Spendthrift Farm

Taking Stock: Fifth-Year Stallions and Brody’s Cause

Much has been made lately in Kentucky on farms reducing stud fees in response to the blighted economy, but there's a group of stallions whose fees would have mostly dropped as a matter of course even in booming times. These are second- through fifth-year stallions; frequently, fees for horses entering their fifth season at stud as their first-crop runners turn three show particularly pronounced drops from their initial fees. A small commercial breeder contacted me the other day to discuss the reduced 2021 stud fee for a stallion whose first...

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Wicked Strong to Move to Pin Oak Lane Farm

Sophomore sire Wicked Strong (Hard Spun--Moyne Abbey, by Charistmatic) will stand at Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa., for the upcoming 2021 breeding season. The syndicated stallion previously stood at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, Ky. "He's by far the leading second-crop sire in the Mid-Atlantic region with earnings of $1.7 million," said Solomon. "And he comes with 154 2-year-olds and yearlings, so I think his chances of succeeding are good for that reason. He also has nine stakes horses in his first two crops to...

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Spendthrift Secures Breeding Rights to Jackie’s Warrior

B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to undefeated multiple Grade I-winning juvenile Jackie's Warrior (Maclean's Music--Unicorn Girl, by A.P. Five Hundred), recent winner of Belmont's GI Champagne S., a 'Win and You're In' event to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Keenland next month. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the J & J Stables-bred colt has earnings of $402,564 in four career starts for owners Kirk and Judy Robison. "Jackie's Warrior is proving to be one of the fastest 2-year-olds to come around in the last decade...

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Spendthrift Releases Reduced Stud Fees for ’21

Spendthrift Farm announced Tuesday the reduction of stud fees for most of its current roster of stallions set to stand at the Lexington-based farm in 2021. Leading sire Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday) heads the roster at a previously announced fee of $225,000 S&N. Booked full, he represents the only stallion with an increased fee in 2021. Top sire Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) and second-season sire Omaha Beach will both stand for $35,000 S&N. Malibu Moon stood for $60,000, while Omaha Beach stood for $45,000 in 2020. Fellow second-season sire Vino...

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Into Mischief Bumped to $225,000 for 2021

Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday--Leslie's Lady, by Tricky Creek), the reigning leading general sire whose son Authentic became his first Classic winner in the GI Kentucky Derby last month, will command a fee of $225,000 for the 2021 breeding season, officials at Spendthrift Farm have announced. The sire of 26 stakes winners and 11 graded winners in 2020, the 15-year-old stood for $175,000 this past year. Only War Front ($250,000) currently stands for a larger advertised fee. Also the sire of the brilliant dual Grade I-winning 'TDN Rising Star' Gamine, Into...

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Palace Sold to Saudi Arabia

Palace (City Zip--Receivership, by End Sweep), his sire's only multiple Grade I winner currently at stud, has been sold to continue his career in Saudi Arabia. The deal was brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock. Trained for the majority of his racing career by Linda Rice, Palace raced at a top level into his 6-year-old season and was a leading sprinter of 2014, with victories in the GI A. G. Vanderbilt H. and GI Forego S. at Saratoga. He retired to Spendthrift Farm with 12 wins from 30 starts...

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An Authentic Milestone in the Hughes Adventure

Revolutions start in the street. But it's only once they have taken over the citadels, and adapt to the trappings and opportunities of power, that you can judge their ultimate success. In transforming the stallion business from the bottom up, B. Wayne Hughes was aptly faithful to his own origins. The son of an Oklahoma sharecropper, he remembers a Grapes Of Wrath migration from the Dust Bowl to California with a mattress strapped to the family jalopy. He also remembers local hostility to the incomers: not least because the "Okies,"...

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Taking Stock: Nyquist Off the Grade I Mark

Spendthrift purchased the breeding rights to Authentic before the Grade l Santa Anita Derby, and the $9 million kicker it agreed to pay Authentic's former ownership group for winning the Gl Kentucky Derby is indicative of the premium that's placed on a stallion prospect with North America's most prestigious Classic on his resume. A front-running colt, Authentic has the right type of sire behind him as well. He's by Spendthrift's flagship stallion Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday), who cranks out graded stakes winners like nobody's business, particularly sprinters and milers that...

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MyRacehorse Founder Michael Behrens Joins TDN Writers’ Room

As far as marketing for a nascent, unorthodox racehorse ownership venture goes, you couldn't do much better than a horse carrying your silks into the Churchill Downs infield as the GI Kentucky Derby winner. That's what Michael Behrens experienced Saturday, as Authentic (Into Mischief), bought into by his MyRacehorse microshare partnership in June, fought off favored Tiz the Law (Constitution) past the Twin Spires to earn the garland of roses. Wednesday, Behrens joined the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland as the Green Group Guest of the Week to...

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TDN Top-to-Bottom Derby Rundown

This week's TDN Triple Crown feature examines the GI Kentucky Derby runners in detail from first to last. 1) AUTHENTIC (c, Into Mischief--Flawless, by Mr. Greeley) O-Spendthrift Farm LLC, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC & Starlight Racing. B-Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds LLC (KY). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $350,000 yrl '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 6-5-1-0, $2,871,200. Front-running Authentic bested 14 Derby foes in admirable, take-the-heat fashion. But it was the way this $350,000 KEESEP Into Mischief bay overcame a long season's worth of focusing issues to finally put forth a...

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Derby Wrap: Authentic ‘Not Even Tired’, On to Preakness

A day after picking up his record-tying sixth GI Kentucky Derby win in a renewal as unorthodox as they come, trainer Bob Baffert said victor Authentic (Into Mischief) "wasn't even tired" Sunday morning after going wire to wire and turning back odds-on Tiz the Law (Constitution) in Saturday's Run for the Roses. "I couldn't believe it, I thought he might be a little tired today," Baffert said. "He came out of it well." The triumph for Baffert was plenty unorthodox as well. After appearing to have a strangehold on the...

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Kentucky Derby Q & A With B. Wayne Hughes

It could be quite a Derby week for Spendthrift Farm and its owner B. Wayne Hughes. Spendthrift has never won a Triple Crown race but is in solid position in this year's GI Kentucky Derby with two starters it co-owns, Authentic (Into Mischief) and Thousand Words (Pioneerof the Nile). It could also be a huge couple of days for Spendthrift's white-hot stallion, Into Mischief. He will be represented by 'TDN Rising Star' Authentic in the Derby and by the freakishly fast 'Rising Star' Gamine in the GI Kentucky Oaks. Hughes...

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