•Will Take Charge to Stand for $30,000, 10/24•
Three Chimneys Farm announced 2013 champion 3-year-old Will Take Charge will stand for a $30,000 fee during his inaugural season at the Versailles, Ky., farm in 2015.
In releasing its fees, the farm also said the 2015 fee for Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown will be announced later.
"We are extremely excited about the prospects for this coming year," said Grant Williamson, director of stallion nominations and sales at Three Chimneys.
"Champion Will Take Charge headlines what we believe to be some strong offerings for breeders. He is a $3.9 million earning champion that distinguished himself at the top of his class. But you have to see him to believe him; he's an amazing specimen to go along with proven talent and Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady is his dam. It doesn't get any better than that.
"Strong Mandate is another exciting addition to Three Chimneys," Williamson continued. "He is Tiznow 's only grade I-winning 2-year-old colt, he was one of the leading juveniles of his generation before injury took him off the Triple Crown trail, and his pedigree is stellar.
"Additionally, the proven horses in our stallion barn represent great value and are having superior years on the track with their progeny," Williamson said. "Exchange Rate has a Breeders' Cup favorite and 11 stakes winners, Sky Mesa has 11 current stakes sinners, Big Brown has two Breeders' Cup entrants, and Yes It's True is having a banner year with eight stakes winners, led by grade I King's Bishop Stakes winner The Big Beast.
"Rounding out the roster are exciting young stallions Caleb's Posse, winner of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), and Dynaformer's grade I-winning son Brilliant Speed, who both have first crop foals this year and offer breeders true upside potential."
•Jockeys' Guild, RTCA Set Up Saez Family Fund, 10/21•
The Jockeys' Guild has partnered with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) to establish an account for funds for the family of apprentice jockey Juan Saez.
Saez, 17, was fatally injured October 14 in an on-track accident at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Indiana. Saez is survived by parents Carlos Saez and Laurentina Ramos Saez as well as his siblings Norisela, Jakeline, Luis (his wife, Andrea), Detzy, Sebastian, and his nieces and nephew.
Contributions can be made to aid Saez's family by sending a check made out to Race Track Chaplaincy of of America, 2365 Harrodsburg Road, Suite A-120, Lexington, Kentucky 40504, with the notation "Juan Saez" on the memo line.
Additionally, jockeys across the nation will honor the late jockey during Breeders' Cup weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The jockeys will ride with a patch with Saez's initials on their pants/boots as well as a with a black band to recognize him and the other jockeys who have lost the lives during a race or as a result of race-related injuries. All jockeys will be asked to donate at least one losing mount fee to the fund.