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TROJAN NATION scored his first victory in a maiden special weight at Del Mar Race Course on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Under pilot Drayden Van Dyke and switching to the turf course, TROJAN NATION took his time getting into stride and in spite of getting boxed in on the turn was able to find a hole to easily overtake outmatched rivals and win by 3/4 length. Nearly springing a big upset by finishing 2nd in the G1 Wood Memorial to OUTWORK by only a head at odds of 87-1, TROJAN NATION had a troubled start in the G1 Kentucky Derby and finished 10th in the G1 Belmont Stakes.

TROJAN NATION is out of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and 2YO Champion STORM SONG and is a half brother to G2-placed BALLADRY (by UNBRIDLED'S SONG) and to ANOTHER STORM, the dam of multiple G1 winner ORDER OF ST. GEORGE and G3 winner ANGEL TERRACE.


Little ALSVID with the big heart ran huge yesterday to take 3rd in the G1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar. The winner, LORD NELSON, flew to the wire in 1:07:65 - the track record is 1:07:60. ALSVID repeated a win in this year's G3 Aristides Stakes at Churchill before easily adding a victory the Kelly's Landing Stakes at that same track in preparation for the Bing Crosby. A $50,000 OBS June 2YO purchase, ALSVID has now amassed earnings of $1,310,618! Congratulations to all his connections!

HARGEISA 3rd in G2 PRIX ROBERT PAPIN at Maisons-Laffitte!!

Sunday, Maisons-Laffitte, France

PRIX ROBERT PAPIN-G2, E130,000, MLF, 7-24, 2yo, c/f, 5 1/2fT, 1:03.16, gd.

1--#@TIS MARVELLOUS (GB), 128, c, 2, by Harbour Watch (Ire)

1st Dam: Mythicism (GB), by Oasis Dream (GB)

2nd Dam: Romantic Myth (GB), by Mind Games (GB) 3rd Dam: My First Romance (GB), by Danehill (48,000gns Wlg ‘14 TATFOA; ,52,000 Ylg ‘15 DNPRM).

O-Julie Deadman & Stephen Barrow; B-Crossfields Bloodstock Ltd (GB); T-Clive Cox; J-Adam Kirby. E74,100. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, E80,606. *First stakes winner for freshman sire (by Acclamation {GB}).

2--Al Johrah (GB), 125, f, 2, Bated Breath (GB)--Bea Remembered (GB), by Doyen (Ire). O/B-Al Shaqab Racing (GB); T-Henri-Francois Devin. E28,600.

3--Hargeisa, 125, f, 2, Speightstown--Hasay (GB), by Lomitas (GB). O/B-Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof (KY); T-Mario Hofer. E13,650. (foaled and raised at Winchester Farm)

Margins: 2HF, 4, 1 1/4. Odds: 3.50, 3.10, 8.00.

Also Ran: Morigane Forlonge (Fr), Prince of Lir (Ire), Cosachope (Fr).

With the G2 Norfolk S. winner Prince of Lir (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) flopping in fifth, it was his compatriot Tis Marvellous who emerged clear best with this impressive display of speed to emulate the same owners’s 2012 winner Reckless Abandon (GB) (Exchange Rate). Earning this tilt with an eight-length success in a six-furlong Windsor maiden July 11, the bay who had previously finished runner-up on debut to the useful listed- placed Mutawatheb (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) at Newbury June 30 was sent straight into a duel for the lead with Prince of Lir. Starting to win the war with that 7-5 favourite from the two-furlong marker, he drifted right when in total command and only the classy filly Al Johrah could begin to live with his finishing surge.

Clive Cox, who also trained Reckless Abandon to win the G1 Prix Morny and G1 Middle Park S. after his success in this race, had been looking for a bold show but was impressed with the manner of the win. “That was a really pleasing performance, he handled the step into group company with aplomb”, he commented. “It’s nice to win it for the same connections we won it with Reckless Abandon, too. It was a pretty special display, the way he took lengths out of the field was exciting. He’s won over six already, so I wouldn’t be worried about going back up in trip. The ground had dried out a fair bit here and Adam [Kirby] said he just lugged off the rail, possibly feeling the ground. I couldn’t be more pleased with him. He’s not in the Gimcrack, so he won’t go there - we’ll just take it one step at a time and go home and enjoy this first”.

Pedigree Notes: Tis Marvellous, who was providing a landmark first black-type success for his first-season sire (by Acclamation {GB}), is all about speed and precocity as a grandson of the G3 Queen Mary S. winner Romantic Myth (GB) (Mind Games {GB}), herself a half to another winner of that five-furlong Royal Ascot juvenile feature in Romantic Liason (GB) (Primo Dominie {GB}). Mythicism also has a yearling filly by Lethal Force (Ire), yet another high-class runner to advertise Cox’s considerable skills as a trainer in recent years.

Article courtesy of the Thoroughbred Daily News

Japan Blog: Hitting The Road - by Kelsey Reiley for the Thoroughbred Daily News

link to Kelsey's Blog article


We would like to congratulate Gestut Faehrhof, Andreas Jacobs and all the connections of 2YO HARGEISA, who won the G3 Premio Primi Passi in Milan, Italy yesterday!!! HARGEISA, a 2YO filly by SPEIGHTSTOWN out of HASAY was bred by Gestut Faehrhof and foaled and raised at Winchester Farm before shipping to Europe to begin her racing career. According to her trainer, Mario Hofer, HARGEISA may race next in the G2 Prix Robert Papin or in the G1 Prix Morny in France. We are thrilled for all her connections that she is performing at such a high class level so well, and we look forward to following her future graded stakes success!


Winchester Farm graduate TROJAN NATION has drawn post position # 9 for the 2016 G1 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York on Saturday, June 11th. He will be piloted once again by Aaron Gryder who rode TROJAN NATION to his 2nd place finish in the G1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. After a troubled trip and a disappointing finish in the G1 Kentucky Derby, TROJAN NATION returned to his home track at Santa Anita to prepare for this Saturday's third leg of the Triple Crown. Best of luck to all his connections!!


