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Thousand Words Gets First Mare in Foal

Spendthrift Farm's MGSW Thousand Words had his first mare confirmed in foal. Covered Feb. 10, the Unbridled's Song mare Maymont scanned in foal Thursday for owners Richard and Yvette Wira at Wynnstay Farm in Winchester, KY. A $1-million KEESEP yearling, Thousand Words won graded events at age two and three. He stands for $7,500 S&N.

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Breaking Lucky Represented by First Foal

GSW & MGISP Breaking Lucky (Lookin at Lucky--Shooting Party, Sky Classic) was represented by his first foal Jan. 29, a colt born at Blue Star Racing in Louisiana. Bred by 4M Ranch and Blue Star Racing, the colt is out of Anea (Unbridled's Song). "If there is one word that I can use to describe this colt, it would be strong," said Blue Star Racing Owner Dex Comardelle. "He is nicely put together, has all the right angles, has good bone, conformation, and lots of leg! If this first colt...

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First Reported Foal by Om at Harris Farm

The first reported foal by multiple graded winner Om (Munnings--Rare Cat, by Tabasco Cat) was born Jan. 18 at Harris Farms in Coalinga, California. Bred by Al and Saundra Kirkwood, the chestnut filly is the third foal from the Unusual Heat allowance winner All the Heat, who is a full sister to Inflamed, dam of Grade I winner Mo Forza. Om, who broke his maiden in his second start at two defeating subsequent Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, continued to excel at three through his 7-year-old seasons, winning four graded...

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Instilled Regard Retired to Taylor Made

Grade I winner Instilled Regard (Arch--Enhancing, by Forestry) has been retired from racing and will take up stud duties at Taylor Made. The 5-year-old will stand for a fee of $12,500 S&N for the 2021 season. Bred by KatieRich Farms, Instilled Regard RNA'd for $110,000 at Keeneland September, but brought $1.05 million from Larry Best's OXO Equine at the OBS March Sale. Turned over to Jerry Hollendorfer, he began his career on dirt, finishing second in the 2017 GI Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity S. and captured the 2018 GIII...

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MG1SW Reliable Man Returns to Gestut Rottgen

MG1SW and Group 1 sire Reliable Man (GB) (Dalakhani {Ire}-On Fair Stage {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells) will return to Gestut Rottgen for the 2021 covering season, the German stud announced on Monday. The grey spent his first four years there, before standing for three years in France-a year at Haras du Thenney and two at Haras d'Annebault. A fee for the 12-year-old, who also shuttles to Westbury Stud in New Zealand, will be announced later. A winner of the G1 Prix du Jockey Club and the G1 Queen Elizabeth S....

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MG1SW Hello Youmzain Retired to Haras d'Etreham

MG1SW Hello Youmzain (Fr) (Kodiac {GB}-Spasha {GB}, by Shamardal) has been retired and will take up stud duties at Haras d'Etreham in France. Etreham and Cambridge Stud purchased the bay for stallion duty last October, and he will shuttle to Brendan and Jo Lindsay's New Zealand property to fulfill Southern Hemisphere obligations in due course. Etreham and Cambridge joined forces to stand Hello Youmzain's new barnmate Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) in 2018. A fee for the Rabbah Bloodstock-bred will be announced later and his book will be capped at...

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McKinzie Retired to Gainesway

Four-time Grade I winner McKinzie (Street Sense--Runway Model, by Petionville) has been retired from racing and will stand stud at Gainesway in 2021, the farm announced Wednesday evening. "McKinzie was absolutely brilliant. He was an undefeated Grade I winner at two, as well as a multiple Grade I winner and top-rated horse at three and four years of age," Brian Graves, General Manager of Gainesway, said. "His speed, precocity and good looks make him an absolute standout." Purchased by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram and Paul Weitman for $170,000 at Keeneland...

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Arc Hero Sottsass Retired to Coolmore Stud

2020 G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}-Starlet's Sister {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) has been retired and will take up stallion duties at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, owner Peter Brant announced on Tuesday. A colourbearer for Brant's White Birch Farm initially with Coolmore buying a 50% interest earlier this year, the 2019 French highweight's fee will be announced later. "A world champion at three and now an Arc winner at four, I have decided to retire Sottsass after what he has achieved," said Brant. "He...

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Cutting Humor Retired to McDowell Farm

Cutting Humor (First Samurai--Pun, by Pulpit), winner of last year's GIII Sunland Derby, has been retired to has been retired to Bill McDowell's McDowell Farm in Sparkman, Arkansas. Bred by Dell Hancock & Bernie Sams, the $400,000 FTSAUG buy carried the colors of Starlight Racing to two wins in nine starts and earnings of $525,467. He was trained by Todd Pletcher. "Cutting Humor presents a tremendous opportunity for Arkansas breeders to get access to an awesome physical specimen, from a great Claiborne family, who raced at the highest level," said...

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Taking Stock: Bernardini is Relevant

There's a tendency in this business--as in life--to downgrade the relevance of the aged and to push them aside in favor of youth. You see this in bloodstock all the time. Everyone wants young mares, just as everyone wants to patronize first-year sires. Old mares, even some stakes producers, are discarded cheaply, and older sires, unless they are elite, have a hard time attracting mares, even at discounted fees. Likewise, everyone wants good 2-year-olds that will mature into early 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail, but no one seems to...

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So Who's the Leading First-Crop Sire for 2020: Jamie McCalmont

My leading sire for this year would be Nyquist. I was connected with him in my role with Paul Reddam. It's quite rare that you see a two-year-old win three Grade I races and then come back and win the Derby as an unbeaten horse. My number two pick is Air Force Blue. He was a very good two-year-old in Ireland and War Front seems to be a good sire of sires. My favorite horse at the sale at OBS March was Hip 27, a son of Air Force Blue...

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Prospect Park's First Foals Arrive

The first foals by GSW Prospect Park (Tapit--Quiet Romance, by Bertrando) arrived almost simultaneously Feb. 1 at Harris Farms. Classy Lady Liz (Papa Clem) delivered a colt for breeder Dana Rocheford and Cloud of Glory (Beau Genius) had a colt for breeder John Harris. The farm also welcomed a filly by Prospect Park Monday out of Quick Luck (Lucky J. H.). Prospect Park stands at Harris Farms in California for $2,500.

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