Oscar Performance

Mill Ridge Announces Oscar Performance's '22 Stud Fee

Oscar Performance (Kitten's Joy), a four-time Grade I winner, including the 2016 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will stand the 2022 season at Mill Ridge Farm for $12,500 LFSN for first-time breeders, and $10,000 for repeat breeders or multiple mares. Bred and raced by Jerry and John Amerman and trained by Brian Lynch, Oscar Performance won Grade I stakes at two, three, and four, and broke a 20-year course record at Belmont Park, covering a mile in 1:31.23, all with no Lasix. Oscar Performance has proven outstanding fertility with 90%...

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Pastures New Maintain Old Standards at Mill Ridge

For a farm so steeped in heritage, and so properly respectful of it, there's no mistaking the vitality, the aversion to complacency, animating Mill Ridge with a sixth generation now at the reins. Back in April the Bell family grieved farm founder Alice Headley Chandler, a revered matriarch not just around their own hearth but among the whole Bluegrass community. But their loss, while poignantly refreshing their gratitude and sense of privilege, could only reinforce an engrained determination that her legacy be honored by all the ambition that had characterised...

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Oscar Performance Yearlings Exhibit Sire's Best Qualities

With the Keeneland September Sale fast approaching, Gray Lyster of Ashview Farm is looking forward to showcasing his colt by Oscar Performance (Kitten's Joy-Devine Actress, by Theatrical {Ire}). Bred by Colts Neck Stables, the bay catalogued as Hip 892 is a half-brother to the talented MGSW Venetian Harbor (Munnings). The sibling duo is out of the stakes-placed mare Sounds of the City (Street Cry {Ire}), who hails from the family of champion sprinter Safely Kept (Horatius). "He's actually the fifth generation of the family that we've raised here at Ashview,"...

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Kentucky Sires for 2021, First Yearlings: Part II

Thursday, Chris McGrath covered the first half of the Kentucky stallions with first yearlings. Click here to read about Justify, City of Light, West Coast, Mendelssohn, Good Magic, Bolt d'Oro, and Always Dreaming. The second part appears below. ACCELERATE (Lookin At Lucky--Issues, by Awesome Again) has also been trimmed to $17,500, at Lane's End, having already been our "gold" value pick of the intake at an opening $20,000. Whatever made him attractive then has scarcely diminished in the meantime, given that he was never going to appeal to those fast-buck...

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NMRHOF Foal Patrol Season Four to Debut

The fourth season of the National Musem of Racing and Hall of Fame's popular live webcam series Foal Patrol will debut online Dec. 29 at www.foalpatrol.com. The season will feature mares at Mill Ridge Farm, Safari North at Pauls Mill and Three Chimneys in Kentucky and Old Tavern Farm in New York. Season four will also feature leading sire Tapit at Gainesway Farm. The featured mares for season four include:   Janae (Closing Argument), in foal to Malibu Moon and due in April; residing at Safari North;   Miss Always...

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Mill Ridge Farm Sets 2021 Stud Fee for Oscar Performance

Mill Ridge Farm has set the 2021 stud fee for world record turf miler Oscar Performance (Kitten's Joy) at $15,000, LFSN. Bred and raced by Jerry and John Amerman, he won the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, captured Grade I stakes at 2, 3, and 4, and broke a 20-year track record at Belmont Park at a mile in 1:31.23, all with no Lasix. "We celebrate his third year, for we have seen so many of his foals and they are genuine quality," said Headley Bell. "He has every opportunity...

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What Draws Us To This Industry, By Headley Bell

About the time 'spring was about to sprung,' we all got hit...and hit very hard. As a way to adapt and hopefully share, about 8:30 each morning I posted short videos on Twitter. The grass was just starting to green and the birds were starting to sing and yes, we were welcoming our first crop of Oscar Performance babies here at Mill Ridge Farm. It made for a very uplifting setting and the response to these videos is heartwarming. At the same time, Horse Country was actively working with their...

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Oscar Performance Sires First Foal

Multiple Grade I winner Oscar Performance (Kitten's Joy--Devine Actress, by Theatrical {Ire}) was represented by his first foal Jan. 15 when a bay filly out of Proud Heroine (Proud Citizen) was born at Starwood Farm. Bred by George Krikorian, the filly is a maternal great-granddaughter of the breeder's MGISW Hollywood Story (Wild Rush). "I'm in love with her," Starwood farm manager Tony Burton said. "She is a beauty." Bred and raced by John and Jerry Amerman, Oscar Performance was a Grade I winner at two, three and four, taking out...

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