Trojan Nation, a homebred racing for Dr. Aaron Sones and Julie Gilbert, was born and raised at Winchester Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.

A near-upsetter of the Wood Memorial (G1) as an 81-1 maiden, Trojan Nation is no longshot in the pedigree department. He’s by the late, great Street Cry – the sire of Zenyatta, who was just elected to the Hall of Fame, and Street Sense, the only horse so far to turn the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)/Kentucky Derby (G1) double.

Trojan Nation is out of champion Storm Song, who earned an Eclipse Award after taking the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Sones purchased Storm Song when she was a 15-year-old broodmare at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale. At that point, Storm Song hadn’t produced any notable runners from a broodmare career spanning England, Japan, and the US, and she was not in foal. Sones was able to snap her up for just $100,000 – a mere fraction of the $1.4 million Storm Song had commanded at the same venue back in 1997.

Befitting his bloodlines, Trojan Nation was a striking baby, as Winchester Farm’s co-owner Marie Yoshida explained.

“He was a big, beautiful colt as a newborn with a strong personality. He developed his ‘Roman nose’ as a yearling.

“He always looked like a tough warrior, not at all ‘pretty’ or ‘delicate.’”

Storm Song remains a “Queen, also with a strong personality and beautiful conformation.”

The same spring that Trojan Nation was born, another Winchester-raised colt, Frac Daddy, was runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (G1) before competing in the Kentucky Derby.

As his name implies, Trojan Nation is indeed named in honor of the University of Southern California and its loyal fan base. According to reports in the Courier-Journal and Blood-Horse, that’s a tip of the cap to Gilbert’s late father, as well as a reflection of their own rooting interests. But interestingly, Sones and Gilbert’s academic backgrounds come from elsewhere in the Golden State. Sones earned his medical degree from UCLA after a BA from UC Davis, while Gilbert got her BA from UCLA and her law degree from UC Davis.

Aside from the USC Trojan angle, the reference to Troy also picks up on an important element of his sire Street Cry’s pedigree. Street Cry is out of 1985 Irish Oaks (G1) heroine Helen Street, an aptly named daughter of Troy and Waterway. Troy was a smashing winner of the 200th running of the Epsom Derby (G1) in 1976.

Article by Kellie Reiley/Brisnet.com and used courtesy of KentuckyDerby.com

Photos courtesy of Kara McDermott/Winchester Farm

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TROJAN NATION was nowhere to be seen on the tv screen as the horses entered the final turn in the G1 Wood Memorial on Saturday, April 9th at Aqueduct Race Course in New York. But as the field rounded the turn, the 81/1 long shot came flying to surprise the whole field with a courageous run up the rail to give favorite OUTWORK (by UNCLE MO) a grueling battle to the finish, losing by just a head to that rival. The upset was so shocking even veteran track announcer Trevor Denman wasn't sure which horse had nearly stolen the race. All he knew was that it wasn't the 2nd favorite, SHAGAF (by TAPIT), who had faded back to 5th in a trying stretch run over a muddy track.

TROJAN NATION, by STREET CRY out of the 1996 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Champion STORM SONG, was foaled and raised at Winchester Farm for owner and breeder Dr. Aaron Sones. Although having yet to break his maiden, TROJAN NATION will now be heading to Louisville to contest the biggest 3YO race in the country - the G1 Kentucky Derby. Winchester Farm would like to congratulate owners Dr. Sones and his wife Julie, trainer Paddy Gallagher and jockey Aaron Gryder on a fantastic race in the Wood and we wish you all the best on the First Saturday in May!!!

Photo courtesy of: Adam Coglianese


Winchester Farm foaled-and-raised ALSVID got up for 2nd in the G3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park on Sunday, April 10, 2016, bringing his lifetime total earnings to $1,144,718! Despite having won this same race last year, he went off as only the 4th favorite and finished 2nd to the favorite, SUBTLE INDIAN (by INDIAN CHARLIE), well clear of the rest of the field. ALSVID is a 7YO gelding by OFFICER out of REAGLE MARY, bred by Yanagawa Stud. He is owned by Black Hawk Stable and trained by Chris Hartman. Congratulations to all his connections!!

Easy Decision for Yoshida...

All Too Hard has made a big impression with his first-crop yearlings this year, and the Vinery resident also got his name high on the board early Tuesday courtesy of lot 35, a colt from Cressfield. The son of Australian champion 3- year-old filly Regimental Gal (Aus) (General Nediym) was scooped up by agent Marie Yoshida on behalf of an undisclosed Hong Kong- based client.

The bay is the eighth foal out of the G1 Lightning S. and G1 Australia S. winner Regimental Gal. She has produced four winners, including G3 Triscay S. winner Lilliburlero (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) and Tasmanian Oaks-second Vimy (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}), and Yoshida noted her 2-year-old, the placed Regimental Force (Aus) (Sepoy {Aus}), is well- regarded.

“He’s a first-time sire, All Too Hard, but the mother is a champion 3-year-old filly and there is a 2-year-old, Regimental Force, by Sepoy, who is a nice 2-year-old,” Yoshida noted. “We loved the horse physically and he passed all the veterinary examinations very well. He was a beautiful mover and just had A++ all over him.”

The colt will be trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, who have handled two of the top juveniles of the last two seasons in Pride Of Dubai and Capitalist. Yoshida said the door is also open for the colt to go to Hong Kong later in his career.

“We’re very happy with the Snowden team, so if he shows a lot of potential he’ll stay here and race here,” he explained. “After that we may think to take him to Hong Kong, but at the moment the priority is Australia.”

Article written by Kelsey Riley and used with permission from the Thoroughbred Daily News.

Photo courtesy of: Katrina Partridge Photography for AusHorse

ALSVID Wins the G3 Count Fleet Stakes

Congratulations to all the connections of ALSVID - winner of the 2015 running of the G3 Count Fleet Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Thursday, April 9th.

