Major news about the future plans for 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and 2012 Breeders' Cup Mile runner-up Animal Kingdom.
Oxbow, under Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, set modest fractions and ran away with the Preakness Stakes, spoiling Orb's bid for a Triple Crown.
There are few incidents in the thoroughbred world over the last few years that you could categorize as more tragic than the death of Lawyer Ron after siring only two foal crops and showing a world of promise.
Typically, big time sires will have one, maybe two top end runners in any given year on the Road to the Roses. Maybe they're lucky and have a filly that's gunning for the Oaks. If your first crop is doing that, you're unbelievable.
There are a lot of words that could be used to describe Storm Cat: Major; Significant; Influential; Dominant. But The Form said it best on Twitter: Storm Cat was a Breed Shaping sire.
From the female family that produced the great Ruffian, Orb has shown himself to be the top 3 year old by making a dominant run down the middle of the sloppy track in the Kentucky Derby.
Of all of the stallions in North America, one currently stands above the rest: Tapit. He's made his mark to the point that there is speculation he could be in such demand that his stud fee could begin to approach the high end fees of the 1980s.