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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Darby Dan Farm has launched an online store that offers fans a variety of apparel and accessories for purchase, as well as limited edition art and collectibles of many of the most notable Thoroughbreds in the farm’s long history...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Darby Dan Farm has named John Hamilton as the new Director of Client Development at the Lexington-based farm...

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Oatsee, a two-time Grade 1 producer and the 2011 Broodmare of the Year, gave birth to a filly from the first crop of champion Frankel early Thursday, March 27th at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY...

Thursday, March 06, 2014
Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Winter Memories delivered her first foal on March 1st, a colt by Street Cry (Ire) born at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm in Lexington...

Sunday, January 05, 2014
Darby Dan Farm has hired Carl McEntee to its expanding team as the new Director of Sales and Bloodstock at the Lexington-based Thoroughbred farm...

Sunday, October 27, 2013
A swift move early in the stretch carried Phillips Racing Partnership's homebred 2-year-old filly Recepta to a decisive win in the $100,000 Chelsea Flower S. Sunday at Belmont Park...

Thursday, September 05, 2013
O’Prado Again, winner of the 2011 Remsen S. (G2) as a 2-year-old, has been retired and will stand stud in 2014 at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington. A 4-year-old son of leading sire of sires El Prado (Ire)...

Wednesday, September 04, 2013
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) sale was led by Darby Dan Farm stallion...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Matter of Fact was all business in his debut on July 15, drawing off to an eye-catching 7 1/4-length maiden special weight victory...

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Blueeyesintherein, Magna Graduate's undefeated 2-year-old filly of 2012, cruised to an easy 4 ¾-length victory against older fillies and mares in the $55,860 featured allowance race on Thursday, June 13 at Churchill...

Monday, April 29, 2013
It's been more than 8 months since the retirement of one of racing's most beautiful and exciting race mares, Winter Memories. Since then, I've tried to find time to write an in-depth blog about her that includes the history of Darby Dan Farm and Phillips Racing Partnership...

Monday, April 29, 2013
John Phillips remembers the moment clearly. He was attending a conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., listening to the late auction executive John Finney discuss the usual evolution of major Thoroughbred breeding farms...

Monday, April 29, 2013
Braulio Baeza won the Kentucky Derby 50 years ago aboard Chateaugay, a horse from Lexington's Darby Dan Farm. He was among the first Latino jockeys to win the Run for the Roses...

Friday, March 01, 2013
Dialed In, Shackleford and Jersey Town, Darby Dan’s trio of Grade 1-winning freshman stallions, have all had their first respective mares scanned at 15 days and officially pronounced in foal...

Monday, January 21, 2013
Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Winter Memories, winner of the July 28 Diana S. (G1) at Saratoga, in her final career start, will be bred to Darley Stud's top stallion Street Cry (IRE) for her first mating in 2013.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Jersey Town, the Grade 1-winning miler by leading sire Speightstown, will retire to stud at Darby Dan Farm after making his final start in the Nov. 24th Cigar Mile (G1)...

Monday, November 12, 2012
Darby Dan Farm announced 2013 fees for its expanded roster of stallions, headlined by the additions of Grade 1 winners Shackleford and Dialed In.

Thursday, November 08, 2012
Perfect Soul, the Grade 1 winner and Grade 1 sire by Sadler's Wells, will stand at Darby Dan Farm in 2013 for a fee of $7,500 stands & nurses...

Monday, October 29, 2012
Broodmare of the Year Oatsee, dam of future Darby Dan stallion Shackleford, just produced her fifth stakes winner as well as her fourth Graded winner…

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Darby Dan put their mark on graded stakes the past two weekends with Jersey Town and Shackleford running 1-2 in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso H. Sept. 29 at Belmont Park...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Grade 1 winner Dialed In, last year's Florida Derby victor and Kentucky Derby favorite, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2013 breeding season at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Lexington...

Monday, October 15, 2012
Among the top five consignors by average in Book 1 at Keeneland September and among the nation's top seven consignors of U.S. Graded stakes winners from Keeneland sales, Darby Dan looks forward to continuing its successful trend at Keeneland November…

Thursday, August 09, 2012
Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Winter Memories, recent winner of the Grade 1 Diana S. at...

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Winter Memories became racing's newest millionaire on July 28 with a come-from-behind victory in the $600,000 Diana H. (G1) at Saratoga...

Monday, July 09, 2012
Blood-Horse.com's Steve Haskin goes into his time machine and transports himself back to the late 1960s and early ‘70s and the halcyon days of Darby Dan Farm...

Sunday, May 06, 2012
Shackleford edged away from Amazombie in the very late stages of the $441,600 Churchill Downs S. (G2) for a one length victory after a stretch-long duel...

Thursday, May 03, 2012
Phillips replaces John T. Ward who was appointed executive director of Commission...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Oatsee, an integral part of the Darby Dan broodmare band, was named the 2011 broodmare of the year...

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Shackleford, last year's Preakness (G1) winner, will stand stud at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY following the 2012 racing season...

Friday, March 09, 2012
American Lion, the multiple graded stakes-winning son of Tiznow, had his first mare pronounced in foal...