ALSVID was foaled and raised at Winchester Farm for Yanagawa Stud and was sold as a two-year old by Stephens Thoroughbreds.

Photo courtesy of: Coady Photography

AIR KHALIFA Wins G3 Negishi Stakes In Tokyo, Japan!!

Foaled and raised at Winchester Farm for Lucky Field Company, AIR KHALIFA surged to victory in the G3 Negishi Stakes at Tokyo Race Course on Sunday, February 1, 2015. AIR KHALIFA is by DISCREET CAT out of CHEZ LA FEMME (by AFTERNOON DEELITES). We would like to give our warmest congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Yoshihara of Lucky Field Company for their many years of trust and support. We look forward to cheering AIR KHALIFA on to a G1 victory in the February Stakes at Tokyo Race Course on Sunday, February 22nd!!!

Photo courtesy of: Tomoya Moriuchi

Winchester Farm Grad SKY FLIGHT 3rd in the G3 Tampa Bay Stakes!!

Winchester Farm would like to congratulate all the connections of 4YO colt SKY FLIGHT (by SKY MESA out of CORDOBA) who ran 3rd in the G3 Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, January 24, 2015. SKY FLIGHT was foaled and raised at Winchester Farm for our clients Dr. Aaron Sones and Beverly Sommer and purchased by trainer Mark Casse at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $80,000.

BAROCCI, Son of Top Sire DEEP IMPACT, To Stand At Ravdansen Stud In Sweden for 2015

Sweden Gets a Stallion...

The 6-year-old SW & MGSP Barocci (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}--Bastet, by Giant’s Causeway) will soon be bound for Sweden, where he’ll commence stallion duties at Ivan Sjoberg’s Ravdansen Stud. Marie and Naoya Yoshida purchased the full to the 2012 G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Beauty Parlour (Jpn) for $57,000. Lane’s End consigned Barroci, who sold as a stallion prospect only, as Hip 3695.

 “It’s so exciting,” said Marie Yoshida. “We’ve been following this horse for several years, and we really wanted him. He has amazing bloodlines--he’s by Sunday Silence’s best son Deep Impact--and is from a great Wildenstein family. Sweden does not have a big breeding program there, and we hope that this horse might help them grow.”

Barocci won the Prix Omnium II in France as a 3-year-old in 2011 and was second in the G3 Prix du Prince d’Orange before relocating to the U.S. in 2012. A winner and on the board in four of five starts for trainer Christophe Clement, Barocci ran third in the GII American H. and GII City of Hope Mile S. for owner Hronis Racing and trainer John Sadler in 2013.

Ravdansen Stud is located in the city of Arla, a roughly 70-minute drive due west from Stockholm.

Horse racing is extremely popular in Sweden, but it’s Standardbreds--trotters in particular, there are no pacers--that dominate the racing scene there. The Yoshidas, however, are hoping to help Thoroughbreds gain a better foothold there, starting with a homegrown breeding program.

“They usually buy their mares at Tattersalls in England, and also buy foals and yearlings there,” Marie explained. “They’re very passionate about horse racing, and they have wonderful turf racing in the summer and spring. The breeding industry is very small there right now, but our plan to get Swedish and Scandinavian Thoroughbred breeding back on track.”

Article courtesy of the Thoroughbred Daily News - November 14, 2014

Proven Stallion EL CORREDOR Sold to Turkish Interests

Grade 1 winner EL CORREDOR, Sire of Six Grade One Winners, 14 Graded Stakes Winners, 34 Stakes Winners and the earners of more than $34 million will stand in Turkey for the 2015 breeding season.

El Corredor has been purchased by Mr. Tevfik Celikoglu in a deal negotiated by David Tillson of Copper Crown Stallion Station in Opelousas, Louisiana, Marie Yoshida of Winchester Farm in Lexington, Kentucky and Jean-Pierre Deroubaix, FBA, France.

Marie Yoshida commented, “El Corredor will continue his fantastic career in Turkey and Mr. Tevfik Celikoglu once again added a wonderful proven sire to the Turkish stallion ranks. The Turkish Thoroughbred breeders fully appreciate the quality of El Corredor and he will cover some of their best mares in the years to come.”

El Corredor, who won the Cigar Mile Handicap, G1, in New York, sired ADIEU (Frizette S., G1, Delaware Oaks, G2, Spinaway S., G2), BACKSEAT RHYTHM (Garden City S. G1, Lake Placid S. G2, Hillsborough S. G3), DOMINICAN (Toyota Bluegrass S. G1), CRISP (Santa Anita Oaks, G1, Santa Ysabel S., G3), EL VIENTO (three-time G1 winner and Champion), EL BIOLOGO (multiple G1 winner).

Arguably Mr. Greeley’s best son at stud, El Corredor is half brother to Classic sire Roman Ruler (G1 winner) and young sire Maimonides (G1 placed), as well as the G3 winning filly Silver Tornado. Their dam, the “blue hen” Silvery Swan, is by Silver Deputy out of a prolific female family.

For any questions or additional information, please contact Marie Yoshida at Winchester Farm on (1) 859- 226-0788.

Champion Sire Offlee Wild Sold to Turkish Interests

Grade 1 winner Offlee Wild, sire of an Eclipse Award in his first crop, and a potential Eclipse winner in his current crop of 3-year-olds, has been purchased by Mr. Tevfik Celikoglu and will stand in Turkey for the 2015 breeding season. Mr. Celikoglu was assisted in the purchase by his advisers, Jean-Pierre Deroubaix of FBA in France and Marie Yoshida of Winchester Farm, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Marie Yoshida commented, “The Thoroughbred industry in Turkey continues to grow and Mr. Celikoglu is very honored to be able to add a proven sire like Offlee Wild to the stallion ranks there. This is very exciting for Mr. Celikoglu, not only on a personal level, but for the Turkish breeding industry as a whole.”

