Mt. Brilliant Farm

Morena, Dam of Creator, Dies After Bout With Colic

Morena (Per) (Privately Held), the dam of the 2016 GI Arkansas Derby and Belmont S. winner Creator (Tapit), has died after a bout withcolic at Mt. Brilliant Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, according to her co-owner, Greg Goodman. Goodman said that Morena was discovered in distress in the field on Friday, and died during treatment for the ailment. The mare was 19 years old. Morena was a multiple graded stakes winner and Group 1-placed in her native Peru, and came to the United States in 2009, where she placed in five...

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Keeneland Breeder Spotlight: How Greg Goodman, A Good Texan, Became a Brilliant Kentuckian

They call it "nominative determinism." Your name suggests your path in life: like the world's fastest man being a Bolt. On that basis, you would say that being born a Goodman raises expectation enough--without then going ahead and buying yourself a farm named Mt. Brilliant. The last year or so, however, suggests that things are playing out much as they should. Last September, TOBA presented Greg Goodman with the Robert N. Clay Award for his work in preserving horse country around Lexington from development. In April, the KTA/KTOB honored him...

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Gai Waterhouse Relives Visit to the Bluegrass

Legendary Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse recently spent five days touring Kentucky's horse country. Upon returning to her headquarters at Tulloch Lodge in Sydney this week, the Hall of Fame trainer of 149 Group 1 wins, including a record seven G1 Golden Slippers, is looking forward to taking her findings and putting them to use at her own exceedingly-successful stable. "You know the old expression--you can't see the forest for the trees if you're there all day," Waterhouse explained. "You have to go away to freshen up. I felt like I...

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Mating Plans, Presented by Spendthrift: Mt. Brilliant Farm

With the 2022 breeding season underway, we continue to feature a series of breeders' mating plans. Today we have Cooper Sawyer, farm manager of Mt. Brilliant Farm. MORENA (PER) (m, 18, Privately Held--Charytin {Per}, by Summing) to be bred to Liam's Map This mare had a really nice Justify filly that we sold at the [Keeneland] September Sale last year ($375,000 to Japanese trainer Hideyuki Mori). This year she has a Constitution filly. We are going back to Liam's Map with her this year. Morena herself was a champion in...

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Lights Out at Keeneland November

by Jessica Martini, Brian DiDonato, and Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale saved its best to almost last Wednesday with Paris Lights (Curlin) capping a day of solid trade when bringing a final bid of $3.1 million from Spendthrift Farm. The racing or broodmare prospect was one of seven to top the million-dollar mark during the one-session Book 1 section of the 10-day Keeneland November sale. "It was a good, steady, strong session," Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said Wednesday night. "We felt great...

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Into Mischief Colt Takes His Turn at KEESEP

A colt by leading sire Into Mischief that was bred by and consigned to the Keeneland September sale by Greg Goodman's Mt. Brilliant Farm was knocked down to Winchell Thoroughbreds for $1.35 million towards the end of the first day of trade in Lexington. A Valentine's Day foal, hip 177 is out of Ballymacoll's Superioritycomplex (Ire) (Hard Spun), a maiden winner over the Chelmsford all-weather in five starts for trainer Sir Michael Stoute before being purchased by Marette Farrell on behalf of Mt. Brilliant for 400,000gns ($566,076) at Tattersalls December...

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Lemon Lives Up To Big Pedigree

When the gates sprang open for Saturday's Listed Oaks Trial Fillies' S. at Lingfield, Sherbet Lemon (Lemon Drop Kid) wasn't aware of her odds--which, at 28-1, where the longest in the eight-filly field. And while it may have come as a surprise to many when she dug in late over the soft course to overhaul more fancied rivals, the grey was simply doing what her substantial pedigree suggested she should. The name Lemon Drop Kid may not turn many heads in Europe, but Lane's End's five time Grade I-winning relative...

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Sunday's Racing Insights: Well-Bred Juveniles Debuting All Over

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-BEL, $80K, Msw, 2yo, f, 6f, post time: 12:55 p.m. ET Several well-bred firsters will look to run down the likes of morning line favorite Exact (Competitive Edge), who was second over track and trip Sept. 18. Allen Stable and Shug McGaughey unveil Cafe Society (Empire Maker), a $135,000 KEESEP yearling turned $475,000 OBSAPR 2-year-old off a :10 flat breeze. Dam Full Tap (Tapit) was carrying Cafe Society when she brought $375,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale. The three-time winner, who was third in...

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Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Steering Committee Meets in Florida

The steering committee of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition met in Florida and reports progress in developing a framework for the implementation of reforms while approving four new members and adding a familiar face within the industry in a leadership role. With the objective of furthering and continuing to add to the reform initiatives announced late last year, the coalition Steering Committee has begun outlining a formal process to evaluate and institute future reforms in the areas of medication, transparency, track surfaces and racing operations. Members are currently meeting with stakeholders...

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