Kingmambo had European race record but a lot of demand

Lane’s End’s Kingmambo, the sire of 21 Group/Grade 1 winners to date (and 76 Group and Listed stakes winners), was officially retired from stud duty Sept. 28, but his phenomenal international success as a US-based sire is a reminder in today’s market that a European-raced horse can succeed here despite proclamations to the contrary. In … Continue reading Kingmambo had European race record but a lot of demand

Maria’s Mon’s Modest Wiener is top dog in Ukraine (indeed!)

Once again, Keeneland did a terrific job of attracting foreign buyers to its recently concluded September yearling sale, but the same pat on the back cannot be given to the authorities in charge of tracking the whereabouts (and racing records) of these horses destined for foreign lands outside the major racing centers. A case in point … Continue reading Maria’s Mon’s Modest Wiener is top dog in Ukraine (indeed!)

Johnny T.L. Jones Jr. of Walmac fame spotted at Keeneland

He’s a big man from Texas who favors a Stetson hat and cowboy boots, wears a wide grin on his weather-beaten face, and still smokes cigarettes in “retirement” in his mid-70s (Marlboro Lights, instead of the red pack, is his nod to the health police, I’m sure). On first impression, Johnny T.L. Jones Jr. has the look … Continue reading Johnny T.L. Jones Jr. of Walmac fame spotted at Keeneland

Giant’s Causeway colt wins Chechen Derby at Gudermes

North Stream, the same Giant’s Causeway colt who won the Russian Derby in Moscow last month in the red, green, and white colors of controversial Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, added the new Chechen Derby to his resume today for the Moscow-backed leader in his own backyard—literally. A new racetrack opened this year in Chechnya’s second-largest … Continue reading Giant’s Causeway colt wins Chechen Derby at Gudermes

Analyzing the bloodstock industry by Keeneland’s numbers

Based on results so far at Keeneland September through Thursday, numbers are better versus last year, with total gross of $192,884,100 already more than the total gross from the sale last year. This is okay for breeders, who paid the highest aggregate stud fees of the decade in 2008 to produce the yearling crop at the sales now. I … Continue reading Analyzing the bloodstock industry by Keeneland’s numbers