Offlee Wild was the leading freshman sire in North America in 2009, and was represented by the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly, She Be Wild, an earner of $1,311,040 that year. She won four of her five starts at two, culminating with the $2 million G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Santa Anita. Other victories that year included the G3 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes and Top Flight Stakes. She also finished second, beaten a half-length, in the G1 Alcibiades Stakes. Following a third place finish in the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in April 2010, She Be Wild was retired. She earned $1,355,540 in a seven-start career.

In 2014, the talented three-year-old Bayern is one of a handful of three-year-olds that are vying for year-end championship honors. His resume boasts powerful wins this year in the G1 Haskell Invitational, the G2 Pennsylvania Derby and the G2 Woody Stephens by more than 20 lengths combined. He is the only three-year-old in North America in 2014 to post three winning Beyer Speed Figures of 108 or higher. Bayern has now earned over $1.6 million, and from nine career starts, he boasts a total of five wins, a number that also includes a victory in the G3 Derby Trial and a third in the G1 Arkansas Derby. He will be seen next on Breeder’ Cup Day at Santa Anita on November 1.

Offlee Wild has lifetime progeny earnings in excess of $14 million, for average earnings per runner of more than $58,000. He has sired a total of 15 other stakes winners – eight this year – including G3 winners Hogy and Acting Naughty as well as the 2014 Argentinian G2 winner Hortensius.

A winner at two, Offlee Wild was classic bound at three after winning the G3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in January of that year and finished third, behind Peace Rules, in the G1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Although unplaced in the G1 Kentucky Derby, he returned at four to win the 1 1/8-mile G2 Massachusetts Handicap over Derby/Preakness winner, Funny Cide. At five, he captured the 1 ¼-mile G1 Suburban Handicap over a field that included Funny Cide, Evening Attire, Pollard’s Vision and Tap Day, and the G3 Excelsior Breeders’ Cup Handicap at 1 1/8 miles by 8 ½ lengths. He retired with a record of six wins, three seconds and two thirds from 19 starts, for earnings of $976,325.

A son of G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and classic sire, Wild Again, Offlee Wild is out of the Seattle Slew mare, Alvear, a half-sister to leading sire, Dynaformer. He’s also a half-brother to Chilukki Stakes-G2 winner Sangrita and a full brother to the dam of group winners Rock of Rochelle and Silent Times, descending from the influential mare On the Trail, his third dam. On the Trail produced graded stakes winner and successful sire, Darby Creek Road, stakes winner and stakes producer, Regal Road, as well as Offlee Wild’s second dam, Andover Way. A Grade 1 winner of $372,471, Andover Way produced not only $671,207-earner, Dynaformer, but also stakes winner, White Bridle, a full brother to Alvear. Also found under Offlee Wild’s second dam is two-time champion US Ranger and graded/group winners Homebound and Supremo.

For any questions or additional information, please contact Marie Yoshida at Winchester Farm on (1) 859- 226-0788.

HUNTINGMAN Goes Home to Italy

On December 27th, HUNTINGMAN - a 2006 gelding by STRAIGHT MAN - began a new chapter in his life by flying from the US to Italy. Claimed in a $5,000 claimer at Zia Park, HUNTINGMAN was on his way home to a former owner who wanted nothing but to retire him from racing and give him a new life as a riding horse and family pet.

Winchester Farm would like to thank trainer Raymond Ervin who claimed him for us on behalf of our Italian client, Ranch Runners vanning company who shipped him from New Mexico to Lexington, KY, Considine Farm who quarantined him and Horse America who oganized his transport back to Italy. We are so honored to have been part of this happy ending and new beginning for HUNTINGMAN.


Winchester Farm would like to send its best wishes to all the connections of 3YO colt HOARDING (by ELUSIVE QUALITY out of WHAT A TREASURE) in the G3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday, June 20, 2013!

HOARDING was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Paolo Agostini and Darley and foaled and raised at Winchester Farm. He was purchased at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya of Jordan and is trained by Mr. John Gosden. HOARDING won a listed stakes race at Newmarket (Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing At coral.co.uk Fairway Stakes) his last out on May 18, 2013. Best of luck and a safe trip to all!!!

FRAC DADDY 2nd in the $1,000,000 G1 Arkansas Derby!!! Now working at Churchill for the 1st Saturday in May!

We would like to congratulate all the connections of Winchester Farm graduate FRAC DADDY on an impressive 2nd place finish in the G1 Arkansas Derby! We are so excited to see the little gray colt that was foaled and raised here for Dr. and Mrs. Leonard become a big powerful Derby contender. He showed such heart and determination in his troubled trip at Oaklawn. We will all be cheering for him on the first Saturday in May on his "home track" for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby!!


CALIFORNIA MEMORY made history yesterday when becoming the first horse to ever win 2 Hong Kong Cups! He won last year?s G1 Cathy Pacific Hong Kong Cup by defeating favorite AMBITIOUS DRAGON and this year?s early favorite CIRRUS DES AIGLES. AMBITIOUS DRAGON opted this year to run in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Mile instead of facing CALIFORNIA MEMORY again, and CIRRUS DES AIGLES declared from the race due to a minor tendon injury. The remaining field proved to be well outmatched by the diminutive grey as in a matter of strides CALIFORNIA MEMORY took the lead in the stretch and went on to win easily by a length.

When drawing the inside post for last year?s race, CALIFORNIA MEMORY?S connections felt a bit worried but decided to make it work to their advantage. Upon drawing the same post for this year?s race, CALIFORNIA MEMORY?S connections were all smiles at their luck. Yesterday, those smiles turned into laughs and happy handshakes as a second trip to the winner?s circle and an unprecedented 2nd Hong Kong Cup trophy became a reality for the Liang family, trainer Tony Cruz and jockey Matthew Chadwick. Marie Yoshida was also on hand to celebrate the victory, having purchased CALIFORNIA MEMORY privately in France for her late client and Liang family patriarch Dr. Thomas Liang. Horses purchased by Mrs. Yoshida?s Asian Bloodstock Services have now won the Hong Kong Cup 3 times in the past 10 years. To read the full article from the Thoroughbred Daily News on the 2012 G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup,click here.