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Repriced, one of the last remaining sons of Roberto, died on Friday, January 27 at Darby Dan Farm of an apparent heart attack. He was 24...

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Record-setting Group 1 winner All American sired his first reported foal from his North American crop on Jan. 30 when a filly was born at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY...

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Veteran horseman Tommy Eastham has joined Darby Dan’s Division of Sales, effective immediately...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
American Lion, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Tiznow, has been retired and will stand stud at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY...

Friday, November 18, 2011
This week, Robert Hammond took over duties as General Manager at Darby Dan Farm. The TDN caught up with the London native for a brief chat...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Darby Dan Farm announced 2012 fees for its current roster of stallions, headlined by multiple Grade 1 winner Tale of Ekati who will stand for $15,000 stands and nurses...

Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Robert Hammond has been hired as the General Manager of John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm and will assume duties immediately, the Lexington-based farm announced on Monday...

Monday, November 07, 2011
Perfect Soul will stand the 2012 breeding season at the Hunderup family's Norse Ridge Farm near King City, Ontario...

Sunday, October 23, 2011
Top-20 first-crop sire Sun King got his seventh winner of the year on Oct. 22 with the filly Sunny Sights' maiden special weight victory...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin talk to John Phillips of Darby Dan Farm about Winter Memories, who runs in The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. I) at Keeneland October 15.

Saturday, September 17, 2011
With seemingly no chance a sixteenth of a mile from the finish, Winter Memories made an electrifying move around a wall of horses to snatch victory in the final strides of the $250,000 Garden City S (G1)...

Monday, August 08, 2011
Hip No. 152, a colt by Medaglia d'Oro – Lemon Kiss, by Lemon Drop Kid. Consigned by Darby Dan Farm, agent...

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Darby Dan Farm began life in Kentucky in 1949. Following the death of E.R. Bradley in 1946, his Idle Hour Farm was sold, and John Galbreath, bought a portion of the property...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Winter Memories rolled to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Lake George S. (G2) July 27 at Saratoga...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Magna Graduate's offering at the July 12 Fasig-Tipton yearling sale brought $40,000, eight times the stud fee of the Darby Dan stallion...

Sunday, July 10, 2011
Awesome Bet, bred, raised and sold by Darby Dan Farm, roared home in the stretch to take the $100,000 Barbaro S. July 9...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Darby Dan's Perfect Soul accounted for three winners in two days over July 5-6, including two maiden special weight winners...

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Click here to preview the Darby Dan Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Consignment

Monday, June 06, 2011
Charles Fipke's homebred Check Your Soul stamped himself a likely favorite for the upcoming Queen's Plate...

Monday, May 30, 2011
Darby Dan's stars of the Memorial Day card at Belmont were homebred Winter Memories and sales graduate Tizway...

Monday, May 30, 2011
Charles E. Fipke’s homebred Impossible Time, raised at Darby Dan, was named Champion Older Female in Canada at the recently held Sovereign Award ceremonies...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Darby Dan managers and staff smiled a bit more broadly after the 136th Preakness S. (G1), as the dam of victorious Shackleford resides at the famed nursery off Old Frankfort Pike...

Sunday, May 22, 2011
Charles Fipke’s Fastest Magician showed his sleight of hand, slipping through a narrow opening near the quarter pole, en route to victory in the 7-furlong A Gift Stakes at Belmont on May 22...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom shares a unique link with Darby Dan’s young Group-winning stallion Ambassador (Ger)...

Friday, May 13, 2011
Much Rejoicing became the newest Darby Dan-produced stakes winner on May 13 with a daylight victory in the $60,000 Glia S. at Belmont Park...

Sunday, May 01, 2011
Check Your Soul could be on his way to becoming the second Canadian classic winner in the first three crops by Perfect Soul, after a dominating win...

Sunday, May 01, 2011
Sun King, a multimillionaire and four-time graded stakes winner, sired his first winner on May 22, when a 2-year-old colt named Legalis won at Premio Meltrasio racetrack in Milan, Italy...

Friday, April 22, 2011
Perfect Soul's daughter Blessed Soul made short work of the field in the 1 1/16 mile feature at Pimlico April 22...

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Darby Dan homebred Winter Memories looked sharp in her first race of 2011, putting in a solid stretch run to take the $100,000 Appalachian...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A Perfect Soul filly turned heads at the OBS 2-year-old sale on April 20, going for $125,000, the sixth highest price during the third session...

Friday, April 15, 2011
Check Your Soul finished full of run to break his maiden on the grass at Keeneland on April 15...

Friday, April 08, 2011
Deadlines will soon be upon us for the fall yearling sales. We are building our Darby Dan Farm consignment now.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Lalo's Baby Bear made an impressive late move to score a one-length victory in Hawthorne's March 21 feature...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Darby Dan stallion Ambassador, a Group 2 winner in Germany, has had his first foal...

Monday, February 21, 2011
Demarcation put in a determined stretch run to win a thrilling running of the $125,000 Mineshaft...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Magna Graduate had the highest average sale price of all first-crop yearling sires at the OBS January sale...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The winners keep rolling in for Suave, with two more juveniles breaking their maidens on Dec. 15...

