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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.

North American Top 3YO Fillies - Sponsored by Winchester Farm

North American Top 3YO Colts - Sponsored by Winchester Farm

North American Top 3YO Fillies - Sponsored by Winchester Farm

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE: Winchester Farm Client Can Artam Featured in the Thoroughbred Daily News

Can Artam is a former professional race car driver with a passion for Thoroughbred horse racing. Mr. Artam purchased his first Thoroughbred horse in 2006 and has slowly and steadily been building his interests in the industry ever since. Most recently, Mr. Artam has started the first ever Thoroughbred racing syndicate in his native country of Turkey.

For the full detailed article by Christina Bossinakis from the Thoroughbred Daily News (Saturday, February 5, 2011), click here.

North American Top 3YO Colts - Sponsored by Winchester Farm


Winchester Farm is very pleased to welcome Dr. Joseph Yocum to our team for 2011 as our reproductive specialist. Dr. Yocum comes to us from 10 years as the General Manager and Resident Veterinarian at historic Overbrook Farm. Prior to his career at Overbrook Farm, Dr. Yocum spent 8 years as a Partner in Equine Practice at Hagyard Davidson McGee specializing in mare and stallion reproduction.

Dr. Yocum oversaw the entire stallion career of STORM CAT, one of the most influential sires of our time. He also managed some of the best broodmares in the world - both from Overbrook's impressive broodmare band and top broodmares that came to Overbrook to be bred. Winchester Farm is honored to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Yocum this season and trust the care of our broodmare band to his extensive experience.

North American Top 3YO Fillies - Sponsored by Winchester Farm

North American Top 3YO Colts - Sponsored by Winchester Farm


Winchester Farm is pleased to announce the arrival of our first foal for 2011! She is a lovely chestnut filly by COWBOY CAL out of the mare DO NICE (by UNBRIDLED) foaled on January 2, 2011. Both mare and foal are healthy and doing well. We believe she is the first foal on the ground for new sire COWBOY CAL (MGSW standing at Pin Oak Stud in Versailles, KY).

We would like to wish all of our clients a safe and successful 2011 foaling / breeding season and we look forward to working with you again this year!

North American Top 2YO Fillies - Sponsored by Winchester Farm

North American Top 2YO Colts - Sponsored by Winchester Farm


New for the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale - Keeneland is offering links to videos of participating yearlings at Sirecam.com which can be accessed directly at www.sirecam.com or on Keeneland's website - www.keeneland.com.

Winchester Farm will have several of their Book 1 and Book 2 yearlings videographed, like the following yearling - a filly by ELUSIVE QUALITY out of NAUGHTY MAMBO:Click Here!


Barclay Group has purchased Gardens Glen Farm on Old Lemons Mill Road in Lexington, Kentucky. The 220 acre breeding and training facility will be renamed Elkhorn Creek Farm.

Elkhorn Creek Farm is adjacent to Dr. and Mrs. Naoya Yoshida’s Winchester Farm along the Elkhorn Creek and will be managed by them as an extension of Winchester Farm. The two properties together make up 500 acres of high quality pasturage in a prestigious and historic area of the Bluegrass Region. The farm will operate broodmare, yearling, and lay-up divisions and will offer boarding, sales prep and quarantine services.

“Our clients are very proud to own such a beautiful farm in the ‘Thoroughbred Capital of the World’” said Dr. Yoshida. “They have been looking for the right place for a couple years with Bill Justice of Justice Real Estate who represented both parties in this transaction. The soil is fantastic and the location could not be better. We look forward to helping our clients develop and manage a top level portfolio of sales and race horses.”


The 2007 Keeneland November Sale spanned 15 days, from November 5 to November 19, and broke several records. A record number of horses - 5,415 – were catalogued (4344 were offered and of those 3381 or 78% were sold). The record-setting gross for the sale was US $340,877,200 and $10.5 million was the world record price for a broodmare at public auction - paid by John Ferguson (agent for Sheikh Mohammed) for the mare PLAYFUL ACT. PLAYFUL ACT (by SADLER’S WELLS out of the SILVER HAWK mare MAGNIFICENT STYLE) was bred to KINGMAMBO but had slipped before the sale.

Perhaps the most significant numbers from the sales however were these:

39 horses sold for US $1 million or more – all broodmares or broodmare prospects. The market definitely favored young mares with fashionable pedigrees and strong race records.

The sale median remained at $35,000 – consistent with the medians in 2006 and 2005 and indicative of real market strength.

An estimated $132 million of the record gross came from international buyers who made their presence felt not just at the top of the market but throughout the middle market as well. Due in part to the strength of foreign currencies in relation to the US dollar, this also demonstrates the strength of the Thoroughbred market globally and the demand for top quality pedigrees that are not easily found outside the US and Europe. As more countries acquire top bloodlines and continue to improve their breeding base, no doubt we will see an increasing trend toward more international racing competitions like the Dubai World Cup Festival and the Hong Kong International Races.

The top 10 weanling fillies sold for a total of $7,135,000 with an average of $713,000 and a median of $629,375. In comparison, the top 10 weanling colts sold for a total of $5,315,000 with an average of $531,500 and a median of $500,625. More and more end buyers are investing in weanling fillies with solid residual value as broodmares – perhaps in an effort to offset the higher market prices.

As strong as this November sale was, expect the upcoming January Sale to follow similar trends. There were many buyers, especially domestic, who were unable to compete with foreign currency strength to fill their buying quotas at this November sale. No doubt they will try again in January and hope that most international and end buyers got their fill this time around.

Winchester Farm was able to secure several nice broodmares and weanlings for their clients at this November Sale and we expect to do so at the January 2008 sale as well. Please let us know if we can be of service for your bloodstock needs. Contact Marie Yoshida, Director of Sales, at (1) 859-539-1515.

For more Keeneland November Sale statistics, visit The BloodHorse Now: Click Here!


Dr. Naoya Yoshida and his wife Marie got some well-earned attention at this year’s September Yearling Sale at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. After purchasing a gorgeous SMART STRIKE colt (Hip # 612) for $700,000 for Asian Bloodstock Services, they quickly followed up with the purchase of Hip # 758 – another athletic-looking colt by MALIBU MOON for $675,000. In total, Dr. and Mrs. Yoshida have purchased 7 colts at the 2007 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for just over $2,000,000 on behalf of their clients. The majority of these colts will stay in Kentucky for pre-training and go on to some of the country’s top trainers to pursue their racing careers.

Dr. and Mrs. Yoshida established Winchester Farm in Paris, KY in 2002 and relocated to a bigger farm in Lexington in 2005. Until now they have kept a low profile in the industry, focusing their efforts on improving the quality of stock at their farm and on the care and personal attention given to every horse. Their goal has always been to provide their clients with a boutique-style approach to boarding. The Yoshidas communicate constantly with each client to update them about their horses; they use top veterinarians, top blacksmiths and top trainers and provide a very high level of care for all the horses on the farm. “We have the best possible resources here in Kentucky for raising Thoroughbreds – the best stallions, the best vets, the best farriers, the best soil – more champions are born and raised here than anywhere else for a reason and this is where we want to be” Marie Yoshida states. “We haven’t really advertised ourselves because all our clients have come to us by recommendation from others. That is the best advertisement we could have – a strong, solid reputation – and we take it very seriously.”

The Yoshidas have recently been featured in articles in the Thoroughbred Daily News both in the US (September 13, 2007, pg. 4-6 click here) and in France (September 14, 2007, pg. 5 click here).


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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