Photos by Mr. Tomoya Moriuchi.

FRAC DADDY 2nd in the G2 KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB CUP at Churchill Downs!!!

Congratulations to owners Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, trainer Ken McPeek and breeders Dr. and Mrs. Leonard on the courageous battle and 2nd place finish of FRAC DADDY in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Cup on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Churchill Downs!!! He ran a great race and we are all excited to see this Winchester Farm graduate doing so well!

VIA VILLAGIO 3rd in the G1 Alabama Stakes!!!

VIA VILLAGIO, winner of the G3 Railbird Stakes and 2nd to GRACE HALL in the G2 Delaware Oaks just ran 3rd in the 132nd running of the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course! VIA VILLAGIO was born and raised at Winchester Farm for our long-time client Michael Lynch. She has a yearling half brother by CURLIN who looks just like his dad and will sell at the 2012 Keeneland September Sale as Hip # 830. He looks terrific and if he shows the kind of heart his sister VIA VILLAGIO has, we will have some fun following his racing career!!


VIA VILLAGIO was all class when coming from last to put away an impressive field and finish 2nd to GRACE HALL in the G2 Delaware Oaks today! Overcoming a slow start and being held 6 lengths off the field, VIA VILLAGIO proved she can run on any surface in this mile and a sixteenth dirt test against possibly the best 3YO filly in the country right now - GRACE HALL (by EMPIRE MAKER). GRACE HALL, back on her on her home track at Delaware, is now undefeated in 3 starts there. G1 winner of the Spinaway Stakes as a 2YO at Saratoga last year, she won the G2 Gulfstream Oaks earlier this spring before finishing 3rd in the G1 Kentucky Oaks as the 5-2 favorite.

VIA VILLAGIO was given a lot to do in the stretch, making a late run from 6 off the pack to close impressively but could not catch GRACE HALL before the wire. She may make her next start in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on August 18th. Best of luck to all her connections!


VIA VILLAGIO proved she belongs in G1 company today when struggling through traffic and coming up on the inside to finish 3rd in the G2 Hollywood Oaks. Beaten by the MACHO UNO filly POTESTA and G1 winner EDEN'S MOON, VIA VILLAGIO stepped up in class and distance in the mile and a sixteenth test, herself defeating G1 Hollywwod Starlet Stakes winner KILLER GRACES and G1 Santa Anita Oaks winner WILLA B AWESOME by more than 2 lengths. Well done to all of her connections!!


Winchester Farm would like to extend sincerest congratulations to owner Steve Beneto, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Martin Pedroza on a thrilling victory in the G3 Railbird Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday, May 19, 2012 with VIA VILLAGIO!!! VIA VILLAGIO was expertly placed off the pace, patiently waited to make her move in the stretch and courageously defeated 1/9 favorite SISTER MOON by a 1/2 length.

VIA VILLAGIO was raised at Winchester Farm and bred by long-time Winchester Farm client Michael Lynch. She was purchased by Hall of Fame Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer as a yearling at the 2010 Keeneland September Sale for $300,000. VIA VILLAGIO is by BERNARDINI out of HOH BUZZARD (by ALHAARTH) and half sister to stakes-placed DR. SMARTY JACK.

(photos courtesy of Benoit Photo)


Winchester Farm would like send our best wishes for success in the 2012 Kentucky Derby to all the connections of favorite BODEMEISTER, including his breeder (and Winchester Farm seasonal boarder) Audley Farm! Congratulations especially to owner Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert on an amazing 9 1/2 length win in the G1 Arkansas Derby! (BODEMEISTER as a foal at Winchester Farm - June 30, 2009)


Congratulations to all the connections of CALIFORNIA MEMORY, the 5yo gelding by HIGHEST HONOR out of KALPITA who won the G1 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup on Sunday, December 11, 2011. Purchased privately in France by Marie Yoshida's Asian Bloodstock Services for long-time client Dr. Thomas T. S. Liang in 2010, CALIFORNIA MEMORY captured the Citibank Hong Kong Cup (listed) earlier in February this year before finishing 2nd to AMBITIOUS DRAGON in the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II CUP on May 1st. CALIFORNIA MEMORY raced in France as PORTUS BLENDIUM before being purchased by Mrs. Yoshida and associate Francoise Dupuis. He raced once more more in France for Dr. Liang, finishing 3rd in the Prix de Tourgeville, then was brought to Hong Kong and renamed CALIFORNIA MEMORY by the Liang family, in honor of Dr. Liang who had passed away just a few months after the horse's arrival in Hong Kong. CALIFORNIA MEMORY was bred in Kentucky by Fred Seitz of Brookdale Farm and is trained by top Hong Kong trainer Tony Cruz. CALIFORNIA MEMORY'S regular jockey Matthew Chadwick was aboard for the victory. For the full detailed article today's edition of the Thoroughbred Daily News (Monday, December 12, 2011), click here. Photos by Mr. Tomoya Moriuchi.

HATS OFF TO HORSES IN JAPAN - Update July 14, 2011

From the Thoroughbred Daily News, July 14, 2011:

I am writing today because I would like to give TDN readers an update on the recent charitable project 'Hats Off for Japan' in which so many people from the Thoroughbred horse racing industry participated. We received 3,152 hats from horse farms and racing fans all over the world to sell to horse lovers and racing fans in Japan in order to raise money for the horses and farmers affected by the sudden tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster that struck the Fukushima province of Japan in March, 2011.

So far, 2,718 caps have been sold to racing fans and supporters in Japan (through the end of June). The total funds raised, which consisted of profit from selling hats and cash donations, was JPY 9,329,521 (US$115,707.81). One hundred percent of the funds raised are going to be remitted to Minamisoma City Hall, Tsunami Orphan Fund, and the Retired Horse Association (RHA which is a non-profit organization to save suffering horses after the big earthquake and tsunami).

