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Start-Up Life: Owner/breeder Dorman takes Determined Stud to next level

Matt Dorman’s best day as a handicapper came at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, when he hit the pick four. Found (Ire), 6-1 winner of the Turf-G1, helped fuel the big payout and Dorman remembered that day as he signed for a $300,000 yearling filly out of Found’s full-sister at Keeneland September last year.

State of Play: West Virginia stallions cover all angles as breeding season arrives

You might as well start at the beginning. A conversation about West Virginia-based stallions starts with Fiber Sonde.

The 16-year-old will stand his 13th season at John McKee and Cyndy O’Bannon’s Beau Ridge Farm in Kearneysville, and will no doubt be in demand again given that he led pretty much every statistical category in 2020 and held his own in the region and beyond with 53 individual winners from 96 starters. The half-brother to $90,000 Kentucky stallion Speightstown will stand for $1,000. McKee knows that’s a bargain, but also manages his stallion’s book carefully.

Federal Future: Racing must learn to live with new law

First, it’s 65 pages. Second, it’s full of formal, legal and otherwise long-winded language that will test even an English teacher’s inner voice, but United States Senate Bill 4547 – the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 – brings vast change to the country’s racing industry.

Equistar, Eckenrode find niche in Pennsylvania

Rodney Eckenrode considers Equistar Training and Breeding a work in progress.

The full-service operation in the southeastern Pennsylvania township of Annville not far from Penn National Race Course opened its doors in 2004 and heads into the 2021 breeding season as one of the Keystone State’s top stud farms. Equistar stands five stallions, including Pennsylvania legend Smarty Jones, and offers a multitude of services from foaling and boarding to breaking, training and layups.

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