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Brown hoping to add to Stellar Wind's appeal

Barbara D. Livingston
Champion Stellar Wind is set to become the first female to run in the Pegasus World Cup.

There are few downsides to having a seasoned champion walk into a trainer’s barn in racing form. But trainer Chad Brown has just one regret about his association with Stellar Wind.

“The most disappointing thing is only having her for one start,” Brown told Gulfstream Park publicity. “We’ll try to make the most of that one start.”

Plenty of big names in Gun Runner's first book

Barbara D. Livingston
Gun Runner’s first book includes mares selected from the broodmare bands of co-owners Three Chimneys and Winchell Thoroughbreds, but also recruited from outside.

Gun Runner’s name is expected to be in the Horse of the Year envelope opened onstage Thursday night at the Eclipse Awards ceremony, and less than 48 hours later, he will walk onto the track as the heavy favorite for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. Win or lose, he will depart shortly afterward for Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, where he will begin his stud career the second week of February.

Pleuven retired, available for adoption

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Pleuven retired, available for adoption
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Pleuven retires with more than $370,000 in career earnings.

Grade 2 winner Pleuven has been retired from racing and is available for adoption via aftercare organization New Vocations.

The 7-year-old Turtle Bowl gelding, who last raced in August for owner Nelson McMakin, concluded his career with a record of 20-7-3-4 and earnings of $370,097.

Fear the Cowboy has fan base at University of Kentucky

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Fear the Cowboy has U of K fan base
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Fear the Cowboy wins the Harlan's Holiday, one of his two Grade 3 wins at Gulfstream last year.

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team tips-off at fellow nationally ranked West Virginia on Saturday night. But less than two hours prior, students will have another rooting interest when homebred Fear the Cowboy starts in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup.

Fear the Cowboy was bred and raised by the University of Kentucky’s Maine Chance Farm, which employs students as part of the curriculum. Fear the Cowboy is 6-4-1-1 lifetime on the main track at Pegasus host Gulfstream Park, and won two Grade 3 events there last year.

California Chrome still has people talking

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California Chrome still has people talking
Barbara D. Livingston
It has been a year since California Chrome last raced, in the Pegasus World Cup.

It has been a year since California Chrome, one of the most popular runners of recent years, made his final start in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup. But the two-time Horse of the Year’s family continues to cause conversation in the Thoroughbred industry, with the recent arrival of his first foal, his dam being booked to a successful young sire, and his full brother eyeing stakes company.

Sparkman: Coniah adds to legacy of Serena's Song

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Coniah, a daugher of Serena's Song's son Harlington, wins the Grade 3 Las Cienegas at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Great racemares who also become great broodmares have exerted an outsized influence on the ranks of great stallions, most recently 1992 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea, by Miswaki, dam of nine-time leading English and Irish sire Galileo, by Sadler’s Wells, and top-five European sire Sea The Stars, by Cape Cross, both winners of the Epsom Derby as well.

Pay the Man delivers first foal by California Chrome

Barbara D. Livingston
California Chrome is a two-time Horse of the Year.

The first foal by two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome was born Saturday night at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., when the Bernstein mare Pay the Man produced a colt.

Pay the Man is the highest-earning Ohio-bred filly in history, and she is one of three horses bred in the Buckeye State to have earned seven figures on the racetrack, joining Harlan’s Holiday and Catlaunch. She won 27 of 76 starts over nine seasons of racing for $1,058,511, highlighted by 21 statebred stakes victories and 14 additional stakes placings.

Songandaprayer moving to Florida from Louisiana

Songandaprayer, a Grade 1 winner and two-time leading sire in Louisiana, has relocated to Journeyman Stallions in Ocala, Fla., for the 2018 breeding season and will stand for an advertised fee of $3,000.

The 20-year-old Unbridled’s Song horse previously resided at Copper Crowne in Opelousas, La., where he stood for $4,500 in 2017. Songandaprayer has sired 14 crops of racing age, with 651 winners and progeny earnings in excess of $49.3 million.

Sabbatical is first mare to deliver as part of Foal Patrol project

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Sabbatical delivered a War Front colt on Jan. 19, 2018.

The blue-blooded Sabbatical has delivered the first foal for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's Foal Patrol project, a colt by prominent sire War Front.

Sabbatical is first mare to deliver as part of Foal Patrol project

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Sabbatical delivered a War Front colt on Jan. 19, 2018.

The blue-blooded Sabbatical has delivered the first foal for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's Foal Patrol project, a colt by prominent sire War Front.

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