The project became a big 'Wake Up' call in Japan and encouraged the Japanese horse community to be positive and work to revive itself. It is also the first charitable action ever in Japan from people in the horse society. All the donated hats serve to remind the Japanese people that the global Thoroughbred industry is thinking of the suffering in the area and that they want to help. It was also a big surprise for the Japanese community to know that we horse lovers overseas carried out the project.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the two Japanese racing authorities, JRA and NAR, who gave the project tremendous time and support and also to Ms. Atsuko Meguro, the most famous horse-racing TV program newscaster in Japan. When Ms. Meguro heard about the "Hats Off To Japan" project, she immediately organized a volunteer team with 15 other members including reporters, racing journalists, and even a few famous Japanese actresses. They spent their personal time to handle online orders and sell hats at all the major race meets at the JRA and NAR racecourses across Japan and even autographed many of the hats for their fans.

There were 370 Soma ponies around Minamisoma in the past but now only 152 horses are alive. The project's funds are going to be used for the treatment of injured horses by volunteer veterinarians and to support breeding programs for the endangered Soma ponies.

The good news is that in spite of the huge reduction of horses, Minamisoma finally decided to go ahead and hold the 'Soma Nomaoi Festival' at the end of July, a tradition which has been held for over 11 centuries.

As for future plans, the volunteer team will hold a hat sales event at two major racecourses on July 18 and that will end "Phase 1" of the "Hats Off" project. Since the recovery of the Fukushima province--its people and its equine community--will take as many as 15 years or more, the Japanese equine community would like to hold another fund-raising project in the future to keep the morale of the people up. It is their sincere hope that the global equine community will again be able to help and support them to let the Japanese people know that they are not forgotten. They are considering a project perhaps later this year or sometime next year, but plans have not been finalized.

On behalf of the JRA and the NAR, and the people of the Japanese horse community and the Fukushima province, I would like to extend their deep gratitude to all of the people, farms and fans who donated their hats, their money and their time to the "Hats Off For Japan" project. We would like to specifically thank the following donors, listed below. We have listed their countries to show the true international support this project received. - Dr. Naoya Yoshida, Winchester Farm

"Hats Off For Japan" Donors Alltech - USA, Amburgey's Farm Machinery - USA, Arion Pedigrees (Andrew Stewart) - NZ, Ashford Stud (Coolmore) - USA, Julie Bell (Woodbine Entertainment) - CAN, Laurie Berenson - USA, Elizabeth Blythe - USA, Breeders' Cup, Ltd. - USA, Brushwood Stable (Mrs. Betty Moran) - USA, Calumet Farm - USA, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society - CAN, Suzanne W. Cardiff - USA, Castleton Lyons Farm - USA, Chanceland Farm - USA, Churchill Downs, Inc. - USA, Claiborne Farm - USA, Coolmore Australia - AUS, Coolmore Ireland - IRE, Alan Cooper - UK, Keith Cooper - USA, Janet Cropper - USA, Dalham Hall Stud - UK, Dapple Bloodstock - USA, Darby Dan Farm - USA, Darley Australia - AUS, Darley America - USA, Nick de Meric - USA, Denali Stud - USA, Derrinstown Stud - IRE, Dogwood Stable - USA, Jean-Pierre and Francoise Dupuis - USA, Eaton Sales - USA, Edition Farm - USA, Charles Engel - USA, Andre and Elizabeth Fabre - FR, Fasig Tipton Sales Company - USA, Gainesway Farm - USA, Gallagher's Stud - USA, Godolphin Management - UK, Hallway Feeds (Steve Caddel) - USA, Lena Hedberg (Hedberg Hall, Inc.) - USA, Hermitage Farm - USA, Hill N Dale Farms - USA, Carol Holden (Sporting Life Stable) - USA, Hong Kong Jockey Club - HK, Horsehats.com (David Williams) - USA, Hunter Valley Farm - USA, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing - IRE, Peter Jegen - SWI, Juddmonte Farms - USA, Bill Justice - USA, Keeneland Association - USA, Kiger Insurance, Inc. - USA, Kildangan Stud - IRE, Ron Kirk - USA, Kirkwood Stables (Kip Elser) - USA, Kris S Bloodstock (Kris Stuebs) - USA, KTOBA - USA, Lane's End Farm - USA, Mrs. Pierce Lyons - USA, John Magnier - IRE, Newmarket Equine Hospital - UK, Niall Brennan Training Stable - USA, Niarchos Family - UK, Overbrook Farm (Mrs. Lucy Hamilton) - USA, Paramount Sales - USA, Pavenstedt & Pauli, Inc. - USA, Pedigree Research Consultants - USA, Pin Oak Stud - USA, Todd Pletcher - USA, Jamie Railton Bloodstock - UK, Ramsey Farm - USA, Robert Scanlon Training Center - USA, Rockwell Farm - USA, Jim Scott (Kinsman Farm) - USA, Anna Seitz - USA, Shadwell Farm - USA, Sierra Farm - USA, Spendthrift Farm - USA, Stephens Thoroughbreds - USA, Taylor Made Farm - USA, The Curragh Race Course - IRE, The Jockey Club - USA, Three Chimneys Farm - USA, Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne) - USA, Rob Whiteley (Liberation Farm) - USA, William Inglis and Son, Ltd. - AUS, Willow Oaks Farm - USA, Winchester Farm - USA, Woodford Thoroughbreds - USA, Eddie Woods Training Stable - USA, Barbara Zimmer - USA.

HATS OFF TO HORSES IN JAPAN - Update May 25, 2011

From the Thoroughbred Daily News, May 25, 2011:

Editor’s note: Last month, the TDN published two stories about the efforts of Winchester Farm’s Naoya Yoshida to raise funds for the equine industry’s victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan through the collection of racing logo caps. Dr. Yoshida sent the TDN the following update:

On April 29, I left for Hong Kong to attend the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin Racecourse with 1,300 caps (four boxes with a total weight of 220 pounds). Then, in Hong Kong there were another two big boxes from the Hong Kong Jockey Club waiting for me.

