12/18/2003 12:00AM

Juddmonte earns two more British trophies

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Juddmonte Farms, one of the world's dominant breeding and racing organizations, added two more accolades to its impressive trophy case this week. England's Thoroughbred Breeders' Association announced that Saudi prince Khalid Abdullah's homebreeding program had received The Queen's Silver Cup as 2003's leading British-based flat breeder and the TBA Silver Rose Bowl as the season's flat breeder of the year.

The first award, which Juddmonte also won last year, is based solely on purse earnings in Britain and Ireland. The TBA Silver Rose Bowl is awarded on the decision of a TBA panel and takes into consideration the global achievements of Juddmonte's runners, who were at the forefront of much North American racing this year, as well. Juddmonte has a major breeding farm in Lexington, Ky.

Juddmonte is the breeder of such British and Irish Group 1 winners as American Post, Brian Boru, and Oasis Dream this year. On this side of the Atlantic, Juddmonte's prolific Grade 1 winners - including Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker and half-sisters Sightseek and Tates Creek, all bred in America - helped lift trainer Bobby Frankel to a record-breaking season. Supported largely by Juddmonte stock, Frankel set a mark for Grade 1 wins in a single season with 25 and a record for single-season purses. His runners had earned $18,896,179 through Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Juddmonte, a perennial front-runner in North American racing, is once again a leading contender for an Eclipse Award as leading breeder.

According to England's Racing Post newspaper, the panel was divided over the Juddmonte choice as flat breeder of the year and elected to give a special award of merit to Juddmonte's much smaller competitor, the Somerset farm Downclose Stud, operated by Nancy Ralphs. From a small, local broodmare band, Downclose Stud bred 11 British winners in 2003, including Group 2 Challenge Stakes winner Just James.

Other TBA breeding award winners were Cadeaux Genereux, leading flat stallion by earnings; Machiavellian, leading flat stallion by winners; Dr Fong, leading first-season flat sire; Colorspin, flat broodmare of the year; Yvette and Paul Dixon, small breeders of the year; Riverwise, leading National Hunt stallion by earnings; Rakaposhi King, leading National Hunt stallion by steeplechase winners; Came Cottage, leading National Hunt broodmare; and Rosie Hambro, National Hunt achievement award.

Scholarship to honor girl killed on farm

Michelle Fuerniss, the 17-year-old daughter of Dakotah Thoroughbreds farm owners Charles and Elaine Fuerniss, died Dec. 14 after being kicked in the chest by a horse.

Fuerniss was working as a groom at Steeple Hill Farm in Bourbon County, Ky., at the time of her death. According to local reports, she was leading one horse into a stall at Steeple Hill when another horse leaving that stall kicked her in the chest at about 10:30 a.m. Fuerniss was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital and died there at 12:04 p.m.

In the Lexington Herald-Leader, her father described Fuerniss as an experienced horsewoman who had worked with horses from a young age. Fuerniss was the youngest of the family's three daughters.

Local horsemen have rallied to support the Fuerniss family, helping with the daily farm work. They also have established a scholarship fund in Fuerniss's name through the Kentucky Equine Management Internship Program, an organization that provides hands-on internships for students interesting in working with horses professionally. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to KEMI and can be sent to the organization at P.O. Box 910628, Lexington, KY 40591. For more information, contact Leslie Janecka, KEMI coordinator, at (859) 277-2512 or (859) 576-6256.

Ballado Chieftan to stand at Spendthrift

Spendthrift Farm in Lexington announced this week that it will add Ballado Chieftan, a stakes-placed Saint Ballado colt, to its 2004 stallion roster. He will stand for $3,500 (stand and nurse).

Ballado Chieftan, a 3-year-old, finished second this year in Keeneland's Perryville Stakes. Nick Zito trained the colt for My Meadowview Farm, the partnership of Leonard Riggio and Joseph Cornacchia. He retires with a career race record of 5-1-2-0 and earnings of $58,260 from one season at the racetrack.

Bred in Kentucky by Marvin Little Jr., Ballado Chieftan is the first stakes performer for his dam, Flaming Mirage, who is an unraced 9-year-old daughter of Woodman.

Farms sought to join in Open Stable Day

The Kentucky Horse Council is seeking farms and stables throughout Kentucky to participate in its April 17 Open Stable Day for the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participating farms must fill out a form and pay $75-$100 by March 19. To get a form or more information, call the council at 800-459-4677 or log on to www.kentuckyhorse.org.