David Schmitz

David Schmitz is a Senior Staff Writer for The Blood Horse.

Articles by David Schmitz

Kentucky Derby Winner Real Quiet Dies

Real Quiet, who was nosed out of becoming racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, died Sept. 27 in a paddock Read More

Live Thoroughbred Foals Down 14.2% from 2009

The Jockey Club has reported that 3,130 stallions covered 49,404 mares in North America during 2009, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 8. These matings have resulted in 27,233 live foals of 2010 being reported to The Jockey Club on Read More

Secretariat Foaled 40 Years Ago

March 30 marks 40 years since the birth of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat at Christopher T. Chenery's The Meadow near Doswell, Va. It's a date well worth remembering by any racing fan but especially by those who were around during Read More

Champion Racehorse Flanders Euthanized

Flanders, whose hard fought victory in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies was chosen by readers of The Blood-Horse as the race of the year, was euthanized in mid-February because of complications following a paddock accident at Read More

Keeneland Yearling Sale to be Sire Storm Cat's Last Hurrah

All eyes figure to be on Storm Cat's offspring starting Monday, Sept. 14, at the Keeneland September yearling sale. And for good reason. There are 32 yearlings consigned to the sale from Storm Cat's last full crop, which numbers 56. Twenty-nine Read More

Horse of the Year, Curlin's Book Stacked With Major Mares

Curlin, the 2007-08 Thoroughbred Horse of the Year, made a good showing when he covered the first of the mares booked to him for his first season at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. Maggy Hawk, the dam of champion an Read More

Leading Thoroughbred Sire Vindication Dead

Champion Vindication, one of this year's leading second-crop sires, was euthanized because of complications from colic. The 8-year-old syndicated son of Seattle Slew was taken Wednesday to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Ky. Read More

John Henry: Uncommon Hero

John Henry was euthanized Oct. 8 at the Kentucky Horse Park at age 32. Read More

Derby Winner Genuine Risk Still Going Strong at 30

With the recent death of 1982 Kentucky Derby winner Gato Del Sol, Genuine Risk's position as the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner takes on additional importance. That's to be Read More

New Details Emerge Regarding Saint Liam's Accident, Death

Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who was euthanized Aug. 22 after suffering a fracture of his left hind leg, had no chance for survival because of the severity of the injury. The 6-year-old son of Saint Ballado was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Read More

Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Saint Liam Dead

Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who completed his first year at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., suffered a fractured hind leg while being led to his paddock today (Tuesday, Aug. 22). The 6-year-old son of Saint Read More

Recovered Kingmambo Back to Breeding

Kingmambo, whose arthritic condition in his lower neck caused him to miss a key portion of the breeding season, is back covering mares at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

"He successfully bred mares the last four Read More

Birdstone to Gainesway

Marylou Whitney's 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Birdstone will stand at Graham Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington. The son of Grindstone--Dear Birdie, by Storm Bird was retired the week of Nov. 1 after suffering a chip fracture in his lef Read More

John Henry Recovering From Colic Surgery

John Henry, the former leading money-earner in Thoroughbred racing who has been a popular attraction at the Kentucky Horse Park since his arrival in 1985, is recuperating from colic surgery performed Jan. 25 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Read More