I stayed in Hong Kong only one day and a half before leaving for for Japan. All the boxes were safely given to the volunteer team in Tokyo May 2. The team consists of the six famous female horse racing newscasters and racing journalists who have been donating time after work to advertise the “Hats Off” Program in Japan in magazines, on the Internet and in newspapers.

During my two-day stay in Tokyo, I was interviewed by the Asahi newspaper, one of the biggest nationwide newspapers in Japan and was able to clearly state the message from our Thoroughbred industry to the Japanese people. I also had a meeting with The Japan Racing Association (JRA) and The National Association for Racing (NAR). NAR is the umbrella organization of provincial racing. The JRA kindly decided to join our volunteer team to sell caps during the Japan Derby weekend (May 28-29) at Tokyo Racecourse. The NAR agreed to open a “Hats Off” shop every Wednesday in June when they hold G1 and G2 races at each racetrack around metropolitan Tokyo. Also NAR Monbetsu Racecourse in Hokkaido Island (North Island) received 239 caps to sell at their gift shop the second week of May. We also sold 216 caps to Japanese racing fans and horse people who ordered them in advance by Twitter or e-mail.

In Japan, the English words “Hats Off” have become synonymous with this charitable project by horse people. It was a big surprise for the Japanese horse society to know how much we overseas think of the sufferers and the injured horses.

I will go back to Japan during the middle of June to present checks to the following three organizations:

(1) Minamisoma City

(2) The Japan Horse Retirement Association, which supports horses and equine volunteer veterinarians

(3) The Momokaki Orphan Scholarship Fund

I wanted to give TDN subscribers this update. - Dr. Naoya Yoshida

HATS OFF TO HORSES IN JAPAN - Update April 26, 2011

Dozens of farms, corporations and individuals have stepped up to donate logo caps or cash to Winchester Farm's fundraising effort to help the equine and human victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to Winchester's owner, Dr. Naoya Yoshida.

Dr. Yoshida said that despite the broad-based industry response, more caps are needed to fill the demand for them from the public. With 628 caps in hand, Yoshida said that the project already has orders for 343 of them, and that the publicity about the project has barely begun. Yoshida will be writing a column for one of the largest sports newspapers in Japan next week, and a weekly magazine is planning two stories. "We expect many more people are going to order caps because of this," said Yoshida, "and we are hoping to entice more people to donate caps because of this." Thus far, donors have included:

Alltech, Ashford Stud, Elizabeth Blythe, Breeders' Cup Ltd., Laurie Brenson, Brushwood Stable, Calumet Farm, Castleton Lyons, Chanceland Farm, Coolmore Australia, Dapple Bloodstock, Darley Ireland (Kildangan Stud), Denali Stud, Darby Dan Farm, Derrinstown Stud, Eaton Sales, Edition Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Andre Fabre, Fasig-Tipton, Gainesway, Godolphin, Hemitage Farm, Hunter Valley Farm, Juddmonte Farms, Kiger Insurance, Keeneland Association, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Kirkwood Stable (Kip Elser), Lane's End Farm, Liberation Farm, Niall Brennan Stable, Paramount Sale, Pavenstedt and Pauli Inc., Pedigree Research Consultants, Jami Railton, Jim Scott, Sierra Farm, Spendthrift Farm, Kris Stuebs, Tattersalls Ltd., Three Chimneys Farms, Willow Oak Farm, WinStar Farm, Winchester Farm and Barbara Zimmer. An additional box of hats is on its way from Ocala with donations from several two-year-old consignors and stallion farms, organized by Ciaran Dunne at Wavertree. Yoshida said that additional caps from the Churchill Downs-owned racetracks and companies were en route as well. To learn more about the program, click: www.winchesterfarm.com/news/, email office@winchesterfarm.com, or call (859)226-0788.

Caps should be sent to Winchester Farm, 4468 Mt. Horeb Pike, Lexington, KY 40511.

(Reprinted with permission from the April 26, 2011 edition of the Thoroughbred Daily News; writer - Sue Finley.)


Horses in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan, whose lives have been threatened by the radiation leak from the crippled nuclear power plant and subsequent evacuation of the area, may soon get some help courtesy of a charitable project started by Winchester Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Winchester's owner, Dr. Naoya Yoshida, is in the process of organizing a "Hats Off" program, modeled after the successful annual fundraiser at The Kentucky Horse Park, and is asking the industry for help.

"I received messages by phone, e-mail and Twitter from horse people in Japan early this week", said Yoshida. "There are many horses facing a serious situation due to the earthquake and the radioactive contamination from the nuclear power plants in the Fukushima Prefecture'.

Yoshida explained that the people who contacted him wondered if it were possible to raise money not only to help protect the horses, but to also help local teenage riders who have lost their parents or whose sudden financial problems made it difficult for them to go to school. "I mentioned our "Hats Off Event" at the Kentucky Horse Park to them", he said. "Each year, Kentucky horse farms donate their logo caps and the Horse Park gives them away to the visitors who come to see the park and learn about the Kentucky horse industry on that day. It is a huge hit at the Horse Park, so we thought something similar would be a good way to both raise money for the horses in Fukushima and at the same time, promote the horse industry globally".

Yoshida's plan is to ask breeders, trainers, owners, jockeys, sales companies, racetracks, veterinarians, blacksmiths and others to send as many of their logo caps by the end of the month. He will, in turn, send them on to Japan where they will be sold horse lovers all over the country to raise money. Winchester Farm will pay the shipping fees, and Yoshida has organized a team in Japan to sell and distribute them there.

For the full article from the Thoroughbred Daily News by Sue Finley (Thursday, April 14, 2011), click here.


For the full detailed article by Lucas Marquardt from the Thoroughbred Daily News (Monday, February 28, 2011), click here.


