Victor's Cry

Midwest stallions: Swifty Farms has strong trio in Indiana

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Fort Prado stood his first season in Indiana last year, joining a strong roster for Swifty Farms.

There are good years for stallion operations, and then there are the “three of the state’s top four sires” kind of good years. Swifty Farms in Seymour, Ind., had the latter.

A pair of relocated horses standing their first seasons at Swifty Farms took Indiana’s top two spots by earnings, while a veteran to the state’s sire ranks came in fourth.

Prices dip at Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario sale

The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) Canadian premier yearling sale posted a higher gross on Thursday from a significantly larger catalog compared with 2016, but the average and median prices saw mild declines. A trio of yearlings topped the auction, each selling for 85,000 Canadian dollars.

Ontario’s Park Stud closes breeding shed early for 2013

Park Stud in Orangeville, Ontario, concluded its breeding season slightly ahead of schedule in response to the recent outbreak of the equine herpesvirus at Woodbine.

A pair of 64-horse barns at Woodbine were placed under quarantine by the Ontario Racing Commission on Wednesday after five horses tested positive for the virus. The ORC also implemented a seven-day restriction on horses shipping out of the track without approval, with further action depending on how the situation has progressed.

Spendthrift expands Breed Secure to Canadian stallions

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has expanded its "Breed Secure" program to include Grade 1-winning stallions Court Vision and Victor's Cry, both standing their second seasons at Park Stud in Orangeville, Ont.

Spendthrift buys Victor's Cry, Wilburn as stallion prospects

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Indiana Derby winner Wilburn will stand in 2012 at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky.

Victor’s Cry, winner of last year’s Shoemaker Mile, and 2011 Indiana Derby winner Wilburn have retired from racing and will enter stud next year. B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., has bought both. Hughes will stand Wilburn at his farm but will stand Victor’s Cry at Michael Byrne’s Park Stud in Canada.

Their fees will be announced later.

Victor's Cry, Grade 1 winner, retired to stud

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Victor's Cry, winning the Citation last year, retires with earnings of more than $700,000.

Victor’s Cry, the winner of the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile in 2010, has been retired to stud because of concern over the condition of his ankles, trainer Eoin Harty said on Monday.

Stallion plans have not been finalized, Harty said. Victor’s Cry, 6, won 6 of 24 starts and $762,021.

“He’s showing some wear and tear on those ankles,” Harty said. “I didn’t want to jeopardize his future career.”

Thunder Road will determine path for Victor's Cry

ARCADIA, Calif. – The $100,000 Thunder Road Handicap on turf at Santa Anita on Saturday will determine Victor’s Cry’s March itinerary.

A win could lead to a start in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on March 26. Anything else would likely lead to a start in the $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita on March 5.

Victor's Cry eyes rebound in Citation

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Victor’s Cry (left) outfinishes Karelian in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Victor’s Cry won the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile here in May in a career-defining win. Unfortunately for owners Bob and Michele Billings and trainer Eoin Harty, Victor’s Cry’s three subsequent starts have been less satisfying.

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