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2010 Eclipse Awards: Breeder
Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs breeding and racing program has dominated the breeders Eclipse Award voting in the last decade, winning a record seven consecutive times from 2004 to 2009. Each year, Adena Springs was also the season’s leading breeder by purse earnings. In addition, Stronach has received the Eclipse Award as leading owner four times, in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2008.
Adena Springs enjoyed another bountiful year in 2010 as North America’s leading annual breeder in purse earnings for the eighth consecutive time. Adena Springs-bred runners earned $13,369,852 and won 506 races from 3,661 starts last year. Horses that Adena Springs bred individually and in partnership earned $13,638,355 and won 519 races from 3,739 starts.
Leading the way were runners like Blue Grass Stakes winner Stately Victor; Game on Dude, a Grade 3 winner who finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes; Grade 1 placers Fatal Bullet and Bourbon Bay; Grade 2 winner Stunning Stag; and a phalanx of stakes-winners including Royal Currier and Well Positioned among numerous others. Adena’s own stallions have contributed mightily to these successes.
Adena Springs operates breeding farms in Kentucky and Canada. It stands stallions in New York and one sire, Olmodavor, in California. Stronach purchased his first Kentucky acreage in 1989, naming the farm Adena Springs after the Native American tribe that once inhabited the land. He later sold the property and purchased new land, a former cattle farm covering more than 2,000 acres, in Paris, Ky. He built a state-of-the-art Thoroughbred nursery there that now serves as his racing and breeding operation’s American hub.
BRERETON C. JONES
Brereton C. Jones ended 2010 as North America’s second-leading breeder, both individually and with horses he bred in partnership. Horses bred by Jones alone earned $6,545,265 and won 236 races out of 1,565 starts. Conbining horses bred by Jones alone with horses he bred in partnership, the earnings total rises to $7,504,518 from the winners of 293 races making 1,858 starts.
Among the outstanding runners Jones bred (and also raced) in 2010 were five-time stakes-winner and Grade 1 winner No Such Word, Grade 1 winner Check the Label, Grade 2 winner Washington Bridge, and Grade 3 winners Biofuel and Yankee Fourtune, all 3 last year. No Such Word captured the Gazelle Stakes and two other graded races. Check the Label won the Garden City Stakes and three other graded races. Biofuel won the Selene Stakes and three other stakes at Woodbine; she tied with Negligee as Canada’s champion juvenile filly of 2009.
Jones also bred such notable 2010 runners as stakes-winner Soundwave, such graded-placed runners as Nacho Friend and Midway Holiday, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies fourth Forest Legend.
Jones owns Airdrie Stud in Kentucky and breeds many of his runners from sires standing at the farm. Jones and his wife, Libby, founded Airdrie near Midway, Ky., in 1972, and it has grown to about 2,500 acres, some of the land coming from historic Woodburn Stud. Airdrie has since produced more than 140 stakes-winners who have earned more than $80 million.
Jones is a leading yearling consignor and last year sold yearlings for more than $7 million.
CLAIBORNE FARM AND ADELE B. DILSCHNEIDER
Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year contender Blame represents a new level of achievement for the breeding partnership of Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider. The Hancock family’s 100-year-old Thoroughbred farm and Dilschneider, a Missouri resident, have been breeding horses together for 20 years. The partners bred Blame’s sire, Arch, one of their first notable runners together. Arch, a Grade 1 winner, is a 15-year-old and stands at Claiborne in Paris, Ky. Blame will launch his own stud career at Claiborne in 2011.
Claiborne and Dilschneider closed out 2010 ranked sixth among North American breeders in purse earnings, with $4,606,322, and horses they bred won 35 times from 187 starts. Claiborne and Dilschneider own 30 broodmares and 15 racing-age horses in partnership. They also bred and owned such graded winners as Yell, Roar, and Congrats, now a leading first-crop stallion.
Founded by A.B. Hancock Sr., Claiborne Farm is now in its fourth generation of Hancock family ownership with Seth Hancock serving as the farm’s managing partner on behalf of himself and his sisters Clay and Dell. Dilschneider also hails from Thoroughbred racing bloodlines. Her grandfather, John Olin, was a breeder and owner who won the Kentucky Derby in 1974 with his homebred Cannonade.
One of Dilschneider’s grandmothers, Adele Rand, was a well-known Thoroughbred owner. Among her more famous runners was Clem, who beat Round Table in two consecutive races in 1958.