Winchester Farm would like to extend our heart-felt congratulations to Eishindo, Inc. the winner of the Kotobuki Tokubetsu (10fT) at Kyoto Race Course on January 9, 2011.

A Shin G Line, a 6 year-old horse by Giant's Causeway out of Lady Danz (by Danzig) was bred and raised at Winchester Farm for Eishindo, Inc.

Kyoto, 1-9-11, Kotobuki Tokubetsu, 10fT. Lifetime Record: 30-5-4-3, $1,220,602. O-Eishindo Inc.; B-Winchester Farm; T-Inao Okada. *1/2 to A Shin F Danz (by Forestry; GSP-Jpn, $1,154,929; also bred and raised at Winchester Farm).

(photo by Tomoya Moriuchi)

Gade 1 Winner KICKIN KRIS Returns Home to the US From Japan

Dual Grade I winner KICKEN KRIS (Kris S.) has returned home to the United States to enjoy a well-deserved retirement after standing stud in Japan. Dr. Naoya Yoshida, who helped coordinate his return, would like to thank all the members of the Hidaka Breeders' Association whose cooperation and assistance was instrumental in bringing this racing hero home to his previous owner, Mrs. Betty Moran.

Mrs. Moran's Brushwood Stable campaigned KICKEN KRIS from 2002 through 2004 for 6 wins, 3 seconds and earnings of $1,326,600 from 19 starts, before selling him as a stallion prospect to Japanese interests. Upon learning that KICKEN KRIS'S career as a stallion was over earlier this year, Mrs. Moran began the long process of finding him and bringing him back to the US to enjoy his retirement. For the full article from the Thoroughbred Daily News (December 2, 2010 issue)Click Here!


According to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association (www.nifty.com/JBIS), Winchester Farm was ranked # 1 breeder in Japan by percentage of winners to runners (76.5%) and ranked 28th by total earnings ($2.6 million US) as of October 1, 2009. Winchester Farm-bred runners in Japan have an AEI index of 2.18 thus far in 2009.


Winchester Farm would like to send all our best wishes to the connections of the 2YO fillies NEGLIGEE (owned by Sovereign Stable and trained by John Terranova II) and ALWAYS A PRINCESS (owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Bob Baffert), both running in the G1 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Race Course on Friday, November 6th.

Winchester Farm is proud to be the home of GABRIELLINA GIOF (the dam of ALWAYS A PRINCESS and G1 winner GABBY’S GOLDEN GAL) and her 2009 weanling filly by JOHANNESBURG as well as NAUGHTY NOTIONS (the dam of NEGLIGEE) and her 2009 weanling filly by LAWYER RON.


On Saturday, August 18 Winchester Farm celebrated the victory of our first US stakes winner. TIMELY REFLECTION, a 2YO filly by YANKEE VICTOR out of the Winchester Farm mare ELMSWOOD (by WOODMAN), won the Donnie Wilhite Memorial Handicap at Louisiana Downs going one mile on the turf. Her second win in two starts, TIMELY REFLECTION pressed the pace on the rail and moved in the stretch to win over VENGEFUL SHADOW. Favorite AMERICAN PRIZE was third.

Winchester Farm congratulates owner Ward Stables and trainer W. Calhoun on their victory with TIMELY REFLECTION and we wish them continued racing success with this talented filly.


Tendon injuries are serious injuries in the sport horse primarily because tendon tissue, unlike other types of tissue in the body, can heal itself only by producing scar tissue. Injured tendon tissue cannot regenerate new cells to heal and the scar tissue it produces does not stretch the way tendon tissue is supposed to. Therefore, scarred tendon tissue does not function as optimally as it needs to in a sport or racing horse. Tendon injuries often prematurely end a performance career.

A new type of treatment is being developed and tested that would help tendon tissue heal by regenerating cells instead of producing scar tissue. This therapy is called “stem cell” therapy. Stem cells are unique to other cells in the body for two reasons: they are both self-replicating (i.e. reproduce themselves over and over so they never run out) and have the ability to change their cellular function to do what the body needs them to do. For example, stem cells injected into bone tissue stimulate the growth of new bone cells and stem cells injected into skin tissue stimulate the growth of new skin cells. The theory of using stem cells in tendon injuries is that the tendon injury is healed by regenerating new tendon cells which can stretch and function like a tendon is supposed to instead of producing scar tissue that impairs the tendon’s function.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of only two horse hospitals in Kentucky to have started using this new therapy in equine athletes. Dr. Michael Spirito performs this treatment on Thoroughbred race horses and Dr. Jorge Gomez uses it in sport and performance horses. The equine patient is admitted to the surgery area where it is placed under general anesthesia. First, blood is taken from the horse. Second, a tap is placed in the sternum (or breastbone) and bone marrow is withdrawn. The blood and the bone marrow are spun in a special centrifuge machine to separate out the blood cells so that only the bone marrow (full of stem cells) and the blood’s platelet cells remain. The bone marrow is then added to the platelet cells and the combination is injected into the injury site of the tendon. The stem cells from the bone marrow will regenerate tendon cells, creating new tendon tissue to heal the injury and the concentrated platelet cells will help speed up the healing process. The benefit of using the horse’s own stem cells is that there is very low risk of cellular rejection. The horse’s tendon is then wrapped in a support bandage. The horse recovers from anesthesia and is then sent home to rest.

Stem cell therapy is fairly new in both human and equine medicine and is used in more than just tendon injury cases. This therapy is still in the experimental phases and has not been proven to work in every case in which it is used. Doctors and veterinarians are still trying to understand the exact mechanism by which certain stem cells act and under which conditions the optimal results are obtained. However, veterinarians using this therapy in sport horses have been showing very favorable results in at least mild to moderate tendon injury cases. There is great hope in the industry that the technology and practice of stem cell therapy will continue to advance and that the application of this low-risk therapy will even be able to replace other more invasive treatments.


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