Historic Morven Farm, an interlocking array of pastures and woods in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Va., was basically reborn under the 10-year ownership of billionaire businessman John Werner Kluge.
As the sires of 2012 Breeders’ Cup winners, E Dubai and Wiseman’s Ferry were about to boost Pennsylvania’s Thoroughbred industry and send business to their respective farms, Northview PA and Dana Point.
The 14th Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park saw a number of favorites scratch, but championship performances filled the card. Leading off was Maryland-sired Countess Diana in the Juvenile Fillies-G1, which she won by 8 1⁄2 lengths.
William Woodward, owner of historic Belair Stud near Bowie, Md., bred and owned one of the top 2-year-olds in England in 1947, Black Tarquin, winner of the 177th running of Gimcrack Stakes at York. Following tradition, the winning owner was guest of honor of a dinner at York, at which he is asked “to ‘ventilate his mind’ on such matters pertaining to the turf as may engage his fancy.”