Ocala Stud

Airdrie-Bred Girvin Fillies Meet Again in Starlet

Born just a day apart in the same foaling barn, two daughters of Girvin once roamed the same Bluegrass fields in their early days at Airdrie Stud. On Saturday, the duo will meet again as 'TDN Rising Star' Faiza and stakes-placed Blessed Touch enter the starting gate for the GI Starlet S. at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Brereton C. Jones-bred fillies represent two of the 20 winners this year for fast-starting first-crop stallion Girvin, who has relocated from Ocala Stud to Airdrie for the 2023 breeding season. With four...

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Battalion Runner Flashes His Hand as a Sire via Rudder's Men

It might feel a touch trite to repeat it, but the timeworn observation is such for a reason: the stallion market is one packed to the brim with tough customers and salty competition. And it turns out, both literally and metaphorically as evidenced by the recently released Report of Mares Bred. Breeders gravitate to quality and are more frequently turning to tried-and-true sources to find it, or are becoming more demanding of first-year sires before taking the chance. In an economy where connections are forced to steadily tighten their belts,...

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Ocala Stud Sets 2023 Stallion Roster

Ocala Stud has set 2023 stud fees for its roster of 10 stallions for the upcoming breeding season, led by GI Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, who will stand his initial season at stud for $7,500 S&N. Also new to the roster for 2023 is GISW Gretzky the Great, who will stand for $3,000 S&N. Awesome Slew, Florida's No. 1-ranked First Crop Sire, will once again stand for $4,000 S&N. Seeking the Soul, a Charles Fipke homebred, will stand for $5,000 S&N. He welcomed first foals in 2022. Win Win...

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GISW Gretzky the Great Retired To Ocala Stud

GISW Gretzky the Great (Nyquist) has been retired and will stand the upcoming breeding season at Ocala Stud, the farm announced today. Campaigned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber and trained by Mark Casse, Gretzky the Great took Woodbine's GI Summer S. as a 2-year-old. A $295,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling purchase, Gretzky the Great broke his maiden in his second career start at Woodbine. He then took the Soaring Free S. before his win in the GI Summer S., ending his season with a sixth-place run in the...

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Santa Anita Derby Winner Roadster Retired to Ocala Stud

Roadster (Quality Road--Ghost Dancing, by Silver Ghost), winner of the 2019 GI Santa Anita Derby and runner-up in the GI Malibu S., has been retired and will stand the 2023 breeding season at Ocala Stud. Racing in the colors of Speedway Stables, the $525,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase earned 'TDN Rising Star' status on debut for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert as a juvenile and was also third in the GI Del Mar Futurity. "Roadster is all class, and he was an exciting colt on the racetrack," said Ocala Stud's...

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Girvin Relocates to Airdrie Stud

Fast-starting freshman sire Girvin (Tale of Ekati--Catch the Moon, by Malibu Moon) will relocate to Airdrie Stud for the 2023 breeding season. The 8-year-old stallion, who began his stud career at the O'Farrell family's Ocala Stud, is already the sire of 12 winners from 23 starters, including the GII Saratoga Special S. winner Damon's Mound and Astoria S. winner Devious Dame. Girvin, who raced in the silks of Brad Grady for trainer Joe Sharp, won the 2017 GI Betfair.com Haskell Invitational, as well as that year's GII Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby...

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The Jockey Club Elects Six New Members

The Jockey Club has elected six new members: Len Coleman, who served alongside Dr. Nancy Cox as co-chair of the blue-ribbon nominating committee that was formed to select members of the board of directors and standing committees of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA); Dr. Nancy Cox, in addition to her aforementioned role, Cox is the vice president for Land Grant Engagement and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky (UK). Also elected were Marc Holliday, who was elected chairman of...

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Lovell Riding High After a Special Saratoga Win

In 1993, Michelle Lovell rode five races at Saratoga. Then known as jockey Michelle Hanley, she came home with three second-place finishes, but never got that win at the Spa. Twenty-nine years later, she finally made it to the winner's circle. This time it was with the brilliant GII Saratoga Special S. winner Damon's Mound (Girvin), her first Saratoga starter as a trainer. How do the two experiences compare? "Riding here back in the day, I was just super in awe of the place," Lovell explained. "Obviously who wouldn't want...

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Girvin Lands Running

Damon's Mound (Girvin) has the feel of an inspiring story for our sport, as the David who landed his slingshot squarely on the forehead of Goliath in the keynote juvenile showdown of the summer. The family that bred his first five dams had turned down big money for their spectacular Churchill debut winner, and their fidelity to minor-league trainer Michelle Lovell (16 winners from 88 starters in 2022) paid off handsomely when Damon's Mound readily beat the vaunted Gulfport (Uncle Mo), who has already been reserved a slot in the...

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Devious Dame a First Black-Type Winner for Girvin in Astoria

John Oxley's Devious Dame (Girvin) ooked to be making hard work of it while consigned to an imperfect trip in Thursday's $150,000 Astoria S. at Belmont Park, but the 2-5 favorite on the strength of a 5 1/2-length debut success on Churchill debut May 5 leveled off nicely when asked to claim pacesetting Alexis's Storm (Race Day) passing the eighth pole and glided clear to become the first black-type winner for her freshman sire (by Tale of Ekati). Away only fairly from the five hole, the $240,000 OBS March breezer...

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Dozen Share Furlong Bullet at OBS

The under-tack show for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June 2-Year-Olds Sale entered its second half Thursday with 12 juveniles sharing the fastest furlong time of :10 flat, while three horses shared the day's fastest quarter-mile time of :21 2/5. Ocala Stud sent out a homebred filly by Uncaptured to work the quarter-mile in :21 2/5 during the first set Thursday. The bay is out of Brown Glaze (War Front) and is a full-sister to graded placed Bet On Mookie. A colt by Blame (hip 687) consigned by Britton...

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Adios Charlie Filly Sets Bullet at OBS

A filly by Adios Charlie earned the bullet for the fastest quarter-mile breeze during Monday's opening session of the under-tack show ahead of next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June 2-Year-Olds Sale. Bred and consigned by Ocala Stud, hip 116 completed her quarter-mile drill in :21 flat shortly after the show started Monday morning. The bay filly is out stakes placed Miss Melinda (Malibu Moon). Nine juveniles shared the fastest furlong time of :10 flat: a colt by Astern (Aus) (hip 2, video), consigned by Fast Horses; a colt by...

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