elias Stable, Repole Stable and breeder LNJ Foxwoods for $875,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, Tireless (Not This Time) will take on two turns in his first career start over the grass. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., the dark bay colt's dam Kitty Union (Union Rags) was purchased by Rosilyn Polan at the 2021 Keeneland November Sale for $160,000 carrying a colt by Improbable. His third dam Tizso (Cee's Tizzy) produced GI Haskell Invitational...

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Fasig-Tipton Brings the Glitter and the Glitz to Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - A year after a record-smashing 2022 edition, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings returns to Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs with a two-session auction beginning Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. The sales grounds were a scene of wall-to-wall activity on a cloudless Sunday morning as trainers, agents and principals all vied for prized show spots for the 235 catalogued yearlings. "The traffic has been outstanding," consignor Dave Anderson outside his Barn 3. "Coming in with the economy being a little suspect, it was...

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'A Terrific Horse Sale': Demand High At Fasig July Monday

LEXINGTON, KY - The Fasig-Tipton July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale was strong out of the gate and demand for horses at all levels continued right through the final horse in the ring at Newtown Paddocks Monday. When the dust settled, three horses had sold for $500,000 or over, with a pair of fillies tied at the top when selling for $550,000. "It was a terrific afternoon and early evening of horse sales today," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "The horses of racing age marketplace was just dynamite. I...

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Gerry Dilger Foundation Offers New 2024 Scholarship

The Gerry Dilger Foundation invites applications by July 15 aimed at recent graduates from Ireland who would like to gain valuable experience in a year-long job posting at a prominent Lexington farm like Springhouse or Hunter Valley. Application Requirements: Recent Graduate from: University of Limerick, University College Dublin, the Irish National Stud, CAFRE Enniskillen, or Kildalton Agriculure College Bachelor's degree in equine science or other related equine program completion Able to commit to a one-year period from Jan. 2, 2024--Dec. 15, 2024   The Scholarship provides: Round trip airfare for...

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A Mo Reay Gives Hunter Valley First Top-Level Victory

When Hunter Valley Farm's Adrian Regan and Fergus Galvin purchased A Mo Reay (Uncle Mo) for $400,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton November sale, the plan was to add the filly to the farm's broodmare band, but a string of three straight victories in the Hunter Valley colors has postponed that trip to the breeding shed and had the operation celebrating its first Grade I triumph when A Mo Reay scored a dramatic last-gasp victory in the GI Beholder Mile at Santa Anita Saturday. "Adrian and another partner on the farm,...

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