Sunday, December 12, 2010
As 2010 winds to a close, Suave continues to climb in the first-crop sire rankings...

Friday, December 10, 2010
On Dec. 9 at Turfway Park, Golden Phoenix became the first three-time winner of the year for freshman sire Suave...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Owner-breeder Charles Fipke is the luckiest man in the world. As a professional geologist and entrepreneur, he literally finds mountains of gold and gems. And as a hobby, he breeds Grade 1 racehorses...

Monday, November 29, 2010
Zig-zagging through traffic inside, outside, and past a wall of horses, Darby Dan homebred Winter Memories was a game and creditable runner-up in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2)...

Sunday, November 28, 2010
After a long wait, the official photo showed Jersey Town a winner by a nose of the prestigious Cigar Mile (G1)...

Saturday, November 27, 2010
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend was good to Darby Dan horses at both Aqueduct and Churchill Downs...

Friday, November 26, 2010
Darby Dan Farm announced its 2011 roster and fees, featuring first-year, G1-winning stallions All American and Tale of Ekati...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Slick Vic handed freshman sire Suave his 12th winner with a comfortable 4 1/2-length maiden win...

Thursday, November 04, 2010
Suave added to his growing list of winners on Nov. 4 with Shoefly Shoefly...

Sunday, October 31, 2010
A pair of Darby Dan raised and sold colts turned in solid performances on Oct. 30...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
TCI recently ranked Winter Memories' win in the Miss Grillo S. (G3) as the top performance among all 65 "Win and You're in" races from this year's Breeders' Cup Challenge...

Monday, October 18, 2010
Darby Dan's freshman sire Suave notched a pair of new winners on Oct. 17-18, including a winner in Japan...

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Darby Dan Farm and Sales graduate Eye of Taurus charged to a daylight victory in the 33rd running of the Athenia H. (G3) at Belmont...

Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Darby Dan program is making Grade 1 headlines this month, as undefeated 2-year-old Winter Memories preps for the Breeders’ Cup...

Monday, October 11, 2010
Darby Dan's freshman sire Suave got his ninth first-crop winner on Oct. 9...

Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Darby Dan's freshman sire Suave got his latest winner Oct. 6 at Belmont Park...

Monday, October 04, 2010
If Winter Memories' powerful win in the Miss Grillo (G3) is any indication, the Darby Dan bred, raised and owned 2-year-old filly is going to be a huge factor in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf...

Saturday, October 02, 2010
Suave Voir Faire became the sixth winner for first-crop sire Suave with a 3 3/4-length score in a straight maiden race at Turfway Park...

Saturday, October 02, 2010
Ya Gotta Have Soul pulled away in the stretch to dominate a seven-furlong allowance race at Belmont Park on Oct. 2...

Friday, September 17, 2010
Anarchy, a 2-year-old by Suave, made all the running to break his maiden Sept. 17...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
With the recent addition of G1-winning milers All American and Tale of Ekati to its 2011 stallion roster, Darby Dan Farm has appointed industry veteran Suzie Picou-Oldham to the position of Bloodstock Associate & Nomination Sales...

Sunday, September 12, 2010
B G Suavecito ran his record to two-for-two with an allowance victory Sept. 11 at Retama Park...

Sunday, September 12, 2010
Eye of Taurus became the latest stakes-winning Darby Dan sales grad with a handy score in the $76,650 Revidere Stakes...

Saturday, September 04, 2010
Darby Dan freshman sire All American added a new Group winner Sept. 4 when his talented half-sister More Strawberries broke her maiden in the $175,000 Tatt's Furious S. (G2)...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
All American, a Group 1-winning millionaire by Red Ransom, will ship to North America in 2011 and beyond to stand at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Lexington...

Sunday, August 15, 2010
Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Title continued a very good 2010 season with a sharp second in the $200,000 Monmouth Oaks (G3) on Aug. 14...

Sunday, August 08, 2010
Darby Dan sale grads Demarcation and Cryptolight formed the exacta in the $125,000 West Virginia Governor’s S. Aug. 7 at Mountaineer Park...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Perfect Shirl, a 3-year-old filly by Perfect Soul, made a perfect stakes debut in the $150,000 Lake George (G2)...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select auction ended its two-day run in Lexington on July 14, with the Darby Dan consignment featuring the top sale prices of the event by sires El Corredor and Mr. Sekiguchi...

Monday, July 12, 2010
Led by two new stakes horses and three impressive winners on dirt, turf, and all-weather surfaces, Perfect Soul (Ire) had an excellent weekend across North America July 10 & 11...

Sunday, July 11, 2010
Darby Dan Sales consignments produced two stakes winners on July 10, giving the sales program five stakes horses in the past eight days...

Sunday, June 27, 2010
Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Title ran as though she were seeking a championship title, with her sharp victory in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) on June 26...

Friday, June 25, 2010
With three maiden special weight winners from his first four starters, Suave has smoothly moved up the ranks among the nation’s freshman sires...